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Free ‘navigator’ offered online

The Alzheimer’s Association® has launched an online assessment program, Alzheimer’s Navigator¿, to help caregivers and people with dementia evaluate their needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services.

To join Alzheimer’s Navigator at no cost, visit www.alzheimersnavigator.org

The Alzheimer’s Association provides consultation to 250,000 people each year through its toll-free Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Developed with the feedback of people living with Alzheimer’s and caregivers, Alzheimer’s Navigator also allows users to reassess needs and adjust care plans as the disease progresses.

There are 320,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and nearly 1 million people caring for them in New York State.

Alzheimer’s Navigator is another resource from the Alzheimer’s Association to ensure those impacted by the disease are able to develop evolving, interactive care management plans in a format that works for them.

Following a brief welcome survey, Alzheimer’s Navigator users complete a set of focused questions. Their responses identify topics that warrant further exploration ranging from activities of daily life to legal and financial planning to safety precautions.

Then users are taken to their personal webpage or "dashboard" where they will find a customized action plan detailing next steps and suggested resources. For example, ALZConnected, the Alzheimer’s Association social network community, might be suggested if the user is seeking the moral support of peers but is unable to attend in-person support groups. When local resources are needed, Alzheimer’s Navigator works in conjunction with Community Resource Finder, an online search engine, to locate community programs, services and resources such as adult day care or long-term care facilities.

Users can also create and manage care teams so that multiple people can access and participate in the customized action plan, enabling long-distance caregivers to partake and primary caregivers to share the responsibility.

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