The PANDA Project is an innovative new program that is funded through a grant provided by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). PANDA will provide M4A the resources needed to enhance direct services to People with Dementia (PWD), people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have or are at-risk of developing dementia, and caregivers in Shelby County.

Direct services will begin in June 2020:
•    Individualized Care Plans
•    Regular Home Visits and Communication with Clients
•    One-on-One Caregiver Counseling and Interventions
•    Homemaker and Respite Services
•    Supplemental Services
•    Transportation
•    Remote Safety Technologies
•    Home Modifications
•    Medication Therapy Management
•    Nutrition Counseling and Education
•    Legal Assistance

The initiatives developed through this innovative grant will be piloted in Shelby County, sustained beyond the grant period, and made replicable statewide.

New Initiatives will include:
•    The statewide expansion of our Dementia Friendly First Responder Training Program
•    Two new local Caregiver Respite programs available in Shelby County
•    Healthy Brain Education Workshops
•    The implementation of a City of Pelham Community Paramedic Program
•    Dementia Education & Marketing Campaign

The three-year grant began October 1, 2019, and M4A will involve several partners as part of a Coordinated Care Team (CCT). CCT partners include: the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (UAT), the Pelham Fire Department, People First of Alabama, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Brookwood Baptist Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, Collatt Jewish Family Services, HCBS Strategies, Inc., TCARE, Care Predict, Inc., Positive Maturity, the Shelby County Commission, and Jan Neal Law Firm, LLC.

To learn how PANDA might be able to help, contact our team today:
Physical Address:  209 Cloverdale Circle Alabaster, AL 35007
Mailing Address:  P.O. Drawer 618 Saginaw, AL 35137
Telephone:  (205) 670-5770

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Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join us during our next Coffee Break session. Coffee Break is a FREE initiative offered by M4A to provide caregivers and other individuals with a short break to receive education, support, and relaxation!

Join us on our next session of Coffee Break as we welcome guest speaker Elizabeth “Bit” Thomaston to give a heartfelt presentation entitled, “How to Get a Strong Support System and Caregiver Peace of Mind”. Bit is the Volunteer and Community Services Coordinator for Lakeside Hospice, a faith-based, non-profit hospice located in Pell City and serving eight counties. After caring for her oldest brother with cancer and mother with Alzheimer’s, Bit was called to serve in hospice care. She started her first Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Group in October of 2015 and has facilitated a second very successful and well attended group since August 2019. Bit has a great passion and years of experience serving family caregivers and if you are a caregiver searching for good heartfelt information and resources, this is a must attend event for you! You can RSVP for this webinar through the link below. We will also be streaming this event live on ZOOM through our Facebook page.

Registration link: Coffee Break – Session 9

Participation in this online group session is voluntary. Individuals who choose to participate in this group acknowledge and agree that they are not required to share personal information with the group but may voluntarily share aspects of their protected health information with the group. Protected health information is specifically defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This includes, but is not limited to your name, address, and specific medical conditions. Should you decide to voluntarily share protected information about yourself or your condition, you are responsible for that decision and the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) is not responsible for the disclosure or any re-disclosures that may occur as a result.


To view past episodes of Coffee Break, please visit our YouTube channel. Our most recent episode can be viewed below! Be sure to subscribe to our channel to stay up-to-date!P




Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) is a care management protocol designed to support family members who are providing care to adults, of any age, with chronic or acute health conditions. TCARE is grounded in the Caregiver Identity Theory, which conceptualizes caregiving as a series of transitions that result from changes in the caregiving context and in personal norms that are grounded in familial roles and culture. A major tenet of the theory is that identity discrepancy, defined as a disparity between a caregiver’s behavior and his or her identity standards, or personal norms, is a major source of caregiver stress. Identity discrepancy can be manifested in three domains of burden (objective burden, relationship burden, and stress burden) and in depression.

The TCARE software is used by our PANDA Project Team to help navigate caregivers through their caregiving journey while helping to intervene before a family caregiver burns out. If you are caregiver who is interested in seeing how the PANDA Project and TCARE can help you with your caregiving journey, please follow the link below!

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Donations help to support the community services provided by the PANDA Project and other programs at M4A. These services include, but are not limited to wheelchair ramps, lawn maintenance, fidget quilts, homebound meals, various critical needs, and many other supportive programs for community members. If you are interested in donating, please use the link below!

To access Direct Service Provider (DSP) Information for the PANDA Project, please follow the link below:

PANDA DSP Information


This project was supported, in part by grant number 90ADPI0042-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.