My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Alzheimer's Disease And Related Disorders Association, Chicago, IL, USA
As an Alzheimer's caregiver--first for my father, now my mother--I have been given outstanding support by the Alzheimer's Association. I was a longtime member of one of their caregiver support groups, a group that kept me going through information and emotional support when the going was roughest. I've attended their caregiver six-week (once a week) course--invaluable! Twice I went to their financial information group, in which volunteer lawyers talk about managing family finances and the path to medicaid for Mom's care. The Alz. Assn. supports art organizations in New York which provide special tours for Alzheimer's victims and their caregivers--one of not very many mutually enjoyable things Mom and I do together. (more below)
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Beyond the many things listed above, the Alz. Assn. in New York City gave a six-week (once a week) program in Mindfulness Training for Alzheimer's Caregivers. It made an enormous difference in my quality of life, and my calm capacity to care for Mom while retaining some sanity and sense of joy in my own life.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have them open up an office in Brooklyn. I have turned to their NYC office for help, and while the folks there are extraordinarily knowledgeable, lots of their knowledge has to do with services, events, etc., in Manhattan...sometimes a bit far away for us.
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