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To request a program in your community:
Please email or call 800-272-3900.

Family caregivers: If you need an in-home care sitter in order to attend any of these programs, learn how to access this service at no cost by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at least two weeks in advance at 800-272-3900.

Prefer to learn online? Most of the workshops below are also available as free e-learning courses. Check them out! 

Living with Alzheimer's Series - Florence
Join us to learn helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care at each stage of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. All classes in the series will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at The Manor (2100 Twin Church Road, Florence).

March 20, April 3 and April 17 - Early Stage Caregiver Classes
May 1, May 15 and May 30 - Middle Stage Caregiver Classes
June 5 and June 19 - Late Stage Caregiver Classes

Please RSVP to Lorre Baird at 843-664-0700.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Alzheimer's Association, Midlands Area Office 
140 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 210 Columbia 
Please RSVP by 4/9 to Sheila Lewis: 800-272-3900 or

Tuesday, April 17, 2:00-3:00 PM
Alzheimer's Association Office Building; Room F 
301 University Ridge Greenville 
Please RSVP by 4/16 Jamie Guay 8642500029

Caregiver College Series in Spartanburg
Join us one Thursday each month for the following caregiver education workshops! All classes will be held 5:00-7:00 OM at White Oak Estates- Apartment Community Building (downstairs), located at 400 Webber Rd, Spartanburg. 

Thursday, April 12, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Classes are free. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to 1-800-272-3900. \

Effective Communications 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.

Friday, April 13, 10:00-11:30 AM
Home Instead Senior Care 
1409 W.O. Ezell Blvd, Spartanburg 
Please RSVP by 4/12 to Dori Burgess: 800-272-3900 or
RSVP is required due to limited seating. Coffee and Pastries will be served.

Coffee Talk: "Shake Loose a Memory!"

Wednesday, April 18, 9:30 -10:30 AM
The Pearl Memory Care Facility 
15 Five Forks Rd Simpsonville
Please RSVP by 4/16/2018 to Jamie Guay: 1-800-272-3900 or   

Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with friends. Please join The Pearl Memory Care facility and learn about how to get your loved one talking. We will utilize the game, “Shake Loose a Memory” it is a friendly, fun and easy game especially for people who are memory impaired. It unlocks meaningful memories by reconstructing "real-life" experiences. The game has memory-stimulating cards, such as, “Keep this card if you have grown a garden. Remember planting vegetables?” providing hours of discussion, social interaction and utilization of familiar skills.

Free onsite respite activity for the persons with dementia. Coffee and light breakfast treat provided by The Pearl.

Alzheimer's Disease and Local Resources Workshop Series
Please join us for a free educational series offered in partnership with the Berkeley Electric Cooperative.

Guardianship & Legal Planning
Thursday, April 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Moncks Corner Community Room 
551 Rembert G. Dennis Blvd, Moncks Corner 
Please RSVP by 4/18 by calling 800-272-3900.

Snacks will be provided. Complimentary sitter service is available to help family caregivers attend; please call 2 weeks in advance to arrange.

Third Party Thursday in Columbia: Getting Through the Crisis
On the 3rd Thursday of every month, the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Office will hear from local 3rd party entities about a variety of hot topics.

Thursday, April 19, 3:00-4:00 PM
Alzheimer's Association Midlands Office
140 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 210, Columbia 
Please RSVP by 4/18 to Elizabeth Brantley:  800-272-3900 or

Please join Dee Hook, from Care Patrol as she talks with us about getting through the crisis. Life can change so quickly.  When you realize a loved one has a form of dementia, you can be overwhelmed and wonder where to go from there.  The good news is there is help, resources, and support in many forms. Let us help you know where to go from there and share resources that assist through the crisis and beyond!  Refreshments will be provided.

Third Party Thursday in Greenville: Respite Vouchers 101

Thursday, April 19, 3:00-4:00 PM
Alzheimer's Association Office Building; Room F 
301 University Ridge Greenville
Please RSVP by 4/18 to Jamie Guay: 1-800-272-3900 or

What is the difference between the Sitter Service Voucher and the Respite Voucher? What should you expect with the voucher application process? This workshop will offer information and explanation about the available respite vouchers for caregivers. Ginny Bryant with the Family Caregiver Program from the Appalachian Council of Governments will provide this program.

Caregiver Appreciation Night in Greenville!
Please join us for a fun carefree night out with others that are on the same journey as you. Enjoy some light appetizers, a glass of wine, and one of the BEST views in town!

Thursday, April 19, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Commerce Club
55 Beattie Place, 17th Floor, Greenville
Please RSVP by 4/18 to Jamie Guay: 1-800-272-3900 or

A special thank you goes to Synergy HomeCare for providing us with the lovely night out! Complimentary in-home care is available to allow family caregivers to attend.  Please call the Alzheimer's Association 2 weeks in advance to inquire: 1-800-272-3900.

Caregiver Lunch & Learn Series in Spartanburg
Join us one Friday each month for the following caregiver education workshops! All classes will be held at Eden Terrace Assisted Living & Memory Care, 2780 East Main St. Spartanburg from 12:00 -1:15 PM. Classes are free and Lunch will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to 1-800-272-3900

Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors - Friday, April 20, 2018
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.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease:
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. 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

Friday, April 20, 10:00-11:30 AM
Home Instead Senior Care 
1409 W.O. Ezell Blvd, Spartanburg 
Please RSVP by 4/19 to Dori Burgess: 800-272-3900 or
RSVP is required due to limited seating. Coffee and Pastries will be served.

Thursday, April 26, 10:30-11:30 AM
Alzheimer's Association Lowcountry Office
2090 Executive Hall Rd, Suite 130, Charleston 
Please RSVP by 4/25 to Cawana Tisdale: 800-272-3900 or

Thursday, April 26, 12:00-1:15 PM
Northside Memorial Baptist Church 
1004 North Main Street, Sumter 
Please RSVP by 4/25 to Elizabeth Brantley:800-272-3900 or
This is a Lunch and Learn. Please RSVP so we know how much to provide.  

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00-8:15 PM
Salvation Army of Rock Hill 
119 Charlotte Ave, Rock Hill
For more info, please contact Dori Burgess at 1-800-272-3900 or

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Age

Your Guide for Your New Journey
A free conference for family caregivers

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Greenville Water System
407 West Broad Street, Greenville

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia is life changing and raises a lot of questions and emotions. It can leave the person with the disease and their family feeling isolated and unsure of where to turn for information and support.

The Alzheimer's Association wants you to know that you are not alone! Let's work together to plan, prepare, find support and live your life after diagnosis.

This conference will help to explain most everything you need to know about the next chapter of your journey, including:

  • What to expect with legal & financial issues
  • What to expect for long term care options
  • What to expect for the future in research and public policy
  • What to expect for dementia risk reduction
  • What to expect from your new normal

Expect the best! Participants will receive a guide of resources filled with must-have information, practical advice, realistic insight, easy-to-use tips, and lots of reassurance. You are not alone!

Our topics will be presented by local experts with plenty of room for your questions... and we are proud to have some local caregivers willing to discuss their journey with this life-changing disease.

The conference will include refreshments and lunch provided by Meals on Wheels, Greenville.

Please RSVP by calling 800-272-3900 or emailing

Faith Leaders Conference on Alzheimer's:
Practical Ways to Connect Families Affected by Dementia

Wednesday, April 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Integra Wellness Center 
1040 Edgewater Corporate Parkway, Indian Land 
Please RSVP by 4/20 to Dori Burgess: 1-800-272-3900 or

Please join us for a light breakfast and informative session for faith community leaders, including:

  • Effective Communications Strategies for those with Dementia,
    presented by Dori Burgess, Program Director for the Alzheimer's Association 
  • Maintaining Brain Health through Spirituality and the Restoration Model,
    Local Neurologist, Dr. Jean-Ronel Corbier

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

Friday, April 27, 10:00-11:30 AM
Home Instead Senior Care 
1409 W.O. Ezell Blvd, Spartanburg 
Please RSVP by 4/26 to Dori Burgess: 800-272-3900 or
RSVP is required due to limited seating. Coffee and Pastries will be served.

"Dementia: Your New Normal" Series
You never think that this will happen to me...but when it does, your world is upside down! Everything appears to be the same; yet, everything is so different. Many questions tear through your mind every day about this disease. What does it mean? What are the stages? What should I expect? How come my loved one doesn't seem to understand what I am saying? Why are they acting this way?Come out and learn about all these questions and more with this informative caregiver series.

Each class will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church (35 Shannon Dr, Greenville).

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Please RSVP before each class to Jamie Guay: 800-272-3900 or

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