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Education Programs

We offer a number of education programs, trainings, presentations, seminars, and workshops for caregivers and community members. Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at mailto:info@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Community Awareness Presentations
Caregiver Training
Living With Alzheimer’s and Dementia Topical Presentations
Conversations on Dementia Workshop
Legal and Financial Seminar
Caregiver Café
EssentiALZ Certification for Professionals
State of Florida Mandated Training for Professions
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
Law Enforcement and First Responder Training

Community Awareness Presentations

The Basics is a workshop for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This workshop is perfect for community presentations, corporate employee wellness meetings, church groups, civic meetings and more. 

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

Know the 10 Warning Signs is an early detection presentation to promote public understanding of the Alzheimer’s Association 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis gives people with Alzheimer’s the opportunity to make key decisions about treatment, care and planning, and the power to make choices about their own health and future. This workshop is ideal for persons who may be concerned about symptoms in themselves as well as for family members who may be concerned about a loved one. The presentation can also be used for corporate or civic groups to help increase understanding and awareness of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.

The workshop’s information includes:
• Alzheimer’s Disease vs. typical aging
• Risk factors for Alzheimer’s: how the risks affect you
• The 10 Warning Signs
• Diagnosis: earlier is better
• If you do get a diagnosis of dementia…
• You are not alone: Resources to help

Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Series

Our Caregiver Training and Caregiver College provides answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. 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.
Caregiver Training
First Steps for Caregivers
This interactive training program is specifically designed for caregivers of someone who is newly diagnosed and in the early stages. It is an interactive four to six-part education program. 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. The topics covered will include:
•         Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
•         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
Caregiver Training Tips for the Middle Stages
Calling all middle stage caregivers, this training is specifically for you. This interactive four to six-part program where we will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate the middle-stages. This program uses our Middle Stage Caregiver Tips Workbook and the topics covered will include:

• Enhancing communication
• Plan Activities that have meaning
• Nutrition
• Helping with self-care
• Planning ahead for care
• Solving difficult behaviors
• Home Safety including driving and wandering
• Community resources
Caregiver Training Tips for the Later Stages
The later stages hold a new set of challenges, increased caregiving responsibilities, and a new of host decisions. This two part program explores the decision points, care needs, and options for care commonly encountered in these stages. This program uses our Late Stage Caregiver Tips Workbook and the topics covered will include:
•         Learning to connect with the “self” of the person
•         Learning to involve the person in the care
•         Monitor eating, planning for toileting, and identifying changes in health conditions
•         Knowing your limits and accessing community resources
•         Exploring placement options
•         Understanding the benefits of hospice and palliative care
Caregiver College
We are now enrolling attendees into our Caregiver College. Join us once a month for 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. Each program is two hours in length. In addition, we often invite guest speakers and are always adding workshops to the schedule. Our college runs from January to October in a variety of locations.

Accepting the Diagnosis
•         Understanding the early-stage symptoms
•         Accepting the diagnosis
•         Forming your care team
•         Coping with symptoms
•         Staying active
•         Exploring ways to maintain closeness and intimacy
Building Your Care Team
•         Understanding approaches to treatment in the early-stages
•         Exploring family adjustments
•         Disclosing the diagnosis
•         Understanding community resources
Planning for Care in the Early Stages
•         Exploring care and financial considerations
•         Understanding advanced directives
•         Exploring home safety
•         Engaging your care team
•         Identifying signs of caregiver stress and coping techniques
Solving Communication Challenges
•         Symptoms of the middle-stage
•         Easing daily care including mealtimes, grooming, dental care, bathing, toileting, and dressing
•         Exploring relationship changes
•         Creating meaningful activities
•         Tips to ease trips to the hospital
Solving Difficult Behaviors
•         Explore solutions to behavior changes including: confusion, repetitious behaviors, agitation, aggression, hallucinations, delusions, suspicion, sundowning, sleep disturbances, and wandering
•         Identify coping strategies
•         Safety at home and with driving
•         Preparing for emergencies
Planning for Care in the Middle Stages
•         Discover informal care options, respite care, adult day care, in-home care, and senior living options.
•         Learn to identify caregiving stress
•         Explore ways to pay for care.
Exploring the Sense of 'Self'
•         Identifying late-stage symptoms
•         Exploring the changes in the role of caregiving
•         Solving communication challenges
•         Tips for communicating
•         Exploring meaningful activities
•         Solving daily care needs including eating, sitting, standing, and toileting
•         Assessing pain
•         Identifying symptoms to report to your care team
Overcoming the Promise
•         Exploring options for care for the later stages
•         Considering, facilitating, and adjusting to a move
•         Monitoring care
•         Legal issues such as Powers of Attorney, capacity, and guardianship
•         Understanding hospice
Legal and Financial Planning
•         Learn the goals of legal planning including Advanced Directives, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Wills, Living Trusts, and Guardianship.
•         Explore the special concerns of legal capacity and unmarried partnership
•         Explore making these decisions as a care team
•         Learn the goals of financial planning including evaluating person resources, reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and tax deductions.
•         Explore how to create a long-term care budget

Conversations about Dementia
You may try to wait until the time is 'right' to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes.  The sooner these discussions can take place, the better, so you can include the person about whom you have concerns and avoid unexpected situations in the future. This program is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics. Some of the most difficult conversations include: going to the doctor, deciding when it is necessary to stop driving, and making legal or financial plans.

Caregiver Café
You are not alone! Take a break, connect with other caregivers, have dinner, and get support. Respite care is available for loved ones. Check the Chapter calendar, email us at mailto:info@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

The Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. While an effective and valuable dementia care certification program, this program does not satisfy State of Florida license requirements. For more information, please go to www.alz.org/essentialz.

State of Florida Mandated Trainings
You can meet the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs dementia training requirements in three different ways. 
        1. You can take the online training. Click here for more information. Link: http://www.hcinteractive.com/StateApproval
        2. You can purchase the curriculum from us.
        3. You can hire us to conduct the training with hourly and per person rate available.

We offer the following:
• Adult Day Care (ADC)
• Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
• Home Health (HH)
• Hospice (HSP)
• Nursing Homes (NH)

Alzheimer' Association International Conference® (AAIC)
July 12-27, 2014  Copenhagen, Denmark 
Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) will bring together the top dementia researchers to engage in a multidisciplinary international exchange of ideas and opportunities. The spark of inspiration and collaboration will help move us towards a world without Alzheimer’s and dementia. Click here for more information. Link: https://www.alz.org/aaic/

Law Enforcement & First Responders Training
This one-hour presentation provides an understanding of dementia and the tools and techniques for dealing with people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Topics addressed:
• How to recognize a person with Alzheimer’s disease
• Techniques for effectively interacting with an individual with Alzheimer’s disease
• Understand the risks associated with wandering behavior
• An overview of how the Safe Return program works in partnership with local law enforcement
• Search and Rescue techniques for wanderers with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

For more information or to schedule training, call the Helpline at 800-272-3900.



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