Welcome to The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center

We are a local, non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving Northwest Louisiana by providing comprehensive services, educational opportunities, and resources for those affected by Alzheimer’s & dementia. There are an estimated 85,047 people living with dementia within a 75-mile radius of Shreveport, Louisiana according to the LSU Health Center for Brain Health, which is why we focus all our efforts locally. The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is not affiliated with a national organization; therefore, all funds donated remain in the Northwest Louisiana area.

Who is eligible to receive services?

Services of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center are available to those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia and their family and caregivers in Northwest Louisiana or out-of-state family members whose loved ones live in the area. Our services are free of charge.

Support Groups

We sponsor and facilitate support groups throughout Northwest Louisiana. Families, friends, and caregivers share experiences in an open, nonjudgmental forum and learn essential information to care for their loved ones as well as themselves.

Educational Events

We provide a variety of educational programs to promote awareness in the community and train caregivers and healthcare professionals to navigate the journey.


Our resources provide important information to support the caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Northwest Louisiana.

Our Mission

The mission of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is to provide resources, education, and support services for those in our community diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as to their family members and caregivers, and to promote awareness in our community.

Our Vision

To create a community where no one affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia makes the journey alone.

Our Story

The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, formerly The Alzheimer’s Agency of Shreveport/Bossier, Inc., is a relatively young organization that received 501(c)3 status in 2007. It was started by a coalition of persons whose lives had been affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and faced many of the challenges brought on by the disease. The founding members were each personally aware of the lack of information and support available locally to help address both individual and family needs. Their goal was to provide resources, information and educational opportunities to those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia to address the need.

Board of Directors

Bridget Lyman


Client Care Coordinator at Gilsoul & Aronson, Attorneys

Robert Smith

Past President

Elder Insurance Advisor & Former Caregiver

Vickie Rech


Client Care Coordinator at Weems, Schimpf, Haines & Moore, APLC

Johnett Waterman, MSW, LCSW


Former Caregiver

Dr. Carl Rhoads


Retired Minister

Kyle Moore

Elder Care Attorney at Weems, Schimpf, Haines & Moore, APLC, & Former Caregiver

Ellen Caverlee

Retired Educator, Community Volunteer, & Former Caregiver

Jeff Overdyke, MD

Retired Geriatric Psychiatrist

Sheldon Snow, DSW


Charlotte Gaffney

Community Volunteer & Former Caregiver

Anthony Williams, LPC

Paulette Freeman

Ex Officio

Executive Director & Former Caregiver


Paulette Freeman

Executive Director

Laura Gauthier, LPC, CDP

Program Director

Toni Thompson

Finance Director

Christi M. Rinaudo, EdD

Project Manager

Alecia Henderson, PLPC

Program Coordinator

Stacey Hand, MA, CVT

Dementia Educator

Mary Strong, RSW, LPC-S, RPT, CAS


Our hope is to help individuals, family members, and caregivers find the resources and support they need.

The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is qualified under Internal Revenue Code 501 (C) 3 to accept donations as tax-deductible contributions.

Resource Directory

Getting the most out of your resources

The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center publishes an annual Directory of Local Resources that provides information for local and national resources for families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To receive a copy, contact us at (318) 656-4800 or info@alzbridge.org, or you may view the directory by using the link below.

We need your help!

Many of the services provided by our organization are performed by volunteers. By sharing our skills, time and talents, we can work together to provide information and support to Alzheimer’s families. 

Volunteer Now

Programs of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center are supported by:

Community Foundation of North Louisiana

First Presbyterian Shreveport

The Alta and John Franks Foundation

“The Bridge ADRC (Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center) is the mainstay for providing local information on disease education, respite resources, long term care, and support groups. We have overlapping goals, to improve dementia care in our community with a focus on under-served populations.”

Elizabeth Disbrow, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Brain Health

“When I give a family an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis, your resource book and contact information is basically, all I can offer them to turn to for tangible help.”

Meghan Harris. M.D.

Local Neurologist

“We have learned so much in our support group. I love caring for my wife but there’s so much to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and this is where I come with my questions.”

Support Group Member


We are here to support you

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Physical Address

851 Olive Street

Shreveport, LA 71104

Mailing Address

851 Olive Street 

Shreveport, LA  71104

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