Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiving

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, accounts for about 60-80% of all cases of dementia, a constellation of diseases and conditions that cause impaired memory and cognition, behavior changes and are ultimately fatal. It is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time and symptoms can vary. The first problem many people may notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function at home, work, or in enjoying lifelong hobbies. It is a disease that may cause a person to become confused, lost in familiar places, misplace things, or have trouble with language. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association. Click here to read more about Early Diagnosis of Dementia.

Are you a family caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and don’t know where to start?

Start with us. We can help.

ADRC, Aging and Disability Resource Center, New Mexico 1-800-432-2080

Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter

  • Provides information, support and services to New Mexicans who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their families and caregivers. Some of the available resources include a 24/7 helpline, support groups and respite reimbursement. Call today at 1-505-266-4473.

Are you looking for FREE caregiving training?

  • The "Skills for Dementia Caregiving", also known as the Savvy Caregiver Program, is an evidence-based training program for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It offers training that will provide the caregiver with the skills and knowledge that the role of caregiving requires. To find a course in your area, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-505-266-4473.
  • New Mexico's Respite Care Training Portal, offered through the New Mexico Caregiver Coalition.
    • Students, potential caregivers, and volunteers seeking work as caregivers can now take an online, self-paced program that results in a Certificate of Completion — all at no cost to the user. Developed by ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the course builds the knowledge and skills required for becoming a paid or volunteer respite caregiver in New Mexico. Training includes specific instructions for locating respite care opportunities within our state. This 7-hour course focuses heavily on care for service to persons with developmental abilities.

I need help with respite care.

  • Call our ADRC at 1-800-432-2080
  • Download our handy one page guide here Respite for Caregivers.

Do you need help with planning?

  • The Importance of Planning Ahead resource and information sheet to download and print.
  • Benefits and Long-Term Care
    • Options counselors at our New Mexico ADRC can provide information and planning assistance as you consider your future needs for yourself and your loved one. Call us at 1-800-432-2080
  • Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Center provides information for long-term care planning
  • AARP Caregiver Resource Center

New Mexico State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

The New Mexico State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia (2022-2025) presents goals and recommended actions to address key demographic factors shaping the needs and priorities of the older adult population – specifically, those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The development of this plan was a cooperative effort, involving input from state and federal agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout the State.

New Mexico State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 2022 – 2025

Previous State Plans for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Skills for Dementia Caregiving, also known as the Savvy Caregiver Program

Download and print our resource and information sheet.

More Helpful Resources

I need help. Where do I start? Call us. 1-800-432-2080

Need help? Click here to call us. 1-800-432-2080

Try Searching Click here to search.