NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This November, as the nation marks National Family Caregivers Month, CaringKind, New York City's leading experts in Alzheimer's and dementia care for more than three decades, unveiled an expanded platform of free programs and services to help caregivers as they navigate a difficult and frightening future. This growth builds on the already extensive services the organization provides including high-touch, personal and confidential counseling for individuals and families affected by a dementia diagnosis. CaringKind is formerly known as the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter. Less than one year after breaking ties with the national organization in Chicago and returning to its roots as a stand-alone, independent charity, CaringKind has dramatically increased its presence in the outer boroughs, while strengthening its 24-hour Helpline and educational services, growing its social work staff, and building new partnerships with cultural institutions. Among the key new developments are: INCREASED SOCIAL WORKER STAFF: CaringKind has increased its social work staff by 25%. These compassionate and professional social workers provide in-depth, personalized consultations for individuals and families facing the decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. They address each family's unique concerns in order to develop a customized care plan. 100% GROWTH IN HELPLINE STAFF: With help available in more than 200 languages, CaringKind's 24-hour Helpline (646-744-2900) is a critical resource for New Yorkers who need to access expert and caring advice 365 days a year. In recent months, Helpline staff has increased 100%, including the addition of a new Respite Specialist. This specially-trained social worker provides help to families who need a break from caregiving responsibilities and access to community respite programs.