Alzheimer's Foundation of America Programs and Services
AFA and/or our member organizations offer all or most of the following services:
Licensed/certified social workers. Professionals offer vital information and counseling to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
AFA’s licensed social workers are available via phone (866-AFA-8484), e-mail, Skype and live chat.
Resource and referral centers. Knowledgeable staff provides information and links to community resources, healthcare professionals, social services and other support.
Educational conferences and workshops. They are presented in English as well as in other languages to reach ethnic populations.
Identification programs. Bracelets and state-of-the-art technology, such as Project Lifesaver's wristband transmitters, help with the identification and safe return of wanderers.
Early-stage and middle-stage programs. These include social and intellectual stimulation programs and support groups for individuals in the early and middle stages of dementia.
Social-model adult day services. These programs provide cognitive stimulation and recreational therapies to individuals in various stages of the disease.
Family-oriented services. Support groups and bereavement groups are available for caregivers and other family members.
Respite programs. In-home respite care and overnight respite programs are designed to provide temporary relief for family caregivers.
AFA offers respite care grants.
Telephone "buddy" programs. Staff or volunteers, many of whom have been caregivers themselves, support and educate caregivers. Caregivers can call into a telephone support network, Care Connection, each month.
Memory screenings. These free, confidential screenings are administered to those concerned about memory loss, with the goal of early detection.
Books, DVDs, products and equipment. These are made available to educate families and healthcare professionals, and to meet essential care needs and improve quality of life for those with dementia.