10 Dementia and Alzheimer’s Resources to Help You Care for Your Loved Ones

When Dementia and Alzheimer’s start making their presence known it can cause chaos and confusion for your loved one and the family caring for them. These resources will help your provide better care, understand the condition better, and ultimately improve the quality of life for the caregiver, family, and your loved one battling Alzheimer’s.

1. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

This phone line is available for free to anyone who needs words of encouragemnt or to ask a question. Caregivers, people living with dementia / Alzheimer’s, and family members can call night or day 365 days a year and talk to a real person that is a specialist or master’s-level clinician. All conversations are strictly confidential and the service is designed to educate and help connect you with other resources such as financial and local community support.

Call the help line: 1-800-272-3900

2. Alzheimers.gov

The U.S. government manages a website filled with helpful information for those living with Alzheimer’s and the loved ones caring for them. The site is maintained by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide reliable and trustworthy information to the public.

3. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group on Facebook

If as a caregiver you need to vent or talk about issues your loved on is going through this group on Facebook is filled with others who are in or have gone through the same situation. At over 38,000 members the group has been a welcome oasis of calm for many caregivers. The group is set to private to help reduce spam so you will have to have a Facebook account to view and post to the group and your request to join might take a little while to process.

4. Dementia-Friendly Phone Service from teleCalm

teleCalm is a unique service built from the ground up to work with your local home telehone provider and home telephone to provide a phone service optimized for the person in your life living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The service includes a variety of features including blocking scam callers, reducing repetitive outbound dialing, and a caregiver mobile app that gives the family caregiver the ability to manage the service and protect their loved one.

5. AARP Caregiving Community

The AARP manages and maintains an online community forum where caregivers can trade tips with each other and discuss issues around careing for their loved on who is living with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

6. The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

This group supports research into Frontotemporal Dementia, the most common form of dementia. Their website provides data, information, and helpful insights for caregivers and families of loved ones who are living with dementia.

7. BrightFocus Foundation Expert Advice

The BrightFocus Foundation is a leading dementia research foundation. They publish articles with expert advice about dementia and Alzheimer’s based on their research work on their website. These articles are great resource for any caregiver or family memeber wanting to learn more about the condition and steps that can be taken to reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s.

8. AngelSense GPS Tracking App

The AngelSense app allows caregivers to track the movements of their elderly loves ones. A major risk of dementia is an elderly person wandering off and becoming lost and confused. This app allows the family to know their loved ones whereabouts at all times to help prevent problems caused by wandering off.

9. Family Caregiver Alliance Resources

The Family Caregiver Alliance from the National National Center on Caregiving provides caregivers with tip sheets, guides, and stories from other caregivers to help support them.

10. Professional Caretakers or your Local Home Care Provider

Need a hand? It’s ok, you can’t do it all alone. Call on Professional Caretakers and our team of dedicated, compassionate, caretakers will help you on your cargiving journey. We service all of the cities in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex with offices in Fort Worth, Dallas, Weatherford, and Granbury.

If you are not located in DFW, go to Google Maps and search for a “home care” provider or “senior home care” provider. Ask if they have experience working with elderly that have dementia or Alzheimer’s.