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Early Stage Support Groups for people with Dementia. Build a support system with people who understand. Interested? Please contact Ginny at gfunk@alz.org or 210.822.6449 for details.


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ONGOING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of education programs to increase knowledge and to support those facing the disease. Many of the below classes are available through the Alzheimer's Association Training and Education Center online. For programs currently taking place in the San Antonio & South Texas area, please look under each class, and for additional information, please call 210.822.6449.


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features moving video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease encouraging early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention. Participants will be able to identify the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, understand what is involved in getting a diagnosis, identify risks and understand the benefits of early detection.   


The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

This workshop, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.  It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. 
The workshop’s information includes:
• 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

Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is a workshop, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.



Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. In this three-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are, and will learn what you need to know to navigate this chapter of your life.

The Stress Busting Program
The program will teach stress management techniques and relaxation/coping strategies to family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or related dementias. More Info on the Stress Busting Program for Caregivers

Dementia Conversations

This workshop will offer helpful tips to assist families on how to have honest and caring conversations with difficult topics related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for the future.  These may be difficult due to the fear or lack of awareness that often accompanies having these conversations which can result in delays that have serious consequences for the entire family. 


Driving and Dementia

Driving is a highly involved and complex task, even for the best drivers on the road.  Once someone starts to develop the symptoms of dementia, driving and navigation can become very difficult and dangerous for those behind the wheel and to other drivers that share the road.   It can be difficult for caregivers and persons with dementia to determine when it’s time to stop driving and to have the conversations that need to take place when it’s time to take away the keys.  This presentation focuses on healthy driving skills and how they change and decline throughout the initial stages of dementia and the importance of planning and having conversations about how to stop driving when the time comes and how to implement these difficult and critical decisions


Alzheimer’s disease and Caregiver Stress

Are you so overwhelmed taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being?  If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.  This class will discuss the 10 symptoms of caregiver stress, as well as 10 ways to be a healthy caregiver. 

 

Alzheimer’s disease:  The Holidays and Caregiving

Holidays are a time for family togetherness and memories, but can also be a time filled with stress and sadness for the person with dementia and the caregiver.  A person in the early stage of a dementia-related disease may experience a special sense of loss during the holidays because of the changes he or she is experiencing and the implications for the future. As the disease progresses, the physical changes at home, the shifts in usual routines and the increased activity and noises at this time of year can be upsetting and may lead to unusual behaviors or emotions.  Caregivers may feel overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities while continuing to maintain holiday traditions.  This class will discuss the possible feelings of both the person with the disease, their caregiver, and tips for making the holidays easier.    


Living with Alzheimer’s Series

The Living with Alzheimer’s Series is a consumer education presentation offered in a multi-part series of programs containing sections for specific audiences.  Each series are meant to be offered consecutively and over a period of time no longer than six weeks in total. 
- For Caregivers:  3 Parts Early-Stage, 3 Parts Middle-Stage, 2 Parts Late-Stage
- For People with Alzheimer’s:  3 Parts
- For People with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s: 1 Part


Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

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 make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you 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.


Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.


Approaching Alzheimer’s: First Responder Training

Make your first response the right response. The Alzheimer’s disease epidemic continues to grow. As a first responder, it’s critical to be prepared to face it in your community. People with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can unknowingly put themselves and others in dangerous situations. Understanding the disease is key to ensuring you make the right response. The Alzheimer’s Association® Approaching Alzheimer’s: First Responder Training is a free online course to prepare you to respond to common calls involving a person with dementia. Visit alz.org/firstresponders to take this free online training.








 


 

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