SOURCE: AGIS

December 20, 2007 09:00 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Partners With AGIS for New Online Resource to Help Millions of Americans Caring for Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Created for Caregivers, AGIS' New Resource Provides Comprehensive In-Depth Information and Tools Specialized for Alzheimer's and Dementia Family Caregivers, Coupled With AGIS' Comprehensive Forums and Caregiver Community Support

SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - As the foremost online resource for family caregivers, AGIS is proud to announce their new Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers section, created in partnership with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). AGIS' new free resource provides comprehensive online support for individuals caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The new Alzheimer's and Dementia section intuitively fuses an inclusive array of resources, tools, advice and support to enable caregivers to make the best care decisions with their loved ones.

AGIS brings together expert information, perspectives and resources for caregivers facing the unique challenges of caring for those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The new section provides detailed medical and research information, warning signs, current treatment options and an Ask the Expert area with answers from AFA's team of licensed social workers. The site offers in-depth solutions for distinct issues facing Alzheimer's disease and dementia caregivers, including difficult behaviors like wandering and sundowning, communication, daily care activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting, home safety, hospital stays, and relocation. Caregivers will also benefit from the local search feature that gives them access to specialized resources and facilities in their own communities.

"The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is proud to partner with AGIS to offer optimal care information and services to the increasing number of people caring for loved ones with dementia. Support is critical in the face of this heartbreaking disease," said Eric J. Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

"Our new Alzheimer's and Dementia section is designed to take away the guess work for caregivers," said Kevin Sypniewski, Founder and CEO, AGIS. "Watching a loved one slip away can be an emotionally challenging process -- we hope our resources will help alleviate some of the frustration and confusion, while offering a better understanding of dementia-related diseases, possible treatments and practical solutions for caregivers."

There are over five million Americans with the Alzheimer's disease and this number is expected to grow significantly as the average lifespan increases. According to a recent AFA estimate, nearly half of all Americans are at risk of acquiring Alzheimer's disease after age 85. People with Alzheimer's disease live an average of 8 to 10 years after diagnosis, and some may live significantly longer. AGIS' new online resource provides help with the responsibilities of caring for a loved one for such extended periods, and under such trying circumstances.

The AGIS Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Resource is located at: http://www.agis.com/alzheimers

About AGIS Network (Assist Guide Information Service), Inc.

Based in San Ramon, California, AGIS (AssistGuide Information Services) is the leading online community providing comprehensive information and access to eldercare solutions and services. Since 1998, AGIS (formerly AssistGuide) has been providing technology driven resources for the aging and disability communities. The company helps improve the quality of life for seniors and their families by uniting eldercare education with local, regional and national support services. For more information about AGIS, visit www.agis.com.

About the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

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