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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. 

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.

Maximizing Your Brain Health
When most people think about keeping healthy, they usually focus below the neck. But the health of the brain is just as important to overall physical well-being as your heart, weight, liver, or muscles.  Learn how to keep your mind and memory in shape in order to optimize your brain health as you age.

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! Managing Challenging Behaviors
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! Conversations About Dementia
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! 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.

Jan. 26, Caring for Yourself with Integrative Medicine
An introduction to Chinese Medicine and what truly integrative medicine can look like. This presentation will introduce you to the various aspects of health care that you can tap into to help with brain health, stress management, and supporting your immune system.

Feb. 23, Acupressure, Reflexology and Massage for Care of Self and Others
A general introduction to acupressure, reflexology and massage techniques will be given.  Specific locations (acupuncture points and reflexology areas) will be shown that can be used to stimulate relaxation, healing, memory, etc. for yourself or others.

Mar. 23, The Critical Role of Diet and Nutritional Supplements
An introduction to the power of food choices in supporting your immune system and brain health. This class will help you sort out how to find the right supplements, what the important dosages are, and how you can maximize the ability to heal through the foods you eat.

NEW! Memory Loss Starter Series

Whether you are starting down the road of caring for someone with dementia or have questions but don’t know  where to start; the Memory Loss Starter Series is for you!  Join us at the Alzheimer’s Association every Thursday in March to better understand Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, communication tips and planning for the future.

  • The Basics: An Orientation to Memory Loss
    Mar. 5, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Effective Communication Strategies
    Mar. 12, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
    Mar. 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Staying Safe & Maintaining Independence At Home
    Mar. 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Talking to Kids & Teens
Alzheimer’s disease impacts family life. Take the time to talk with the children and teens in your family so that they understand what is happening to the person with Alzheimer’s.

The degree to which children and teens are affected by the disease depends on who has it — a parent or grandparent, relative or friend. Other factors include how close the child or teen is to the person and where the person lives (in the same home, assisted living or nursing home, out-of-state, etc.)
Click Here to learn more about how to talk to your kids and Teens about Alzheimer's or related dementias.

For questions about any of our education classes please contact the Education and Outreach Manager, Holly Pobst at hpobst@alz.org or 858.966.3306. 


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.