OPPORTUNITY: The Alzheimer's Association Volunteer Program Training is available with live sessions and webinars. We ask for 2.5 hour live sessions and 1 hour webinars to adequately provide opportunity for learning and group discussion. Following training the Alzheimer's Association provides field training and mentoring and sources all programs with Alzheimer's Association brochures, education materials and resources and tools. For additional information see alz.org/nj.
Background: The Alzheimer's Association is the leading non-profit volunteer led healthcare organization dedicated to Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia disorders. The Alzheimer's Association is the largest US funder of research and leader in global research funding around the world. The mission of the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is to help and support people with Alzheimer's and Related Disorders and their caregivers in the fourteen counties served in Central and Northern New Jersey. We offer programs and services to help in dealing with every aspect of the disease and engage with professionals to enhance knowledge and understanding of its effects on our communities. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline is available every day providing care and support, caregiver resources and information always answered by a live person, Dementia Trained Care and Support Specialists with translation services available in 200 dialects so language spoken in the home is the language communicated and never becomes a communication barrier to receiving the care and support families need at that time.
New Jersey currently has over 180,000 people living with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia disorders. The unmet need to provide care and support services and programs is to be better addressed through information and education forums and volunteer led delivery of core education programs by advanced health education professionals. The ability to expand the reach of Alzheimer's Association care and support in the Greater NJ region can be significantly aided by engaging Nurse educators as Volunteer Leaders for professional and consumer education, caregiver support groups, and early-stage engagement programs. The Alzheimer's Association has committed to increase our community outreach of care and support services through direct, community partnerships and volunteer-powered delivery.
The education programs and core education curricula are designed to deliver updated education, research and information and resources to communities across the spectrum of Alzheimer's disease. All programs and services are free for our communities as we strive to service our families and communities and instill dementia educated and informed and friendly communities of care and support. Programs are 1.5-2.5 to allow ample time for education and dialogue and sharing of best practices.