In 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter was the recipient of a very generous bequest restricted to “programs and services for the residents of Lorain County”. The bequest was made by Angelo LoPresti in honor of his wife, Frances, who had Alzheimer’s disease. In order to ensure that this gift made the greatest impact on the community, the chapter commissioned an outside consulting firm to conduct a needs assessment of Lorain County. The work began in November of 2014 and concluded in July of this year. The community assessment included interviews with five focus groups of key stakeholders, an analysis of demographic data, a survey of participants of Alzheimer’s Association services, and a community survey sent to 5,000 randomly selected residents of Lorain County, age 50 older.
The assessment set out to answer some very important questions.
- What are the needs of the residents of Lorain County related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia support services?
- How well are our services currently meeting that need?
- What additional support services are needed in Lorain County to support residents living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia?
- How should we structure our presence in Lorain County to meet key challenges and opportunities?
- How do we ensure that our programs and services align with and directly advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and our strategic initiatives in Lorain County?
A summary of the assessment’s key findings can be found by clicking here. This work helped to identify our priorities for Lorain County.
As a result, our new three-year plan for serving the estimated 5,500 Lorain County residents with dementia and the estimated 11,000 caregivers will be fulfilled by providing more knowledge and information about the disease so families are able to plan, make decisions, and feel more supported by life’s transitions. Those impacted by the disease will also have access to a supportive network of others affected by the disease. Ultimately, the goal is for Lorain County to become a more dementia friendly community through outreach and education with health care providers, faith-based organizations and the community at large.
As the population of Lorain County ages, more people will be impacted by this disease (estimated 6,500 by 2030). The population of each city, village and township will be impacted proportionally. Our findings suggest that preparing for the future will require a community, not just an organizational response. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you. Our Helpline(800.272.3900) is always open. You can help by referring someone to us who needs our help. We welcome your calls and look forward to expanding our reach in our communities. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Join our fight for the more than 5 million individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.