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For families, community members and people facing Alzheimer’s disease

>>Check out our NEW Online Classes

Class Offerings

We offer a variety of classes to both professionals, family caregivers, those living with Alzheimer’s and the general public. Topics are broken up into general categories below.

Request a speaker here, or visit our Community Resource Finder to view upcoming presentations. 
You can also view a PDF of upcoming classes listed below.
If you are a professional, click here for more information on professional trainings.

Upcoming Classes - PDF Version

This listing will be updated monthly.  Not all counties are offering classes at this time.

For class descriptions click here.

Please select the area that is closest to you:

Bay Area
Counties serviced in this area include: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Solano County

Counties serviced in this area include: Fresno County, Madera County, Merced County and Tulare County

Counties serviced in this area include: Monterey County

North Bay
Counties serviced in this area include: Marin County, Napa County and Sonoma County

Northern Nevada - Reno Area
Counties serviced in this area include: Washoe County

Northern Nevada - Rural Areas
Counties serviced in this area include: Carson City, El Dorado County, Douglas County, Humboldt County, Lyon County and Nevada County

North Valley
Counties serviced in this area include: Butte, Shasta, Glenn, Tehama, Plumas, Yuba, Sutter, and Colusa

Counties serviced in this area include: Amador County, El Dorado County, Nevada County, Placer County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County and Yolo County

Santa Cruz
Counties serviced in this area include: San Benito County and Santa Cruz County



Getting Connected: Alzheimer’s Association Programs & Services (10, 20 or 30 minutes) 
A great place for everyone to start.  Learn the basics about Alzheimer’s disease, and programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters (60 or 120 minutes)
The workshop addresses the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  Learn what is involved in getting a diagnosis, risks associated with Alzheimer’s, and the benefits of early detection.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (60 or 120 minutes)
Learn about the differences between normal aging and dementia, the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, and management of the disease.  Learn about resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, keys for planning for the future, and how family members and caregivers can help the person with dementia.

Research Updates: Latest in Alzheimer’s Treatment and Research (60 minutes)
In recent years we have entered a period of tremendous advances in Alzheimer research, encompassing genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's, imaging studies to identify Alzheimer's in the living brain, blood tests and other biomarkers that may one day be used to diagnose Alzheimer's, how our lifestyle influences our risk of Alzheimer's as we age, and more.


Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research (60 minutes)
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 optimize our physical and cognitive health as we 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. 


Conversations about Dementia (60 or 90 minutes)
Learn helpful tips to guide you in having difficult conversations with family members, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Effective Communication Strategies (60 minutes)
Teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Participants leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (60 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal resources near you.

Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (90 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access financial resources near you. 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior (60 or 120 minutes)
Provides participants with a four-step model to address behavioral aspects of dementia.  The program details the model and then applies it to some of the most common behaviors associated with the disease.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (3-part  workshop)
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 education programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.   This program will cover information for caregivers of people with Early-stage, Middle-stage, or Late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing a care team
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Coping strategies
  • Care and treatment options
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Maximizing Independence

Savvy Caregiving Training (3-part or 6-part workshop)
(Also offered in Spanish as a 4-part workshop, ‘Cuidando con Respeto’)

This program goes beyond introductory education offerings. Based on research by experts in caregiving techniques, this multi-week course from the Alzheimer's Association will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Participants will graduate with:

  • Enhanced knowledge, skills and caregiving outlook
  • Skills to assess the abilities of your loved one with dementia
  • Confidence to set and alter caregiving goals
  • Strategies to manage activities of daily living
  • Perspective on the course of Alzheimer's and related disorders


Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s (3-part workshop)
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?  This is an interactive three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life.  This program will cover information for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes and making decisions
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Additional Presentations Offered

  • Advocacy and Alzheimer’s (15 minutes)
  • Caring for the Caregiver (60 minutes)
  • Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease (60 minutes)
  • Intimacy and Sexuality in Alzheimer’s (60 minutes)
  • Law Enforcement & First Responders (120 minutes) 
  • Partnering with your Doctor (30 minutes)

Chapter offices throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada offer a wide variety of topics annually.  Click here to learn more.

Support Groups
Help for spouses, children and long-distance caregivers coping with the daily stress of dealing with Azheimer's disease and related disorders.  Additionally, groups for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who would like to learn how to live and cope with memory loss and groups for people diagnosed under the age of 65 with early stage Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who want to talk to other younger onset individuals about how they cope.

Support Group Facilitator Training

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed for families, friends, and caregivers of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder.

Workshop experience will include:

  • Principles of Self-Help Mutual Support Groups
  • Purpose and Guidelines of Chapter Support Groups
  • Facilitators Roles and Responsibilities
  • Understanding Group Process
  • Dealing with Challenging Situations

It is highly recommended you take these 3 webinars prior to the training:

Fee: $50
Fee waived for Alzheimer’s Association Volunteers. Please contact us if interested in volunteering.
For more information, contact: Katie Waggoner
415.463.8501 |









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