Alzheimer's Association Use of 2014 Grant
The Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter is the local expert on Alzheimer’s. We provide an array of educational programs for the general public, family caregivers and healthcare professionals. The Chapter’s 24-hour/7 days-a-week HELPline offers information about Alzheimer’s resources such as physicians, attorneys, financial planners and healthcare agencies. Our registered nurse delivers Care Consultations over the phone to assist families by addressing disease progression, offering coping techniques, managing behavior issues, presenting care options and other issues that are important to help the family develop an immediate and long term action plan. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s largest private, non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. In 2013-4, $600,000 in research grants have been awarded to Houston-area researchers through our Association’s international grant program. The Chapter website serves as our informational portal for people seeking dementia information and assistance. Our safety services, Comfort Zone and MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, identify, locate and reunite individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementias who may wander and become lost. The Chapter voices the concerns of those with Alzheimer’s to community leaders as well as monitoring and advocating for legislation on a state and national level that impacts families living with the disease.
Our Southeast Texas Regional Office puts our mission into practice by providing a wide array of education, programming and supportive care for individuals in Chambers, Jasper, Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, San Jacinto, and Tyler counties. Our Chapter increased our delivery of education programs in our rural and underserved communities to help the community be informed of the most recent advances in dementia research, enhance their understanding of the disease, and teach verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Early Stage Program Making Connections offers fun and easy ways to stay active and connect with like individuals with memory loss and their caregivers through a variety of community-based activities, education programs and social events. The Chapter maintains five caregiver support groups in Southeast Texas.
The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter used the 2014 grant funds from the Foundation for Southeast Texas to purchase a screen and speaker system to enhance the quality of presentations in rural communities. We were able to certify a new continuing education program, Nutrition for the Aging: A Research Update. We are now able to deliver this program in rural areas to enrich the care provided for individuals living with dementia.
We recently held a two hour continuing education seminar in Tyler County to train caregivers, nurses, and social workers on nutrition, communication techniques, and how to combat difficult behaviors in persons with dementia. Because of Foundation for Southeast Texas’s generosity, we can now deliver vital programs in our outlying counties which will help hundreds of individuals living with Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers.
Presentations with new speaker system and projector thanks to a grant from The Foundation For Southeast Texas.