Open Jan. 2, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alzheimers Coachella Valley (ACV), a new community based 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit organization, will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Jan. 2, 2018 in the Berger Foundation Building, 42600 Cook Street, Ste. 125. Phone number is (760) 776-3100.

The office will be staffed by trained volunteers who can respond to callers and drop-in visitors with information and care advisor referrals for further support. During after-hours and weekends, phones will be answered by on-call staff.

Alzheimers Coachella Valley, formed by a group of concerned local volunteers, is dedicated to improving community health by providing needed professional and peer-led programs for persons diagnosed with cognitive impairment, their care-partners and families.

One hundred percent of monies raised in the Coachella Valley remain in the community to fill an ever-growing need for programs such as ongoing caregiver support groups; “Breathing Space,” scholarship dollars for respite care; “Traveling the Journey Together,” an eight-week series for the diagnosed patient and care-partner; as well as public and professional education. State approved Continuing Education Unit courses are available at ACV starting at the end of January.

Support groups are caregiver-driven programs that provide a safe place for those caring for someone with cognitive impairment where they can discuss with others in the same situation the challenges and feelings of being a caregiver. Attendees gain skills and resources to ensure a better quality of life for the caregiver and the individual with the disease.

Current ACV-led support groups are at Vista Cove, Rancho Mirage; Mission Hills Senior Living, Rancho Mirage; Mizell Community Center, Palm Springs; and at the ACV office.

Starting in January, the first “Traveling the Journey Together” 8-week program begins at the ACV office. An evaluation meeting with the facilitators is required to ensure the program is appropriate for the diagnosed patient.

Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley’s has qualified speakers available to talk to business organizations, churches, homeowner associations, and other community resource centers. 

For more information, call (760) 776-3100.

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