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.
Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter Family Education Programs
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.
Getting Started: What to do when your Family Member has Memory Loss
Description: This comprehensive program for families who care for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia focuses on getting a diagnosis, understanding and addressing behavior and communication problems, and finding local resources and support.
Legal & Financial: Issues and Answers
Description: 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.
Specialized: Early-stage and Younger-onset
Coping with Early Memory LossAudience: individuals recently diagnosed with memory loss and their family members and friends.
Description: This 2-hour class will help you fill in the gaps since your diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Front-temporal dementia, or other related disorders. Medical and non-medical treatments will be discussed, and resources to help will be explored.
Legal & Financial Issues For Families Dealing with Younger-onset DementiaAudience: families dealing with younger-onset dementia (under 65)
Description: This workshop will focus on the unique issues faced by people under the age of 65 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Important topics such as the financial impact of early retirement, long-term care planning, wills, powers of attorney, Medicare, Medicare, and Social Security Disability will be discussed. The lecture is 1.5 hours with 30 minutes for questions.
Living with Alzheimer's
Audience: persons with Alzheimer's, their families and friends
Description: This three-part program will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter of your life.
Participants are encouraged to invite family members and friends to attend the program with them.
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
About professional training
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. Many of our programs offer CEUs.
Professional training programs
- Foundations of Dementia Care
- Caring for People with Alzheimer's: Train the Trainer
- Support Group Leader Training
- A Map Through the Maze
- Community Grand Rounds
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.
While we no longer sell non-Association publications, we do offer 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
Our video library is currently not available.