In honor of National Library Week (April 11-17) the Alzheimer’s Association is offering expanded access to its Green-Field Library, the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Today there are more than 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and nearly 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The Green-Field librarians answer more than 4,000 reference and research questions each year, providing more than 5,000 materials per year to the public. To provide additional support to families affected by this progressive and fatal disease, the Alzheimer’s Association recently introduced its new Virtual Library. The Virtual Library allows visitors to the Alzheimer’s Association website to easily search the resources available at the Green-Field Library from the comfort of their home computer by going to http://www.alz.org/library. After finding appropriate resources through the Virtual Library, visitors can check out and pick up materials at their local chapter or community library at their own convenience. People from across the country have access to the most current resources about Alzheimer’s disease. You can also email any questions by clicking on “Ask a Librarian.” Librarians are also available to chat live online to provide additional support. If a loved one doesn’t have internet access, they can call the Alzheimer's Association at 312-335-9602 between 8 am and 5 pm CST, Monday through Friday and ask to be transferred to the Green-Field Library.
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