Resources for Patients
About Alzheimer's Disease
The National Institute on Aging operates an Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center with on-line information, downloadable pamphlets, and videos to explain the disease. Information is available in English and in Spanish. You can watch a video "Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease" and order free publications.
The Alzheimer's Association offers resources for individuals and families, for example:
- "Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour" is a set of slides that explains how Alzheimer's affects the brain
- "Alzheimer's Facts and Figures" is a downloadable brochure that gives the latest data about how many people are affected and health care costs
For Individuals with Memory Problems and Family Members
The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has extensive on-line informational resources and offers many educational programs and support groups for individuals and family.
The Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center on the USC campus offers information and referral to caregivers of adults with acquired brain injury, including dementia.
Leeza's Place was developed in response to the challenges Leeza Gibbons and her family encountered while seeking specific and needed support, Leeza's Place is a potent source of information, strength and purpose. Nestled within your own community, Leeza's Place is a multifaceted reprieve, for both caregivers and the recently diagnosed, that integrates educational programs, connective social activities, emotional support, and intergenerational programming designed to help you navigate through your community's continuum of care.
Fotonovela on Dementia: Recuerdo Olvidados - Forgotten Memories
A Fotonovela on dementia, Recuerdos Olvidados [Forgotten Memories], was developed by University of Southern California Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Margaret Gatz, Education Core Director) in collaboration with USC’s School of Pharmacy (Mel Baron, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy). Each booklet includes both Spanish and English text. The focus of the story is describing early signs of dementia and encouraging families to seek assessment and diagnosis. Information is included about how to contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline and the NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center.
Support for the project was provided by the Forest Laboratories Inc., University of Southern California Good Neighbors Campaign, the National Association of Chain Drugstores, the Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pfizer Inc., and National Institute on Aging Grants No. P50 AG005142, T32 AG000037, and F31 AG035534.
Copies of the Fotonovela may be requested from Mel Baron, Pharm.D., MPA, USC School of Pharmacy, telephone (323) 442-2686, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Large orders of additional copies can be made at the cost of printing and shipping, with the possibility of including an insert individualized to the site who requests the special printing.
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