The Alzheimer’s Association has more than 80 local chapters, which can direct you to any of more than 4,000 support groups for families and patients dealing with Alzheimer’s or to local faith-related resources.
Shepherd’s Centers of America is an interfaith network of community-based groups in 21 states caring for older adults. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the organization was begun by the Rev. Elbert C. Cole, whose wife had dementia for 17 years before she died.
HealthCare Chaplaincy coordinates the work of chaplains of different faiths in New York health-care institutions and does research. One research project involves daughters caring for mothers with Alzheimer’s.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., funds Faith in Action, a program using congregations and other community groups to provide greater access to health care for the ill, including those with Alzheimer’s. Doug Smith is program coordinator for Faith in Action, which is based at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Elder Cohousing Network in Davis, Calif., an eight-household community, opened in January 2006 as the first elder cohousing development in the country. Members range in age from 76 to 92; the community grew out of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Davis.