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Community Education

We offer several educational programs for families and those in the community who are facing a loved one's dementia diagnosis. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

Programs may be expanded to include more medical information for professional audiences. To schedule or host an educational program, please contact the Alzheimer's Association Program Specialist in your area today. To view the programs in your area already being offered, view our Community Resource Finder, which serves as our calendar for these programs as well as special events taking place locally. If you'd like to schedule an Alzheimer's Association staff to present on one of these topics, please contact your local Program Specialist.

Pre-registration is encouraged for all programs/workshops and details and contact information for the programs can be found on the Community Resource Finder or by calling 800.272.3900. In addition, some classes are available though our E-Learning Center, those classes that over e-learning will be indicated below.

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Download a flyer that includes the local Community Educational Programs and events for Iowa.  Or for all resources and events in your area click the Community Resource Finder.

 


CARES® Dementia Care for Families

This three-hour online training, offered by HealthCare interactive and jointly developed with the Alzheimer's Association, was developed for family members caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. This program offers many practical and invaluable strategies to common caregiving situations. Learn more.
< Course is ONLY available online.

Essentialz™      

The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.  The essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. The essentiALZ program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.  More

 

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease

This program is a workshop designed for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The workshop includes information on the symptoms and effects of the disease, how Alzheimer's affects the brain, causes and risk factors, how to find out if it is Alzheimer's disease, the benefits of early detection, how to address an Alzheimer's diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment, hope for the future, and ways the Association can help. It is ideal for community presentations, corporate employee wellness meetings, support group programming, and more.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.

 

Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? Living wit Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's is an interactive, three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to navigate this part of your life.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.

 

 

Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn't happen to someone so young, does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made and where can I find the resources I need? This series of programs provides answers to the questions that arise for people concerned with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to navigate this part of your life.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.

 

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, friends and family have many questions. As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs, and services. This series of programs provides answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle, and late stages of Alzheimer's of the disease including developing a care team, legal and financial planning, coping strategies, care and treatment options, communicating and connecting, and maximizing independence.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.  

   

      

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Concerns about care provisions and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial planning specific to the disease. This program is an interactive, two-part program where participants have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Holidays

Holidays can be meaningful times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones. Maintaining or adapting family traditions can strengthen family relationships and link the person with Alzheimer’s to a familiar and reassuring past. Participants will learn to recognize activities that are appropriate for holiday celebrations based on various stages of Alzheimer’s, discuss the special considerations related to traveling with a person with Alzheimer’s, and learn about gift suggestions for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Meaningful Activities

This program is designed to give family caregivers the tools to prevent or minimize disease specific behaviors caused by inactivity. Six major purposes of activities will be explored and specific activities for each purpose will be discussed. Information on making a Life Story book and a diversion kit will be available as well as suggestions for activities to enhance long-term care visits.

Creating a Safe Caregiving Environment

When caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease at home, safety and accessibility can be important concerns. People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment, behavior, physical ability, senses and orientation to time and place. With some creativity, flexibility and problem solving, the home can be adapted to support these changes. This workshop provides simple steps to make the home safe and supportive for the individual with Alzheimer’s.

The Older Driver: Balancing Safety and Independence

The older adult, family members and caregivers are often concerned about safety, and specifically, when should someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's stop driving. This is a deeply personal and emotional issue, and this education program will provide information on the effects of aging on driving, especially when dementia has been diagnosed, as well as ways to determine when a senior driver is no longer safe, and ways to ease the transition.

Partnering With Your Physician

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness is the first step in mapping out the treatment and care for the patient.Forming a partnership with your doctor can help, and you can start by understanding the disease and its treatment. Learnways to educate yourself and work with your physician to ensure the best care possible.

Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a sign of Alzheimer's disease. From trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game, the sooner anyone displaying any warning signs is seen by a physican, the better. Find out more about the Warning Signs andthe benefits of early detection and diagnosis.
< Course available via our E-Learning Center
< Contact your local Program Specialist to learn more about hosting this program or locating one in your area.

 

 

Other Programs Offered As Requested:

Comfort Zone, First Responder, Hospitalization, Intimacy and Sexuality, Life Story Book, Male Caregivers, and Spirituality.

Contact your local Program Specialist about speaking on any of the topics listed in our Community Education section.

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