Alzheimer's Outreach Program

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of
death in the United States

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or dementia. This is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. In Western Nevada County, families dealing with Alzheimer's or other progressive dementia have a place to go for support and assistance - The Alzheimer's Outreach Program (AOP). 

Individual Support:

If you are in need of one-on-one counseling or support, please contact the AOP Program Coordinator, Judy Kautz at (530) 274-6007 ext. 5595

What is AOP?

AOP is a community service provided by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital that helps support any individual or caregiver suffering from a memory impairment. There are two primary components to AOP; educational and clinical.

What is the Educational Component of AOP?

AOP works toward providing educational opportunities for the community to become more informed about Alzheimer’s and related dementias. AOP provides talks at each “Yes I Can” Series of classes - on “Caring for the Caregiver” as well as “Getting Directives in Place.” There are also collaborations with the Alzheimer’s Association for educational opportunities as well as collaborations with the Hospital Foundation for classes- both for caregivers and for professionals (Hospital staff).

What is the Clinical Component of AOP?

AOP provides in-home or phone need assessments. We look at the whole picture from a biological, sociological and psychological standpoint and attempt to intervene to address concerns and solve issues, including:

  • Caregiver stress/burnout-linkage to mental health supports
  • Short and long range planning
  • Help with placement decisions
  • Linkage to resources that may provide respite for caregivers and offer respite funds if appropriate
  • Education and linkage to resources to find help in the home
  • Linkage to getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Education on managing difficult behaviors
  • Education on effective communication strategies for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia
  • Linkage to information on Caregiver Support Groups and Educational Opportunities
  • Facilitation of family meetings regarding planning, safety and stress
  • Education on importance of getting affairs in order (DPOA health/finance)
  • Linkage to Medi-Cal/IHSS

Upcoming Events:

To learn more about upcoming event click here. 

For More Information Contact:

Linda Aeschliman
AOP Education Coordinator

Email: linda.aeschliman@dignityhealth.org
Call or Text: (530) 648-0592
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 1810
Grass Valley, CA 95945
 

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