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Below, please find a full list of education offerings from the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter, including class descriptions, times and locations. Our staff and volunteers may be available to provide classes at your place of worship, senior center or community group. If you would like to request a presentation, please call 800-272-3900

Many of our classes are also available online! Click to view our online courses.  

You may also view a calendar of selected classes in your community by clicking one of the following:

Portland Region November and December Calendar
Cascade Coast Region Fall Calendar
Central Oregon Region Fall Calendar
Southern Oregon Region Fall Calendar
Please see below for a full listing of our currently scheduled classes.

Know the 10 Signs:
Early Detection Matters

The Basics

Getting Started

Conversations about Dementia

Living with Alzheimer's

Legal and Financial
Planning for Alzheimer's

Driving and Dementia

Staying Safe

Communication and Behaviors

Other Classes

 

Registration is required for all classes. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.
Classes are free unless otherwise noted.


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters 

In this class, attendees will gain an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families will be shown addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The 10 warning signs
  • Overview of Alzheimer's disease
  • Risk factors
  • What is involved in getting a diagnosis
Benefits of early detection, including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials are also addressed.  

Monday, Nov. 24
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Medford Senior Center 
510 E. Main St.
 
Medford, OR 97504

Tuesday, Nov. 25
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Lovejoy Hospice 
939 SE Eighth St.
 
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Thursday, Dec. 11
3 to 5:30 p.m.
Reindeer Meadows 
1601 SW Reindeer Ave.
 
Redmond, OR 97756

Thursday, Dec. 18
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Elsie Stuhr Center  
5559 SW Hall Blvd.
 
Beaverton, OR 97005

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

Alzheimer’s affects people in varying ways and ripples out to impact the lives of those who interact with them. Understanding what is happening to a person with Alzheimer’s is key to interacting effectively and providing quality care. This class includes information from expert professionals in the field and first-hand accounts from people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
Lovejoy Hospice
939 SE Eighth St.
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Tuesday, Dec. 9
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter
1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97209

Wednesday, Dec. 17
6 to 7:30 p.m.    
Willamalane Adult Activity Center
215 W. C St.
Springfield, OR 97477

Tuesday, Jan. 20
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
Mercy Community Education Center
2459 Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471

Wednesday, Jan. 28
6 to 7:30 p.m.    
Willamalane Adult Activity Center
215 W. C St.
Springfield, OR 97477

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Getting Started

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s time for our Getting Started class. Gain a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and current treatments. Get practical information that will help you start planning for the future. 

Please join us and learn more about Alzheimer's disease.

First Thursday of each month (presented by Alzheimer's Association staff and OHSU Neurology Department staff)
3 to 4:30 p.m.
OHSU Center for Health and Healing (South Waterfront)
Eighth-floor lobby
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

First Friday of each month 
Noon to 1 p.m.
PeaceHealth Barger Medical Clinic
Conference Room
4010 Aerial Way
Eugene, OR 97402

Friday, Dec. 5 
Noon to 1 p.m. 
Bend Memorial Clinic 
1501 NE Medical Center Drive
Bend, OR 97701

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Conversations About Dementia

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. The Alzheimer’s Association Conversations about Dementia program is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about:

  • Going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care
  • Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving
  • Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered

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. Join us and learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. In this class, 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 and financial resources near you. "Legal and Financial Planning" is offered as a single class and as a multiple-part class series.

This class will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Topics covered will include:

  • Making legal plans that fit your need 
  • Legal documents you'll need and what they mean for you 
  • How to find legal and financial assistance 
  • Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care
  • Tax deductions and credits
  • Government programs that can help pay for care

Presenter in Portland: Garvin Reiter, attorney at law

Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 6
2 to 3:30 p.m. 
Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter
1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190 
Portland, OR 97209

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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? Join us for this class, in which you will 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 as you navigate this chapter of your life.

This class is for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It is offered as a single class or as a multiple-part class series. 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

Not currently scheduled.  View this class online

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Living With Alzheimer's for Younger-Onset Alzheimer's

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or 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 for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this class that provides answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about 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 ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

"Living With Alzheimer's for Younger-Onset Alzheimer's" is offered as a single class and as a multiple-part class series.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. View this class online

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Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers – Early Stage

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? Join us for this class to hear practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.

"Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stage" is offered as a single class and as a multiple-part class series. 


 Not currently scheduled.
View this class online

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Middle Stage

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this class and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. 

"Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Middle Stage" is offered as a single class and as a multiple-part class series.


Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16*
1 to 3 p.m. 
River Road Park & Recreation District
1400 Lake Drive 
Eugene, OR 97404
*These classes are co-sponsored with River Road Park & Recreation District and Lane Community College Successful Aging Institute. For credit through the Successful Aging Institute, participants must attend all three classes. To register, call 541-688-4052.



View this class online

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late Stage

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this class to hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

"Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late Stage" is offered as a single class and as a multiple-part class series.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

View this class online

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Driving and Dementia: When is it Time to Give Up the Keys?

When should a person with dementia stop driving? This session gives the caregiver and family the necessary tools to address safety issues associated with driving, warning signs, strategies to communicate safety concerns, solutions for alternative transportation, and shared decision making about when it is time to give up the keys.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

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Staying Safe: Steps to Take for the Person with Dementia

Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for the person with Alzheimer’s as well as his or her family.  Staying Safe provides an overview of typical concerns for safety including: safety at home, wandering, driving, and more.  This class provides suggestions and strategies for making safety a priority before it becomes a problem.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

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Communication and Behaviors: Strategies for Responding to Changes

Alzheimer's disease affects more than an individual's memory, it also diminishes a person's ability to communicate and may cause unpredictable or erratic behaviors.  This class provides an overview of common changes in behavior and communication as well as strategies for identifying and responding to these challenges.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

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The Big 5: Understanding the Most Common Forms of Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for as much as 70% of all dementias, but there are many different causes of memory loss. In this session, participants will learn the basics of five major causes of dementia: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lewy Body, vascular disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. Participants will also learn about resources for continuing education and support.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Communication Skills for Caregivers

The value and importance of effective communication when caring for someone with dementia can’t be understated. This session addresses the principles and fundamentals of good communication, the relationship of words, tone, body language and listening, as well as communication strategies for challenging situations.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Creative Interactions 

Communicating with someone with dementia is an art we can all benefit from cultivating. This session addresses the principles and fundamentals of communicating with someone with dementia to enhance self- expression and emotional validation.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Home is Where the Heart Lives

As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s often struggles with recognizing family members and familiar environments. As a result, they often repeatedly say things such as, “I want to go home.” In this class, participants will learn how to accurately assess the person’s comprehension levels, how to meet their basic needs, and how to respond when the person they are caring for is confused.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Roles, Relationships, and Rhumba: Maintaining Intimacy with the Person with Dementia

Understanding sexual needs and behaviors of people with dementia is vital to ensuring a high quality of life. This session will examine intimacy and sexuality in people with dementia, how to respond to sexual behaviors, and how to provide dignified care with sensitivity to a person’s inherent sexual needs.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Self-Care for the Caregiver

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of your loved one that you have neglected your own well-being? Learn coping strategies that will enhance your ability to flow with life’s changes so you will be up for the challenge rather than down for the count.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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The Three D's: Dementia, Depression & Delirium

In this class, participants will learn to identify the symptoms of the “Three D’s”: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium. Learn how the Three D’s interrelate in the life of a person with dementia and what actions to take when someone you care for is affected.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Understanding the Role of Medications

This class will discuss medications used for Alzheimer's disease.  Attendees will learn about the efficacy, titration, and administration of Alzheimer’s medications.  They will also learn how medications work in the management of behavioral symptoms and discuss the basics of senior drug awareness.

Presenter: Shanti Potts

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

 

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Pleasant Events

Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenging journey, not only for the person diagnosed but also for his or her family members and loved ones. Each day can place new demands on the care partner, and we can get mired in “care” issues. Join us for a discussion on creating pleasant events and joyful interaction opportunities as we help the person with Alzheimer’s navigate each day.

Not currently scheduled. Please check again soon.

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