Letter to the Editor: Alzheimer’s Association Alaska provides caregiver support

Being a caregiver can be isolating. It can be even more difficult for Alaskans who are not on the road system. Between the lack of a regular support group and a shortage of clinicians to consult, it can feel like all of the resources for caregivers in Alaska are reserved for the population centers.

You are not alone. Many Alaskans face similar challenges.

According to a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control in cooperation with the State of Alaska, 33,000 Alaskans provide care on a regular basis for loved ones with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Association Alaska is here to help all Alaskans affected by dementia. You don’t have to live on the road system to access our services.

If you have Facebook, join Alaskans like you by searching “Alzheimer’s Association Alaska” and ‘like’ our page to see:

  • Helpful information on living well with memory loss in the 907.
  • Many free services we provide via our 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900), where you can speak confidentially with Masters-level clinicians and specialists
  • Updates in real time on dementia-related state and federal policy and funding, and opportunities to advocate for seniors and caregivers

If you don’t have Facebook, no worries. You can call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 for support, and you can become an advocate for Alaskans affected by dementia at alz.org/get-involved-now/advocate.

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Alzheimer’s Association Alaska is fighting back against all forms of dementia by advocating for improved services for affected Alaskans, and funding for dementia research. Our elected officials are listening. Thank you to Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan for voting in support of a historic increase in funding for dementia research.

You are not alone. We are here to help.

Molly Pellegrom
Advocate, Alzheimer’s Association Alaska

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