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We offer a wide variety of programs for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and anyone interested in learning more about the disease.

Trained presenters conduct these programs, which consist of a formal presentation, interactive activities and discussions, and follow-up materials. From time to time, we also offer special presentations by individuals from outside our organization.

Unless otherwise noted these programs are free, thanks to 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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listed by name and location.

Introduction to Alzheimer's Programs

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Programs

Health and Wellness Programs

Programming for Person’s 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 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 versus 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: General

Conversations About Dementia
This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.
Appropriate audience: Family and professional careivers and anyone wanting to learn how best to support individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Programs

A Quick Look
This is a 60-90 minute, interactive program designed to help you better understand Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and to provide strategies and suggestions for managing challenging communication and behavior.
Appropriate Audience: Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

The Savvy Caregiver Series
This is a six-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: Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease, or individuals concerned with the health and wellness of a caregiver.

The Living With Alzheimer’s For Caregivers Series
This multi-part, mutli-session series of programs provides 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

Early Stage
This three-part program is designed to provide care partners wth 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

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 three-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

Late-Stage
This is a two-part series, of 90 minute programs, that offers 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

Validation Theory and Therapeutic Fibbing
A 90-minute, interactive discussion about how to use validation to enter in to 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 60- to 90-minute 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.

Keeping Faith In Mind
This one hour 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

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
An interactive two-part program where 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

Understanding Alzheimer's
An interactive 60-90 minute introductory guie to Alzheimer's disease. Information provided includes the basics of Alzheimers disease, guidelines on diagnosis and treatment, and tips on dailiy living with dementia. Participants will hear first-hand experiences from a guest speaker who has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's diease and have an opportunity for open discussion about issues related to their diagnosis.
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

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.

Maintain Your Brain®
A one-hour, interactive discussion about brain-healthy behaviors and how to manage some of the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Appropriate Audience - Anyone who is interested in learning about brain health. Note: There is a small fee to cover class materials.
Appropriate audience: Caregivers and/or family of individuals with dementia, or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

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Programming for People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People With Alzheimer’s
A series of educational programs that provide answers to questions that arise for pepole 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 through the course of the disease.
Appropriate Audience – Persons with Younger-onset Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Younger Onset Alzheimer’s
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 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.
Appropriate Audience – Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

Strategies
A six-session, nuts-and-bolts program for people with Early Stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners. This program covers issues such as memory loss, communication, difficult tasks, safety, driving, developing a support network, healthy life style, medical care, meaningful activities, advocacy, and humor.
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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