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See a full list of our education offerings including class descriptions, times and locations below.  Our staff and volunteers may be available to provide classes at your place of worship, senior center, or community group. If you would like to request a presentation, please call: (800) 272-3900

Many of our classes are also available online! Click to view our online courses.  

You may also view a calendar of selected classes in your community by clicking one of the following:

Portland Region April Calendar
Cascade Coast Region Calendar
Central Oregon Region Calendar
Southern Oregon Region Calendar
Please see below for a full listing of our currently scheduled classes.

Know the 10 Warning Signs:
Early Detection Matters

The Basics

Getting Started

Conversations about Dementia

Living with Alzheimer's

Legal and Financial
Planning for Alzheimer's

Driving and Dementia

Staying Safe

Communication and Behaviors

Other Classes

 

The Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter offers Continuing Education Credits for some classes. There is a $15 charge for CEUs. To register for these credits, please call 1-800-272-3900.

  • Classes marked with ^ are approved for 1.5 CEUs for adult foster home providers.
  • Classes marked with * are approved for 1.5 CEUs for assisted living, residential care facilities and memory care communities.

Registration is required for all classes.
Classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

 


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters 

In this workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families will be shown addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The 10 warning signs
  • Overview of Alzheimer's disease
  • Risk factors
  • What is involved in getting a diagnosis
Benefits of early detection, including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials are also addressed.  

Wednesday, April 30th
1:00-2:30pm
Sisters City Hall - Council Chambers
520 E Cascade Ave 
Sisters, OR 97759

Monday, May 12th
10:00-11:30am
Medford Senior Center
510 E Main St 
Medford, OR 97504

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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease   

Alzheimer’s affects people in varying ways and ripples out to impact the lives of those who interact with them. Understanding what is happening to a person with Alzheimer’s is key to interacting effectively and providing quality care. This class includes information from expert professionals in the field and first-hand accounts from people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Wednesday, April 16th
6:00-7:30pm
Willamalane Adult Activity Center
215 West C St
Springfield, OR 97477

Thursday, April 17th
6:00-7:30pm
Elsie Stuhr Center
5550 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

Wednesday, April 23rd
5:00-6:30pm
Partners in Care
2075 NE Wyatt Ct
Bend, OR 97701

Wednesday, May 7th
2:00-3:3pam
Jefferson County Senior Center
860 SW Madison St
Madras, OR 97741

Friday, May 16th
1:30-3:00pm
Lovejoy Hospice
939 SE 8th St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Wednesday, June 8th
3:00-4:30pm
Mercy Community Education Center
Conference Room 3
2459 Stewart Pkwy

Roseburg, OR 97471

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Getting Started

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – it’s time for our Getting Started. Gain a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and current treatments. Get practical information that will help you start planning for the future. 

Please join us and learn more about Alzheimer's disease.

First Thursday of each month - Presented by Alzheimer's Association staff and OHSU Neurology Department staff.
3:00-4:30 pm
OHSU Center for Health and Healing (South Waterfront)
8th Floor Lobby
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239

First Friday of every month
12:00-1:00 pm
PeaceHealth Barger Medical Clinic Conference Room
4010 Aerial Way
Eugene, OR 97402

Friday, April 4th
3:00-4:30pm
Alzheimer's Association Medford Office
711 E Main St, Suite 17B
Medford, OR 97504

Monday, April 21st
10:00-11:30am
Medford Senior Center
510 E Main
Medford, OR 97504

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Conversations About Dementia

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. The Alzheimer’s Association Conversations about Dementia program is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about:

  • Going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care,
  • Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving, and
  • Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered.

You may try to wait until the time is “right” to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes. The sooner these discussions can take place, the better, so you can include the person about whom you have concerns and avoid unexpected situations in the future. Join us and learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia.

Wednesday, April 23rd
6:00-7:30pm
Alzheimer's Association Office
1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97209


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease (2-part series)

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive two-part series 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.

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 need 
  • Legal documents you'll need and what they mean for 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

Presenter: Garvin Reiter, Attorney at Law

**This is a 2-part class series.  Participants should attend both sessions**

Thursday, May 15th
2:00-4:30pm
Redmond Senior Center
325 NW Dogwood S
Redmond, OR 97756

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s (3-part series)

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? Join us for this three-part program where you will 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 as you navigate this chapter of your life.

This interactive program is 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

Not currently scheduled.  View this class online


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 doesn’t happen to someone so young…does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this series of programs that provide 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.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled.  View this class online


Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stage (3-part series)

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? Join us for this 3-part series to hear practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.

Thursday, May 22nd
2:00-5:00pm
Klamath County Community Room
133 N 4th St 
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

June 24th & July 1st
1:00-3:00pm
River Road Parks & Recreation District 
1400 Lake Dr
Eugene, OR 97404

View this class online


Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Middle Stage (3-part series)

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. 

 View this class online


Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late Stage (2-part series)

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this 2-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

Not currently scheduled.

View this class online

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Driving and Dementia: When is it Time to Give Up the Keys?

When should a person with dementia stop driving? This session gives the caregiver and family the necessary tools to address safety issues associated with driving, warning signs, strategies to communicate safety concerns, solutions for alternative transportation, and shared decision making about when it is time to give up the keys.

Wednesday, April 23rd
3:00-4:30pm
Lovejoy Hospice
939 SE 8th St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Wednesday, May 7th
2:00-3:30pm
Eagle Point Senior Center
121 Loto St
Eagle Point, OR 97524

Tuesday, June 17th
1:00-2:30pm
Paisley Community Center
705 Chewaucan St 
Paisely, OR 97701


Staying Safe: Steps to Take for the Person with Dementia

Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for the person with Alzheimer’s as well as his or her family.  Staying Safe provides an overview of typical concerns for safety including: safety at home, wandering, driving, and more.  This class provides suggestions and strategies for making safety a priority before it becomes a problem.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

Communication and Behaviors: Strategies for Responding to Changes

Alzheimer's disease affects more than an individual's memory, it also diminishes a person's ability to communicate and may cause unpredictable or erratic behaviors.  This class provides an overview of common changes in behavior and communication as well as strategies for identifying and responding to these challenges.

Tuesday, May 20th
3:00-4:30pm
Mercy Community Education Center
Conference Room 3
2459 Stewart Pkwy

Roseburg, OR 97471

Wednesday, May 21st
4:00-5:30pm
Partners in Care
2075 NE Wyatt Ct
Bend, OR 97701

Wednesday, May 21st
11:00-1:00pm
Lovejoy Hospice
939 SE 8th St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Tuesday, June 17th
5:00-6:30pm
Lake District Hospital, Pin Wilbur North Room
700 South J St
Lakeview, OR 97630


Central Oregon Caregiver Workshop

Tuesday, June 17th
11:30-2:30pm
River Road Parks & Recreation District 
1400 Lake Dr
Eugene, OR 97404

Wednesday, June 25th
10:00-2:00pm
St. Charles Medical Center, Conference Room D
2550 NE Neff Rd 
Bend, OR 97701


The Big 5: Understanding the Most Common Forms of Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for as much as 70% of all dementias, but there are many different causes of memory loss. In this session, participants will learn the basics of five major causes of dementia: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lewy Body, vascular disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. Participants will also learn about resources for continuing education and support.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.


Communication Skills for Caregivers

The value and importance of effective communication when caring for someone with dementia can’t be understated. This session addresses the principles and fundamentals of good communication, the relationship of words, tone, body language and listening, as well as communication strategies for challenging situations.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


Creative Interactions 

Communicating with someone with dementia is an art we can all benefit from cultivating. This session addresses the principles and fundamentals of communicating with someone with dementia to enhance self- expression and emotional validation.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


Home is Where the Heart Lives

As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s often struggles with recognizing family members and familiar environments. As a result, they often repeatedly say things such as, “I want to go home.” In this class, participants will learn how to accurately assess the person’s comprehension levels, how to meet their basic needs, and how to respond when the person they are caring for is confused.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


Roles, Relationships, and Rhumba: Maintaining Intimacy with the Person with Dementia

Understanding sexual needs and behaviors of people with dementia is vital to ensuring a high quality of life. This session will examine intimacy and sexuality in people with dementia, how to respond to sexual behaviors, and how to provide dignified care with sensitivity to a person’s inherent sexual needs.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


Self-Care for the Caregiver

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of your loved one that you have neglected your own well-being? Learn coping strategies that will enhance your ability to flow with life’s changes so you will be up for the challenge rather than down for the count.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


The Three Ds: Dementia, Depression & Delirium

In this class, participants will learn to identify the symptoms of the “Three D’s”: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium. Learn how the Three D’s interrelate in the life of a person with dementia and what actions to take when someone you care for is affected.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon


Understanding the Role of Medications

This class will discuss medications used for Alzheimer's disease.  Attendees will learn about the efficacy, titration, and administration of Alzheimer’s medications.  They will also learn how medications work in the management of behavioral symptoms and discuss the basics of senior drug awareness.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled.  Please check again soon.



Legal and Financial Issues

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. In this class, 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. This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Wednesday, April 30th
6:00-8:30pm
Willamalane Adult Activity Center
215 West C St 
Springfield, OR 97477

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