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Are You Caring For A Loved One?

Every day as a caregiver you experience joys and challenges. All caregivers benefit through: practical guidance, emotional support and as needed: connection with skilled providers. In Montgomery County there are helpful supports available through government, non-profit organizations and private businesses. 

Caregiver support is a vital part of our community.


Dementia Friendly America Initiative in Montgomery County

Montgomery County's Dementia-Friendly America Initiative

On Monday December 5, Montgomery County announced expanding efforts to strengthen the respect, support and empowerment we offer to individuals and families living with dementia. Last December, BrightFocus Foundation, a Clarksburg-based nonprofit supporting Alzheimer’s research, welcomed Montgomery County to help create a national network of communities called Dementia Friendly America. Since then, the County has strengthened its efforts – some of these may even become models for other communities. At the Dementia Friendly launch, County Executive Ike Leggett will highlight how the initiative is making Montgomery County an even more supportive and empowering community for people and their families who are experiencing dementia.

Watch videos from the December 5th, 2016 event.

Dementia Friendly America Initiative

Through the work of over 35 national, leading organizations, the  Dementia Friendly America initiative is catalyzing a movement to more effectively support and serve those across America who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners. The lead organizations represent all sectors of community and are collectively leveraging their national reach to activate their local affiliates, members and branches to convene, participant in and support dementia friendly community efforts at a local level.

BrightFocus Foundation

brightfocus foundation

BrightFocus Foundation, supports research worldwide to end Alzheimer’s research, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides public awareness to families impacted by the diseases. The foundation is part of a broad coalition of nonprofit and business leaders that launched Dementia Friendly America, a national movement to create communities that better recognize, understand, and serve those Americans who are living with dementia. 


Connect-A-Ride

Access this free, County-funded information and referral program that helps seniors
and people with disabilities find safe transportation for medical services, grocery shopping, errands and other needs.
Connect-A-Ride staff provide guidance for those applying for Metro Access and Call N Ride and for those seeking paid and volunteer escorted transportation services. Some financial subsidies are available for those who qualify.

Financial Assistance

In some cases, financial subsidies are available to help pay for assisted living, adult day care, in-home aide services, healthcare, and home modifications for qualified individuals. Staff of Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services can help explore these possibilities.

U.S. Government’s Caregiver Resource Page

Find assisted living, nursing homes, or hospice. Check availability for various government benefits. Get resources for long-distance caregiving. Review legal issues, and much more, at this website.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Free website for coordinating a group of family and friends to help with various tasks. Caregivers set up a members-only community and then post jobs on the website’s calendar, such as providing a ride to the doctor or doing laundry. E-mail is sent to the community members to alert them to new tasks.


Helpful Organizations and Websites for Seniors

  • Montgomery County Senior Resource Line 240-777-3000 (TTY 240-777-4575)
  • Find out about senior services available in your community. If in doubt, call us!
  • Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center 301-754-7152. The Caregiver Resource Center offers:
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Caregiver education programs
  • A resource library with books, audiotapes and videotapes on caregiving issues and health-related topics
  • Brochures from local service providers
  • Pamphlets, AARP publications, reprints of health-related articles and information on upcoming seminars and lectures
  • A free caregiver newsletter
  • The caregiver telephone helpline

Visit the Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center online to learn more, including the meeting times for support groups.

  • Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour Free Hotline 1-800-272-3900
    The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call toll-free anytime day or night. The Hotline is designed for caregivers, people with memory loss, health care professionals, and the public. Highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:
    • Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
    • Medications and other treatment options
    • General information about aging and brain health
    • Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
    • Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Resources

Support Groups - Online
Many people find the flexibility and anonymity of online support groups (which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to be more useful than in-person gatherings. Below are several on-line support groups that might be beneficial to you.Read a 2007 Orlando Sentinel article about support groups: “ The stressed, ill and alone find solace in online support groups."

 

 
 

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