North Carolina Resources

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Alzheimer's Association-Western Carolina Chapter

Purpose: To provide information and support to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Services Provided: Caregiver telephone helpline, family support locations and meeting times, educational programs and materials for family members.

Website: http://www.alz.org/northcarolina/

American Cancer Society

Purpose: To answer questions about the nature of cancer, its causes, and risk factors.

Services Provided: Provides information about the latest strategies for prevention and early detection, new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options.

Website: www.cancer.org

American Diabetes Association NC & Affiliate, INC.

Purpose: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Services Provided: Public, patient, & professional education, chapters/support groups throughout the state, periodic statewide screening, assistance through health fairs & fund research.

Website: www.diabetes.org/charlotte

American Heart Association

Purpose: The mission is to reduce death and disability due to cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

Services Provided: The association engages in three enterprises: cardiovascular science, cardiovascular education, and community programs and revenue generation.

Website: www.heart.org

American Liver Foundation

Purpose: Dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and other liver and gallbladder diseases through research and education.

Services Provided: Provides patient information, doctor referrals, and acts as trustee for transplant funds.

Website: www.liverfoundation.org

American Lung Association of North Carolina

Purpose: To prevent and control all lung disease.

Services Provided: Educational programs, speakers, audio-visuals, literature, smoking cessation programs, seminars, workshops, monthly support group meetings for lung disease patients and parent of asthmatic children, asthma day camps, (Cabarrus, Gaston, and Mecklenburg only), educational brochures, public school programs for tobacco cessation, asthma awareness and education, and indoor/outdoor air quality information.

Website: www.lung.org

Arthritis Foundation-Carolinas Chapter

Purpose: To support research, to find the cure for and the prevention of arthritis, and to improve the quality of life for those affected by arthritis, This national volunteer agency works to find answers for the more than 100 arthritis-related diseases.

Services Provided: Support research, offers patient programs and services, and professional and public education. Programs included are arthritis support groups, Arthritis Foundation/YMCA aquatic program, arthritis self-help course and People with Arthritic Can Exercise program. Public forums and toll-free Arthritis Answer line are available.

Website: www.arthritis.org

Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina

Purpose: To provide information on epilepsy to anyone interested. Goal is to improve the care and understanding of those with epilepsy in NC.

Services Provided: Telephone information service, patient education, individual, family and group counseling, educational programs and workshops, conferences for professionals, patients, families, and the public. Medication fund for indigent patients.

Website: www.wfubmc.edu/Neurosciences/Comprehensive-Epilepsy-Center/

National Kidney Foundation of NC

Purpose: To provide education on kidney disease and organ donation.

Services Provided: Education, support services, patient emergency funds, research, and professional education.

Website: www.kidneync.org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Purpose: To promote funds for research, to find the cause and prevention of multiple sclerosis, to provide services for persons with multiple sclerosis to help them adjust and live complete and productive lives, and to promote awareness and an understanding of multiple sclerosis to the public.

Services Provided: Equipment loans, support groups, social activities, information and referral, peer support network, speakers' bureau, public education and client education programs.

Website: www.ncp.mnss.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Purpose: Clearinghouse for information on rare disorders. NORD supports rare disease and orphan drug research.

Services Provided: NORD provides reports, information and referrals on over 5,000 rare disorders to patients, members of the public and healthcare professionals. NORD members receive the newsletter "Orphan Disease Update" The organization also has medication assistance program for about ten expensive medications. There is no monetary funding.

Website: www.rarediseases.org

NC Center for Aging & Geriatric Excellence

Purpose: A resource for health professionals, patients, family members, and caregivers to search for best practices and information about a variety of issues related to the Elderly and Geriatric Care.

Services Provided: NC-AGE provides resources and information on topics in elderly and geriatric care, including, abuse, Alzheimer's & dementia, behavioral health, co-morbidities, end of life care, falls, health literacy, respite care, veterans health, and wellness.

Website: www.nc-age.com/

NC Health and Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services

Purpose: To promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections.

Services Provided: NC DAAS provides resources and information regarding Aging and Adult Services Assistance in North Carolina. Some of the information available includes Adult Day Services, Adult Placement Services, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Housing Locator, Family Caregiver Support and many others.

Website: www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/daas

NC Health and Human Services Project CARE (Caregiver support)

Purpose: Support for caregivers who take care of family members with Alzheimer's disease.

Services Provided: Project CARE is a coordinated delivery system that is responsive to the needs, values and preferences of families who take care of family member's with Alzheimer's disease. Offers counseling, care consultation, dementia-specific information, caregiver assessments, caregiver education and connections to strong social support networks.

Website: www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/adult-services/project-care

North Carolina PACE Association

Purpose: To promote the proven PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program and work to expand it so that all North Carolinians have access to PACE services.

Services Provided: PACE – Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly – provides comprehensive health care and services that allow individuals 55 years and older who qualify for nursing facility level of care to remain in the community with their friends and family.

Website: http://ncpace.org/

United Way of North Carolina

Purpose: To provide state level support to assist NC United Ways in building healthier, safer, and more caring communities.

Services Provided: United Way of NC is the charity of choice, the critical link that brings people and organizations together to build stronger, healthier communities.

Website: www.unitedwaync.org

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