In 1983, a Baton Rouge neurologist and his nurse who cared for Alzheimer’s patients hosted an informational meeting for caregivers and patients. They planned for only 30 people to come to the meeting, but were shocked when they stepped out to speak in front of a packed house of over a 100 people in a standing room only crowd. It was apparent – there was a serious need in Baton Rouge for guidance with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Fast-forward thirty-plus years later and that informal support group has evolved into Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, the only non-profit organization providing support and education to 10 parishes in South Louisiana and the approximately 20,000 people with the disease.
Today Alzheimer’s Services serves the community through education and training programs on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; support services for the memory-impaired, as well as physicians and caregivers; a Resource Library; telephone HelpLine; raising community awareness of the disease; social activities for families and patients; and Charlie’s Place Respite Centers in Baton Rouge and Gonzales.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY!