Frequently Asked Questions
24. What kinds of services are available to help caregivers take care of themselves?
Help From Support Groups
Building a local support system is a key way to get help. This system might include a caregiver support group, the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, family, friends, and faith groups.
You may want to join a support group of Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. These groups meet in person or online to share experiences and tips and give each other support. Ask your doctor, check online, or contact the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.
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Help From Mental Health Professionals
Mental health professionals and social workers help you deal with any stress you may be feeling. They help you understand feelings, such as anger, sadness, or feeling out of control. They can also help you make plans for unexpected or sudden events.
Mental health professionals charge by the hour. Medicare, Medicaid, and some private health insurance plans may cover some of these costs. Ask your health insurance plan which mental health counselors and services it covers. Then check with your doctor, local family service agencies, and community mental health agencies for referrals to counselors.
To learn where to get help in your community, contact
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, 1-800-438-4380 or www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers
- Alzheimer's Association, 1-800-272-3900
- Eldercare Locator, 1-800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov
You can also contact your local area agency on aging.