A reliable source of information concerning dementia is the Alzheimer's Association, according to the organization's website, Visiting Angels and the Better Business Bureau. The Alzheimer's Association publishes articles and information written by staff members and verified by subject matter experts, including physicians, clinicians and researchers. The association does not accept host-paid advertising, and donations are its sole source of funding, as of 2015.
Powered by the Better Business Bureau, Give.org recommends the Alzheimer's Association as an accredited charity organization that meets standards. The BBB requires charities to meet 20 set standards of accountability to become accredited, including board oversight, size, meetings and compensation; a measurement of effectiveness for policies and reports; and finance reporting on program and fund-raising expenses, among others. Affiliates of the Alzheimer's Association that also receive BBB accreditation include the Alzheimer's Impact Movement, states Give.org.
The Alzheimer's Association runs local chapters to assist communities, maintains a 24-hour help line, and conducts a TrialMatch service for individuals seeking clinical trails, states Give.org. The organization offers 20,000 education programs annually, and it provides translations in 17 languages, as of September 2015.
The 24-hour help line serves people with memory loss, caregivers, the public and health care professionals with reliable information, states Visiting Angels. This service also provides confidential care consultations from master's level clinicians; these consultations range from decision-making support to crisis assistance and education for families.