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We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing dementia, as well as interested community members.

If an education program is not provided at a convenient time or location for you, you can access all programs free and on-demand at training.alz.org

Family Caregiver Orientation

If you are a friend or family member of someone who has dementia, this program is for you! Although most useful when attended just after a diagnosis, the information and education are relevant and practical for use through the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

The following topics are covered: understanding dementia, important steps to take after a diagnosis (including legal and financial planning), and helpful community resources for all stages. Download a schedule here. All orientations are FREE, but registration is required.

To find out more information about or to register for any of our Family Caregiver Orientations please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org

EASTERN SHORE Family Orientation

View our Eastern Shore Orientation Flyer!
*Please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org to register.

When: Friday, January 25, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Northampton Free Library, 7745 Seaside Road, Nassawadox, VA 23413

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Atlantic Community Health Center, 5219 Lankford Highway, New Church, VA 23415

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Onley Community Health Center, 20306 Badger Lane, Onley, VA 23417

NORFOLK Family Orientation

*Please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org to register.

When: 1st Wednesday of each month, 5- 7 pm
Where: Sentara Leigh Hospital, 830 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, Va, Conference Room 5 West, 5th Floor

HAMPTON Family Orientation

*Please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org to register.

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 PM*
Where: Sentara Careplex, Hampton (Conference Room B)

WILLIAMSBURG Family Orientation

*Please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org to register.

When: By appointment
Where: Williamsburg Branch Office, 213 McLaws Circle, Suite 2B

WESTERN TIDEWATER Family Orientation

*Please call the 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or email us at infoseva@alz.org to register.

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Franklin Social Services, 306 N. Main St. Franklin, VA 23851

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Suffolk Public Library - North Suffolk Location, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, Suffolk, VA 23435

*Orientation dates and times may change: please call to verify specific dates/times.

Family Caregiver Education

Family Caregiver Education is specifically designed by topic to help caregivers through specific challenges. Please click on the program name to learn more about each Education Opportunity. Please call 1.800.272.3900 to register for any of the following programs. Free to attend, but registration is required.

COASTAL VIRGINIA Community Education

Effective Communication Strategies
Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center, 7300 Newport Avenue, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23505
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1PM to 3PM

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
TCC Joint Use Library, Rm L102 & L103 1700 College Cresent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
South Norfolk Memorial Library meeting Room, 801 Poindexter St., Chesapeake, VA 23324
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Effective Communication Strategies 
4934 High St W, Portsmouth, VA 23703 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Know the 10 Signs
Location: TCC Joint Use Library, Rm L102 & L103 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Legal and Financial Planning
Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center, 7300 Newport Avenue, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23505
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 1PM to 3PM

EASTERN SHORE Community Education

Effective Communication Strategies
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Onley Community Health Center, 20306 Badger Lane, Onley, VA 23417

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Lunch and Learn (Lunch provided by the YMCA)
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Eastern Shore Family YMCA, 26164 Lankford Hwy, Onley, VA 23418, USA

FARMVILLE Community Education

Legal and Financial Planning
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 3-4 PM
Where: Centra PACE Farmville, 530 South Main Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901

PENINSULA Community Education

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body- Tips from the Latest Research
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1509 Todds Ln, Hampton, VA 23666

Dementia Conversations
When: February 8, 2018 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: Virgil Grissom Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, Newport News VA23608

Know the Ten Signs
When: March 8, 2018 from 12noon - 1:00pm
Where: Hampton Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669

WESTERN TIDEWATER Community Education

Effective Communication Strategies
When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 2:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk, VA 23434

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Suffolk Public Library - Morgan Memorial Library, 443 West Washington Street, Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
When: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority – Berkley Community Center, 601 Campbell Ave, Franklin, VA 23851

Know the 10 Signs
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Smithfield Branch Library 255 James Street, Smithfield, VA 23430

You can also request or schedule an educational event for your benefit by calling us at 757.459.2405 or by emailing us at infoseva@alz.org.

Education Programs

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.

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.

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.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease (60 minutes)

This is an interactive program 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 resources near you.


 

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