Dementia is a decline in mental function that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s everyday life. The emotional and mental effects can be devastating and stressful. Add the financial strain of long-term care, medications, therapy, and appointments, and you could feel completely overwhelmed. Thankfully, several organizations offer free and low-cost resources to those suffering from dementia:
Free Screenings: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides free, confidential memory screenings administered by qualified professionals. For Indiana, the site is located at the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131. Screenings are held by appointment by calling 317-736-7185. You can find more free screening sites in other states here.
Resources (Alzheimer’s or Dementia): The Alzheimer’s Association provides free resources for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (or another form of dementia) such as articles, videos, workbooks, telephone helpline, local and online support groups, and free education courses. You can also search for additional low-cost and free programs and services available in your area, including support groups and educational workshops.
Resources (Caregiver): The Alzheimer’s Association also provides free information and resources for those acting as caregiver for someone with dementia. You can search for local and online support groups and message boards to connect with those dealing with the same type of issues. You can also find resources for different care options to assist you in your caregiving. Sixty and Me offers an elder care handbook to help you find local and national resources. The National Institute on Aging contains resources for relieving stress and anxiety.
Financial Aid: Paying for Senior Care helps individuals in planning and implementing long-term care. It helps families and caregivers locate public and private programs available to assist in covering the cost of long-term care. Paying for Senior Care has a section to help you find your local Area Agency on Aging, which provides a collection of services via government funding such as insurance counseling, transportation assistance, and caregiver support. The Alzheimer’s Association also describes a number of financial aid options available, including government programs and retirement benefits. It also offers advice on legal and financial planning for those in the early stages of dementia.
While there is currently no cure for dementia, these free and low-cost resources can help families and individuals deal successfully with the challenges of dementia.