The Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter is a wonderful resource for education on dementia. You can access dementia presentations with topics ranging from identifying the signs and symptoms to communicating with someone with dementia 24 hours a day. See here for more information.
Support for the Person with Dementia
Houston has several programs that are designed to promote socialization and engagement for people with dementia. Some of these programs can also be used as respite for the caregiver.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides Early Stage Programming for individuals in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The programming ranges from education workshops to creative activities.
BakerRipley Adult Day Center provides socialization and engagement for individuals with dementia. Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements and scheduling a tour.
CarePartners provides free volunteer run socialization activities for individuals with dementia throughout the Houston Metro Area. The hours and days offered vary by location. Click here to learn more about the criteria to attend gatherings.
Support for the Caregiver
BakerRipley Caregiver Support Services: In addition to this website, BakerRipley offers a variety of caregiver support services. Click here for a complete list of these resources.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is focused on providing optimal care and support to all families affected by dementia. They offer a variety of fact sheets and webinars designed to support the caregiver in navigating some of the most challenging aspects of their role. Additionally, they offer direct support to caregivers through a national help line where you can live chat, skype, or call a licensed social worker. For more information, call 866.232.8484 or visit alzfnd.org
Support Groups: The Alzheimer’s Association offers over 52 support groups. Click here to locate one near you.
Education Seminars are hosted by a variety of agencies in the Houston Metro area. Visit the calendar to find one near you.
Getting a Diagnosis
The Alzheimer’s Association provides an overview of the steps to getting a diagnosis, local diagnostic centers and an interactive tour of what to expect when being assessed. Click here to learn more.