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Education Workshops


Practical approaches for dementia support

March 10
10 am - 3 pm
American National University
Danville, VA

Event flyer

A one-day educational workshop for professional and family caregivers, clergy, or, anyone seeking information about best practices in dementia care.  Partial funding for this event was provided by Geriatric Training & Education, Virginia Center on Aging at VCU.  Location: American National University,336 Old Riverside Drive, Danville.

For information call Ellen Phipps, 434-973-6122 ext. 103.


FAMILIES: Family Access to Memory Impairment and Loss Information, Engagement and Supports

Federally-funded research program that provides counseling, support and access to resources for caregivers over several months

The Alzheimer's Association and the University of Virginia Memory and Aging Care Clinic are working together on a grant funded program titled FAMILIES. Through this program there will be individual and family counseling sessions provided at no cost. If you, or someone you know, is a caregiver of someone with dementia and is under a great deal of stress, this program is created to help put together plans to care for the care partner, as well as the individual with memory loss. You may refer yourself or call to find out more. We encourage you to reach out for resources and support.

This is the first time this innovative program is being offered in Virginia.  It is available to residents of:

Charlotesville (city)
Chatham (city)
Albemarle County
Augusta County
Buckingham County
Greene County
Louisa County
Madison County
Nelson County
Orange County
Rockingham County

To determine if you are eligible for this program or to learn more, call or email:  (434) 982-4004 or par4c@virginia.edu

Click here for the program flyer.


Programs and Services Calendar

(Living With Alzheimer's: Coping and Caring education series for caregivers, New Early Stage and Early Onset Support Groups, 10 Warning Signs presentations, Conferences and Workshops, Arts Fusion programs)


Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Coping and Caring

This program series is for persons diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's and related dementias, as well as for caregivers, family and friends.

A Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Coping and Caring workshops are held over our entire chapter region.

Need more information, contact Annie Marrs at (434) 973-6122 ext.105 or email amarrs@alz.org.

Living with Alzheimer's - Caregiver Series Documents (PDFs)

Tips for Early Stage Caregivers

Tips for Middle Stage Caregivers

Tips for Late Stage Caregivers

Community Educators

The Central and Western Virginia Chapter trains volunteers from the community who are available to provide presentations on Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association to audiences including senior centers, community organizations, clubs, churches, and schools.

If you would like to request a speaker or need further information or if you would like to become a Community Educator, contact:

Annie Marrs
(434) 973-6122, ext. 105 or e-mail: amarrs@alz.org

Information on other education programs:

please contact:

Ellen Phipps, Vice President Programs and Services:
(434) 973-6122, ext. 103 or e-mail: ephipps@alz.org

Connections: A Complete Activities Guide for Persons Diagnosed with Dementia

Connections has been designed to help caregivers structure the day and modify the environment in order to provide an opportunity for engagement in life for their family members. It provides the necessary tools and strategies for an enhanced Caregiver / Care-receiver relationship. To learn more about Connections or to order a copy, please click here.

Educational Programs Available to You

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. To view or download our complete calendar of programs, workshops and conferences please click on the links to the program calendar above.

If you are not finding what you are looking for please contact the office nearest to you.

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