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Workshops and Classes for Families

We offer professional-level training for non-professionals and retreats for caregivers to recharge and renew. A caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease wants to be prepared, have knowledge and feel confident in the care they are providing. Get certified. Get Trained. Call us at any of our offices to find out about the next education opportunities.


Confident Caregiver Series

Confident Caregiver Classes for 2014

This comprehensive series provides free monthly educational opportunities for family caregivers to learn about rescources and and strategies in providing quality care for loved ones.

Santa Barbara    Ventura County   San Luis Obispo County   Santa Maria 

The Savvy Caregiver

This course from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Respite care is available. It's a training program providing training with dementia experts, a caregiver manual and a CD. You will learn skills to assess the abilities of your loved one with dementia and adjust your approach over time, confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals, add strategies to manage activities of daily living. 

Savvy Caregiver Classes for 2013

Santa Barbara. To find out about the next set of classes, please contact Luciana Cramer at 805.902.4259 or

Ventura County. To find out about the next set of classes, please contact Carol Swinney at 805.484.6028 or

In Santa Maria, a four-week workshop begins June 6 (again on June 13, 20 and 27). Savvy Caregiver will be presented from 1-4 p.m. at Smooth Transportation at 240 E. Roemer Way, Santa Maria, CA 93454. For more information or to registger, please call 805.636.6432.

San Luis Obispo offers its 2013 Savvy Caregiver four-week-long workshop twice, beginning Aug. 8 and again Oct. 22. The workshops start at 1 p.m. To reserve your space and to find out more, contact Sonya Laputz at 805.547.3830. Check out the flyer here.

Our mission is to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s, to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. The California Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and serves more than 40,000 Alzheimer’s patients and their families every year. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay; scholarships are available. Respite grants are available on an as-needed basis to help pay for in-home care of your loved one while you attend the retreat.

Check the online calendar for more education opportunities here

Respite Care

Respite Care Grants are available to low-income family caregivers in need of respite care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  Funds received through our grants are of restricted use, intended solely to help caregivers obtain a much needed break from caregiving duties. These grants are made possible by the Mary Oakley Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter.

To find out more about our grants and to learn if your family qualifies, please contact:

  • Ventura County: Carol Swinney, senior care specialist, at 805.484.6028
  • Santa Barbara County: Luciana Cramer, care specialist, at 805.892.4259
  • San Luis Obispo County: Sonya Laputz, care specialist, at 805.547.3830
  • Kern County: Gabriella Ruiz, regional director, at 661.794.6948


Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns about Respite Care

What is respite care? Our respite relief program is designed to provide the primary caregiver with time free of patient responsibility to help alleviate the stress that comes from being the primary care provider. It is also an opportunity to explore possible solutions for long-term care needs.

Who will provide this care? The California Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer‘s Association has respite hours available, funded in part by the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, to provide respite care for those caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association will provide this service to those who are 60 years of age or older with dementia in the Ventura County area. The Association works with several professional Ventura County health-care agencies to provide respite care to families.

What will the caregiver do? The respite caregiver does patient specific duties that contribute toward the care and well-being of the client. These may include ambulating and transfer assistance, positioning in bed, bathing, skin care and personal grooming, shower assistance, range of motion exercises, incontinence care, meal preparation or companion care.

How long can I have respite? The Alzheimer’s Association may provide through grants temporary respite care up to 29 hours, once a year, depending on the type of respite needed.

How can I get this service for myself, a friend or relative? For any respite authorization, an Alzheimer’s Care Specialist will visit the home and interview the caregiver. After the interview, the Alzheimer’s Association will send an authorization to one of the agencies we partner with for respite services. The caregiver will then be contacted by the assigned agency to set up a time and date for respite to begin. The Alzheimer’s Association will follow-up with you to make sure respite is working for your needs.

Please give us a call at the phone numbers listed above, if you know someone who is caring for a person with dementia.


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.