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Find scheduled programs in your county through the Areas We Serve webpage. Or, for a full listing of scheduled programs by city, click here: January - July Program Guide. 

The program guide is designed to help families, caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's disease through their journey. There is no charge for individuals to attend. Registration is requested to ensure adequate space. To register, or if you have any questions, please call 800.272.3900. If you need help finding a program near you, call 800.272.3900.

If you are unable to attend an in-person program, the Alzheimer's Association offers a number of Alzheimer's and dementia education programs online, 24 hours a day at no cost. To find an education program, visit training.alz.org.

Community Education Program Descriptions

*Programs with an asterisk are available online at training.alz.org.

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You

This program will help you develop better habits for living a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that proper brain and heart health can contribute to the possible risk reduction of diseases and can ultimately lead to a longer and healthier life. Presentations are 45minutes in length.

Know the 10 Warning Signs*
This is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Attendees will view video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease*
The Basics is a program designed to educate attendees about the difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, the diagnostic process, and the changes that the brain goes through as Alzheimer’s progresses are just some of the topics covered in the program. The program also features video clips of doctors, patients and loved one who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Conversation: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This program is designed to help you talk with your entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics covered include going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.

Effective Communication Strategies
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.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's*
The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What does this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? This program is an interactive three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. This program will cover information for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia who are in the early stage of the disease.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's*
When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young, does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help? This program is designed to provide answers. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Early-Stage Caregivers*
The early-stage program is a series of three programs that describes the symptoms of the early-stage of Alzheimer's disease, explains the legal, financial, and resource planning that needs to be done, and explains the various components of a care team and how to successfully work with each component during the early-stage of the disease.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers*
During the three part middle-stage program, caregivers will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle-stage of Alzheimer's and learn about the relationship changes that occur in the middle-stage. Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies, and access respite care will be discussed as well as effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Late-Stage Caregivers*
The late-stage section of the series is two parts. Caregivers will learn the concept of the self in the late-stage of Alzheimer's disease as well as learn effective ways to communicate, connect with, and provide daily care in the late-stage. The program will also cover late-stage care options and explain how to access and evaluate them. 

Legal and Financial Planning for the Future*
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can change plans that families have for the future. This program will cover important legal and financial information to consider as the disease progresses and plans are made for the future.

Workshops
These workshops provide an opportunity to help those worried about memory loss, navigating caregiving or have questions about local resources. They will consist of education programs and panel of experts.

Early-Stage Programs
For more information about Learning Together, Meet Me at IMA, Make Me at IMA and Musical Moments, click the program title.  


Other Education Opportunities

2015 Alzheimer's Association Education Conference
Join us for our statewide dementia education conference for educational breakout sessions, keynote speakers and networking opportunities. Click here to learn more.

Speaker's Bureau
Alzheimer's Association representatives are available to offer a variety of different presentations and programs that can help educate caregivers about what services are available to them or about the disease. Our presentations and programs range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your needs. At no cost, they would come and talk to your group. For more information, please call 800.272.3900.

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