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Alzheimer’s Family Support Center: Created by caregivers for caregivers

By on June 5, 2018 in Articles

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod provides an array of free supportive services to families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases.  Services include:

  • Support Groups
  • Ongoing Phone Support
  • Individual and Family Meetings and Supportive Counseling
  • Personalized Care Planning and Consultation
  • Insurance Consultation
  • Community Education and Information
  • Memory Screenings
  • Entry to a Network of Partners and Care Providers
  • A Clearinghouse of Information and Referrals
  • Outreach
  • Dementia Training
  • Cultural Events and Activities

Upper Cape Support Groups:

  • Falmouth – Caregiver Support Group, Dementia Support Group (run simultaneously); 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1-2:30pm at the Falmouth Senior Center, Facilitators are Molly Perdue (caregivers) and Patricia Collins (people with AD/dementia)
  • Mashpee – Caregiver Support Group, Dementia Activity Group (run simultaneously); 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4-5:30pm at Bridges at Mashpee, Facilitators are Molly Perdue (caregivers) and Rachael Devaney (people with AD/dementia)
  • Sandwich – Caregiver Support Group and Dementia Activity Group (run simultaneously); 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month, 10-11:30am at Sandwich Council on Aging; Facilitators are Sarah Joslin (caregivers) and Rachael Devaney (people with AD/dementia)
  • Bourne – Caregiver Support Group; 1st Wednesday of the month 10-11:30am at Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay; Facilitator: Sarah Joslin

Upper Cape Care Consultations with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center Clinical Staff:

The AFSC offers free, confidentail care consultations for families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.  Consultations are by appointment only.  Please call (508) 896-5170 for information or to schedule with one of our clinicians.

  • Molly Perdue, MA, PhD, NYU Clinician at Bridges at Mashpee, Wednesdays, 2-4pm and Seashore Point, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 1-3pm
  • Sarah Joslin, LICSW, NYU Clinician at Atria in Falmouth, Wednesdays, 11am-1pm or by appointment
  • Vaughn Harding, LICSW, NYU Clinician at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Sandwich, 1st Wednesdays of the month, 5:30-7pm

NYU Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI) Program:

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod is now offering the NYU Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI), providing counseling and support to garegivers and their families.  This program, studied for many years at NYU, has many proven benefits when offered in person, and is now being evaluated to determine its effectiveness online.  If you are living with your spouse or partner with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia and have at least one family member who could participate via video teleconferencing, you may be elibible for this study.  This research study involuves:

  • Completing a short online instructional progam about how to use the video teleconferencing program
  • Being contacted by a provider of the NYUCI
  • Completing an intake evaluation to help us better understand your situation
  • Being randomly assigned to receive either the NYUCI, via video teleconferencing, or help and support as needed over the telephone *If assigned to the NYUCI group, you will receive 6 sessions in 4 months, using video teleconferencing on the internet (2 individual sessiona and 4 sessions that include other family members selected by you).  All participants will receive telephone or email counseling as needed
  • Completing follow-up evaluation 4, 8, and 12 months after you enroll in the study so we can find out how your situation has changed
  • Willingness to participate in an online focus group to discuss your experience in the study

All services are provided free of charge, and are confidential according to HIPAA guidelines.  If you, or someone you know, need help, call (508) 896-5170, or send an email to [email protected] or visit www.alzheimerscapecod.com.

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