Did you know that only 50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed and of those, only half are told of their diagnosis by their primary care provider? Here at the Alzheimer’s Association, we are aiming to change the way dementia care is practiced by bridging the gap between services for families and care providers with our Direct Referral Initiative. This initiative establishes a relationship with primary care providers to ensure that people with dementia and their caregivers are provided with support and resources earlier in the disease process starting with a primary care physician sending a direct referral to the Alzheimer’s Association after having received consent. The goal of this initiative is to have an impact on overall increased satisfaction with care, caregiver education; less perceived caregiver stress and burn out, amongst many other positive outcomes. Talk to your primary care physician about collaborating with us today!
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national, and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s. We provide education to families, communities, and professionals, we provide information on various topics surrounding dementia, and we have various support groups around our two-state Chapter, amongst many other services we are here to provide. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our programs.
The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is available 24/7 to provide reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900. Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals, and the public. To meet the increasing demands for service and support, we have expanded programs, and have five offices around Massachusetts and New Hampshire: Watertown, Raynham, Springfield and Worcester, MA and Bedford, NH.
Submitted by Russell Martin, Public Relations and Marketing Manager Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter.