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The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska has been serving senior residents facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s and related dementias since 1984. With a presence in over 200 communities throughout the states, the non-profit organization provides consultations, care coordination, in-home services and education programs for health care professionals and family members who care for seniors with Alzheimer’s. A library of reading material, educational classes and support groups are also available at various office locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Glenallen. Additional resources for memory care in Alaska can be found through the Alzheimer’s Association’s Alaska chapter.
Targeted towards seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, memory care is a specialized type of assisted living service that includes not only help with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and eating, but also 24-hour supervision to prevent wandering and therapies designed to slow the rate of memory loss. Memory care in Alaska can be provided in a stand-alone facility that cares exclusively for seniors with memory loss, but is also frequently offered as part of the services given at traditional assisted living facilities and care homes. Seniors with severe, late-stage memory loss who have lost physical as well as mental capability are sometimes cared for in nursing homes, which provide comprehensive medical care in addition to supervision and help with the activities of daily living.