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For workshop information, call the Springfield office, 417.886.2199, or the Columbia office, 573.443.8665.


Know the 10 Signs provides the general public with a greater understanding of the differences between age-related memory loss and dementia. Adults concerned about memory loss in themselves or a loved one, or those interested in learning about Alzheimer's disease are encouraged to attend.  This interactive workshop features video clips of researchers, caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease.


The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease  provides the basic information that everyone needs to know about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Adults interested in learning about Alzheimer's and related dementias are encouraged to attend. This interactive workshop features video clips of researchers, caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease.


Healthy Habits for a Healthier You is designed for participants of any age looking for information on ways to age as well as possible. Beginning with an overview of how humans age and how the brain works, the program provides information about current research (what we know) and practical strategies (what we can do) in the following four areas: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. This workshop is not designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dementia Conversations offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Adults who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia are encouraged to attend. 


Effective Communication Strategies help participants better understand the changes in communication that occur with Alzheimer’s disease progression.  Participants will learn how to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia and how to identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease.  This workshop includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and with caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families. Adults interested in communicating more effectively with persons with dementia are encouraged to attend. 

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is designed for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias and their care partners/family members.  This workshop will help participants understand the legal and financial issues that may impact them, how to make legal and financial decisions, and ways to put legal and financial plans in place.


Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors will help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors and list strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors. 
Understanding behavior as a form of communication is essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.  This workshop is most appropriate for caregivers and family members that want to better understand, identify, assess and respond to dementia-related behaviors.    

Living With Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer’s provides answers to the questions people ask most in the early stage including what they need to know about the disease, how to navigate the changes that are occurring, planning for the future and practical suggestions for living a life to the fullest in the midst of early-stage challenges. This series is delivered in three consecutive two-hour workshops. Newly diagnosed persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are encouraged to participate. 
 
Living With Alzheimer's: For Younger Onset Alzheimer’s provides practical information and strategies for dealing with challenges experienced when the onset of symptoms occurs early in life. Participants will hear from those directly affected to learn what to expect, how to plan and what to do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease. Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in their 40’s, 50’s or early 60’s and their care partners, families and friends are encouraged to participate.
 
Living With Alzheimer’s: For Care Partners – Early-Stage offers information, tools and strategies to cope with an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Emphasis is placed on developing a care team, planning for future care needs, coping strategies, care and treatment options and maximizing independence.  This series is delivered in three consecutive two-hour workshops.  Care partners, family and friends of those living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are encouraged to participate.

Living With Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Middle Stage provides information, tools and strategies to help caregivers provide optimal care, maximize quality of life and make informed decisions when providing care and/or monitoring care provided by others.  It also supports the need for caregivers to get assistance with care provision and to safeguard their own health. This series is delivered in three consecutive two-hour workshops. Caregivers, family and friends of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are encouraged to participate.

Living With Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late Stage offers family caregivers the information, tools and support they need to help loved ones through the late stage of Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  It addresses issues related to care options, palliative care and end-of-life.  This series is delivered in two consecutive two-hour workshops.  Caregivers, family and friends of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia are encouraged to participate. 


 


 

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