Departments: Caregiving ChallengesTelephone Support Groups: A Lifeline for Isolated Alzheimer's Disease CaregiversMartindale-Adams, Jennifer EdD; Nichols, Linda O. PhD; Burns, Robert MD; Malone, Charlotte MAAuthor Information Certified Gerontological Counselor and instructor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. (Martindale-Adams) Director of Interdisciplinary Training at the Memphis VA Medical Center and associate professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis (Nichols) Associate Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis (Burns) Medical anthropologist and former research specialist with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. (Malone) Address correspondence to: Jennifer Martindale-Adams, EdD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, VAMC (11-H), 1030 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. Telephone: 901/523–8990, Ext 5080. E-mail: [email protected]. This column is a forum for readers to share responses and insights to challenges in dementia care. Readers are invited to contact the editor of Alzheimer's Care Quarterly at 571 Faulkenham Road, Kings County, RR#3 Springfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0R 1H0; e-mail: [email protected] with questions and concerns that have arisen in their practice with persons with dementia and their caregivers. Responses from the editor or other experts in the field will be printed in future columns. Insights and experiences in response to the questions raised are most welcome. The authors would like to thank Group Leaders Laura Farmer, MS, and Heidi Schwerdtfeger, MA, and Research Specialists Barbara Higgins, MA, and Kari Odom, MS. We also thank Allan Lummus, MA, for data entry. We thank Ann Kirkpatrick, MSW, for her assistance with the manuscript. This research was supported in part by the Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Memphis VA Medical Center. This research was partially supported through the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project, which is supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research (Grant: U01-AG13313). Presented in part (abstract) at the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, IL, November 2001. Alzheimer's Care Quarterly: April 2002 - Volume 3 - Issue 2 - p 181-189 Buy SDC © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.