Letter to the Editor

The holidays and Alzheimerís

Friday, December 3, 2021

As families come together this holiday season, they may notice cognitive changes in a loved one they donít see regularly. The Alzheimerís Association 24/7 Helpline - 800.272.3900 - remains a vital resource for individuals and families who have concerns about cognitive changes affecting a loved one.

The Alzheimerís Association Helpline is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, offering a wide-range of services and support, including:

*Specialists and masterís-level clinicians who offer confidential support and information, crisis assistance and emotional support.

* Referrals to local resources and programs for ongoing support through Alzheimerís Association local chapters across the country.

* Translation services in more than 200 languages for people living with the disease, caregivers, families and the public.

Today, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimerís disease, including 66,000 in Iowa. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends are serving as caregivers, including 73,000 in Iowa.