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Education programs are listed by region and updated monthly.
Middle Tennessee
Highland Rim


Join us for monthly webinars on various topics related to Alzheimer's and Caregiving. These are free webinars that can be accessed from any computer.

 May 12   

 Dementia Conversations

 Details: 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. (central) Register.

 This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about: going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.

 May 13 

 Basics of Alzheimer's Disease 

 Details: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (central) Register. 

 Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

 May 24  

Know the Ten Signs 

 Details: 1p.m. - 2p.m. (central) Register.

 Learn the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. Early detection is critical in the treatment and planning process for the future.

May 26  

Effective Communication Strategies

 Details: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. (central) Register.

 Communication is more than just talking and listening- it's also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Middle Tennessee


Every presentation we discuss the basics of Alzheimer's disease, the 10 Warning Signs, Caregiver Stress and
the services of the Alzheimer's Association. Anyone is welcome to attend. Brown bag your lunch or dinner. If
you cannot attend a live presentation, you can watch and listen to all of our presentations here.

 May 16

 Details: 9:30 a.m.
 FiftyForward Bellevue
 Bellevue, TN

 May 24

 Care Consultation Tuesdays

 Details: 1. - 4 p.m.
 Barton House Memory Care
 6961 US-70S
 Nashville, TN 37221

 Tiffany Cloud- Mann will be available for onsite care consultations in various locations throughout Middle Tennessee. Confidential care consultations can help educate the caregivers, connect them with resources and support and help create a plan for next steps. Call 1.800.272.3900 to set up your time today!

 June 11

 Alzheimer's Caregiver Symposium 

 Details: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 Northwest YMCA
 3700 Ashland City Highway
 Nashville, TN 37218

 The ETA BETA SIGMA Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the Alzheimer's Association presents this caregiver symposium. Join us a we educate the community and ourselves about Alzheimer's disease. For more information call 800.272.3900.  

*If you are a part of a group that would like to have someone come speak, please contact us. We have several new presentations to offer on Effective Communication Strategies, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You and Understanding
and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors.

Area Health Fairs (we will be in attendance)

May 12

 Williamson County Senior Health Fair
  Factory in Franklin, TN

 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


 May 16

 Memory Café

 Details: 2 p.m.
 St. Clair Senior Center
 325 St. Clair St.
 Murfreesboro, TN

 Socialize over coffee and cake with others in the early stages of Alzheimer's or another dementia.


 Making Memories Together

 Details: 10:30 a.m.
 Frist Center of the Visual Arts
 929 Broadway
 Nashville, TN

 Join us for a gallery tour, art making activity and lunch.

  September  9

 Preparing for the holidays

 Details: TBA

  December 9

 Holiday Music

 Details: TBA

Print flyer here.



South Central Tennessee


 April 19

 Conversations about Dementia (Open Q&A)

 Details: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
 Coffee County Lannom Library
 Tullahoma, TN

 April 21

 Conversations about Dementia (Open Q&A)

 Details: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 Coffee County Lannom Library
 Tullahoma, TN

 April 28

 Conversations about Dementia (Open Q&A)

 Details: 1-3 p.m.
 Manchester Senior Citizens Center
 Manchester, TN

Call 800.272.3900 or contact Teka Moten for more information.

If you are a part of a group that would like to have someone come to speak,
please contact us.

Virtual Dementia Tour
March 25      9a.m.- 12 p.m.
Presented by PK Seville, author of Virtual Dementia Tour
NHC Pulaski (993 E. College St. Pulaski, TN 38478)
To register call Nicole or Taylor at 931.363.3572


Early Stage Services

We are in the process of finding partners for early stage services. If you are
interested in partnering with us to set up an early stage service, please call
800.272.3900 or contact Teka Moten.


 May  13

 21st Annual Caregiver's Conference: A Caregiver's Perspective

 Details: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Marcum Technology Building
 Motlow State Community College
 6015 Ledford Mill Rd
 Tullahoma, TN 37388

 Visit exhibitors, learn from professionals and interact with other family  caregivers. Dr. Raymond Capps, neurologist with Neuroscience Physician Associates of Middle Tennessee, will be keynote speaker.

 Presentations will include

  • Caregiver's Perspective- Jackie Bruce, Aging Program Consultant for Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability will share her story.
  • Caring for the Caregiver- Jennifer Abernathy, executive director of Tennessee Respite Coalition will discuss the 5 W's of respite
  • Alzheimer's and the Law- Legal professionals will be on hand to discuss legal and financial preparations involving care of persons with dementia.

 Breakout sessions

  • Take Care of Yourself: Caregiving Cause and Effective
  • Effective Communications

 Virtual Dementia Tour experience provided by Senior Helpers

 Call 1.800.272.3900 or click here to register



Support Group Facilitator Training
We would like to train more facilitators for our support groups in South Central Tennessee.
Please contact Teka Moten for more information at 800.272.3900.

Volunteer Presenter Training
South Central programs are training volunteers to do our common program plans around Middle Tennessee. If you are interested in becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer presenter, please send a letter of interest to Teka Moten.


Northeast Tennessee


We have a new weekly Lunch & Learn series, quick 30-45 minute training sessions by webinar and phone. These sessions are designed so that caregivers and professionals can access them from any location.  Call 800.272.3900 or contact Tabitha Ebbert for more information.

 March  11  11 a.m.

 Early Onset Support Group

 Johnson City Mall Health Resource Center Annex

 March 15  11 a.m.

 Legal & Financial Planning

 Agape Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
105 E. Myrtle Ave.
Johnson City, Tn  

 March 23

 12 p.m.

 Lunch & Moore

 Chamber of Commerce
Eastman Board Room
400 Clinchfield St. Ste 100
RSVP here

Care Consultation Day
March 21 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
207 N. Boone St. Suite 207

Come out for a free one on one care consultation, these are designed to help people navigate through the difficult decisions and uncertainties that person's with Alzheimer's and their families face at every stage of the disease. A trained care consultant will conduct an assessment of needs and create an action plan to address the needs and concerns of the family. A care consultant will assist your family with planning and problem solving and provide support for all affected. During this time we can conduct a full safety assessment to make sure those facing the disease are currently safe. Schedule your appointment with Tabitha Ebbert today!

Support Group Facilitator Training
If you are interested in facilitating a support group in your area please send a letter
of interest to tebbert@alz.org.

Volunteer Presenter Training
Northeast Tennessee and Virginia programs are gearing up to train volunteers to
do our common programs plans around the area. If interested send a letter of
interest to tebbert@alz.org

West Tennessee

Call 800.272.3900 or contact Miriam Clay for more information.

 March 7

6:30 p.m. 

Communication Strategies

Fountain Place
12410 Telecom  Dr. 
Milan, TN 38358

 March 8

 10 a.m.

 The Basics

 Wesley Highland Meadows
3517 Andy Way
Memphis 38128

 March 10  6:30 p.m.

 Understanding & Responding
to Dementia Related Behaviors

 Brookdale Jackson Oaks
3131 N. Highland Ave.
Jackson, 38305

 March 16

 10 a.m.

 Know the 10 Signs

 Luther Terrace
3907 James Road
Memphis 38128

 March 24

 1 p.m.

 Know the 10 Signs

 Wesley Graceland Gardens
1430 Graceland Pines
Memphis 38116


Social Engagement Program

Get out, get active and get connected with the Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Social Engagement Program. The program offers a comfortable way to have fun and socialize with others who are living in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Groups, families and caregivers are all welcome. Enjoy the company of others while you participate in a variety of group activities. These are FREE events. Call 800.272.3900 to register!

March 21
Memphis Public Library Room A (3030 Poplar Ave. Memphis 38111)
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Care Consultation Days

March 22 in Jackson Tennessee
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Home Instead Senior Care (196 Cheyenne Dr. Jackson)
RSVP is required. Call 800.272.3900 or email mclay@alz.org

Praise in Purple

An initiative where we are partnering with the Faith Based Community to bring awareness to Alzheimer's disease. Your congregation or organization can participate by wearing purple any weekend of your choosing and incorporating the fight to end Alzheimer’s into your service. It could be a health fair, educational program or prayer for our community. For more information about how to participate, please contact Miriam Clay at 1-800-272-3900.


SAVE THE DATE: Memphis Caregiver Conference: "Becoming an Empowered Caregiver"

June 16, 2016 
Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis- Garret Auditorium & Education
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Conference topics will include Atypical Dementias, Creative Responses to Challenging Behaviors, Navigating the Long-Term Care Continuum, Financial Planning and When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer's.

Register here.

Southeast Tennessee

Community Events

  April 29

  Coffee with Kodsi

 Details: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
 Elmcroft of Hamilton Place
 1502 Gunbarrel Road

 Dr. Kodsi participates in a question and answer session with local caregivers. A  leading area neurologist and dementia care expert, Dr. Kodsi's vast knowledge and his ability to interact with caregivers in a relaxed style puts caregivers at ease while discussing their most difficult situations and pressing questions in their Alzheimer's journey.

 RSVP to 423.485.9496

 May 10

  Take Care of Yourself: Support for the Caregiver

 Details: 2-3 p.m.
 Brookdale Cleveland 
 2745 Executive Park Drive
 Cleveland, TN

 Join our friends at Brookdale for this special edition of the Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group that is held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This month's special guest is Amy French. The topic is caregiver self-care. This lively discussion will serve as a preview of the Cleveland Spring Symposium on May 17. RSVP to 423.464.4808 

 May 12

 Marion County Caregiver Conference: Conversations about Dementia

 Details: 5 - 8 p.m.
Sequatchie Valley Baptist Association
300 Cornerstone Drive
Jasper, TN

Join us for dinner and an evening of conversation with Dr. Berneet Kaur, neurologist and area expert in dementia care. Dr. Kaur's style is down to earth, easy to understand and practical. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact in a casual setting. A panel of experts on resources will also be present.


 May 16

  Fundamentals of Elder Care Planning

 Details: 6-7 p.m.
 Brow Wood Assisted Living
 12194 Scenic Highway
 Lookout Mountain, GA

 Join Brett Billings of FORESIGHT for information and education on preparing today for tomorrow's care needs. This program is designed to provide the tools, resources and foresight to develop a complete plan of care.

 RSVP at 423.432.7514

 May 17

  Cleveland Caregiver Spring Symposium: Walking Each Other Home
     Support and education for those traveling the dementia care path

 Details: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 Westwood Baptist Church
 4001 Georgetown Road 
 Cleveland 37312

 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Renee Collins

 From the first step to the last, the journey traveled by those affected by dementia poses unique challenges. This conference helps transform the challenges to opportunities for help and for hope as we walk each other home. 
 Sessions include:

  • Caring and coping for the caregiver
  • Understanding Medicare
  • Understanding VA benefits and other financial resources
  • Safety in home
  • Early stage care, early detection and early intervention

 Thanks to Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability &  Brookdale


 May 26

  I Love My Brain

 Details: 6-7 p.m.
 The Bridge at Ooltewah
 5901 Snow Hill Road

 "I Love My Brain" is a fun, interactive program for anyone who is interested in learning how to maintain a healthy brain and reduce risk factors for dementia. Join us to learn how you can love your brain!

 RSVP to 423.760.8540

  May 27

  Coffee with Kodsi

 Details: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
 Alexian Valley Residence
 1164 Mountain Creek Road

 Dr. Kodsi participates in a question and answer session with local caregivers. A  leading area neurologist and dementia care expert, Dr. Kodsi's vast knowledge and his ability to interact with caregivers in a relaxed style puts caregivers at ease while discussing their most difficult situations and pressing questions in their Alzheimer's journey.

RSVP to 423.875.6110

Virtual Dementia Tour
Senior Helpers brings this highly effective training tool to the community. The Virtual Dementia Tour allows participants to "walk a mile" in the shoes of someone living with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. The tour lasts about 20 minutes and spots are limited. If you are interested in bring the Virtual Dementia Tour to your organization call 423.710.1500.

Early Stage Services

Early stage social programs are a great way for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's to socialize and reminisce with others. These are FREE programs.

 May 10 
 May 24

  Let's Sing From Memory

 Details: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
 Christ United Methodist Church
 8645 East Brainerd Road

 A social engagement program for those affected by dementia AND their  caregivers.
This ongoing event is scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Contact Wayne Evans or call 423.892.9363 for more information.


June 23, 2016: Memory Care Seminar

The Alzheimer's Association and Morning Pointe/The Lantern are partnering to bring this education event featuring Dr. Matthew Kodsi. This educational program will focus on education, safety, care and support in the community for those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementia. Stay tuned for information on registration and details.


Living With Alzheimer's- Early Stage Support Group- CURRENTLY

This is an 8-week support and education program for peers living in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and their care partners. It is the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. In addition to engagement
and support, this program will address questions such as:

What should I expect as the disease progresses?
How should I plan for my future?
How do I live day to day?
What resources are available through the Alzheimer's Association?
Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Amy French at 423.265.3600

Eligibility Requirements:
1. Be interested in participating with a group of peers on issues related to Alzheimer's disease.
2. Have a physician diagnosis of probably Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder.
3. Be able to recognize symptoms and understand those symptoms are caused by the disease.
4. Be able to discuss feelings and experiences related to the disease.




 May 4

  Hospice Care & the Alzheimer's Patient

 Details: Monthly Lunch & Learn series
             11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided
             Alzheimer's Association 
             117A Longwood Dr. SE
             Huntsville, AL 35801

 Speaker: Jim Pride, Good Samaritan Hospice

 May  10

   Alzheimer's & Spirituality

Details: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
              Huntsville Public Library
              915 Monroe St.
              Huntsville, AL 35801
              RSVP required. Email mcain@alz.org or call 800.272.3900

 May 14

 Living with Alzheimer's

 Details: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
              Bessie K. Russell Library
              3011- C Sparkman Dr.
              Huntsville, AL 35810             

 June 3

  Basics of Alzheimer's Disease

 Details: Decatur Lunch & Learn Series
              12 -1 p.m.
              Hospice of the Valley 
              240 Johnston St. SE
              Decatur, AL

Brandi Medina will be at the same location from 1-3 p.m. for care consultations.

Check out all of our brown bag lunch presentations for 2016. Print a copy here.

Health Fairs (vendor)

 May 4
 1-6 p.m.

 Home Instead's Open House & Community Health Fair
 2715 Spring Gate Lane Huntsville, AL

 May 7
 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 Progressive Union MB Church Health Fair
 1919 Brandon Town Road Huntsville, AL
 May 17
 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 Redstone Arsenal Health Fair
 Pagona Gym
 3474 Honest John Road Redstone Arsenal

Memory Boosters - NEXT SESSION STARTS MAY 2016 
A new 6 week support group session for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's
or other memory disorders. Call 800.272.3900 to register

Every Tuesday 
10-11:30 a.m.
Huntsville Hub 600 South Blvd. Ste 104

Huntsville Early Stage Social Activities
The activities listed below are for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's/dementia and their caregivers.Groups and families are both welcome. We can assist with transportation costs and have volunteers help with groups. These are events are FREE! To register call 800.272.3900 or contact Brandi Medina

New events coming soon.

June 4

 Alzheimer's Family Care Fair  


   Details: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
              Huntsville High School
              2304 Billie Watkins St. SW
              Huntsville, AL 35801 

 This is a free community event that gives caregivers an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, caregiving and brain health. Includes free CEUs, lunch, door prizes.

 Topics and speakers include:
 Dr. Keith Fargo, Director of Science Programs & Outreach for  Alzheimer's Association
 Topic: Alzheimer's Research Minorities

 Diane Pierson, M.Ed. from Dynamic Mobility
 Topic: Avoiding Medical Bankruptcy

 Chanda Crutcher, American Senior Assistance Program
 Topic: Balancing Caregiving and Raising a Family

 To register contact Michelle Cain or click here.




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