Finding Help for Someone with Dementia

By:
Stephanie Chong

From time to time, we receive calls from concerned family members and neighbors who are looking for companionship and support for someone with dementia. Sometimes the Village can help, more often the individual's needs are beyond the scope of our volunteer services. There are wonderful resources in our community that provide support and opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their care partners. Here are some local services that can be of help:

  • Companionship - Some care management agencies have companions who are trained professionals who spend time with their clients doing fun things like going to the movies or dining out. They also offer respite for care partners. Seabury Resources for Aging and Aging Well Eldercare are two options and you can find others through the Aging Life Care Association.
  • Socialization - There are several local organizations that offer programs and activities tailored to individuals with dementia.
      ◦ Club Memory at Sibley offers social opportunities and support groups for people with early cognitive loss and their care partners.
      ◦ Iona Senior Services offers a variety of programs, including Adult Day Health, Information and Referral, and Case Management.
      ◦ Friends Club of Bethesda is a social group designed to enhance the lives of men living with dementia.
  • Money Management - Professional Daily Money Managers manage personal daily money matters such as bills, budgets, and record keeping. You can find a Daily Money Manager near you through the American Association of Daily Money Managers. Iona Senior Services offers a Citywide Money Management program for DC residents who have cognitive loss and meet income eligibility requirements.

The Positive Aging SourceBook provides a comprehensive listing of local services and offers informative articles. The Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Area is also an excellent resource for information and support groups.

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