The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Northern New York state, is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. The decision to do so is in accordance with the guidelines instituted by the New York State Department of Health to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Caregiver Support Initiative offers many free services to ease the stress caregivers of those with dementia experience — including Support Groups, Care Consultations, Education Workshops, Project Life Saver, Respite, Memory Cafes, and Caregiver Conferences throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington counties.
In-person support groups will be moved to teleconferences where caregivers will be able to meet via video chat and/or telephone with the support group facilitator. Care consultations will be completed over the phone or video conference call. Education workshops will be provided via telephone, video conference, and web-based seminars for individuals, groups, informal caregivers, and professional caregivers. Project Lifesaver coordination will be completed over the phone and vial mail. Respite coordination will be provided to caregivers and contracted respite providers via mail, phone, email, and fax.
In-person memory cafes and caregiver conferences are still postponed until further notice.
“Although we are unable to provide face-to-face support to our caregivers during this time, we are grateful that we have the technology to provide services to caregivers remotely,” said Dr. Richard Durant, director of the Caregiver Support Initiative. “Supporting caregivers and reducing their stress has always been our top priority, and our services are more vital now than ever for caregivers who are looking for help navigating these difficult circumstances, while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s other dementia.”
Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator, whose contact information is available on the Caregiver Support Initiative’s website. Caregivers can also find a list of teleconferenced events on the Initiative’s Facebook page, and can call Education Specialist Kristen Fleming at (518) 564-2049 for more information.