Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Programs and Services

Social 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.