CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association have announced an enhanced online tool to make it easier to find information and resources.
The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.
The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder (communityresourcefinder.org) is a database of dementia and aging-related resources powered by Carelike®. The online tool makes it easy for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregivers and those involved in making care-related decisions to find local programs and services.
"Out of the approximately 470,000 family caregivers in Oregon, about 40% of them are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease,” said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon Government Relations Director. “We hope this new resource will help reduce caregiver stress and help families deal with this devastating disease."
The updated database expands the previously available Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, which launched in 2011 and today receives 37,000 monthly visits. The new platform will extend the reach to even more people with care and support needs. It features additional resources from AARP, including webinars, programs and events. It also offers a new advanced search tool to help people find local resources based on specific needs, such as payment options and specialized services. In addition, users are now able to share search results with family and other care team members to help facilitate caregiving decisions, keeping everyone informed.
The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder allows caregivers to search available resources in their area by simply entering their zip code. The database includes listings for a wide range of services, including:
- Housing options.
- Care at home.
- Medical services.
- Legal services, including elder law attorneys.
- Community services, such as adult day centers and transportation.
- Alzheimer’s Association information, programs and services.
- AARP information, programs and services.
The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder offers additional features to assist family caregivers, including tip sheets to help guide decisions regarding various providers and services, links to online communities, a glossary of terms for caregivers and state-by-state licensing information for residential, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.