“Dementia is a group of brain disorders that make it difficult to remember, think clearly, make decisions, or even control emotions.”
Alzheimer’s Arkansas is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Arkansas families affected by any kind of dementia. Its mission is to provide the information and support needed so that all Arkansans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are able to live with dignity and comfort until a cure is found.
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Dementia is a group of brain disorders that make it difficult to remember, think clearly, make decisions, or even control emotions. A diagnosis is usually given when there are at least two impairments that cause difficulties in day to day functions. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia of which there are many different types. Dementia is an umbrella term. For example, if someone says they have a fruit, your first question would be “What type?” If a diagnosis of dementia is given, then the next question should be “What type?” The answer can provide insight into available treatments, expectations of the disease, and the role of the caregiver.
What resources are available for caregivers of loved ones with dementia in Arkansas?
There are many wonderful resources available! At Alzheimer’s Arkansas we strive to be the one-stop resource available. Our monthly lunch and learns, annual caregiver workshops, and support groups are sure to have something for everyone in need. Visit ALZark.org to find an educational or support opportunity near you. Additionally, we offer grants to assist caregivers in covering the costs of respite care, utilities, legal services, minor home modifications (to create a safer environment for your loved one), and more. Visit ALZark.org/grants for eligibility, an application, and more information. There may be many moments where you feel lost and unsure of what to do. Take advantage of our 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-689-6090. We’d love to offer advice, support, education, or refer you to needed resources around the state.