Following are some Kentucky organizations to contact for information about Alzheimer’s disease:
- Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter
Provides services to 125 counties across greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana with offices in Louisville, Lexington, and Evansville.
3703 Taylorsville Rd., Suite 102
Louisville, KY 40220
Administration: (502) 451-4266
Helpline: (800) 272-3900
465 East High Street, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40507
Administration: (859) 266-5283
Helpline: (800) 272-3900
4770 Covert Ave., Suite 211
Evansville, IN 47714
Administration: (812) 475-1012
Offers the following services:
- HELPLINE—information, support, and referrals to community resources for the general public, family members, and professional caregivers. The toll-free, multi-language Helpline connects you with the appropriate local office from wherever you call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS—small discussion groups for family caregivers and friends with an emphasis on sharing feelings, thoughts, and experiences.
- SAFE RETURN PROGRAM—a registry of memory-impaired individuals in a national database that allows authorities to return missing or lost persons to their homes.
- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS—timely information and training on issues associated with the disease for either professional or family caregivers.
- SPEAKERS BUREAU—presentations to community groups, civic and religious associations, clubs, schools, and the general public on issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- BEST FRIENDS ADULT DAY PROGRAM (Lexington)—Central Kentucky’s only adult day center specializing in dementia care. The program provides individualized care and a variety of therapeutic activities in a safe, creative environment for persons who have an irreversible memory disorder and their families. In addition, the program provides respite and peace of mind for the caregiver. The program is directed by dedicated professionals and volunteers trained in the “Best Friends Approach” internationally recognized model of care. To enroll your loved one or for more information, email Carla Guthrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 272-3900.
- RESOURCE CENTER—a lending library and free brochures on a variety of topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving issues.
- ADVOCACY—activities aimed at promoting local, state, and national legislation to serve the needs of affected persons, families, and caregivers.
- NEWSLETTERS—free publications containing reports on current research, caregiving information, programs and services, legal and medical news, and special events.
- Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Cincinnati Chapter
(serves the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton)
644 Linn St., Suite 1026
Cincinnati, OH 45203
(513) 721-4284 or (800) 441-3322 (toll-free within chapter territory)
- Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621
- The Department for Aging and Independent Living works to support and enhance freedom of choice and independence for seniors and for people with disabilities. It also supports the Kentucky Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
- Family Caregiver Support Program
- The Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000 established the National Family Caregivers Support Program to help families with their roles as caregivers. The federal Administration on Aging allocated funding for Kentucky’s Office of Aging Services to establish the program statewide.
The program provides the following services to families providing care to people over 60 years of age:
For information about these services, contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Because each local agency responds to the needs in its own community, some programs may not be available in every district.
- help in locating and obtaining services for caregivers
- caregiver counseling
- support groups in local communities
- caregiver training to help with problem solving and decision making
- respite care to allow caregivers a temporary break from the daily pressures of caregiving, such as in-home services, adult day care, or sometimes residential care
- supplemental care services
- Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0230
- This center conducts research projects involving animal, cell culture, and human tissue studies of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Four Rivers Clinical Research
81 Lakeview Dr.
Paducah, KY 42001
- This nationally respected research center has conducted clinical trials of new medications and treatments for a variety of illnesses and diseases, including all of the currently approved drugs for Alzheimer’s. Area residents who live too far away to be able to travel to universities and major metropolitan areas may be able to participate in new clinical trials at the center.
Additional advice and information can be found in the downloadable discussion guide (PDF format) and at the companion web site for the national documentary The Forgetting.