1159 N. Craycroft
Tucson, AZ 85712
Hours of Operation8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
24-hour Helpline - Call 1.800.272.3900
The vision of the Alzheimer's Association® is a world without this tragic disease. We seek to fulfill this mission through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The purpose of the Desert Southwest Chapter is to empower and support individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada.
In 1981, family members caring for loved ones with the disease founded the Alzheimer's Association, a network of community-based 501c3 non-profit charitable organizations. Chapters were formed in Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott and Las Vegas to provide education, support and local services. The three Arizona chapters united in 2000, and Southern Nevada realigned in 2002 to form the present-day Desert Southwest Chapter.
Today, the Chapter’s staff and volunteers impact thousands of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families in the two-state area through six core programs:
- Helpline / Information and Referral offers 24/7 confidential, personal telephone support to individuals who can speak with a trained specialist. We provide callers with information about the disease, support and referrals to local resources.
- Family Care Consultation provides individualized guidance on care options, interventions and resources to address a person’s immediate needs and to plan for the future. This confidential service offers ongoing support throughout the course of the disease, free of charge.
- Support Groups are regularly scheduled small groups of caregivers who share information and experiences, build new skills, and offer peer support and ideas about issues related to dementia. Groups are facilitated by trained leaders and participation is free of charge.
- Education Programs offer sessions designed to increase awareness and knowledge about the disease for both families and professional workers. Topics of these practical sessions include introductions to the disease, addressing behavioral challenges, long-term planning and much more.
- MedicAlert® + Safe Return® is a nationwide identification and education program that reduces the risks of wandering and mobilizes first responders should an individual become lost. MASR provides peace of mind to caregivers as well as information on home safety and wandering prevention.
- Early Stage Programming offers specific activities focused on engaging, encouraging and empowering impacted individuals to fully utilize their strengths and capacities.