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For families, community members and people facing Alzheimer’s disease

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AWARENESS

Getting Connected: Alzheimer’s Association Programs & Services (10, 20 or 30 minutes) 
A great place for everyone to start.  Learn the basics about Alzheimer’s disease, and programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Research Updates: Latest in Alzheimer’s Treatment and Research (60 minutes)
In recent years we have entered a period of tremendous advances in Alzheimer research, encompassing genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's, imaging studies to identify Alzheimer's in the living brain, blood tests and other biomarkers that may one day be used to diagnose Alzheimer's, how our lifestyle influences our risk of Alzheimer's as we age, and more.

REDUCING YOUR RISK

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain (60 minutes) 
This interactive workshop features research-based strategies to keep your memory sharp, interactive exercises and activities, keys to a brain-healthy diet, and the importance of staying socially connected. 

Maximize your Memory: Tips and Strategies (60 minutes)
This presentation covers how memory works, the difference between normal & abnormal memory loss, tips for increasing your memory, and three keys to maintaining brain health.

FOR CAREGIVERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

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.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (60 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal resources near you.

Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease (90 minutes)
This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access financial resources near you.

Compassionate Communication: Connecting with a  Person with Alzheimer’s (60 minutes)
Communication is more than the ability to exchange words—it is the ability to connect with someone. This program will provide strategies on improving overall communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals. 

Compassionate Communication & Responding to Challenging Behaviors (120 minutes)
In addition to covering ‘Compassionate Communication’ (description above), this presentation covers possible behavioral changes and ways to respond should they occur.

Learning Circles

  • Learning Circles are monthly workshops for care partners that offer useful techniques and information that can be used in various caregiving situations.
  • Topics covered in the Learning Circle include managing difficult behaviors, legal and financial issues, medication management, caregiver self-care, and many others.
  • Times, dates and locations can be found here: support calendar
  • For more information contact Craig A. Wingate (cwingate@alz.org).

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (3-part  workshop)
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.   Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of education 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.   This program will cover information for caregivers of people with Early-stage, Middle-stage, or Late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing a care team
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Coping strategies
  • Care and treatment options
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Maximizing Independence

Savvy Caregiving Training (6-part workshop)
This program goes beyond introductory education offerings. Based on research by experts in caregiving techniques, this six-week course from the Alzheimer's Association will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Participants will graduate with:

  • Enhanced knowledge, skills and caregiving outlook
  • Skills to assess the abilities of your loved one with dementia
  • Confidence to set and alter caregiving goals
  • Strategies to manage activities of daily living
  • Perspective on the course of Alzheimer's and related disorders

FOR THOSE WITH EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s (3-part workshop)
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?  This 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 chapter of your life.  This program will cover information for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • 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

Additional Presentations Offered

(Descriptions available upon request)

  • Advocacy and Alzheimer’s (15 minutes)
  • Caring for the Caregiver (60 minutes)
  • Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease (60 minutes)
  • Intimacy and Sexuality in Alzheimer’s (60 minutes)
  • Law Enforcement & First Responders (120 minutes) 
  • Partnering with your Doctor (30 minutes)

Conferences
Chapter offices throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada offer a wide variety of topics annually.  Click here to learn more.

Support Groups
Help for spouses, children and long-distance caregivers coping with the daily stress of dealing with Azheimer's disease and related disorders.  Additionally, groups for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who would like to learn how to live and cope with memory loss and groups for people diagnosed under the age of 65 with early stage Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, who want to talk to other younger onset individuals about how they cope.

E-Learning Courses
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of FREE e-learning education programs. 

CARES

Developed for family members or friends caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia, the CARES approach offers many practical, person-centered strategies to common caregiving concerns.  Visit http://www.hcinteractive.com/DementiaCareFamilies for more information and pricing.  Cares is an online, fee-based certification program. 

Professional Education
We offer both classroom and online professional trainings.  Visit http://www.alz.org/norcal/in_my_community_professionals.asp to learn more. 

Registration
For additional information, to register for a program, or request a presentation, contact 800.272.3900 or  norcal-education@alz.org

 

 

 


 

 



 

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