by Rebecca Logsdon, PhD
Q. My father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Are there any resources for people who are newly diagnosed?
A. One of the best local resources for education is the Alzheimer’s Association Western & Central Washington State Chapter. A telephone helpline is accessible around the clock and provides information and assistance to individuals in any stage of Alzheimer’s disease and to their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association also provides early-stage memory loss services throughout Western Washington. These programs are led by trained facilitators and offer education and support to individuals who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and to their loved ones who care for them. The seminars provide information and education, group discussion and guest speakers on medical causes, treatment, and future planning.
To reach the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline or to learn more about Early-Stage Memory Loss Services call 206-363-5500 or toll free at 1-800-848-7097.
Your father might also be interested in learning about the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease. Our UW ADRC website (http://www.uwadrc.org) provides information about local research, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral website (http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/) provides information about AD and national research.