Presentation on theme: "Supports for Families Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease Erin Kirkland, Outreach Specialist Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska."— Presentation transcript:
Supports for Families Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease Erin Kirkland, Outreach Specialist Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska
Today’s Objectives Provide brief overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias Describe ADRAA programs, services, and supports
Alzheimer’s Disease “A progressive, degenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain” Leads to loss of function and death of those cells Characterized by impaired thinking, memory, and behavior Most common cause of dementia among those age 65 and older
Dementia is… not a disease, but an umbrella term to describe a group of symptoms, including… Loss of intellectual function Loss of memory Confusion Behavior, personality
Alzheimer’s Disease: Cause? No concrete cause has been determined; age/genetics thought to be risk factors Diagnosis made through elimination of other conditions/diseases Sticky plaques on nerve cells prevent neuron firing (information transfer) Damage to cells done years before symptoms appear
Current AD Facts 5 million people in U.S. currently affected 4,500 Alaskans 1 in 10 people have family member w/ AD $148 billion spent annually on direct/indirect care
Other points to ponder Men and women affected equally AD crosses all socio- economic and racial lines Each person affected in a different way… For a different amount of time Active brains are less likely to contract AD
Outreach/Education Offices in Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Homer Provides access to all ADRAA services and programs Support Groups, family/provider consultations, education and training opportunities throughout the State.
Support Groups Regular, scheduled groups designed to offer peer support in a non- judgmental atmosphere Caregiver support groups held on Thursdays Memory Loss group held on Tuesdays for 8 weeks, all participants pre- screened
Education Opportunities Savvy Caregiver: 6-week class for families caring locally ABC Presentations: Offered to anyone interested in ADRD. Topics vary Research Forum: Annual event to provide Alaskans w/ current trends in research, treatment of AD Professional Caregiver Trainings/CEU’s
Mini-Grant Program Grant funds for services and items Alaskans diagnosed w/ ADRD Essential items to improve quality of life and/or increase independent functioning Maximum request is $2,500; multiple applications = $2,500 are accepted. Applications reviewed throughout year.
Care Coordination Care-planning services for adults in Anchorage area. Short/long term Assistance w/ locating and accessing community services. Eligible recipients are any individual w/ AD, and/or a frail elder age 60 or over Private pay ($55.00/hr) or Choice Medicaid Waiver
In-Home Services Respite: Short break for family caregivers Chore: help for seniors not physically or cognitively able to do household chores, meal prep, laundry, etc. CDPCA: Selected by consumer. Consumer trains, supervises for Activities of Daily Living. Agency does payroll, insurance, etc.
In-Home Services, cont’d Eligible clients: Anyone diagnosed w/ AD or related dementia, and/or frail elder age 60 or older. Private pay $22.44/hr Sliding scale based on household income Medicaid Statewide service
Why Contact ADRAA? Diagnoses of AD can be overwhelming; families often feel lost Agency staff can outline a “plan of action” to get started on needed support Educational benefits and peer support create sense of “knowledge is power” Help = Strength
How to Contact Us… In-person: 1750 Abbott Road Anchorage, AK :00am – 5:00pm M-F By telephone: toll free in AK Website: