PDT Staff Writer
The Alzheimer’s Association hosted their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, raising $27,191.60 with more than 300 walkers participating.
Paula Kollstedt, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter said the support for the walk was remarkable.
“It was an absolutely phenomenal day, despite the rain, people showed up by the hundreds for an amazing cause.
Kollstedt said presently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
“This disease is really an epidemic. It is the only disease among the Top 4 which there is no cure, we have no survivors, and we don’t even, at this point, have a prevention,” Kollstedt said.
According to Kollstedt, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter offers a variety of programs and services that those in need may utilize.
An abbreviated listing of programs and services that the Greater Cincinnati chapter offers to those affected by the disease and their families in their 27-county region include:
- MedicAlert+Safe Return - A 24-hour nationwide emergency response service designed to identify individuals with memory impairment who become lost or have a medical emergency. Learn more at www.medicalert.org/safereturn.
- Comfort Zone - A comprehensive Web-based GPS location management service that allows families to remotely monitor a person with Alzheimer’s disease and receive alerts when the person travels outside a present zone. Learn more at www.alz.org/comfortzone.
- Helpline, a 24/7 telephone assistance service 800-272-3900 for individuals and families coping with dementia that provides information, supportive counseling and referrals to community resources. The service is staffed by trained health care professionals and information is provided via telephone, in-person or via mail or email. In FY’12, the Chapter staff handled more than 3,300 contacts.
- Family Support Groups, small discussion groups designed for family caregivers and friends which meet regularly in community settings. All meetings are facilitated by a professional and/or a family caregiver with an emphasis on peer support. In FY’12, the Chapter hosted 22 support groups in the Greater Cincinnati area, serving nearly 400 caregivers.
- Family Care Consultation, individualized education, support and care-planning program for families and caregivers. A clinical staff person conducts the meeting and completes an assessment and action plan to address the particular situation. Meetings are held in the client’s home, at the Chapter office or another mutually agreed upon location. In FY’12, the Chapter staff conducted 376 care consultations that included more than 800 family members.
- Family & Community Education, consists of dementia-specific programs for family caregivers and general audiences in the community. The Chapter’s hallmark caregiver program is What Families Need to Know – When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease, a workshop offered at various times and locations during the year to all affected families. The series features presentations by experts in the fields of medicine, law and health care. In FY’12, the Chapter delivered 250 educational programs with a combined attendance of more than 4,700 people.
- Online Caregiver Coaching, at www.alzcoaching.org, a clinical social worker serves as a personal coach to provide individualized education, support and care-planning assistance to family caregivers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The coaching program is delivered through a secure Web site and currently has 95 active members.
- Early Stage Dementia Consultations, a health care professional provides individualized education and support to persons in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Consultations are available by appointment at the client’s home, the Chapter office or another mutually agreed upon location.
- Multicultural Outreach and Education, staff members and volunteers provide culturally competent programs and information regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on Black/African-American, Asian and Hispanic/Latino communities.
According to Kollstedt, the will also hold a Southeastern Ohio Dementia Conference this Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Tri City Theatres, 972 E. Main Street in Jackson.
For further information on any questions, readers should call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
“The vast majority our programs and services we offer are free. There is a fee for the first two locator programs,” Kollstedt said.
She said the Alzheimer’s Association will continue to strive to raise awareness and funds to end Alzheimer’s.
“We are going to change the world, and that is our goal,” Kollstedt said.
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