Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Helpline Open to Help Families Impacted by Alzheimer’s in the Aftermath of Tornadoes and Severe Storms

(March 24, 2022)—Following tornadoes and severe storms that caused devastation and casualties in several southern states including Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is reminding families in those areas affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses that the AFA Helpline is available to provide assistance, answers, and support. AFA’s Helpline is open seven days a week and staffed entirely by licensed social workers who are specifically trained in dementia care.

Ways to connect with the AFA Helpline include:

  • Phone: 866-232-8484
  • Text message: 646-586-5283
  • Webchat at; Click on the blue-and-white chat icon on the lower right-hand corner of the page.

(latter two methods are available in 90+ languages)

AFA’s Helpline social workers can address questions such as:

  • How can I keep my loved one calm and feel safe?
  • What steps can I take to deal with the additional stress and anxiety?
  • What can I do to help prevent or reduce agitation?
  • Are there ways to handle the disruptions to my loved one’s daily routine?
  • What steps can I take to reduce the likelihood that my loved one wanders from home, particularly at night?
  • How can I find alternatives if there is a disruption in local home care/respite care services?

Individuals can connect with a licensed social worker seven days a week through the AFA Helpline by calling 866-232-8484, sending a text to 646-586-5283 or web chatting through

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