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WE ARE HERE TO HELP

The Alzheimer’s Association can help you get the information you need about memory loss and dementia. Whether you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, are caring for someone who has or want to be better informed about the impact of Alzheimer’s in your community, we have resources and training for you! 

We offer educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as community members and healthcare professionals throughout the year. Programs range from basic introductory material to in-depth multi-part sessions.

Many of these programs are free of charge, but some conferences, workshops and professional trainings do have a registration fee attached to them. Check our upcoming education programs to find the right class for you. If you prefer, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or email us at helplinegmc@alz.org.

Quick Links: Upcoming Education Programs by Region | Educational Conferences
Educational Program Descriptions | Professional Training
FAQ  |  Cancellation Policy

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Upcoming Education Programs by Region

Select the area that is closest to you:

Central Michigan
Counties serviced in this area include: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Tuscola
Metro Detroit
Counties serviced in this area include: Huron, Macomb, Oakland, Saint Clair, Sanilac and Wayne
Northern Michigan - Updated Listing Coming Soon!
Counties serviced in this area include: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford
Upper Peninsula
Counties serviced in this area include: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft
West Michigan 
Counties serviced in this area include: Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola and Ottawa

Pre-registration for our classes is highly encouraged. Register at 800.272.3900 or by emailing helplinegmc@alz.org.
Please make note of our cancellation policy below.

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Educational Conferences

The Greater Michigan Chapter hosts four conferences annually that bring together healthcare professionals, people with dementia and caregivers for a day of learning and conversation. The each offer Continuing Education Units in various disciplines. For conference specific information regarding CEU's, cost, sponsorship or to register, please visit our Educational Conferences page.

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Education Program Descriptions

Individual class descriptions coming soon

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Professional Training

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared toward professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.  Our programs have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, direct care workers, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. For more information, please visit our Professional Training & Education Opportunities page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend?
No, though donations are always welcome.

Can I bring my loved one with dementia?
It depends on the program, so please call to check before bringing them. As a general rule if it is not an early-stage specific class, it is geared toward caregivers and not appropriate for a person with dementia to attend. For information regarding a specific class, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Do I have to pre-register/RSVP for a program before attending?
Pre-registration is not required, however it is highly encouraged. The number of attendees pre-enrolled help us determine room size and how many handouts to bring. The Greater Michigan Chapter may also cancel a program due to low number of pre-registered attendees.

Do I have to attend all classes in a series?
Though not required to attend, it is important to attend as many classes in a series as you can, as classes typically build upon one another. If a series has stand alone sessions, it will be noted on the program flyer.

I want to go to a stage specific program. How do I know what stage my loved one is in?
If in doubt, please call our 24/7 Helpline to determine which class is best for you. Please note, the Alzheimer's Association Helpline representatives are not medical professionals and cannot diagnosis specific stages.

I work as a professional caregiver, can I attend your education programs?
It depends on the program. Please call our 24/7 Helpline to determine if the class you want to attend is appropriate for you. You can also visit our Professional Training & Education Opportunities page for more information.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Low Attendance -- The Greater Michigan Chapter may cancel a program due to low number of registered attendees. Please be sure to RSVP for the program(s) you want to attend via our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or by emailing helplinegmc@alz.org.
  • Inclement Weather -- If the school district in which the education program is to be held is closed or cancels evening activities due to inclement weather, the education program will not be held. Please note, a program may also be cancelled at the discretion of the local staff due to inclement weather, even if the local school remains open. If in doubt, contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
  • Other Cancellations -- Occasionally programs may be cancelled due to venue or calendar conflicts.

Please note: In the event of an education program cancellation, we will do our best to contact registered attendees prior to the advertised class time. It is important you register with a valid phone number and check any voicemail messages left by the Alzheimer's Association prior to attending the education program.

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