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We offer educational opportunities for anyone interested in learning about Alzheimer's disease and related demenia.  Education programs cover a variety of topics relating to memory loss and aging and are intended to help anyone with concerns or interest.

Schedule a workshop in your community for one of the topics below.

The Basics of Alzheimer's
Dementia Conversations
Effective Communication Strategies
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Know the 10 Signs
Legal and Financial Planning
Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's
Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
 

The Basics of Alzheimer's

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

Audience:  
Anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  

Topics covered include:

  • Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia 
  • How Alzheimer’s affects the brain 
  • Causes and risk factors 
  • How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease 
  • The benefits of early detection 
  • How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Stages of the disease 
  • Treatment 
  • Hope for the future 
  • Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help

Presentation time:
One-hour and two-hour sessions available

Dementia Conversations

Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial

Don’t wait to have difficult conversations. Invite family, friends, employers and health care professionals to form a care team, communicate with each other, and help you and the person with changes in functioning.  Dementia Conversations is an education workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. This program 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.

Audience:  
This program is primarily designed for working adults who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia.     

Topics covered will include:

  • Tips for having difficult conversation around some of the most common issues that arise regarding Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • The need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s.
  • Connecting with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.
  • Hearing from people who are dealing with similar issues.

Presentation time:
90 minute sessions available
 

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. Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease.

Audience:
Caregivers and general audience

By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
  • Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
  • Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Presentation time:
60 minute session
 

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.  To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association® is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body program.

Audience:
general public


This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with heathy aging:

  • Cognitive activity
  • Physical health and exercise
  • Diet and nutrition
  • 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.

Presentation time:
60 minute session

Know the 10 Signs

Early Detection Matters

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. The goal of this program is to provide compelling information about Alzheimer’s disease, and moving testimony from families living with the disease, to encourage early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention.  The workshop will provide the general public with a greater understanding  of the different between age-related memory loss and dementia and what to do if they have signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Audience:  
Anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.   

Topics covered will include:

  • Participants will be able to identify the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and what to do next if they are experiencing signs of Alzheimer’s.
  • Participants will understand what is involved in getting a diagnosis.
  • Participants will be able to identify the risks of Alzheimer’s, including connections to other conditions
  • Participants will understand the benefits of early detection.

Presentation time:
One-hour and two-hour sessions available

Legal and Financial Planning

For Alzheimer's Disease

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Concerns about care provision and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial planning specific to the disease.  Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.

Audience:  
This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Topics covered will include:

  • Making legal plans that fit your needs
  • Legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you
  • How to find legal and financial assistance
  • Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care
  • Tax deductions and credits
  • Government programs that can help pay for care

Presentation time:
90 minute sessions

Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's

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? Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s 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.

Audience:
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

Presentation time:
Three (3), 60 to 90 minute sessions

Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's


When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This workshop provides answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

Audience:
Families dealing with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s

Topics covered will include:

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

Presentation time:
90 minute session

Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners

Early, Middle, Late Stage
    
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. This series of programs 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.

Audience:
This program will cover information on one of the follow groups of care partners:

  • Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease
  • Middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease
  • 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

Presentation time:
60 to 90 minute sessions

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. To help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond, the Alzheimer’s Association offers the Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior program.

Audience:
Caregivers

By the end of the session, 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
  • Through practical information, resources, and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia-related behavior. 

Presentation time:
60 minute session

 

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