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.
Nutrition Program for Brain Health
Buenos Hábitos Alimenticios Para Una Buena Salud (Good Eating Habits for Good Health) is class in good nutrition for a healthy heart and for a healthy brain designed as a series of eight lessons. Lessons 1 through 4 may be conducted in one two-hour workshop session and lessons 5 through 8 in a second two-hour workshop session. The facilitator manuals may be downloaded here, including the materials necessary for making posters and participant handouts. The class is available in both Spanish and English. Buenos Hábitos Alimenticios Para Una Buena Salud was developed by Dr. Poorni Otilingam. The development of the program was supported by NIH Grant No. P50 AG005142.
Otilingam, P., & Gatz, M. (2008). Development of a culturally-tailored heart + brain health-focused nutritional educational intervention: Buenos habitos alimenticios para una Buena salud [Abstract]. Journal of Nutrition, Health, & Aging, 12, 425.