The Alzheimer's Family Study is one of many clinical research trials on Alzheimer's disease being conducted under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other federal health agencies and private sponsors.
To find studies in your area, go to www.clinicaltrials.gov. Under "behaviors and mental disorders," the site lists 32 Alzheimer's trials recruiting volunteers. Each has its own eligibility requirements. Often you must be referred by your physician.
The Alzheimer's Family Study, conducted by the Geriatric Psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, has a waiting list for volunteers. To add your name or get further information, contact study coordinator Judy Bergeson at 301-435-6058.
Other resources for information on Alzheimer's include:
* Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, 301-495-3311 or 800-438-4380. The center, part of the National Institute on Aging, conducts research and distributes information.
* Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 703-359-4440.
* District of Columbia Office on Aging, 202-724-5622; Maryland Office on Aging, 410-767-1100; Virginia Department for the Aging, 800-552-3402. Most counties also have their own councils on aging.
* Among the many books written to help Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, one classic is "The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life" by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins (Johns Hopkins, 1991).
-- Barbara Geehan