Project CARE (Caregiver Support)

Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is the only state-funded, dementia-specific support for caregivers who take care of family members with Alzheimer’s disease. Project CARE is a coordinated delivery system that is responsive to the needs, values and preferences of families who take care of family member’s with Alzheimer’s disease.

Project CARE Services

  • Offering persons with dementia and their caregivers counseling, care consultation, dementia-specific information, caregiver assessments, caregiver education and connections to strong social support networks
  • Connecting families with available community resources in an attempt to meet unmet needs of family caregivers including local support groups, supportive services, entitlement programs and other community resources
  • As appropriate, offering individual caregivers evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, as appropriate, such as REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health), and referring families to other resources
  • Partnering with each Area Agency on Aging (AAA) through its Family Caregiver Support Program for cross-referrals and co-outreach, training and education
  • Providing training and assistance to AAAs and the community-at-large to increase capacity to assist persons with dementia and their families
  • Enhancing partnerships with and among the various entities serving persons with Alzheimer’s disease and assisting their caregivers
  • Assisting to implement the Dementia Capable State Plan spearheaded by the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in collaboration with identified partners
  • If you are interested in learning more about Project CARE, please contact the State Project CARE Director Mark Hensley.

Project CARE Family Consultants

Family Consultant, Nancy Hogan

Physical Address
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140
Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: 828-251-7432

Family Consultant, Bobbi Matchar

Family Consultant, Janeli Smith


Physical Address
Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
3600 DUMC 
Durham, NC 27710

Phone: 919-660-7510 or 800-646-2028

Family Consultant, Rosalind Pugh

Physical Address
Alzheimer’s North Carolina
300 E. Arlington Bldv., Unit 9B
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-355-0054 or 252-414-3230

To contact Project CARE Dementia Specialists for Families in Mecklenburg County:

Adult Services Supervisor, Patricia Mayhew
Phone: 704-432-1111

More Information

Providing Dementia-Specific Services to Family Caregivers: North Carolina’s Project CARE Program
All on the Family: Informal Caregiving in America
Dementia-Specific Respite: The Key to Effective Caregiver Support
Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty: Lessons for the Future
Information & Assistance Toolkit
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