Education for people touched by Alzheimer's disease
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Disease BasicsKnow the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Learn the warning signs that may be symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Understand the importance of visiting your doctor early to rule out treatable conditions that may be the cause of these symptoms. Early diagnosis helps with planning, treatment, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and access to support from the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s
What are the differences between Alzheimer's, other dementias and normal memory loss due to aging? This is a good overview for those who have concerns about memory loss or have had a diagnosis of dementia, as well as for those who want information about Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about the Alzheimer's disease process, and the programs offered by the Colorado Chapter for both the person with Alzheimer's and the caregiver.
Learn about the importance of good brain health management for diabetics in an effort to lower the risk of Alzheimer-type dementia. Measures for preventing heart attack and stroke – exercise, healthy diet, medications for conditions such as high blood pressure – might also guard against "more subtle changes" in mental function. This program is helpful for anyone with these health risks or for general information about how managing other health risks may contribute to healthy aging.
This program offers information and updates on the latest research efforts to find effective ways of preventing, stopping, and reversing this leading cause of decline in memory and cognitive functioning.
For People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s
Orientation to Early Alzheimer’s Disease
This free introductory seminar is for individuals who have been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s, or a related memory disorder and their family and friends. Topics include beginning changes, common decisions and the first steps in care.
This in-depth course is designed for people with early Alzheimer’s and at least one family member or friend to help them understand the diagnosis and how to begin planning for the future. Together they will gain an understanding of the disease and the common changes that will occur. They will learn key strategies for living with Alzheimer’s disease that will enrich their lives.
This special gathering is designed for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to share memories, music, and fun with caregivers, spouses, family members. In addition to great social interaction, information about Alzheimer’s disease and Association support services is also made available. Check with your local office for details.
This program is designed for people with memory loss in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's disease who want to take an active role in managing and discussing life changes and participate in mentally and physically stimulating activities.
Caregiver WorkshopsGetting Started: When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease
This workshop provides basic information for families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Topics include an overview of Alzheimer’s, legal and financial options and managing daily challenges.
Participation in an overview class on dementia, e.g., "Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: The Basics," "Getting Started" or "Orientation to Early Alzheimer's" is recommended before taking this class. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is a specialty requiring specific skills that contribute to the well being of both the caregiver and the person with the disease. This 12-hour (6 week) course trains family caregivers in how to assess the abilities of a person with dementia and feel more confident in the skills of caregiving at the various stages of the disease. Attendance at all classes is strongly recommended.
Alumni of Savvy Caregiver are invited to join us for a chance to reunite with fellow Savvy caregivers, share caregiving successes and enhance skills learned during the Savvy program.
Creating Communities of Care via "Share The Care"
This 2 day class (2 hours each day) is designed to explore a model of caregiving that reduces the demands on any one person by “sharing” the responsibilities of care among a community of compassionate friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.
Caregiving Tips: Successful Communication
This class covers successful communication skills for interacting with people with dementia, as well as how to assess and respond to behaviors. Learn how to avoid unnecessary arguments and recognize the triggers which may result in challenging interactions. This class is for family, friends and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Caregiving Tips: Activities for People with Memory Loss
This class covers the importance of activities for the person with dementia, and how to design and structure activities that promote contented involvement and enhance quality of life. This class is for family, friends and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Caregiving Tips: Planning For Long Term Care
Participants will learn about advanced directives and how to finance long-term care for a person with dementia. This class is for family, friends and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Caregiving Tips: Selecting a Care Community
This seminar provides families with important tips on selecting an appropriate care facility, determining when it’s time to make the transition and how to make the transition successful for the person with Alzheimer’s as well as other members of the family.
Caregiving Tips: Late Stage Care
During the late stages of the disease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s often become more physical and the demands on the caregiver more challenging. Learn about methods that are effective in providing care and comfort for your loved one, information about the dying process as well as coping skills for dealing with your own sense of loss and grief. This class is for family, friends and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Sex, Intimacy and Dementia
This program explains how dementia and aging can affect intimate relations. It outlines some of the ways behavior can change and suggests ways for those with partners to adapt so relationships remain loving and close.