Alzheimer’s Association offers phone support


DAYTON — Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter’s Telephone Support Group is seeking caregivers who could benefit from a support group, but who have difficulty physically attending a monthly meeting.

This virtual support option provides local caregivers an option to talk with other Alzheimer’s caregivers in the Miami Valley to get support, tips and general conversation. Members dial in the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The call is led by a trained facilitator and lasts for one hour.

According to a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, people overwhelmingly agree that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia should be a group effort among family or close friends, yet one out of three caregivers are not engaging others in caregiving tasks. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are available so that caring for someone with the disease does not seem so demanding and isolating.

Dawn Boroff, Community Services Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, said, “This support group can be extremely beneficial to caregivers that are unable to travel to an in-person meeting site. The knowledge you gain is invaluable to helping your loved one.”

The Telephone Support Group is one of 17 support groups the Miami Valley Chapter offers. For a full list of all support groups, go to alz.org/Dayton.

To register for the telephone support group, individuals should call (937) 610-7016. The Association is also seeking a co-facilitator for the Telephone Support Group. For more information or to apply, go to alz.org/dayton/volunteer. Applicants must have caregiving experience involving someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Approximately 5.8 million in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Almost 220,000 Ohioans are living with dementia. In the Miami Valley, 30,000 people have dementia and approximately 90,000 people serve as their caregivers. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, call (800) 272-3900, or visit alz.org.