Overview & calendar
Education is one of the most powerful tools to help navigate your Alzheimer's journey. The Alzheimer's Association programs are developed by experts in the field and reviewed by their peers for quality. We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as the community at large. These programs are free of charge, and to learn more about all upcoming programs available, visit this chapter calendar.
VIT site programsThe Alzheimer's Association Vermont Chapter is excited to announce its October 2014-May 2015 calendar of community education courses available through videoconferencing network Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) - click here to learn more. Save the date and join us at your local VIT site to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.
The Alzheimer's Association offers a number of Alzheimer's and dementia courses available online, 24 hours a day. Click here to learn more.
Education program descriptions
Healthy Habits for a Healthier You (NEW)
This program is designed to offer research-based recommendations about taking care of our brains and our bodies in order to age as well as possible. By the end of the program, you will be able to: Identify the reasons for taking care of yourself as you age, list strategies to age well in the following areas; cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, social engagement, and make your own plan for healthy aging.
Know The 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss of behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. This program will discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, what to do if you see the signs in yourself or someone you love, getting a diagnosis and medication options.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program discusses the difference between normal aging and dementia, explores how the brain works, defines dementia and goes through the different stages of the disease, explains the importance of clinical trials and gives an overview of the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.
This program is designed to help you talk with your entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some of the challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer's and related dementias: driving, doctor visits, legal and financial planning.
Legal and Financial Planning
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, planning for the future is important. This two-part series will give an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits. It is strongly recommended that you attend both sessions.
Effective Communication Strategies (NEW)
Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease and includes interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey and caregivers share tips that have worked for their families.
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior (NEW)
During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. Through practical information, resources, and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia related behaviors.
Living With Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Early Stage
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. This 3-part series is designed to provide care partners with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia. It is strongly recommended that you attend all three sessions.
Living With Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Middle Stage
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. This 3-part series is designed to provide caregivers with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia. It is strongly recommended that you attend all three sessions.
Living With Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Late Stage
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. This 2-part series offers the opportunity to learn about the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and offers information needed to provide optimal end of life care. It is strongly recommended that you attend both sessions.
Living With Alzheimer's for People with Alzheimer’s
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. This 3-part series is designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope when a diagnosis is made. It is strongly recommended that you attend all three sessions.
Living With Alzheimer's for Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s
When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This program will address the benefits of early diagnosis, genetic links, employment issues, legal/financial matters, life after diagnosis and daily strategies.