In an attempt to be more efficient in the struggling economy, the Alzheimer’s Association will close its Hagerstown office at 5 Public Square on Sept. 1 and will run its Western Maryland operations from its Frederick, Md., office, the executive director of the organization’s Maryland chapter said Monday.
Like other businesses in the tough economy, the Alzheimer’s Association is faced with doing “more and more with less and less,” Cass Naugle said.
While doing more, the organization has put off investments in technology and other needs, and closing the Hagerstown office will save the organization about $6,400 a year, Naugle said. It is part of cuts going on throughout the organization, she said.
Naugle said the closing of the Hagerstown office will not reduce or impact the Alzheimer’s Association’s care and support for Alzheimer’s patients.
Among the organization’s services are early stage programs, in which Alzheimer’s patients recently diagnosed with the disease can get help with coping, Naugle said. In the early stages of the disease, patients also can have a voice in planning their care, she said.
The Alzheimer’s Association also offers caregiver support programs, care coordination, a Medic Alert+Safe Return program, and education for family caregivers and direct-care workers, Naugle said.
Naugle said anyone in the Hagerstown area who needs to reach the Alzheimer’s Association can call 800-272-3900, where they can get help 24 hours a day.
The phone number for the Frederick office is 301-696-0315.