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For more information about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, contact the 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900.
Collaborative Virtual Education Programs
COVID and Caregiving
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic adds unique challengesfor caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the personliving with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.
Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 PM
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.Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour program covers typical age-related changes, common warning signs of
Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Dementia and Alzheimer's: Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing Care
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Effective Communication Strategies
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM
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.
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
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 handson tools to help
you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is offering FREE half-day VIRTUAL Symposiums hosted through Zoom, that are appropriate for family and professional caregivers, community providers, and seniors. These events will feature four short presentations with local speakers and include a 15-minute break. Registration is required. A regional virtual symposium for caregivers will also be offered in collaboration with the Delaware Valley Chapter and Greater NJ Chapters.
Virtual Dementia Symposium: Connecting the Community
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Topics Include: living with the new normal, managing dementia-related behaviors, engagement through activity, and dealing with compassion fatigue.
Register HERE or download the flyer.
Virtual Caregiver Symposium
This regional symposium is collaboratively presented by the Delaware Valley, Greater PA and Greater NJ Chapters, and is appropriate for family caregivers.
More information coming soon.
We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as community members. Most of these programs, described below, are free of charge. Click here to see a complete list of our Programs or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900
Reducing Your Risk
For Caregivers and Family Members
For Those With Early Stage Dementia
Additional Presentations Offered
Penn State Extensionn Partnership
Getting Connected: Alzheimer’s Association Programs & Services (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
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 Programs can be tailor to fit specific audience and organizational needs. Examples of previously requested topics include:
- Sexuality & Intimacy in Alzheimer's
- Down Syndrome and Dementia
- Caring for the Caregiver
- Law Enforcement and First Responders
- Advocacy and Alzheimer's
Chapter officers throughout the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter offer a wide variety of topics semi-annually.
Help for spouses, children and long-distance caregivers coping with the daily stress of dealing with Alzheimer'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.
From the first concerns about memory changes through diagnosis and progression of the disease, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia, is a journey that best begins with information and education. To support this, the Alzheimer's Association is now offering e-learning options online for anyone to view from the comfort of their home, on their own schedule and at their own pace. Visit elearning.alz.org for more information
In carrying out its mission to support persons with dementia and their care partners, the Alzheimer's Association provides individual education programs that meet in a variety of venues throughout Pennsylvania. The chapters are honored to partner with The Pennsylvania State University on behalf of its Penn State Extension to assist in providing three of our key educational programs to the communities we serve. The purpose of these presentations is to increase information, awareness and support to people impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
The Penn State Extension-Alzheimer's Association partnership is providing these three educational programs to their respective communities:
- Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
- 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
- Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Visit the Penn State Extension website
for programming in your community.
Art Engagement Programs
A number of our partners throughout Pennsylvania have art engagement programs available through interactive gallery tours facilitated by trained docents or volunteers for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, their families and professional caregivers. The goal of such programs is to make art accessible to people living with dementia by exploring what they see in art and what memories the art may invoke in them. While many will not remember their visit to the gallery, most will find joy in the moment of viewing the art.
Current opportunities with gallery partners include the Maslow Study Gallery at Marywood University, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum/ADRC.