Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama – A Local Organization Helping Local Families
This year Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) celebrates 30 years of service to local families caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Since 1991 we have primarily offered education and services ranging from home delivery of continence products to scholarships to attend an adult day care center, but 2020 has had its impact. Each of our programs has faced COVID related challenges and we have revised how we help our families.
We continue to offer Project Lifesaver Bracelets through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department and home delivery of continence supplies. However, our most costly program of offering scholarships to attend adult day care centers was put on hold as the local centers remain closed. Our first response to these families was to offer some initial food and monetary aid. We also put together emergency medical kits and with the help of volunteers 237 families in 19 counties received a kit. Many day care families switched to the continence supply delivery program, which now includes the option of receiving a case of the nutritional supplement Ensure. We have also offered in-home respite care for up to 4 hours per week. To combat boredom and isolation we offered families a robotic cat or dog – a very popular and successful item!
Despite losing over 120 individuals on our service programs in 2020, we are serving more families than ever. Over 280 families in 19 Alabama counties are touched by ACA in one of these profound ways each month. Our strength is derived from 30 years of amazing community support, including Kirkwood by the River, which has built ACA into a strong, independent, local, non-profit organization.