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Alzheimer's Disease


Area resources:
  • Grand Island Veterans Home, Capital Avenue, 385-6252
  • Edgewood Vista, 214 N. Piper St., 384-0717
  • Hamilton Manor, 1515 Fifth St., Aurora, (402) 694-2128
  • Assisted living facilities:

  • Bickford Cottage, 3285 Woodbridge Blvd., 384-3800
  • Riverside Lodge, 404 Woodland Drive, 382-1657
  • Primrose Retirement Community, 3990 W. Capital Ave., 381-4100
  • Lebensraum Assisted Living, 118 S. Ingalls St., 382-9066
  • Phone:

  • Alzheimer’s Association’s 24-hour Help Line, (800) 272-3900
  • Programs:

  • Safe Return Program — Safe Return is a national, government-funded program of the Alzheimer’s Association that assists in the identification and safe, timely return of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias who wander off, sometimes far from home, and become lost.
    The Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return Program is the only nationwide program of its kind. Since the program began in 1993, nearly 100,000 individuals have registered in Safe Return nationwide. The program has facilitated the recovery of more than 7,500 individuals to their families and caregivers with a success rate of more than 99 percent in safely returning those registered in the program.
  • Web sites:

  • Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org
  • Alzheimer’s Association of the Great Plains, www.alzgreatplains.org
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, www.alzheimers.org
  • Alzheimer’s Disease International, www.alz.co.uk
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Report, www.preventad.com
  • Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, www.j-alz.com
  • Web MD, www.webmd.com
  • Books (general):

    • “The 36-Hour Day: A Family’s Guide to Caring for a Person With Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementia, Illnesses and Memory Loss Later in Life,” Nancy L. Mace and Peter L. Rabins
    • “The Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease,” published by Mayo Clinic Health Information
    • “Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers,” Daniel Kuhn and David A. Bennett, M.D.
    • “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing With the Disease,” Joanne Koenig Coste
    • “There’s Still a Person in There: The Complete Guide to Treating and Coping With Alzheimer’s,” Michael Castleman
    • “Talking to Alzheimer’s: Simple Ways to Connect When You Visit With a Family Member or Friend,” Claudia J. Strauss
    • “The Forgetting — Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic,” David Shenk

    Books (for caregivers):

    • “Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery,” National Institute on Aging, can be ordered for free by calling (800) 438-4380
    • “Carebook: A Workbook for Caregiver Peace of Mind,” Joyce Beedle
    • “Eldercare 911: The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions,” Susan Beerman and Judith Rappaport-Musson
    • “A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, A Guide for Family Caregivers,” Virginia Bell and David Troxel
    • “Caregiver Guide: Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease,” National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, can be ordered for free by calling (800) 438-4380
    • “Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders,” Donna Cohen and Carl Eisdorfer
    • “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A New Philosophy for Patients and Those Who Care for Them,” Joanne Koenig Coste
    • “Alzheimer’s Sourcebook for Caregivers: A Practical Guide for Getting Through the Day,” Frena Gray-Davidson
    • “Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook,” Howard Gruetzner
    • “The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers,” Maria M. Meyer and Paula Derr
    • “The Alzheimer’s Health Care Handbook: How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Relative With Alzheimer’s Disease, In and Out of the Hospital,” M.S. Mittelman
    • “Courage to Care: A Caregiver’s Guide Through Each Stage of Alzheimer’s,” Joanne Parrent
    • “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Families and Caregivers,” Lenore Powell and Katie Courtice
    • “Family Caregivers Guide: A Comprehensive Handbook for Caring for Your Loved One at Home,” Shelly Schonhoff and Joanna Speaker
    • “The Handholder’s Handbook: A Guide to Caregivers of People With Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias,” Rosette Teitel