Alzheimer’s Association Direct Connect Referral

Alzheimer’s Association Direct Connect Referral - #96

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Navigating the diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia can be overwhelming to patients and their caregivers.

Health care team members in the outpatient/inpatient setting who provide care to patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Health care team members when considering discharge plans for patients with dementia retuning to the community with caregivers (e.g., from acute care settings, long term care settings).

Connect patients, their families, and their caregivers to disease education, support services and local community resources provided at no cost by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Direct Connect form for the state of Wisconsin can be found here


Support dementia patients and their caregivers by connecting them to the Alzheimer’s Association, who can then connect them to community resources.

1) FAQs Regarding Alzheimer’s Association Direct Connect Referral Program. Alzheimer’s Association. FAQs-Direct-Connect-Referral-Program_revised_9_24_2019-(1).pdf (

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5) Hodgson NA, Petrovsky DV, Finegan K, Kallmyer BA, Pike J, Fazio S. One call makes a difference: An evaluation of the Alzheimer's Association National Helpline on dementia caregiver outcomes. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Apr;104(4):896-902. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.09.026. Epub 2020 Sep 23. PMID: 33004235.

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This GFF ___ my competence in geriatrics.

Kieran McAvoy, M.D., Resident, Medicine-Geriatrics Residency Program, Medical College of Wisconsin

Edmund Duthie, Jr., M.D., Professor, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin