SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

December 16, 2013 09:05 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Introduces Two Caregiver-Focused Chats

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - December 16, 2013) - In an effort to help increase real-time feedback and resources for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced two new series of online chats featuring medical and caregiving experts. Both chats will be hosted via AFA's Twitter account @alzfdn.

These chats are an extension of AFA's existing caregiver resources, which include a toll-free hotline staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences, monthly teleconferences, and telephone- and Skype-based support groups.

AFA Doc Chat (#AFADocChat) will kick off December 17, at 1 p.m. EST, with guest Richard E. Powers, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Ala., and a member of AFA's Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. Subsequent AFA Doc Chats will occur the third Tuesday of each month.

Coinciding with the holiday season, this initial AFA Doc Chat will focus on how caregivers can mitigate some of the stress and anxiety their loved ones may feel due to changes in routine or unfamiliar surroundings during holiday celebrations. Powers will also address strategies for dealing with the "anniversary phenomenon," the grief many caregivers of people with advanced dementia experience at this time when they think of past holidays before their loved one's mental decline.

In addition, in 2014, AFA will host quarterly chats sponsored by care ADvantage magazine, AFA's quarterly publication for family and professional caregivers. care ADvantage Chat (#careadvchat) will bring people inside stories from the magazine. It will take place on the third Thursday of each quarter (Jan. 16, April 17, July 17, Oct. 16), from 2-3 p.m. EST.

The first chat in this series, held last week, focused on the "where, when and how" of transitioning people with dementia to long-term care residences. It built on an article in the fall 2013 issue of care ADvantage; the magazine is available by free subscription.

For more information about these and other caregiver resources, visit or call 866-232-8484.

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America: The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, staffed by licensed social workers; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training, along with teen- and college student-specific divisions. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit, follow us on Twitter (@alzfdn), and "like" us on Facebook (

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