We offer consultation and support to families caring for relatives who have trouble with thinking and memory.
Caring for a family member who has thinking or memory trouble can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. At NYU Langone’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program, we understand and are here to help. Our team of experts can provide you with the support, education, and referrals that can make a difference.
When you contact us, we connect you with a team that is focused on understanding and helping you meet your goals as a caregiver, while maintaining your own wellbeing. The team includes a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and community health workers who coordinate services and referrals to ensure that your needs are being met. We talk with you about what you are experiencing now and what to expect in the future.
Support for Family Members
Some of the services we provide include the following:
- comprehensive evaluation of your situation, so we can personalize our services to suit your needs and those of the person you are caring for
- education to help you understand the causes and symptoms of memory disorders and how to help your family member have the best possible quality of life
- time away from your care responsibilities—called respite—through referrals to professionals who can help you find the most appropriate provider and assistance with reimbursement, and a Buddy Program specifically designed for people in the early stage of memory and cognitive impairment
- advice and support, through a peer mentoring program, from caregivers who have cared for a family member with memory-related conditions
- individual and family consultation with a social worker who can meet with you one-on-one, either in person, by phone, or via online video conferencing
- access to experts who can link you to appropriate community resources
- referrals to support groups in your community
- ongoing access to our team for as long as you need us
Our goal is to make it easier for you to meet the needs of your family member with memory problems so that you can take care of yourself as well. The program is free and available to caregivers who live in any of the five boroughs of New York City. Family caregivers include spouses, adult children and grandchildren, other relatives, and close friends.
The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program is supported by a five-year grant from the New York State Department of Health.
For more information about our services, please call 646-754-2277. If you would like us to call you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number, and the best time for us to reach you.
Mary Mittelman, DrPH
Dr. Mittelman is the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program and a research professor of psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine at NYU School of Medicine. She led the original NYU Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI), a 20-year, randomized and controlled trial that was funded by the National Institute on Aging, and demonstrated the value of counseling and support to improve the wellbeing of caregivers and their relatives with dementia. The NYUCI includes individual and family counseling, education, and ongoing support. Due to its proven effectiveness, the NYUCI has been used in many communities around the world. With her colleagues, Dr. Mittelman has developed online training for professionals and a video conferencing version of the NYUCI as well as other innovative interventions for family caregivers and their relatives with dementia. These resources are now available through the Family Support Program.
Joshua Chodosh, MD
Co-director | Geriatrics
Dr. Chodosh is the Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research, a board certified internist and geriatrician, and a professor of medicine and population health. He has also directed dementia support programs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, various healthcare organizations within California county health systems, and health insurance providers. His research focuses on the health care and policy needs of people with dementia and their family caregivers.View Full Profile
Thomas M. Wisniewski, MD
Co-director | Neurology
Dr. Wisniewski is a board certified neurologist and neuropathologist. His research focuses on finding treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. He is the clinical director of the Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment, director of NYU Langone’s Center for Cognitive Neurology, and director of the Conformational Disorders Laboratory.View Full Profile