April Update: The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska takes seriously. Because of COVID-19, our offices are closed temporarily to the public. We are still here to help, just via phone, Zoom, or e-mail. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Contact us in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Mat-Su and the Copper River Valley.
We’re here for you.
Our professional Educators and Care Coordinators are committed to assist and support you to ensure the best quality of life possible for frail and vulnerable loved ones. We are here to help all Alaskans and their loved ones, not just those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.
You can help make a difference.
Every seven seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease; many people don’t know where to turn for help. Because Alaska has the second-fastest aging population in the country (Arizona is first), the demand for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and general senior care is growing dramatically. Your support can make a big difference in the life of an Alaskan senior. Always look for our blue puzzle piece logo to ensure all of your tax-deductible contributions stay in Alaska, supporting Alaskans!
Frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).
Do I have Alzheimer’s Disease, or am I just getting old?
Memory loss can be a normal part of aging, however, Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. Alzheimer’s is an illness which leads to a loss of cognitive abilities (i.e. memory, judgement, reasoning, language, perception, etc.). Symptoms usually occur in adults 65 years or older, although individuals in their 30s, 40s, and 50s may also be affected. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. However, it is not the only cause of dementia.
I am concerned that myself or a loved one might be experiencing ADRD. What can I do?
Aside from talking to you doctor, a memory screening can help you determine if its necessary or not. A memory screening is a confidential and simple tool that tests memory and thinking skills. It does not provide a diagnosis, but indicates whether further evaluation is needed. We offer free memory screenings for you and your loved ones. Call us and schedule your memory screening today.
What can I do now to prevent ADRD in the future?
Although aging and genetics are two risk factors you cannot control, there are many simple lifestyle changes you can make today to decrease your chances of developing ADRD. For example, eating right and exercising to improve heart and brain health are some of the most important preventative practices that can help decrease the chance of developing ADRD later in life. Read more about prevention in our “What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain” fact sheet.
Some of the services we offer:
A confidential and simple tool that tests memory and other thinking skills. A memory screening does not provide a diagnosis but indicates whether a further evaluation is needed.
Our free educational programs are available for individuals already experiencing ADRD or those concerned with memory loss. We also have a wide range of caregiver resources for those caring for a loved one experiencing ADRD.
Our Education Specialists or Care Coordinators can set up a free consultation with you in order to help you figure out the next step on your journey.
We offer Care Coordination through our program, Care Coordination Resource of Alaska (CCRA). We identify and connect you with the services and supports you need to maximize your independence and live safely in your home of choice.
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We have locations around the state to ensure you and your loved one get the help you need.