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We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as community members. Most of these programs, described below, are free of charge. Click here to see a complete list of our Programs.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Awareness
Reducing Your Risk
For Caregivers and Family Members
For Those With Early Stage Dementia
Additional Presentations Offered
ELearning

AWARENESS

Getting Connected: Alzheimer’s Association Programs & Services (30 minutes)
A great place for everyone to start.  Learn the basics about Alzheimer’s disease, and programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters (60 or 120 minutes)
The workshop addresses the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  Learn what is involved in getting a diagnosis, risks associated with Alzheimer’s, and the benefits of early detection.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (60 or 120 minutes)
Learn about the differences between normal aging and dementia, the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, and management of the disease.  Learn about resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, keys for planning for the future, and how family members and caregivers can help the person with dementia.

Research Updates: Latest in Alzheimer’s Treatment and Research (60 minutes)
In recent years we have entered a period of tremendous advances in Alzheimer research, encompassing genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's, imaging studies to identify Alzheimer's in the living brain, blood tests and other biomarkers that may one day be used to diagnose Alzheimer's, how our lifestyle influences our risk of Alzheimer's as we age, and more.

 


REDUCING YOUR RISK

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research (60 minutes)
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. Join us 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.

 


FOR CAREGIVERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

Conversations about Dementia (60 or 90 minutes)
Learn helpful tips to guide you in having difficult conversations with family members, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Effective Communication Strategies (60 minutes)
Teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Participants leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (60 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal resources near you.

Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (90 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access financial resources near you.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior (60 or 120 minutes)
Provides participants with a four-step model to address behavioral aspects of dementia.  The program details the model and then applies it to some of the most common behaviors associated with the disease.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (3-part  workshop)
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services.   Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of education 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.   This program will cover information for caregivers of people with Early-stage, Middle-stage, or Late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing a care team
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Coping strategies
  • Care and treatment options
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Maximizing Independence


FOR THOSE WITH EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s (3-part workshop)
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need?  This 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.

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
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease


Additional Presentations Offered

Additional Programs can be tailor to fit specific audience and organizational needs. Examples of previously requested topics include:

  • Sexuality & Intimacy in Alzheimer's
  • Down Syndrome and Dementia
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Law Enforcement and First Responders
  • Advocacy and Alzheimer's

Conferences
Chapter officers throughout the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter offer a wide variety of topics semi-annually.

Support Groups
Help for spouses, children and long-distance caregivers coping with the daily stress of dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Additionally groups for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who would like to learn how to live and cope with memory loss and groups for people diagnosed under the age of 65 with early stage Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who want to talk to other younger onset individuals about how they cope.

 


ELEARNING:

From the first concerns about memory changes through diagnosis and progression of the disease, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia, is a journey that best begins with information and education. To support this, the Alzheimer's Association is now offering e-learning options online for anyone to view from the comfort of their home, on their own schedule and at their own pace. Visit elearning.alz.org for more information


Art Engagement Programs

A number of our partners throughout Pennsylvania have art engagement programs available through interactive gallery tours facilitated by trained docents or volunteers for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, their families and professional caregivers. The goal of such programs is to make art accessible to people living with dementia by exploring what they see in art and what memories the art may invoke in them. While many will not remember their visit to the gallery, most will find joy in the moment of viewing the art.

Current opportunities with gallery partners include the Maslow Study Gallery at Marywood University, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum/ADRC.


 

Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.