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HelplineThe Alzheimer's Association Helpline
 
Our helpline at
800-272-3900
operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages.

 

Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer's disease.  

 

Call us if you have questions about:

 

-Alzheimer's disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and

care options

 

-Caregiving tips and respite care options
 

-Services available in your community and referrals 


You can also call us for emotional support as often as you need. 

 

Remember, we are here for you. All day,  every day.  

 

EducationalUpcoming Educational Programs
  
 
November 20th
2-3:30pm 
Dessert for the Caregiver:  How to Survive the Stress of Caregiving
Spring Arbor Richmond 
9991 Ridgefield Parkway 

Henrico, VA 23233

 

November 20th

1:30-3pm 

Getting Started:  What to do if you Suspect a Family Member has Dementia or has been Diagnosed with Dementia 
2217 Princess Anne St.

2nd Floor Conference Rm
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

 

December 3rd
4:30-5:30pm
Caring for the Person with Dementia and Giving Support to the Caregiver

Riverside PACE Petersburg
315 Brown Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

 

December 10th
10am-1:30pm
Caregiver Stress: Taking Care of Yourself

Scott Insurance and Financial Services
2115 Lafayette Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

 
Click HERE to see the complete list!

For more information, or to register, please call 804-967-2580.

 

SupportGroupsSupport Groups
 
Discover support groups in your area and receive the emotional support you need!

To learn more, click HERE.

 

 StayConnectedStay Connected
 

Address: 

4600 Cox Road

Suite 130

Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

Phone:  

804-967-2580 

 

24/7 Helpline:

800-272-3900

  

www.alz.org/grva   

 


































 
 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter.   

 

Thank you for your continued support! 

 

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ALZMonth 

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH AND NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH 

 

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Fourteen years later, in 1997, President Bill Clinton named the week of Thanksgiving as a time to honor the caregiver. This designation has since expanded to the entire month and is celebrated as National Family Caregivers Month.

 

As an organization founded by caregivers, the Alzheimer's Association applauds caregivers and strives to make their efforts a little easier year round with a wide array of innovative resources that have been designed specifically with the thousands of affected families in mind.

 

For more information, or to leave a personal tribute to a caregiver, please click HERE.

 

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TenSigns1HEADING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS? 

 

If your loved one has Alzheimer's or dementia, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.

For tips, please click HERE.


In addition, during the holiday season, the Alzheimer's Association sees an increase in calls to its 24-hour helpline when individuals visit with friends and family they may not see very often during the year. 

  

If you have a question or concerns about a loved one, we encourage you to call our helpline, 800-272-3900.  

 

During the holiday season it is also important to know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease. Please note that individuals may experience one or more of the signs to varying degrees. If you notice any of the signs, please see a doctor.

 

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's:

 

1: Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2: Challenges in planning or solving problems.

3: Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

4: Confusion with time or place

5: Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6: New problems with words in speaking or writing.

7: Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

8: Decreased or poor judgment.

9: Withdrawal from work or social activities.

10: Changes in mood and personality.  

 

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias is an important step in getting appropriate treatment, care, and support services.   

 

For additional information on the 10 Signs, please click HERE.  

 

 
 

 

GivingTuesdayGIVING TUESDAY IS DECEMBER 2ND

 

We have a day for giving thanks. We have Black Friday. We have Cyber Monday. And for the third year in a row, we have Giving Tuesday - a global day dedicated to giving back to your community.

 

On Tuesday, December 2nd, celebrate the spirit of generosity by giving to the cause and spreading the word that now is the time to end Alzheimer's!

 

To make your Giving Tuesday donation, please click HERE  

  

 
 
 

ReceptionADVOCATE RECEPTION HONORS THREE
   
On Wednesday, November 5th, in honor of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter held its Eighth Annual Alzheimer's Advocate Recognition Reception at the Virginia Historical Society. The event was emceed by Easy 100.9 FM's Bill Bevins.

 

Advocacy is a major component of our mission and all of our advocates play an important role in improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families and their combined voices provide hope and are a powerful tool for change.

 

This year's honorees included Robert B. Schaefer, Delegate Christopher K. Peace, and Seniors Guide.

 

To learn more about this year's honorees, please click HERE.  

 

 
 
 

ALZCostsALZHEIMER'S COSTS FAMILIES $4,000 A MONTH

According to a recently released survey, 25% of Alzheimer's caregivers spend over $4,000 each month, nearly $50,000 a year, on their loved one's care.

 

These costs including paying for services such as home care (median annual rate: about $45,000), assisted living ($42,000) or nursing home care ($87,600 for a private room).

 

To read the full report, click HERE.

 
 
 
 

ConferenceCONFERENCE ON DEMENTIA

Earlier this month, over 225 caregivers, both personal and professional, attended the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter's Annual Conference on Dementia.

This year's Conference featured guest speakers Adam Rosenblatt, MD, head of the Psychiatric Unit at Medical College of Virginia, and Faculty member at MCV-VCU; Maria Carrilo, PhD, Vice President, Medical and Scientific Relations, for the Alzheimer's Association; Joyce Simard, MSW, social worker and dementia care specialist; and Karen Stobbe, actress, director, and writer.

 

We'd like to thank our Presenting Sponsor Estes Express Lines, and all the conference sponsors - Care Advantage, Genworth Financial, HealthKeepers, Inc., Our Lady of Hope Health Center, Door to Door Solutions, Greenfield Senior Living Residences, The Memory Center Richmond, Spring Arbor of Richmond & Salisbury - for making this year's event a huge success!