Alzheimer's Disease

 A Quick Look at Alzheimer's

These short, animated “pocket films” (~2 to 3 minutes each) are designed to be viewed anywhere at any time: a doctor’s office, a Congressional hallway, a family living room, and more. They were created to help reduce stigma, improve care, and help the public fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  They have captured millions of views in the U.S. and around the globe.  They are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Take a look and then pass them on!  The more we understand about this disease, the better we can fight it.  

 

 

 Helping Yourself Help a Loved One—Resources for Caregivers

Caring or a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can be a stressful job—there's so much to learn about and so much to do.  Fortunately you are not alone.  Help is available and the resources offered here can help you take care of your loved one, while taking care of yourself.

Caregiver Workbook

The Alliance's Caregiver Workbook is an interactive resource that helps caregivers develop a personalized action plan to take better care of their loved ones and themselves.  It includes worksheets on important issues such as making your home safe, preparing for a health care appointment, keeping a health journal, and dealing with financial planning.

The worksheets are useful tools for getting organized and keeping track of a lot of the information that comes with caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease.  You can download and print out extra copies of these worksheets by clicking the links below:

Caregiver Brochure

This Caregiver Brochure provides some of the many resources that will help you form a network of support and take care of yourself, while taking care of your loved one.

 

 

 Workshop Kit for Community Leaders

The above resources are part of a Workshop Kit for community leaders.  This kit is designed to provide all of the tools necessary to conduct a workshop/seminar for family caregivers.  

It includes a:

  • Leader's Guide that gives tips and instructions on conducting a workshop
  • A brochure for caregivers
  • A workbook for caregivers
  • A video with stories from a family dealing with Alzheimer's

 Living with Alzheimer's—Personal Health Organizer

This 3-ring, hardcover binder includes the necessary tools you need to sort through all the Alzheimer's information you come across and keep track of only that which is relevant to you.  Since no one experiences Alzheimer's in the exact same way, your binder can be organized in a way that best fits your needs.  This binder is designed to help the person who has just been diagnosed, but many of the worksheets can be used together with family members or other caregivers of those in later stages of the disease.

You can also download and print out the worksheets and a brochure.

 

 

 ACT-AD Coalition (Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease)

ACT-AD is an Alliance led coalition of committed national organizations working to accelerate the development of potential cures and treatments that slow, stop, or reverse the progress of Alzheimer's disease.  To learn more visit www.act-ad.org

 Interview on Alzheimer's Biomarkers

In a 2012 interview, Dr. John Morris, co-chair of the Alzheimer's Disease Biomarker Expert Working Group (convened by the Alliance for Aging Research), explains what biomarkers are and how they will help research in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. 

John C. Morris is the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Professor of Occupational Therapy at Washington University. He also is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Listen to the podcast.