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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.

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Bring education to your community by scheduling a workshop with one of our Community Educators. To submit a request, please click here, and complete the form.

GENERAL HEALTH & DISEASE EDUCATION:
Know the 10 Signs
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

DEEPER DIVE TOPICS:
Effective Communication Strategies
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Legal and Financial Planning

NEEDS & RESOURCES ACROSS DISEASE STAGES:
Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What Now? What Next?
Navagating a Dementia Diagnosis: What's your plan? Who's on your team?
Dementia Conversations
The Confident Caregiver
Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners/Caregivers

SPECIALITY:
Caregiving During the Holidays

Full Worshop Descriptions Below:

GENERAL HEALTH & DISEASE EDUCATION:

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 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:
60 minutes

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join dementia experts and people living with dementia and care partners to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; and current research and treatments available for some symptoms.

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

Topics covered include:

  • The relationship between Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • How Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain
  • Risk factors and stages of the disease
  • Current research
  • Association resources

Presentation time:
60 minutes

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.

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 minutes

DEEPER DIVE TOPICS:

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 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:
60-90 minutes

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.

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:
60-90 minutes

Legal and Financial Planning

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 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:  
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 minutes

NEEDS & RESOURCES ACROSS DISEASE STAGES:

Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What now? What Next?

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 program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 

Audience:  
People with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and/or in the early stage of the disease, their families and care-partners, and anyone interested in learning more to better understand and support an individual recently diagnosed. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the diagnostic process
  • Important things for you to plan after a diagnosis.
  • Effective strategies for coping with day-to-day challenges of Alzheimer’s

Presentation time:
90 minutes
(Can be partnered with Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What’s your plan? Who’s on your team?)

Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What’s your plan? Who’s on your team?

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? Individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementia and their loved ones cannot walk this journey alone. Early planning and understanding of services you may need helps relieve stress and allows for a higher quality of life. 

Audience:  
People with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and/or in the early stage of the disease, their families and care-partners, and anyone interested in learning more to better understand and support an individual recently diagnosed. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Important things for you to plan after a diagnosis.
  • Creating a care team
  • Tips, resources, and services available for individuals and their families

Presentation time:
90 minutes
(Program including an expert resource panel – may be partnered with or follow Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What now? What next?)

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.

Audience:  
For those who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another related 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:
60 minutes

The Confident Caregiver

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on care givers. Caregivers gradually need to assume greater responsibility in managing personal care, finances, and decision-making. This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools you need to take the next steps.

Audience:
Caregivers or anyone interested in learning more about what caregivers are facing and the support and services they may need.

Topics covered will include:

  • Symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Relationship changes that occur.
  • How caregivers can maximize safety, prepare for emergencies, and access respite care.
  • Effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors.

Presentation time:
2-3 hours

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 minutes

Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners/Caregivers

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:
For the follow groups of care partners/caregivers:

  • 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 minutes for each program (early, middle, late stages)

SPECIALITY:

Caregiving During the Holidays

For many caregivers the holiday season gives rise to stress, frustration and anger, instead of peace and goodwill. Already feeling overwhelmed with caregiving tasks, stressed out caregivers may view traditional holiday preparations as more of a drain of precious energy than a joy. This program is designed to teach caregivers to care for themselves, their loved ones, and about holiday safety all while giving suggestions that may make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.

Audience:
Caregivers or anyone interested in learning more about what caregivers are facing during the holiday season and how to support them.

Topics covered will include:

  • Sources of stress, frustration and anger
  • Strategies to manage the challenges of the holidays
  • Safety Tips
  • Ideas for how to support caregivers

Presentation time:
60 minutes

 

REQUEST A WORKSHOP FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

Bring education to your community by scheduling a workshop with one of our Community Educators. To submit a request, please click here, and complete the form.