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The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter offers a variety of free educational programs to the community, both in-person and online.  Most programs are 1-1.5 hours long. Click on the links below to see where each of these programs is being offered in the Hudson Valley. Please call us at 800.272.3900 for more information or to schedule an in-person program in your community. Click each county for a list of programs scheduled in that location: Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, Rockland County, Sullivan County, Ulster County, Westchester County.

In-person programs

The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
This program provides basic information everyone needs to know about memory-loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program covers topics such as warning signs of dementia, differences between dementia and Alzheimer's disease, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, how to get a diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research and Alzheimer’s Association services to help.

Know the 10 Warning Signs:  Early Detection Matters
Early diagnosis gives people with Alzheimer’s disease the opportunity to make key decisions about treatment, care and planning, and the power to make choices about their own health and future. This program will increase awareness of the benefits of Alzheimer’s early detection, and provide information about memory loss and normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Also learn about the risk factors,10 warning signs, diagnostic process and resources to help.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement.  In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area.

Legal and financial planning for Alzheimer's disease
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning more important than ever.This two-part program will offer information about legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place and how to access legal and financial resources near you.Topics covered will include making legal plans that fit your needs, legal documents you’ll need, how to find legal and financial assistance, practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care and government programs that can help pay for care.

Effective Communication Strategies
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 will help to explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Dementia Conversations
Dementia Conversations will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.This program is primarily for those who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 

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. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, and learn strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.

Living with Alzheimer’s Disease for Caregivers
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of educational programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the various stages of the disease. Topics covered will include developing a care team, legal and financial planning, coping strategies, care and treatment options, communicating and connecting, and maximizing independence.

Each of the following series of programs is two sessions long, with each session lasting 1½-2 hours each.  

• Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers - Early Stage
• Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers - Middle Stage
• Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers -  Late Stage

Living with Alzheimer’s Disease for persons with Alzheimer's disease
These programs are each a three-part series of educational programs for people in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need?  We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter of your life.

Each of the following series of programs is two to three sessions long, with each session lasting 1.5-2 hours each. 

• Living with Alzheimer’s: For people with Alzheimer’s
• Living with Alzheimer’s: For younger-onset Alzheimer’s

Online programs: 

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association training webpage,, for a complete listing of our online education programs available 24 hours a day.





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