Rebecca Axline, LCSW
Lindy Suarez, LCSW
Learn more about the
NNAC Clinic Experience
Know that you are not alone. The NNAC is here to provide advice, guidance, tools and support in addition to medical treatment. Beyond our walls, there are wonderful organizations and people across the city, state and nation who will help you.
Below is a selection of resources offered by the NNAC and other reputable organizations:
NNAC clinical social workers can help patients, families and caregivers navigate throughout the spectrum of the disease, offering one-on-one assistance, as well as direction on an array of support services offered in the greater Houston area or your hometown. They will provide you with resources for everything from tools to handle difficult situations, to understanding what is covered by Medicare or your private insurance policy, to basic information about the disease and caregiving. Their goal is to educate and support you as you manage your loved one’s care needs. To speak with a social worker, call Rebecca Axline at 713-441-3812 or Lindy Suarez at 713-441-1832.
The NNAC Clinic offers compassion in patient care, in an environment that welcomes full involvement of the family and caregivers, as is uniquely appropriate for this disease. Dr. Gustavo Román and Dr. Bryan Spann, who head the NNAC clinic, are nationally-recognized experts in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. As part of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and The Methodist Hospital System, the NNAC offers a wealth of support and collaboration across medical disciplines, involving some of the nation’s top neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurophysiologists, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists. For an appointment, call 713-441-1150.
Researchers at the NNAC are working to discover not only what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but also how to prevent it, treat it and ultimately stop its progression. We are dedicated to discovering new diagnostics for early and accurate detection, as well as providing state-of-the-art training on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses for physicians and health care professionals.
The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) is one of the world’s top resources for families, caregivers and patients with all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Providing care and support for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is at the core of their mission. They have local chapters across the country where individuals can get one-on-one assistance and guidance, and they host support groups where patients, families and caregivers can talk with people who have similar experiences. The Alzheimer’s Association also offers a fully-staffed 24/7 help line that provides information and guidance in multiple languages.
The NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency. It funds more medical research than any other organization in the world. NIH Senior Health, a website developed by the National Institutes of Health, is a great resource for information on Alzheimer’s disease and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
In January of 2011, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) went into effect, calling for a national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease. Over the long term, a national plan should help provide direction and resources in America’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The NIH spearheaded development of the plan and its implementation. The first draft of the plan was released in 2012. The most recent 2013 update and recommendations for the plan can be found here. NAPA has five goals:
Other online resources for tips, tools and information on caregiving can be found at these sites:
|Today’s Caregiver: www.caregiver.com|
|National Council on Aging: www.ncoa.org/enhance-economic-security/5-resources-for-family.html|
|Family Caregiving Alliance: www.caregiver.org|
|Find professional caregivers in your local area at www.care.com|
|Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out by Richard Taylor provides insight from the point of view of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It has helped caregivers understand the disease from the perspective of their loved ones.|