List of Alzheimer’s Resources
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By 2050, more than 66 million people could be living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.
Facing an uncertain future can be terrifying for all involved, but this big list of Alzheimer’s and dementia resources can help families learn more about how to take action against the disease, how to cope, and learn more about what’s in store
We’ve started a list of Alzheimer’s resources to act as a guide for anyone who wants to get involved in the fight against the disease — from fundraising for a cure to learning how to cope with difficult behaviors and raising awareness.
Alzheimer’s Caregiving and Support
- ALZConnected: Alzheimer’s caregiver message boards
- Alzheimer’s, How to Address Wandering: A guide from the Mayo Clinic about how to address the challenging issue of wandering
- Caregiving Tips and Strategies for Success: Caregiving advice from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
- Communication Strategies for Dementia: Advice on how to communicate with a loved one who has dementia
- Dementia Care Dos and Don’ts: What not to say or do when dealing with difficult dementia behavior problems
- Dementia Stages: A Place for Mom’s guide to coping with the stages of dementia
- Early Stage Dementia: How to Protect Your Aging Parents’ Assets: Seniors with mild cognitive impairment are at risk for making disastrous money management decisions
- Familiar and Difficult Behaviors of Alzheimer’s Patients : Identifying the most common and difficult behaviors of Alzheimer’s patients such as sundowning and verbal outbursts
- Local Support Groups for Caregivers: Search for local caregiving support groups on the Alzheimer’s Association website
- Sundowner’s Syndrome: Common triggers of Sundowner’s syndrome and ways to cope
Alzheimer’s Fundraising and Awareness
- Alzheimer’s Advocate Network: A community of Alzheimer’s activists
- Alzheimer’s Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction
- Banner Alzheimer’s Institute: “The leading destination for Alzheimer’s disease care and treatment through research”
- Cure Alzheimer’s Fund: Fundraising for Alzheimer’s disease research
- Famous People with Alzheimer’s: Celebrities have been key to increasing public awareness about the illness and efforts to find a cure
- Senior Brain Donors Join Fight Against Dementia: How an unusual donation could make a big difference
- The Reality of Alzheimer’s Disease: Meryl Comer, President of the Geoffrey Beene Alzheimer’s Initiative, on why we need to wage a war on Alzheimer’s, just as we did with cancer
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The nation’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research
- Dementia Causing Chemicals: Some ingredients in our food supply have been linked to Alzheimer’s
- Dementia Fighting Vitamins and Minerals: How vitamins and minerals found in a well-rounded diet may promote brain health
- Stress and Alzheimer’s: How researchers are exploring a possible link between stress and dementia
- The Science Behind Diet and Dementia: How diet may play a role in Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Ways to Reduce Your Dementia Risk: Practices linked to a lower probability of developing Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia
- What Increases Your Odds of Dementia: Learn the risk factors linked to dementia
- Ways to Keep the Mind Sharp as We Age: Practical advice about keeping the brain healthy
Alzheimer’s Research and Science
- Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs
- Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation
- Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures
- Alzheimer’s Research Forum: News and discussions about Alzheimer’s disease
- Dementia Research Centre: One of the UK’s leading centres for clinical research into dementia
- Science Daily Alzheimer’s News: Daily news about Alzheimer’s
- University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
- Yale University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit
Books About Alzheimer’s
- Frank Broyles, “The Barbara Boyle’s Alzheimer’s Playbook:” A short guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s available in nine languages
- Joanne Koenig Coste, “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with Disease:” A guide for families coming to terms with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis
- Martha Stetinus, “Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir:” A daughter’s personal memoir of caregiving for a mother with dementia
- Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins, “The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s or a Related Illness:” The classic guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
- Patricia Callone, “A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease:” A guidebook for caring for an family member Alzheimer’s
- Prudence Twigg & Sandy Burgener, “A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss:” Advice for people who are themselves living with a memory disorder
- “Books for Helping Young People Understand Alzheimer’s:” A list of books to help young people understand what’s happening when a loved one has Alzheimer’s
- Susan Rava, “Swimming Solo: A Daughter’s Memoir of Her Parents, His Parents, and Alzheimer’s Disease“
- Sonya Brewer, “Surviving Normal:” A journal written over a seven-year span about caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s
- Reasons to Participate in Clinical Trials: Why participating in trials benefits humanity and Alzheimer’s patients
- Trial Match Tool: The Alzheimer’s Association created this tool to help families find Alzheimer’s clinical studies and trials in their area
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- A Startling Cause of Misdiagnosed Dementia: Learn about the leading causes of misdiagnosed dementia
- Dementia Treatment: Learn about dementia treatment options
- Early Detection Alzheimer’s Tests: Cutting edge tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: Top signs and symptoms of early stage dementia and Alzheimer’s
- How Do I Know if It’s Alzheimer’s: Help determining whether your loved one’s forgetfulness is just a “senior moment”
- National Memory Screening Program: A nationwide initiative to promote memory screening
- What is Alzheimer’s Memory Care: Learn about Alzheimer’s care and memory care
- What is Dementia: Learn about the differences between Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
General Reference Alzheimer’s Resources
Genetic Testing and Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s Association on Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s
- 23andMe Genetic Testing: A private company that provides genetic testing to the general public that can inform those interested in whether they are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s
Local Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
- Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina: Charlotte and vicinity
- California Southland Chapter: Los Angeles and greater Southern California
- Capital of Texas Chapter: Austin and vicinity
- Central Ohio Chapter: Serving the communities of Central Ohio
- Colorado Chapter: Denver and greater Colorado
- Delaware Valley Chapter: Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley
- Desert Southwest Chapter: Includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson
- Georgia Chapter: Atlanta and great Georgia
- Greater Cincinnati Chapter: Cincinnati and the surrounding area
- Greater Dallas Chapter: The Dallas-Fort Worth area
- Greater Illinois Chapter: Chicago and greater Illinois
- Greater Indiana Chapter: Indianapolis and greater Indiana
- Greater Pennsylvania Chapter: Pittsburgh and greater Pennsylvania
- Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter: The Houston area
- Long Island Chapter: Long Island New York
- Mid South Chapter: Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas
- New York City Chapter: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx
- Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter: San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno and surrounding areas
- Oregon and SW Washington: Portland and surrounding areas
- San Antonio & South Texas Chapter: San Antonio and the surrounding area
- San Diego: San Diego and the vicinity
- Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter: The Milwaukee area
- Utah Chapter: Salt Lake City and greater Utah
- Washington State Chapter: All of Western & Eastern Washington
Movies About Alzheimer’s
- Aurora Borealis: A well-received independent film where dementia plays an important role in the plot
- Away From Her: Julie Christie plays woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
- Iris: The true story of the English writer Iris Murdoch’s battle with Alzheimer’s
- The Alzheimer’s Project: A moving and informative documentary by HBO about Alzheimer’s
- The Savages: A dark comedy starting Phillip Seymour Hoffman about caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s
Music Therapy for Dementia Patients
- Best Music for Dementia Patients: Tips on choosing music for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease
- Is Music Therapy an Effective Dementia Treatment?: A discussion with president of a nonprofit foundation promoting music therapy for people with dementia
- Alzheimer’s Foundation: A nonprofit focused on promoting quality care for people with Alzheimer’s disease
- The Alzheimer’s Association: The nation’s foremost nonprofit for Alzheimer’s activism, support, and information
Personal Alzheimer’s Blogs
- Ann Napoletan, “Alzheimer’s Journey:” The journey of a longtime Alzheimer’s caregiver
- Bob DeMarco, “Alzheimer’s Reading Room:” Ongoing posts about the latest developments
- Carole Larkin, “Alzheimer’s Speaks:” By a caregiver and advocate
- Gerda Saunders – “Dementia Fieldnotes:” By an author who has vascular dementia
- Gevera Bert, “Had a Dad” Alzheimer’s Blog: Experiences as a caregiver and as an advocate in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
- Joan Gershman, “The Alzheimer’s Spouse:” About caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s
- Joseph Potocny,“Living with Alzheimer’s“
- AboutAssistedLiving.org – Provides unbiased information on assisted living and long-term care, with assisted living guides written by medical professionals, and state-specific guides covering rules and regulations in easy to understand terms.
- Activities Directors’ Quarterly for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Patients – Called a “must have” for activities directors, Activities Directors’ Quarterly is unique in its exclusive focus on practical ideas and proven strategies to provide quality of life enhancing activities for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients.
- AgingCare.com – The Community for Caregivers. AgingCare.com will enhance the lives of caregivers by creating the most expansive community of support, easy access to scrutinized resources, cutting-edge product information and unique, original content to assist them in making the most informed choices for the elderly.
- AllRefer Health Encyclopedia – AllRefer Health is a medical and health information resource containing outstanding database of health articles and reference materials.
- Alzheimer’s Association – The Alzheimer’s Association is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to research for the causes, cure, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and to providing education and support services to Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers.
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia – The mission of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association is to bridge the knowledge gaps across a wide range of bench-to-bedside investigation. The journal publishes the results of studies in: behavior, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, protein chemistry, neurology, neuropathology, psychiatry, geriatrics, neuropsychology, epidemiology, sociology, health services research, health economics, political science and public policy.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) – A service of the NIA, the ADEAR Center provides information about Alzheimer’s disease, its impact on the family and health professional, and research into possible causes and cures.
- Alzheimer’s Disease International – Alzheimer’s Disease International is the umbrella organization of Alzheimer associations around the world, which offer support and information to people with dementia and their caregivers.
- Alzheimer Europe – A non-governmental organization aimed at raising awareness of all forms of dementia through coordination and cooperation between Alzheimer organizations in Europe, as well as organizing support to the sufferers of the disease and their carers.
- Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation – Founded in 1993, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease through clinical research, advocacy, and educational outreach. We are dedicated to the prevention of early memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer Research Forum – A scientific knowledge base on Alzheimer disease, with research news, expert commentaries, and databases for peer-reviewed articles, drugs, research reagents, grants, jobs, conferences, and more.
- Alzheimer’s Society – The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
- Alzheimer Society Canada – A not-for-profit Canadian health organization to help Canadians affected by Alzheimer Disease. Our mission is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer disease and promote the search for a cause and cure for the disease
- Alzheimers.net – Alzheimers.net is a community website where caregivers and family members of Alzheimer’s patients can get together to share their stories, and talk about the different things that come with those situations.
- Assisted Living Directory – Assisted-Living-Directory.com lists numerous facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city.
- Assistedliving.com – Assistedliving.com is a site that helps people and their parents/grandparents with all of the decisions that come with moving into an assisted living life, either at home or a facility. It also features news, tips, and information on all things assisted living.
- AssistedLivingFacilities.org – AssistedLivingFacilities.org strives to serve as the informational resource for assisted living in the United States, listing over 36,000 state-licensed assisted living facilities. We try to offer as much useful information as possible to help you decide if assisted living is a good option, and if so, to select the best facility possible.
- California Homes for Seniors – California Home For Seniors offers free senior care assessment and free qualified placement referrals to the elderly and their families.
- CareCompare – CareCompare helps you find the right care for your loved one, 100% free.
- CompareLongTermCare.org – Compare Long Term Care is an online service that allows visitors to compare numerous long-term insurance companies at one time, all from the convenience of their own homes.
- DirectoryHealthcare.com – This site provides searchable function, which allows you to find specify information easily such as medical, safety, mental health, general health and more.
- Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders – This site contains comprehensive medical articles on mental disorders and conditions. Over 150 mental disorders are organized alphabetically and each entry details the definition, purpose, precautions, description, and external resources that can be used to obtain additional information about every condition.
- Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation – This site, alzinfo.org, helps Alzheimer’s patients, their families, friends and caregivers make sense of the vast resources available. Built into the site is a geo-search function that allows users to access the most extensive Alzheimer’s-specific databases with information on doctors, elder law attorneys, senior care centers and more.
- Health6.com – Health6.com is designed to be your one-stop destination for anything you can think of that is about or related to health. We know that the Internet is an overwhelming space and finding just the information you need can still be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Our editorial team makes great effort to evaluate the existence and accuracy of each web site.
- Healthopedia.com – This site is a medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.
- Injury Claim Coach (Elder Abuse) – Information on elder abuse, neglect and personal injury
- Joppel – Joppel is a free, interactive online toolset providing seniors and their caregivers with assistance in determining the Medicare insurance plan that is right for them based on their individual needs and circumstances.
- MDJunction.com – Alzheimer’s Disease Online Support Group
- Medline Plus – This site contains a wealth of good health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
- MySeniorCare — a community on the topic of senior care providing information on home health care, assisted living, and hospice
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Alzheimer’s Disease Information Page
- Neurology Journal Watch – Edited and reviewed by more than 80 physicians, JWatch regularly combs 180 medical journals for important findings in Neurology.
- Nursinghomeabuse.net – dedicated to preventing the causes and repairing the consequences of nursing home abuse
- SeniorAdvisor.com – SeniorAdvisor.com provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior living decision and features user-generated reviews from seniors and their loved ones regarding communities and caregivers across the country.
- SeniorCare.org – SeniorCare.org is a free and reliable resource that provides information about independent and assisted living options.
- SeniorHomes.com – This site is a free resource for people looking for senior housing or senior care for a loved one or themselves. With hundreds of expert-written articles, a free care advisor service and a nationwide directory of assisted living, independent living, and Alzheimer’s care communities, we help people navigate the difficult issues of senior care.
- SeniorLiving.Org – With tons of reviews, links, photos and details about over 70,000 senior care options, SeniorLiving.Org is one of the most comprehensive and unbiased directories of senior care. If you are a senior or a caregiver, our site will help you find the best Alzheimer’s care center or other senior care in your neighborhood.
- Senior Living Map – Senior Living Map is a quick, simple, and pain-free method for anyone to find senior and assisted living.
- Senior Living Source – More than just a directory, SeniorLivingSource.org is a free referral service that is designed to help you and your family find the best possible senior living options for your needs.
- Web MD Alzheimer’s Disease Health Center