In northern Indiana alone, more than 36,500 persons have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging estimates that, as the aging US population grows, as many as 15 million American could be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2040.
More than seven out of ten people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, and almost 75% of the homecare is provided by family and friends. Disease education and learning how to use simple caregiving approaches can enrich the quality of life for the caregiver as well as the per-son with dementia. Through our many education programs and services we pro-vide training, support, and community referral services for persons with the disease, and caregivers—both family caregivers and professionals who provide day services, home health services, and residential care.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana (ADSNI) is a not-for-profit agency that has been serving northern Indiana families since 1982. The mission of ADSNI is “Bringing hope and help to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementia through service, support, education, advocacy and research.” As of July 1, 2013, ADSNI has also been a division of Resources for Enhancing Adult Living (REAL Services) whose ultimate objective is to assist in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives. For over 32 years ADSNI has been an affiliated member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a national organization that closely parallels our mission of service, support, education, and advocacy. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is able to provide the strong leadership needed on a national level for caregiver support and education.
ADSNI is deeply committed to its mission to provide families in northern Indiana with support, information, education, and referral services, and to educate the public and health care professionals about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Our overriding obligation is to be responsive to the needs of persons in northern Indiana through programs and services that have been built through local financial support, community partnerships and volunteer efforts. All donations to ADSNI remain in northern Indiana; they are not sent to other parts of the state or to national organizations.
All of our services (with the exception of Milton Adult Day Services) are offered at no cost to families in the following 11 Indiana Counties: Elkhart, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, and Starke.
TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE SUPPORT LINE:
Confidential telephone service that offers emotional support, disease information, care-giving tips and support, and referral to local community services. (888) 303-0180 or (574) 232-4121.
For both caregivers and persons in early stages of dementia
MONTHLY DEMENTIA CLASSES:
Free monthly classes that provide information and education regarding various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Available in both St. Joseph and Lake counties.
Meets one-on-one with families to provide assessment, education, help with problem-solving and linkage to appropriate community services.
SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS:
Provides disease orientation, care-giving skills, and coping strategies.
Available to community groups, churches, etc.—regarding Alzheimer’s related issues.
Sponsored by our national affiliate, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), free, monthly telephone support network offering caregivers disease coaching, support, and national speakers. To access on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 1:00 pm EST, call toll-free 877-594-8353, then enter Guest ID #46692951#.
AFA RESPITE SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s foundation of America (and available only via member organizations such as Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services), provides renewable grants of up to $1,000 to families who are in need of respite services.
SADIE MAGER EMERGENCY RESPITE FUND:
Offers one-time grants of $500 to lower-income families in need of respite services.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services: www.alzni.org, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: www.alzfdn.org.
Features information on care-giving tips, disease information, upcoming educational conferences and workshops, advances about Alzheimer’s etc.
CAREADVANTAGE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE:
Free magazine produced by the Alzheimer’s foundation of America, for care-givers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease/related illnesses.
Contains books, videos, and pamphlets regarding various aspects of dementia and the caregiving process.
MILTON ADULT DAY SERVICES:
Full-service day center in St. Joseph County offering structured activities, socialization, health monitoring, and safe and secure surroundings for physically or cognitively-impaired older adults during the daytime. Various financial assistance programs are available, including Veteran’s Administrations, Medicaid waiver, and other grants. Website: www.MiltonADS.org. Call (574) 232-2666
We hope you’ll mark your calendar for our 15TH ANNUAL FAMILY WALK that will be held the morning of Saturday, May 16, 2014 at Franciscan Communities, 203 Franciscan Dr., Crown Point.
To learn more about the support class topics, Annual Family Walk and other upcoming events contact ADSNI Community Relations Coordinator Leona Bachan at Leona@alzni.org.
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