Janet Lewis of Alzheimer’s’ Association and Tom Lacock of AARP Wyoming share about caregiver support resources

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WYOMING NEWS NOW) -- The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research, while AARP Wyoming represents the best interests of 87,000 Wyomingites age 50 and over. Today, they will talk to us about the help their organizations offer family caregivers.

From AARP Wyoming:

We support several Caregiver Support Groups throughout the state with brochures, advice and educational materials and formal training for the groups’ facilitators.
Care Consultations

In our office, by phone and in other settings, we provide customized Care Consultations to those facing a dementia diagnosis. General education, information & referral, and emotional support are provided to persons living with dementia, as well as their family and friends.

Community Education

We provide community education programs throughout the state to lay and professional caregivers and the general public. Topics include:

· Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
· Know the Ten Signs
· Communication
· Behaviors
· Healthy Living for Brain & Body
· Managing Caregiver Stress
· and others

Free 24/7 Helpline

A free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) – receiving nearly 300,000 calls annually – staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians who provide support, offer information and suggest referrals, all day, every day.

We drive research toward treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research, the Alzheimer’s Association invests in cutting-edge projects that hold the most potential to help people today and change the trajectory of this devastating disease.

· The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded more than $410 million to nearly 2,700 scientific proposals.

· Association-funded research has shown that key lifestyle habits are good for the brain. To accelerate this field of study, in 2018, the Association funded and implemented the U.S. POINTER Study, a 2-year clinical trial that will evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously address many risk factors can prevent cognitive decline and dementia.