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Community and Family Education Programs
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We offer numerous programs for interested individuals, family caregivers and persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Trained presenters will conduct these programs in any setting where at least five individuals are gathered. Each workshop consists of a formal presentation, interactive activities and follow-up materials. For more information about these programs – including scheduling – please call 1-800-272-3900.

 

Unless otherwise noted, the costs of Family & Community Education Programs have been underwritten by the generous donations of people living in northeastern New York and/or local grants. However, in order to ensure adequate preparation and materials, we request that participants register for all programs. Registration instructions for each program are provided in the calendar descriptions. If you or an organization you represent are interested in hosting a program in your area or facility, please email us at infoneny@alz.org. Our regularly scheduled programs are described below.

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Introduction to Alzheimer's Programs

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Programs

Health and Wellness Programs

Programming for People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Introduction to Alzheimer's Programs

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program explores the difference between memory loss brought about by normal aging vs. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Appropriate Audience – Community Groups, Employee wellness programs, Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as inevitable parts of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection is the key to improving quality of life for anyone affected by memory impairment. Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease where we separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.
Appropriate Audience - Anyone who is interested in learning the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, and a little information about Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Conversations
This workshop offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. 
Appropriate Audience -This program is primarily designed for working adults who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia. However, those who are not working will also benefit from the program.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Programs

• 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 Caregivers - Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

• Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Early Stage – This three-part program is designed to provide care partners with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The program is designed to help provide optimal care along the continuum of the disease in order to maintain quality of life.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease
• Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Mid-Stage – In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, gaps in memory and thinking become more noticeable and individuals begin to need help with day-to-day activities.  This 3 part series (each program is 90 minutes) will help to provide you with the tools you need to take the next steps.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease 
• Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Late-Stage – This is a two-part series of 90 minute programs that offer an opportunity to learn about the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and offers information about providing care, communicating, developing resources, working with your care team, and providing an optimal end of life experience.  In both of these sections, you will have the opportunity to hear from other families and from professionals who are experts in the field of dementia.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease 

• The Savvy Caregiver Program –This is a five-session training series for family caregivers. For most family caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role, one for which training is needed, just as you would receive training for any new job.  The Savvy Caregiver Program helps caregivers better understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best provide individualized care for their loved ones along the continued decline associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Appropriate Audience - Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress – This 60 to 90 minute program talks about what causes those who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia to experience emotional and physical stress, and how to handle the stress of caregiving effectively.
Appropriate audience – anyone who is actively caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or anyone who knows someone who is a caregiver.

• Validation Theory and Therapeutic Fibbing – A 90-minute, interactive discussion about how to use validation to enter into the world of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one may not be able to come back and live in your reality, but you can take trips into hers/his.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Practical Approaches to Activities of Daily Living- A one-hour interactive program discussing ways to make activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating, and dressing easier. 
Appropriate Audience - Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Aging Safely at Home - A one-hour discussion about how to make the home environment safe for all seniors, particularly those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Partnering With Your Doctor® - A one-hour discussion about how to make your doctor visits as satisfying and productive as possible.
Appropriate Audience –People with early stage AD as well as friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• How to Have a Good Visit – A one-hour discussion about visiting a loved one in a long term care facility including tips on setting realistic expectations, planning what to do during visits, and making visits enjoyable for all.
Appropriate Audience – Anyone who visits elders with dementia in residential facilities.

• Holiday Hints for Caregivers - A one-hour discussion about how to better manage responsibilities during the busy holiday season so that the experience can be as positive as possible for you and your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Dementia and the Pastoral Visit  - This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the basics of  Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, offer practical tips to facilitate communication with an individual with dementia, and  provide tips for pastoral visits. Participants are encouraged to bring questions from their own pastoral experience that can be shared and addressed at the workshop.
Appropriate audience – Clergy, Caregivers, friends or family of individuals with dementia, or anyone interested in learning more about this topic

• Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease - In this interactive two-part program, you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.
Appropriate audience- Caregivers and/or family of individuals with dementia, or anyone interested in learning more about this topic

 

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Health and Wellness Programs

• Healthy Habits for a Healthier You - For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.  This program offers participants and opportunity to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

• Laughter Is The Best Medicine - A one-hour, interactive program discussing how humor can help ease stress and improve almost any situation.
Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

• Keeping Faith In Mind – This 90 minute program differentiates spirituality from religion, identifies and describes the unique spiritual needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and suggests several ways to fulfill these needs in an individualized, meaningful way.
Appropriate audience – Clergy, Caregivers, friends or family of individuals with dementia, or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

• The Long Goodbye - This program is designed to help caregivers who are dealing with anticipatory grief, or the loss of a loved one before they pass away. Unlike other terminal illnesses, Alzheimer's and dementia often take away the person we love in stages, and this will create many different feelings and emotions. We will discuss ways to deal with these feelings, validation of these emotions, how to help yourself during this difficult time, and the value of palliative and comfort care programs, such as Hospice. There will also be a brief support meeting for anyone willing to discuss and express their concerns, share experiences, and be a source of support for each other.

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Programming for People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

• Living With Alzheimer’s for People With Alzheimer’s – In this interactive three-part program, 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 how to navigate this chapter of your life. This program will cover information for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Topics covered will include: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, partnering with your medical team, effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis, coping with changes and making decisions, daily strategies and safety issues, opportunities for supporting research, and resources for people with Early Stage Alzheimer’s disease.

• Living With Alzheimer’s for Younger Onset Alzheimer’s – a series of educational programs that provide answers to questions that arise for people concerned about younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 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.

• EASE (Early Alzheimer’s Support and Education) – An eight-week interactive learning program for people with early stage memory loss and their care partners.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia as well as current research and treatment plans.  Other topics covered during the eight weeks include legal and financial preparation, communication and compensatory strategies, home safety, and community resources.  A support group is also offered at the end of each session.
Appropriate Audience – Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners.  

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For further information about these programs, please call 1-800-272-3900.


 

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