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Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Alzheimer's Resource Service serves families and professional caregivers who live or work with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Care for the caregiver is a primary mission of the center, and education, support, and resources are offered at no charge. Drop in services are not available, please make an appointment before visiting us. The center is generously funded by the Bloomington Hospital Foundation.
- Spouse Support Groups 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 3:30-5pm at 437 S. College Ave, no need to call ahead
- Memory Café, an early stage support group for people with dementia (please call ahead to inquire about joining this group and for details)
- Contacts for other support groups in the community
- Side-by-side groups for caregivers and persons with dementia available. The caregiver is provided with support and education while persons with dementia are led in therapeutic activity in a separate nearby room.
- In Person Consultation and Counseling
- Phone Consultation
- E-mail Consultation
- Books, Videos and Information for Public Use
Community Education and Outreach
- To request a program, please call or e-mail
About Memory Loss
"Dementia" means loss of intellectual capacity. Alzheimer's disease is a common cause of dementia and affects parts of the brain that control memory, thinking, and judgment. It can afflict people still in their 40's, although such early-onset Alzheimer's is quite unusual. The incidence of Alzheimer's begins to rise after the age of 65, and nearly half of those people 85 and older will develop the disease.
Most people with Alzheimer's disease are cared for at home by family members for years. The course of the illness is now considered to be in the range of three to 20 years, and many families care for their loved ones at home for much of that time.
The demands of providing care are extremely hard on family caregivers; in fact, the most common cause for the admission of a patient with Alzheimer's to an extended care facility is a major illness suffered by the primary caregiver.
If It Is Alzheimer's, Is There Anything That Can Be Done To Help?
Yes. There is much that can be done. It is true that there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's. However, people with Alzheimer's disease may live many years, and there is much that can be done to help during that time.
There are now prescription medications available that may help delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease in some people, especially if administered earlier in the disease process. This is one reason to seek early diagnosis and treatment.
As Alzheimer's progresses, certain perceptual and behavioral problems are quite common, including suspiciousness, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, wandering, and hallucinations. Carefully monitored treatment with the right medications in the right dosages and skillful, sensitive communication can dramatically improve the quality of life for both the individual with Alzheimer's and the family caregiver.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There is no charge for family consultation with the Alzheimer's Educator.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease, Developed by the Alzheimer's Association
- Recent memory loss that affects job skills
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation of time and place
- Poor or decreased judgment
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Changes in personality
- Loss of initiative