Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive and incurable disease that attacks brain cells, resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia. Many options are available to assist families and other caregivers through education, support and services.

In-Home Respite Care

Respite care can ease the burden on families and caregivers by providing a brief break from caring for an individual at home with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. A trained home care aide can provide the supervision and service necessary for families and caregivers to attend appointments, go to the grocery store, or simply take a nap and get needed rest from their caregiving responsibilities.

Adult Day Service

Adult day service can provide assistance for families and caregivers who cannot leave an older adult alone due to their cognitive impairment. Adult Day Centers provide structured, therapeutic group and individual activities as well as a hot lunch and snacks. The socialization and mental stimulation for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia often enables them to remain independent as long as possible. Often times transportation to and from the center may be provided as well.

Adult Day Service is available in Gallia and Scioto counties. To access this service or for more information, contact the Gallia County Council on Aging at 740-446-7000 or United Scioto Senior Activities at 740-354-6672

Education and Support

The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. contracts with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a variety of services for persons and their families with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Telephone Hotline: a toll-free phone number and local information and support services for families, professionals and the general public.
  • Support Groups: ongoing groups of family members who share information and provide support to one another.
  • Family Education: educational programs for family members caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Public Education: educational programs and materials geared toward the general public.
  • Professional Education: educational programs for professionals and paraprofessionals working with people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Newsletters
  • Safe Return: a national program that helps return people home safely if they wander away and become lost.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati provides these services. They can be reached at 800-272-3900.