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We offer a variety of educational classes for families and individuals living with Alzheimer's or related dementias, as well as for others in the community. All classes are offered free of charge. Click the links on this page to learn more or register for a class online. You can also download a printable version of the education calendar.

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Moderated by Darlene Shiley

Featured Speakers:

  Paul S. Aisen, MD
USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
  Fred H. Gage, PhD
Adler Professor
Laboratory of Genetics The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  Larry Goldstein, PhD
Distinguished Professor
UCSD Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine Scientific Director, Sanford Center for Regenerative Medicine
  Michael Jackson, PhD
Senior Vice President
Drug Discovery & Development, Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  Jeffrey Kelly, PhD
The Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor Chemistry & Department Chair of Molecular & Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute
  Michael Rafii, MD, PhD
Memory Disorders Clinic, UC San Diego Health System

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call 800.272.3900

Online Education Calendar


Register by phone at: 800.272.3900

Education Class Descriptions:

The Basics: An Orientation to Dementia & Memory Loss
A class designed specifically for families and caregivers who are new to living with and caring for someone with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Ask questions, get connected to resources and begin planning for the future.

Lo Basico: La perdida de memoria, la demencia y la enfermedad de alzheimer
Un taller presentado por la Asociacion de Alzheimer para cualquier persona a quien le gustaria saber mas sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer y las demencias relacionadas

Effective Communication Strategies
This class introduces how dementia affects communication and what changes to anticipate through the progression of the disease. Participants will learn to develop compassionate communication skills and how to respond in helpful ways.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Learn the difference between normal aging and the warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the benefits of getting a diagnosis.

Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
One must consider the legal and financial issues that arise when someone is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn directly from legal and financial professionals on getting the right paperwork in place for decision making and planning for the future.

Learning to Live With Early Stage Dementia
Learning to live with the early stage of dementia is easier when you understand the disease, have an idea of what to expect, can build a support system and start planning for the future.

Living with Alzheimer’s in the Middle Stage
This class will assist caregivers and families with helpful strategies for providing safe and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. (Not recommended for persons with dementia.)

Preparing for the Later Stage of Alzheimer's Disease
Learn what to expect during the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease, explore options for care and learn how nurture the relationship with your loved one in new ways. (Not recommended for persons with dementia.)

Introduction to Care and Support Options
Whether you are a new caregiver or are ready to consider additional help, this class is for you! This class will provide an overview of options available for dementia care and how to pay for it.

NEW! Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Join us to learn more about the lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement.

Staying Safe and Maintaining Independence at Home
There are several safety issues to consider when living with or caring for someone with dementia. This class provides tips on ensuring a safe home environment, preventing falls and reducing the risk of wandering.

NEW! The Latest in Alzheimer's Research
As the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease rises, the effort to find prevention strategies continues to gain momentum. Learn about the latest findings in Alzheimer’s research.

NEW! Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Some of the greatest challenges of caring for someone with dementia are the personality and behavior changes that can occur. Participants will learn how to identify common causes of behavior and develop strategies to manage challenging dementia-related behaviors.

NEW! Dementia Conversations
This class offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, driving and making legal and financial plans for the future.

NEW! Confessions of a Caregiver
The life of caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, exhausting and leave you wondering if you are doing the right thing. Join us to hear the honest truth and get your questions answered by a panel of family members who care for someone with dementia. Ask them how they handle situations, what strategies work for them or just how they make it through the day.

NEW! Talking to Kids About Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease can have a big impact on every member of the family, including kids and teens. Join us for tips on how to talk with kids, help them stay connected to the person with dementia and ways to support them through the challenges that can come with dementia.

NEW! Behind the Wheel: Cognitive Decline and Driving
Dementia causes memory and visual changes that impact an individual’s ability to drive safely, but the “rules of the road” when it comes to cognitive decline and driving can be confusing. Participants in this class will learn about methods for evaluating driver safety, transportation resources, and tips for having difficult family conversations about driving.

NEW! Wellness Series

Exploring ways to bring comfort, balance and peace to the daily routine. Held monthly at the Alzheimer’s Association from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

July 27: Acupuncture Introduction and Demonstration
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles into the skin at specific points in the body, to alleviate pain or treat health conditions. This introduction will provide a general overview of the techniques used, and those who are interested may participate in an optional demonstration.

August 24: Energy Healing, Balance and Relaxation Through Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is
based on the idea that energy flows through our bodies and can be guided for increased healing. This introduction to Reiki will provide an overview of the technique, and help you understand chakras and corresponding colors for use on yourself and others.

September 28: The Power of Herbal Medicine for Brain Health, Stressand Fatigue
Learn what the Chinese have known for thousands of years to support the aging process. This presentation will introduce you to the various ways you can use herbal medicines to support your immune system, brain health, and energy levels.


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