Dementia Education and Resources

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What is Dementia?

Dementia is a word that conjures up fear and misunderstanding for most people. What do we really know about Dementia?

What is Dementia? (PDF)

Getting a Dementia Diagnosis

Information regarding memory screening, memory specialists, and locations of memory clinics in the West Michigan area. 

Getting a Dementia Diagnosis (PDF)

Facing Memory Loss: Steps to Take

A checklist of steps to take when you or a loved one is facing memory loss including educational resources. 

Facing Memory Loss: Steps to Take (PDF)


Dementia Education Programs in West Michigan

Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter is the premier source of information and support for Michigan residents living with dementia and their families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a broad range of free programs and services, funding for Alzheimer's and dementia research, and advocacy efforts on behalf of Michiganders. 

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, headquartered in Metro Detroit with offices throughout the state as far north as Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, can help you get the information you need about memory loss and dementia. Their virtual, dial-in and in-person education programs take place from our headquarters in Southfield to the capital in Lansing to the shorelines of Muskegon, Traverse City and beyond.

Please email them at helplinegmc@alz.org with questions, or call our Helpline.

Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter Education Programs

Area Agency on Aging of Wester Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan provides older adults and adults living with a disability an array of services designed to promote independence and dignity in their homes and their communities.

Please email them at aaainfo@aaawm.org with questions, or call our Helpline.

 

Senior & Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resource Network

The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community that will improve the quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients.

Please email them at crninfo@aaawm.org with questions, or call our Helpline.

Caregiver Resource Events

The Clark

The Clark is committed in offering a Community Dementia Series with courses on a variety of topics focusing on how you can provide the best care for your loved one dealing with memory loss.

Please email them at marketing@clarkretirement.org with questions, or call our Helpline.

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Dementia Friends Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is the state-lead of the Dementia Friends Michigan program. Dementia Friends USA is a nationwide movement changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. By incorporating Dementia Friends into open, accessible communities, those living with dementia and those who care about them continue to be active participants in the communities in which they reside.

Would you like to learn more about dementia, how it affects people, and what actions you can take to make a difference for people living with dementia? In a session, you’ll learn how to recognize signs of dementia, how to effectively interact with people living with dementia, and how you can make our community a friendly place through your daily work and community interactions by supporting people with dementia.

Dementia Friend Session Registration