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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-metro March 2015 calendar
Cascade Coast winter 2015 calendar
Central Oregon winter 2015 calendar
Southern Oregon winter 2015 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

Effective
Communication Strategies

Understanding & Responding
to Dementia-Related
Behavior


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.  

Not currently scheduled.  View this class online

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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.

Thursday, March 12
1 to 2:30 p.m.    
Sisters City Hall 
520 E. Cascade Ave.
Sisters, OR 97759

Thursday, March 19
5:30 to 7 p.m.    
Pelican Pointe 
615 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97415

Tuesday, March 24
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
Lovejoy Hospice 
939 SE Eighth St.
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Tuesday, March 24
5:30 to 7 p.m.    
Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter
1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97209

Wednesday, March 25

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

Thursday, March 26
9 to 10 a.m.    
East Cascade Retirement Community 
175th NE.
Grants Pass, OR 97526

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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

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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.

Thursday, March 26
6 to 7:30 p.m.    
Elsie Stuhr Center
5550 SW Hall Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

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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

Tuesday, March 31 & April 7
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.

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. 

Wednesday, March 4, 11 & 18
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
First Methodist Church 
607 W. Main St.
Medford, OR 97504

Thursday, March 5
1 to 5 p.m.    
Salem Health Community Health Education Center
939 Oak St. SE (Building D)
Salem, OR 97301

Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   
Clatsop Community College
Columbia Hall, Room 219
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103

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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.

Wednesday, March 18
1 to 6 p.m. 
McMinnville Senior Center
2250 NE McDaniel Lane
McMinnville, OR 97128
Note: Respite care is available for a fee. Call 503-435-0407 to register.

Thursday, March 19 & 26
1:30 to 4 p.m. 
Jefferson County Senior Center
860 SW Madison
Madras, OR 97741

Wednesday, March 25
1 to 4:30 p.m. 
Mid-Columbia Senior Center
1112 W. Ninth St.
The Dalles, OR 97058

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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.

Saturday, March 21
2 to 4:30 p.m. 
OHSU Center for Health & Healing (Room 3171)
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

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Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening  it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered  by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Friday, March 6
2:30 to 4 p.m. 
Laurel Parc at Bethany Village
15850 NW Central Drive
Portland, OR 97229

Wednesday, March 18
1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Sandy Senior Center
38348 Pioneer Blvd.
Sandy, OR 97055

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday, March 20
2:30 to 4 p.m.    
Laurel Parc at Bethany Village
15850 NW Central Drive
Portland, OR 97229

Tuesday, March 24
3 to 4:30 p.m.    
Mercy Community Education Center
2459 Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471

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