Two national aging organizations join together to bring information to families caring for loved ones with dementia. The Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association and the Washington DC-based AARP announced today they are collaborating together to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting family caregivers with local community resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.
The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder (communityresourcefinder.org) is an online database of dementia and aging-related resources powered by Carelike®. This tool makes it easy for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregivers and those involved in making care-related decisions to find local programs and services.
New Platform Brings Support and Resources to Caregivers
The updated database expands the previously available Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, launched in 2011, and today receives 37,000 monthly visits. The new platform will extend the reach to even more caregivers needing support. It features additional AARP resources, including webinars, programs and events. A new advanced search tool helps people find local resources based on patient specific needs, such as payment options and specialized services. In addition, users are now able to share search results with the entire family and other care team members to help facilitate better caregiving decisions, keeping everyone informed.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to family caregivers across the country and knows that access to local care and support services is critical,” said Beth Kallmyer, Vice President, Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association, in a statement announcing on September 12, 2018.
“Caregiving can be enormously stressful and even more so when you don’t know where to turn to for help. The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder will help connect caregivers to the information and support services they need.” she says.
Supporting the Nation’s 40 Million Family Caregivers
Adds Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, “AARP has a long history of advocating for and supporting our nation’s 40 million family caregivers by providing resources and services to help them. Every community offers different services, and caregivers often don’t have the information or time to track down different options.
“By working together, our organizations can help more people find the resources that they need right in their own communities,” says LeaMond.
The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder allows caregivers to search available resources in their area by simply entering their zip code. The database includes listings for a wide range of services, including: Housing options; Care at home; Medical services; Legal services, including elder law attorneys; Community services, such as adult day centers and transportation; and Alzheimer’s Association information, programs and services.
Finally, the Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder offers additional features to assist family caregivers, including tip sheets to help guide decisions regarding various providers and services, links to online communities, a glossary of terms for caregivers and state-by-state licensing information for residential, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.