Texas ranks second in deaths caused by Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and it is estimated that nearly 400,000 Texans are affected. AD is a disorder that impairs memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform activities of daily living. It negatively impacts one’s overall quality of life and can eventually lead to death. Moreover, treatments for this disease are extremely limited, and a cure remains to be found. As the baby-boomer population ages, the medical, social, and fiscal challenges grow exponentially for our Nation.

Established in 1999, the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) is on the leading edge of research. TARCC is a collaboration between ten of the state’s leading medical research institutions and has greatly increased Texas’ capacity to advance research and discovery to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. TARCC’s Investigator Grant Program, as part of the state-funded Darrell K Royal Texas Alzheimer’s Initiative, provides financial support to Texas researchers to promote novel research and discovery towards understanding biological mechanisms, improving diagnosis, and developing therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Texas (ALZ TX) works to advance research while enhancing care and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and caregivers. ALZ TX assists families across the disease spectrum with education, care techniques, and support services. Core programs and services include Education and Training, Caregiver Support Groups, Early Stage Programs, Care Consultations, Community Respite Development, Information and Referral, Advocacy, and more. All of the programs are available at no cost to attendees.

Caregiver education is a crucial component to quality of care and quality of life for both the caregiver and care recipient. The nearly 1.5 million family caregivers in Texas can provide care for decades, experiencing escalations in supervision levels and personal care needs. This role requires specific skills and knowledge. Learning how to build a support team, identify and manage stress, and proper care techniques are indispensable skills. To address this, ALZ TX offers educational events throughout the year that provide practical information. Learn more about how ALZ TX can help your family by visiting www.txalz.org or call (512) 241-0420.

You don’t have to travel this journey alone. Accountable Aging can also support families during this challenging time by taking on the coordination that is required to support your loved one. We understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and would be honored to support you during this time.

About Alzheimer’s Texas

Alzheimer’s Texas provides information, referrals, and a variety of support programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their family members, caregivers and professionals. Alzheimer’s Texas has proudly served Texans since 1982.  We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, ID# 74-2286105.

Our programs include 24/7 Helpline, Consultations, Education, Training, Early Stage Support, Caregiver Support, and Community Respite Development.

Visit www.txalz.org to learn more.