PLATTSBURGH –– The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, which provides free support services to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, has been recognized by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center as a 2020 Rising Star for the services they provide in northern New York state. The initiative was among five respite services nationwide to receive this distinction.

The Caregiver Support Initiative operates under a grant from the New York State Department of Health to provide outreach and support services to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Offerings include memory cafés, support groups, educational training and respite services, along with educational materials provided to caregivers free of charge. Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, the Caregiver Support Initiative has continued to support caregivers through virtual services including webinars and discussion groups.

“Our services support caregivers no matter where they are in their journey,” said Dr. Richard Durant, director of the Caregiver Support Initiative. “It is important that caregivers know they are not alone, and resources are available to them as they navigate the obstacles of caregiving. It is our hope to provide not only educational tools to caregivers, but also the respite they need in order to practice self-care as they care for their loved one.”

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Network recognizes the array of free support services, specifically the respite services, the Caregiver Support Initiative offers.

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