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Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter Offers Free Care Consultations for People with

Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is a life-encompassing experience that spans generations. Everyone has a role; spouses, siblings, children of all ages, and friends each play a part on the care team. It requires thought, strategy, and most importantly, a plan. “There is no one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to Alzheimer's and dementia care,” said Cindy Schelhorn, senior director of communications and marketing with the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. “Needs change at different stages of the disease, and each situation is unique. People with the disease, their families, and care partners often need assistance in planning for and managing all aspects of the disease experience. The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.”

Care consultations are a free chapter service that offers in-depth, personalized care planning, education, and support. A consultation is more than just a meeting with a dementia expert. Highly trained staff help to develop a road map to navigate through the thoughts, emotions, and questions that family members, care partners, and the diagnosed person may have, including:

  • Assessment of the functional status of the person with dementia

  • Navigating difficult caregiving decisions and role changes in the family

  • Information and resources to assist with legal and financial matters

  • Available community resources

  • Partnering with the physician and/or healthcare provider

  • Safety concerns

“Care consultations are available at any time during the disease journey—from a new diagnosis to end-of-life,” said Schelhorn. “As the disease progresses, many people schedule follow-up consultations to address new concerns. We are here with them along the way.”

The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter offers free care consultations at its offices in Lanham and Rockville, MD, and in McLean, VA. For more information and to schedule a consultation, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

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