70 Strong Resources on Dementia, Memory Loss and Normal Aging

Many older adults come to 70Strong.org seeking information and resources in San Mateo County, California, on memory loss, dementia, the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and normal aging.

These are issues of growing concern as our population ages. As the National Institute on Aging states, “Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living.”

An estimated 7,000 San Mateo County residents are likely to live alone in the year 2030, and the County and Alzheimer’s Association have teamed up to reach them. (See “Support Staying Home” below.)

Community Resources

Below are free and low-cost community resources. Call our 70 Strong Navigators at 650.780.7547 for personalized recommendations, especially for residents of Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Carlos, Woodside and parts of Foster City, Menlo Park and San Mateo (94404).

  • Upcoming talks and seminars – Browse the 70 Strong Events listings for upcoming talks by experts such as Rachel Kast, MSW, with the Alzheimer’s Association, and other organizations on available resources and such topics as planning for the future, how family members and caregivers can help a person with dementia, communicating with doctors, coping with legal and safety issues, care at home, adult day care and respite care.
    *** Save the Date ***
    Free seminars from Alzheimer’s Association & 70 Strong

    Aug. 7
    Oct. 18

    10:30 am at Redwood City Public Library

    There are also talks on coping when a loved one can no longer be cared at home and may need the following: Board and Care or Assisted Living, or Skilled Nursing Care.

    Check often as we update our Events frequently!

  • Caregiver support groups – these are crucial for relieving caregiver stress and highly valued by people who attend. We have extensive listings of caregiver support groups throughout San Mateo County. Organizations hosting support groups include Catholic Charities, ElderConsult, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Center and others. Go to directory.70Strong.org, type in “support groups” and your area.
  • 24/7 Helplinefree helpline run by Alzheimer’s Association in English and Spanish. Interpreters available.
  • Support Staying Home program for people living alone – The Alzheimer’s Association and the County of San Mateo designed this program for adults who live alone and are experiencing memory loss, or who have already been diagnosed as having dementia. Case managers will make home visits, and can provide a memory screening and help determine a service plan for the client. The program especially targets low-income residents who might not have the financial means for paying for services such as in-home personal care, meal preparation and light housekeeping on their own.
  • Music & Memory programthis innovative free program provides free ipods with customized play lists to people with dementia.
  • MedicAlert – a low-cost program in partnership with Alzheimer’s Association manages emergency response if a person with dementia wanders or has a medical emergency.

    Please browse directory.70strong.org for more information. Or call our Navigators at 650.780.7547.