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Alzheimer’s Care Armenia and Mission Armenia Launch Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline in Armenia

The following is an Alzheimer’s Care Armenia press release

Under the directorship of Dr. Jane L. Mahakian, Founder of Alzheimer’s Care Armenia (ACA), ACA has partnered with Mission Armenia (NGO) to establish the Armenia National Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline beginning September 2019.  

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline has the endorsement of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

The National Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline is a sustainable service available to family members and other caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in Armenia.  The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline will have trained psychologists available Monday-Friday who will provide the most up-to-date information, education and support for callers to the Helpline. Callers can obtain disease education, referrals to specialists such as neurologists, supportive services and consultation to discuss behavioral strategies and best approaches.

The number of people in Armenia with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades. Currently, around 14.4% of Armenia’s population is already over the age of 60. By 2050, 31.5% of Armenia’s population will be over the age of 60.  With an aging population, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are prevalent and on the rise in Armenia, but the lack of information and education regarding diagnosis, care and treatment creates many challenges for those living with the disease and their loved ones. The Alzheimer’s Care Helpline will be serve as a “first stop” for caregivers in their journey with a loved one with a dementia. Up until recently, little attention has been given to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Armenia.

“In Armenia, dementia is still often treated as a mental illness,” comments Dr. Jane Mahakian, Ph.D., Founder of Alzheimer’s Care Armenia.  “This is just one of the many obstacles we’re working to overcome by making a concerted, organized effort toward creating sustainable programs and services.”  The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline will play a pivotal role in addressing the stigma associated with having a neurocognitive disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease by providing information and education which is now available to all caregivers and others who are caring for a loved one with a dementia.  

About Alzheimer’s Care Armenia

Alzheimer’s Care Armenia founded by Dr. Jane Mahakian in 2017 with the purpose of raising awareness and developing sustainable solutions for the care and treatment of people with Alzheimer’s disease. This is accomplished by creating programs and services, education and training to family caregivers, health care professionals and medical students and by working directly with Armenia’s institutions for the aged. Alzheimer’s Care Armenia is located in San Clemente, California.  It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of California and is a registered NGO in Armenia. It has no political or religious affiliations.

Under the directorship of Dr. Jane L. Mahakian, Founder of Alzheimer’s Care Armenia (ACA), ACA has partnered with Mission Armenia (NGO) to establish the Armenia National Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline beginning September 2019.  The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline has the endorsement of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

The National Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline is a sustainable service available to family members and other caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in Armenia.  The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline will have trained psychologists available Monday-Friday who will provide the most up-to-date information, education and support for callers to the Helpline. Callers can obtain disease education, referrals to specialists such as neurologists, supportive services and consultation to discuss behavioral strategies and best approaches.

The number of people in Armenia with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades. Currently, around 14.4% of Armenia’s population is already over the age of 60. By 2050, 31.5% of Armenia’s population will be over the age of 60.  With an aging population, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are prevalent and on the rise in Armenia, but the lack of information and education regarding diagnosis, care and treatment creates many challenges for those living with the disease and their loved ones. The Alzheimer’s Care Helpline will be serve as a “first stop” for caregivers in their journey with a loved one with a dementia. Up until recently, little attention has been given to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Armenia.

“In Armenia, dementia is still often treated as a mental illness,” comments Dr. Jane Mahakian, Ph.D., Founder of Alzheimer’s Care Armenia.  “This is just one of the many obstacles we’re working to overcome by making a concerted, organized effort toward creating sustainable programs and services.”  The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Helpline will play a pivotal role in addressing the stigma associated with having a neurocognitive disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease by providing information and education which is now available to all caregivers and others who are caring for a loved one with a dementia. 

Comments (1)

Irma Odabashian
I would like to thank Dr. Mahakian and all involved in bringing this marvelous program to Armenia. I have a family member who lives in Armenis and suffers from this cruel disease. I am excited and encouraged that education about AD will be a significant pert of this new program. What is also badly needed are social structures for caregiver support, as well as day-centers where the patients can enjoy some activities and the caregivers get a break for one day......Much is needed, but as everything, good things begin with a first step, and I thank you all for that.

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