Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California provides families with education, support, guidance and referral services. The Society promotes education to the general public and the professional community and conducts in-services to skilled nursing, residential facilities and law enforcement. The Society also contributes to research seeking the cause, possible prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer's disease. The Society works to educate legislators about Alzheimer's disease, as well as support California legislation in the areas of increased funding for research, long-term insurance for patients and respite for caregivers. A 52-page booklet entitled, “A Practical Guide for Alzheimer Caregivers” is made available to all families and caregivers who call. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to college students studying the field of gerontology.
The Society also features support groups whereby individuals receive support and fellowship from others experiencing similar feelings and emotions. The group is designed to provide support as well as information on research, therapy and other topics of interest. Weekly support groups for both caregiver and the patient are held at Oasis of Stockton, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Monthly support group meetings for caregivers are held at Somerford Place, 3530 Deer Park Drive, Stockton. There are also groups in Sacramento, Tracy and Turlock.