A Note of Thanks from an Alzheimer Caregiver  

Dear Board Member,

It was a pleasure meeting you this evening. As I described to you, I am very impressed and appreciative of all the services the Alzheimer’s Association off ers. Not so long ago, I was floundering in a sea of conflicting information regarding Medicaid eligibility for my mother-in-law, whom I and my husband have been caring for, for the past eight years. Unfortunately, her disease has progressed to the point where I find the level of care she needs to be extremely stressful and must turn to Medicaid for assistance. I attended a couple of seminars and made some contacts with people who work in the field but I still had many unanswered questions. Then I deduced to contact the Alzheimer’s Association for more guidance. I knew that they off ered seminars on fi nancial planning and Medicaid and signed up for them.

It was the best decision I ever made. Previously, it felt like I had been in a fog and suddenly, the fog lifted. There was clarity and information where before there was ignorance and confusion. Your presenters were extremely interesting and professional, as is your entire organization. Before I discovered your organization, I felt so alone and isolated. Now if I have any questions, I know I can always pick up the phone, call your Helpline and someone kind and compassionate will be on the line to assist me with whatever I need. This alone is so invaluable to someone living with the extremely high stress levels that taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s invariably creates. Just knowing you are out there, actually helps alleviate some of the stress and that means a lot.

I was so impressed with your outstanding organization that I called two social service agencies in my area and told them, “If you want to truly help caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers, you will send them to the Alzheimer’s Association,” and I proceeded to give them your phone number.

May you continue to go from strength to strength in your important work until the day a cure for this extremely challenging disease is discovered.

With much gratitude,

Nora R.