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Click here for PDF of the Feb. - July 2015 Programs Schedule.

We offer educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as community members and healthcare professionals. Programs range from basic introductory material to in-depth multi-part sessions and brain healthy information.  We also offer resources -- publications and videos that can be helpful to those facing Alzheimer's disease.

Family and caregiver programs for people with Alzheimer's disease are free of charge.

View our Education Programs for people living with mild Alzheimer's disease or a memory disorder
View our Family Caregiver Education Programs
View our Community Workplace Programs
View our Professional Programs

 

Education Programs for people living with mild Alzheimer's disease or a memory disorder

Power + Purpose
Our Power + Purpose Program is for people living with mild Alzheimer’s disease or a memory disorder. You are facing what may be the biggest challenge of your life. We want to help you live your best life.  Research has clearly shown that staying active and engaged in life is the most powerful way to manage your disease. Power + Purpose offers programs to keep you informed, active and engaged. Free events include theater,  museum and walking tours, and art workshops. There are opportunities to volunteer and advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause. Education programs are designed specifically for people with mild Alzheimer’s and memory disorders.  For more information about Power + Purpose events and programs, please visit the Power + Purpose website at www.alztoday.org.

The MindSet
This series of workshops is designed to be informative, engaging and supportive for people living with mild Alzheimer’s disease or a memory disorder. Members meet for four weeks for education about the disease, to share and learn coping strategies, and to discover volunteer and  advocacy opportunities that lend a voice for research and programs that will make a difference in the Alzheimer’s cause.

Coping With Early Memory Loss
If you have recently received a medical diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impair-ment, Vascular Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Fronto-temporal dementia or other related disorders, this 2-hour class can help provide a greater understanding of your diagnosis and treatment and offer effective coping strategies.

Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s: What You Should Know
If you have recently been diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s  disease, you are not alone. There are many ways to stay active and engaged in your own community and through the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us for answers to the questions you are likely having regarding your diagnosis and to meet other individuals who have been similarly impacted. Learn what you need to know, how to plan ahead, and what you can do  to ease the impact throughout the disease process.

Family Caregiver Education Programs

Conversations About Dementia: Tips to Help with Family Conversations
This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations about some of the most difficult topics when you are caring for someone with memory problems: the importance of going to the doctor for a diagnosis or follow-up, concerns about driving and making legal and financial plans. You’ll hear from actual family caregivers about these challenging issues via video as well as recommendations for what to do next.


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Essential Skills for Family Caregivers series (Disponible en español)

Audience: Caregivers (no professionals please!)

Description: Essential Skills series provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia. Improved day-to-day living and overall quality of life for the person with dementia and the caregiver is the goal. We cover communication techniques, strategies to manage difficult behaviors, and safety in the home.

I. It Starts with Communication
There are many proven communication techniques that caregivers can learn to improve day-to-day life for those with dementia and reduce their own stress. Learn how to communicate in a way that minimizes frustrations, decreases anxiety, and avoids disagreements.

II. Understanding Behaviors
Actions, or behavior, may be telling us something, like “Slow down” or “I need something to do.” Learning to understand the message and making changes to care can prevent outbursts and arguments.

III. Safety at Home
For someone with dementia, a safe and supportive home can  prevent injury and enhance independence and a sense of security. Learn to adapt your home environment and make it dementia-safe and supportive.

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Legal & Financial: Issues and Answers
Many families wait until it’s too late to learn about legal and financial concerns. This presentation by an elder law attorney provides information about wills, durable power of attorney, protection of assets, health care proxy, and what Medicare and Medicaid do and do not cover. While this program is not intended to substitute for a personal appointment with an elder law attorney, you will have the opportunity to hear about typical issues and problems that can be avoided or reduced by adequate planning.

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Living with Alzheimer’s:  For Caregivers – Early-Stage
In the early stages of the disease, caregivers face many new questions, needs for care planning and support. Join us for this education program to hear of coping strategies and practical answers for the questions and concerns that arise during early stage.

Living with Alzheimer’s:  For Caregivers – Middle-Stage
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

Living with Alzheimer’s:  For Caregivers – Late-Stage
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this 2-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

 

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Community/Workplace Education Programs

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters (Disponible en español)

Description:  As we age, there can be changes to our memory.  Yet, memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life are not a typical part of aging.  Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help determine if it’s important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.  Join us to learn the “10 Signs” because early detection matters!

Memory, Aging and Alzheimer’s: What You Should Know

Description: Many people worry about their memory.  This program contrasts the typical memory changes we experience as we age with the distinct memory problems of someone with Alzheimer’s.   We offer tips to maximize memory and discuss the warning signs that memory loss may be something more serious.

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

Description: Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. This program provides information about the disease and related dementias, the benefits of early detection, causes and risk factors, treatment, and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association

 

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Professional Training Programs 

The Alzheimer’s Association is the trusted source of education, information and training about Alzheimer’s disease. We are leaders in creating programs for professionals working with people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Learn from those who are experts in the field.We want you to have the tools you need for dementia diagnosis, care and treatment —call us today to learn more about our programs. Offerings may change—call for the most up-to-date information.

Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.  Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Some of our programs offer CECs.

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Other education resources

The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Click here for an alphabetical listing.  

Many of our brochures and booklets are available to order by mail. Please contact us at 800.272.3900 to place an order.

Recommended reading lists for individuals and families as well as for professionals:
Click here to download our Recommended Reading List for Individuals and Families
Click here to download our Recommended Reading List for Professionals


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