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The Greater Illinois Chapter offers community and family education programs throughout the year. These programs are geared for family members, diagnosed individuals, and interested members of the community. Many of these programs are free of charge, but some conferences and workshops do have a registration fee attached to them.

Certificates of attendance and continuing education credit are not available for community and family education programs, as these programs are not intended for a professional audience. Professionals are instead encouraged to attend programs offered through the Professional Education.

Can't find a time or location that is convenient for you? Visit our e-learning center.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American Community

 

Cost: Free
African Americans are twice as likely as other racial groups to have Alzheimer’s disease, and 40% less likely to be properly diagnosed and treated. This program will explore the reasons behind these statistics, offer information about normal changes in memory as we age, and cover the warning signs of Alzheimer’s as well as the steps to take for proper diagnosis and treatment.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Audio Conference 

 
Cost: Free
Are you too busy to attend an educational program? Audio Conference is designed for those who aren’t able to attend a program outside the home or office. Once registered, you will receive a toll-free telephone number with instructions through the mail. On the day of the conference, you will call-in and join many others who are seeking the latest information on memory loss. 
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

 

Cost: Free
Providing care for someone with memory loss can be a labor of love, but it can also be exhausting and stressful. This program will introduce participants to the causes, signs and symptoms of stress, and will provide participants with stress-reduction strategies.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Conversations About Dementia

 
Cost: Free
When someone you know shows signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Conversations with family members about memory loss and changes in behavior can be challenging and uncomfortable. Join us to learn tips to reducing the stress related to doctor’s visits, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Let the Alzheimer’s Association be a key part of your care team!

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

 

Cost: Free
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as normal age-related memory changes. Attend this program to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held misconceptions about Alzheimer’s. Hear from people who have the disease, find out how to recognize the warning signs in yourself and others, and learn why early detection matters.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

 

Cost: Free
Do you feel unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can more easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect of the disease on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s

 

Cost: Free
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? In this program, you will hear from others who have been where you are. You’ll learn what you need to know what plans you need to make, and how to best navigate this chapter of your life.

This program contains six hours of content. It is typically run concurrently with Living with Alzheimer’s: For Early Stage Caregivers.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar 

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Early Stage Caregivers

 

Cost: Free
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available? This three-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage of Alzheimer’s. Hear from others that are affected by the disease, and learn how you can better cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.

This program contains six hours of content. It is typically run concurrently with Living with Alzheimer’s for People with Alzheimer’s.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

 

Cost: Free
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this three-part series to learn helpful strategies to help you provide safe, effective and comfortable care for those who are in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

This program contains six hours of content. It may be divided into two or three sessions.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Late-Stage Caregivers

 

Cost: Free
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers need to discover new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this two-part series, you’ll learn from other caregivers and professionals about helpful resources, how to best monitor care, and how to meaningfully connect with a person with late-stage Alzheimer’s.

Part One – 1.75 hours plus extra discussion time/tips. 
Part Two – 1.5 hours plus extra discussion time/tips.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Cost: Free
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive program where you will learn about important legal and financial issues to consider once a diagnosis has been made. Topics covered include: making legal plans that fit your needs; legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for you; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.

This program is 2.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

 
Cost: Free
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 diagnosis, risk factors, disease stages, treatment options, and much more.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.
 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Understanding Early Memory Loss

 

Cost: Free
The onset of early memory loss creates many questions and challenges for both the person experiencing memory loss and their supporters. This program provides an overview of memory loss, common signs and symptoms, and the diagnostic process, and will focus on coping strategies and identifying helpful resources. Topics covered include non-medical practices for maintaining well-being through caring for one’s body, mind, and relationships.

This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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