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Unique issues arise for young adults whose lives have been touched by dementia. Juggling work, school, social activities, family, etc…you may feel overwhelmed.

A pALZ mentor can offer support, empathy, understanding, guidance, or just a listening ear…whatever is best for you.

    How it works:

    • After we review your pALZ profile (complete one below), a pALZ Coordinator will send you a welcome booklet and work on finding you a mentor that most closely matches your preferences.
    • Once a match has been found, the pALZ Coordinator will introduce you to a mentor via email. After this initial introduction your mentor will reach out to you to set up a time to connect.
    • The nature of each relationship is unique. Mentors and mentees may communicate via phone, text, video chat, email, or in person.
    • You and your mentor determine the depth and extent of your relationship, and are encouraged to communicate expectations and time commitments.

    Interested in becoming a mentor?:

      As a pALZ mentor, you will provide guidance and support to other young adults, whose lives have been touched by dementia, by sharing your personal experiences and listening to the feelings and concerns of others. Once your pALZ profile has been evaluated, you will be scheduled for a brief phone interview. If selected, we will provide you with training that focuses on support techniques and program expectations.

    Join the pALZ program today!

      In order to become a mentee or mentor, we ask that you complete a pALZ profile so that we can capture information about your preferences for a match.

    If you are interested in participating in this program,
    click to complete a pALZ profile

    My Mentor understands and supports me, offers great advice, and we became friends. The pALZ program and my mentor helped me become a better person and caregiver, and I am glad I took initiative to be where I am today.” – Roma P.

    My Mentee and I hit it off and have so much in common. I genuinely understand and can empathize what she is going through, and I know I am a source of comfort to her.” – Carrie J.

    pALZ is founded by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter Junior Board. For questions or more information email palz@alz.org

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