The Greater Boston area is home to many exceptional nonprofits, but the ones that serve moms are especially close to our hearts. Boston Moms is excited to spotlight and support the local nonprofit organizations that make our area so great.
This month, we are showcasing the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire is working to end Alzheimer’s and other dementia. They advocate on behalf of caregivers, help maximize quality care, and support moms caring for both their children and loved ones with Alzheimer’s simultaneously.
Join us in celebrating the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire by learning more about their mission and donating to their cause!
Where are you located? Our MA/NH chapter headquarters is in Waltham.
What is your mission? The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
How does your nonprofit support moms? Nearly two-thirds of all caregivers for people living with dementia are women, and one-quarter of caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers. This means they are providing care to both younger (their children) and older (their parents) generations. The Alzheimer’s Association provides education, guidance, and support for any challenges faced by these caregivers, all at no cost.
What is the most important thing women in the “sandwich generation” — those who are caring for their children and parents simultaneously — can do for themselves? Caregivers are at a high risk for physical, emotional, and financial problems. The most important thing these moms can do is make sure they can take care of their own needs, too. Taking care of themselves includes getting proper medical care, having support systems in place, and finding time for activities they enjoy.
What are the signs of caregiver stress or depression? The signs of caregiver stress are anger, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, sleeplessness, irritability, and physical complaints.
What programs do you offer to help caregivers navigate their challenges? We offer individualized assistance for a caregiver’s unique challenges through our 24/7 helpline (800-272-3900). We also offer support groups and education programs, both virtually and in person, specifically for caregivers.
How can moms access these programs? They can access our 24/7 helpline (800-272-3900) to talk to an expert for education, guidance, and support on any issues they are facing. The helpline can also provide information about education programs and support groups in every mom’s specific community. We also have a comprehensive website.
Are there volunteer opportunities? We are looking for people to volunteer in all areas of our work! You can learn about volunteer opportunities and apply to volunteer HERE.
What do donations to the Alzheimer’s Association go toward? Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association help fund research and care and support programs for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their families. This includes our 24/7 helpline, educational programs, support groups, and family care consultants that are provided at no cost.