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Anytime online learning available in Spanish and English
Request a Program or Presentation
Learn more about becoming a Community Educator

Sign up for our free programs anytime by calling 800.272.3900
or through our communityresourcefinder.org

Click below for a PDF of the program calendar

PDF of January 2018 Education Programs

PDF of February 2018 Education Programs

PDF of March 2018 Education Programs


Teleconference Schedule Sep.2017 through Feb. 2018

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PDF of Teleconference Schedule

Anytime online learning available in Spanish and English

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of education programs to increase knowledge and to support those facing Alzheimer's disease. Many of the below classes are available through the Alzheimer's Association Training and Education Center online at http://training.alz.org/ and in Spanish at http://training.alz.org/espanol

Topics of programs you can find online anytime and/or request for an in-person program

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Attend this training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Join us to learn about the latest research providing insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The below programs are free, registration required.

Effective Communication Strategies
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.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Learn to about some of the common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, how to assess the person’s needs, and how to intervene effectively.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
Learn to have honest and caring conversations about common concerns when someone begins to show signs of dementia.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s makes planning for the future more important than ever. Through this interactive two-part program, you will learn about important legal and financial issues, how to put plans in place, and how to access resources near you.

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.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stage
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. This three-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Middle Stage
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners become hands-on caregivers. During this three-part series, you will hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Late Stage
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this two-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and ways to engage in meaningful connections.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
This program offers answers to questions about younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer’s disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn how to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

Help & Hope in Alzheimer's Science and Care
In recent years we have entered a period of tremendous advances in Alzheimer's 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.

Conozca las 10 Señales De Advertencia: La Detección Temprana es Importante
Participe en esta clase para que aprenda cuales son las 10 Señales de Advertencia de la enfermedad de Alzheimer

Lo básico: la pérdida de memoria, la demencia y la enfermedad de alzheimer
La enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias relacionadas no son una parte normal del envejecimiento. Lo Básico: La Pérdida de Memoria, La Demencia y La Enfermedad de Alzheimer es un taller presentado por la Alzheimer’s Association, para todos los que quieran saber más acerca del Alzheimer y otras demencias relacionadas.

Cuerpo y Cerebro Sano es Vida Sana: Consejos de las Últimas Investigaciones
Aprenda de las últimas investigaciones para cuidar su cuerpo y cerebro para envejecer de la mejor manera posible. Utilice las herramientas y las recomendaciones para establecer un plan para el envejecimiento saludable.

Basics of Alzheimer's and Dementia for LGBT Care Partners
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This webinar provides an overview about dementia and LGBT caregiving concerns. The featured speaker is David Troxel.

Compassionate Communication: Connecting with a Person with Alzheimer’s
Communication is more than the ability to exchange words—it is the ability to connect with someone. This program will provide strategies on improving overall communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals.

Request a Program or Presentation

If you would like to request a presentation at your community group in San Diego and Imperial counties, please call (619) 678-8322 ext. 8214 and/or fill out this form and fax to (844) 309-0431 or email to: Rebecca Turman rturman@alz.org

Community Educator Volunteer training

Community educators deliver Alzheimer’s Association education programs in local communities, using curricula, PowerPoint presentations and other materials provided by the Association. We are looking for passionate individuals interested in training to become Community Educators. If you are interested in volunteering as a Community Educator, please visit our Volunteer page and submit an application to Elizabeth Terrazas at eaterrazas@alz.org

Health Fair/Information Table Host and General Programs Volunteer

If you're interested in distributing information on Alzheimer’s awareness and chapter services at health fair, conference and community event exhibit tables, and help us prep material for our programs and more then visit our Volunteer page and submit an application to Rebecca Turman at rturman@alz.org

Check out Programs coverage!

The San Diego/Imperial Chapter attended Southern Caregiver Resource Center's wonderful conference in Spanish on June 16, 2017

June event on how to prepare for long-term care

Not having enough money to cover medical expenses and care in the event of a catastrophic illness is often the most feared aspect of aging. People worry about losing their nest eggs, their homes and savings they intended to pass onto children and grandchildren. Thrivent Financial will visit the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial office on Thursday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss how a long-term care plan can help protect financial assets. The educational event will take place at the Alzheimer’s Association office at 5075 Shoreham Place, Ste 240, San Diego, CA 92122. Please call Jess Reimnitz at 858-345-0757 to reserve a spot. Refreshments will be served.

The 10 signs of Alzheimer’s comes to El Cajon.

East County residents recently gathered for the education program series at Rancho San Diego Library in El Cajon to hear Community Educator, Rebecca Turman, discuss Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer's: Early Detection Matters. Part Two of the series, The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s will take place May 10. Lunch will be provided. Call 800-272-3900 to register.

Volunteer Heather Merrill visits North County

On Wednesday, April 12, volunteer Heather Merrill, spoke at the monthly meeting of the Woman's Club of Vista. Each year, the women make charitable donations to local organizations in addition to funding scholarships for local youth. The Alzheimer's Association had been the recipient of one of these awards.

“I was honored to be invited to have lunch with the ladies and share the mission of our organization,” Heather said. “We discussed the latest statistics related to Alzheimer's disease, an overview of Alzheimer's and related dementias, recent advocacy on the part of our chapter, and the services of our chapter which include information and referral, education, our 24/7 helpline, and continued support of research.” She was especially delighted to cheer on Nancy Jones, who was being inducted into the Vista Hall of Fame for her work as President of the Club.

The next day Heather visited Aegis at Shadowridge to conduct the first presentation in a three-part education series. The first class was “Know the 10 Signs,” an important tool in early detection. Attendees included those who were seeking more information about Alzheimer’s, some who had lost a loved one to the disease, and even a woman who, with her identical twin, has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Following the presentation, Heather engaged in a question and answer session. Next month Heather will return to present “The Basics.”

Program at the Bonita Optimist Club

Program Director, Ana González Seda recently spoke to the Bonita Optimist Club about Alzheimer’s resources available in the community.

San Diego Sheriff’s Search & Rescue learn about dementia

Every year stories about dementia patients wandering from their homes or care centers makes the news. In order to help search teams, on March 14 San Diego/Imperial Chapter Program Director Ana González Seda spoke to the San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteer team. Attendees learned about the various types of dementia and their accompanying behaviors, key information that will assist volunteers looking for lost individuals. Additionally the volunteers learned how to approach wanderers when they find them and tips on preventing future wanderings.

San Diego families also have another important resource, the Take Me Home program run by San Diego County. This unique program is a regional, photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department and accessible by all local law enforcement. It was developed to help local law enforcement when someone with dementia or other disabilities goes missing. Families register their loved ones long before a wandering incident.

Take Me Home works by accelerating communication; it provides law enforcement access to critical information about the missing person. For example, law enforcement get quick access to emergency contact information, a detailed physical description, a photo of the individual, established routines, favorite attractions, and any special needs of the individual. The photo recognition component features a unique technology. If an individual is located and cannot communicate, the rescue volunteer takes a photograph of the individual and sends it electronically where it is checked for a match against those in Take Me Home system.

To take advantage of this free service, families can register online with the county’s Take Me Home program, http://www.sdsheriff.net/tmh/index.html



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