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AERS’ mission is to provide resources and services to caregivers of individuals with dementia and to educate the public and care-giving professionals about dementia.
AERS was first organized in December 2002 as Alzheimer’s of South Central Alabama (ALZSCA) at the request of the Psychiatry Division of the Alabama State Mental Health Department, and initially served fourteen counties in and around Montgomery. In January 2003 ALZSCA was incorporated as a non-profit organization and later received a 501(c) (3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service. Because resources were insufficient to adequately serve such a large geographic area, in 2005 ALZSCA changed its name to Alzheimer’s of the Greater Montgomery Area (AGMA) and limited services primarily to Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery Counties.
In 2008, Central Alabama Aging Consortium, through its nonprofit organization (Autauga, Montgomery, Elmore Seniors, Inc. – AMES) agreed to support the services being provided by AGMA by providing funding, office space and staff support. The AGMA board members joined the AMES board and the programs continued to operate under the auspices of AMES for the next five years.
In March 2013, the Aging Consortium expanded its state-funded programs and was no longer able to support the Alzheimer’s programs. At that time, the board members decided to re-organize and changed the name to Alzheimer’s Education, Resources & Services, Inc. (AERS) to better enable them to provide services outside the tri-county area.
The board of directors is comprised of physicians and professionals in the fields of social work, hospice, assisted living and senior services. Although the organization’s name has changed, the leadership has remained constant. The majority of our board members and staff has served the organization since its beginning and remain committed to our mission.
Services We Provide
- An annual Alzheimer’s/dementia training conference for professionals and caregivers. (Contact Education Hours provided to professionals). The annual conference is held the first Friday in August each year featuring well known Alzheimer’s experts.
- Public and private educational/training sessions for community organizations, care facilities and families. Educational/training programs are available for families and professionals caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
- Consultations for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult day care facilities caring for dementia patients.
- Speakers bureau for community organizations about Alzheimer’s Disease. AERS welcomes the opportunity to promote public awareness of Alzheimer’s/dementia through presentations to community organizations and groups.
- Support Groups. AERS assist with the organization and facilitation of Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups in the tri-county area.
- Training for caregivers, staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice and home health organizations.
- Information and referral for other community services.
- In-home assessments and assistance with care planning.
- Assistance and support for local caregiver support groups.
- Community awareness programs for civic groups and other organizations.
- Assistance to caregivers with problem solving as their loved ones develop challenging behaviors.
AERS also works with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office to sponsor Project Lifesaver – a system to help identify and locate Alzheimer’s memory impaired individuals who wander. For more information on this project, visit their website at www.montgomerysheriff.com and click on “Worried for a loved one?” and “Check on a loved one”.
AERS is not part of the Alzheimer’s Association. We are a local 51(c)3 non-profit organization. All funding that AERS receives from grants and donations stay local and go back into the community we live and work in.