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Education Programs
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  • Four-Part Caregiver Course: This four part program is designed to educate caregivers on the necessary skills and information needed to provide care for persons with memory loss. Topic include: Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease & Research, Communication Techniques, Identification of Behavioral Challenges, Family Dynamics, Community Resources, Legal and Financial Issues. This course is not intended to substitute for professional dementia specific training.
  • Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters: The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Attend this workshop training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease. We'll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer's in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.
  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Related Dementias: Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.
  • Effective Communications Strategies: This program explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's disease: learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of disease
  • Keys to Consider: Driving and Dementia: The topic of driving and when a person with dementia should no longer drive can be a hard topic for families. Learn how the progression of dementia affects the skills used to drive and the safety concerns that come into play. 
  • Healthy Habits for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: 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 make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you 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.
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. Attendees will be able to identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors, list strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors. 
  • Living With Alzheimer's: For Caregivers of Middle Stage: In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers of Late Stage: In the late stage of Alzheimer's disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this 2-part series, you'll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer's and their families.
  • Hearing Loss and Dementia: What Do We Know About the Possible Connection?: Are we putting ourselves at greater risk of developing dementia, includng Alzheimer's disease, by ignoring hearing loss?  We'll take a journey through the auditory mechanism, define normal hearing vs. hearing impairment, distinguish hearing impairment from deafness and discuss the impact hearing has on our quality of life. Join us for a brief review of the ongoing research into the possible connection between cognitive decline and untreated hearing loss as well as other related health risks.
  • Keeping Connected Through the Holidays: This program will focus on how to develop and maintain connections during the holiday season. We will discuss strategies to engage in positive visits and interactions; explore tactics to discuss holiday celebrations that best suit the needs of the person diagnosed and the caregiver; address safety concerns and provide options to minimize overstimulation during the holiday season.
  • Habilitation Training: The newly revised curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide array of care settings.

    The 7 hour training teaches attendees the 13 hour curriculum in best HabilitationTherapy practices. Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture and demonstration, roleplay and group work. ModuleTopics:
  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • HabilitationTherapy
  • Knowing and Understanding the Individual
Communication Skills: We Need to Know the Language
  • Does the Physical Environment Make a Difference?
  • Our Approach to Personal Care
  • Activity and Purposeful Engagement
  • Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding
Understanding and Working with Families 
  • $300 for one representative 
  • $550 for two representatives 
  • $200 for each additional representative

Multilingual information
Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups are in need of solid information about Alzheimer’s disease and health resources.

Professional training
The Connecticut Chapter offers trainings to professionals in the dementia field such as in residential homes or home health agencies.  Presentations can be tailored to the audience.  All of the programs are evaluated by the participants to assess quality and product innovation.  Customized in-services are also available.  To learn more about professional training opportunities, call us at 860.828.2828

  • Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC)
  • Specialized Dementia Care Education (SDCE)
  • Activity Programming in Dementia Care
  • Pain Management
  • essentialALZ
  • First Responders Training
Publications
The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures.

We also maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To learn more about our library, call us at 800.272.3900.