Compassionate Communication

Dos, don’ts, and general guidelines for treating people with Alzheimer’s with appropriate care and consideration.
Learn about how best to act with a person suffering from this difficult debilitation here.

Is it Alzheimer’s?

Guidelines for knowing whether to be concerned about the possibility of Alzheimer’s Disease in a loved one.
Learn how to spot warning signs and how to react to what you see here.

The ABCs of ADLs

Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, can be parts of the day that might seem inconsequential, but for someone with Alzheimer’s, they require special attention.
Learn how to assist a person with Alzheimer’s with his or her daily needs here.

Understand and Control Wandering

Alzheimer’s causes disorientation, which can lead to wandering.
Learn how to curb or prevent wandering, as well as ensure a safe return if your loved one is lost here.

Understand Dementia, Senility and Alzheimer’s

Facts and guidelines about these debilitating conditions to help you understand different aspects of dealing with them.
Learn about effects, treatment, coping, and much more here.

Caregiver Support Groups

Some of the best education comes from joining a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama offers a caregiver support group at our office on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month beginning at 11 a.m.  For a list of other group meetings in our area please click here.

Caregiver Conferences

Each year, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama hosts a Caregiver Conference, providing insight into the future of Alzheimer’s research and providing education for caregivers. For presentations and information about speakers, click here.

FrontoTemporal Degeneration (FTD)

Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a disease that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.  It causes a group of brain disorders that are characterized by changes in behavior and personality, language and motor skills, and an inevitable deterioration in the person’s ability to function.  FTD is often diagnosed in the middle to late 50s, when a person is actively parenting and nearing the height of his or her career.  For information on this disease visit the website of The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Home Care: A Guide to Resources

This guide was developed by Warren T. Jones, Sr., for use by people with dementia and caregivers as well as health care professionals in support of the growing role of home health.
He dedicated the guide to his wife, Bobbie J. Jones, PhD, who has Alzheimer’s. Click here.

Medicaid for the Elderly and Disabled – January 2015

This information packet outlines the details of eligibility for the following programs offered by the Alabama Medicaid Agency: Medicaid for Institutional Care, Home and Community Based Waivers and SSI Related Medicaid. Click here.

Brain Health

Follow along as we provide tips to help keep your brain healthy, from diet, to exercise to proper rest, there are some basic things to do to improve your overall brain health.

Social Security Disability Help

This article was provided by Social Security Disability Help, an independent organization dedicated to helping people of all ages receive Social Security disability benefits. For any additional information or assistance with your claim, their staff can be reached at

Educational DVDs featuring Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first-hand caregiving interactions. Her person-centered approach evolved to meet the complex and unique needs of individuals using effective and structured technique. ACA has 9 educational videos which can be checked out from our resource library. To see the full list available, click here.

12 books to consider as compiled by Lynda Everman

Lynda Everman has spent most of her adult life as a caregiver, first for her dad who, in 1994, showed symptoms of vascular dementia, and then for her husband who was diagnosed w MCI in 1997 and passed away in 2012. In 2010 she stepped out from the shadows and silence of caregiving to join fellow advocate Kathy Siggins in a national campaign for a semi postal stamp to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. A retired Human Resources professional from the University of California, she is determined to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease through public policy and increased funding for biomedical research.

Clinical Trials

If you wish to educate yourself and connect with clinical trials helping people with dementia and caregivers please click here: