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Workshops and Classes for Families

We offer professional-level training for non-professionals and retreats for caregivers to recharge and renew. A caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease wants to be prepared, have knowledge and feel confident in the care they are providing. Get certified. Get trained. Call us at any of our offices to find out about the next education opportunities.


Confident Caregiver Series

Confident Caregiver Classes for 2017

This comprehensive series provides free monthly educational opportunities for family caregivers to learn about resources and and strategies in providing quality care for loved ones.

Kern County

San Luis Obispo County—North

San Luis Obispo County—South

Santa Barbara County—North

Santa Barbara County—South

Ventura County—East

Ventura County—West

Help & Hope 

A program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their partners, providing essential information to promote quality of life and family health.

San Luis Obispo County: February 23 & 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Sonya Branco at 805.547.3830 or slaputz@alz.org for additional details.

Ventura County: February 25 and March 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Monica Schrader at 805.494.5200 or mshrader@alz.org for additional details.

Santa Barbara County: May 6 & 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Marcy Oswald at 805.892.4259 ext. 101 or moswald@alz.org for additional details. 

Concerned about Memory?

Join us for three free classes just for Lompoc residents! This comprehensive series provides free monthly educational opportunities to learn more about memory. Dates are June 28, August 23, and October 25. All classes are held in the Dick DeWees Senior Center at 1120 W. Ocean Ave. in Lompoc. Click here for the flyer. See you there!

The Savvy Caregiver

This course from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Respite care is available. It's a training program providing training with dementia experts, a caregiver manual and a CD. You will learn skills to assess the abilities of your loved one with dementia and adjust your approach over time, confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals, add strategies to manage activities of daily living.

Savvy Caregiver Classes for 2017

Kern County For more information about the next set of classes, please contact Judy Ardray at 661.912.3053 or jardray@alz.org.

San Luis Obispo County For more information about the next set of classes, please contact Sonya Branco at 805.547.3830 or sbranco@alz.org.

Santa Barbara County For more information about the next set of classes, please contact Marcy Oswald at 805.892.4259 x111 or moswald@alz.org.  

Ventura County For more information about the next set of classes, please contact Monica Schrader at 805.484.6028 or mschrader@alz.org.

Check out (and share) our NEW Webinars!

-Help & Hope in Alzheimer's Science and Care
-Compassionate Communication: Connecting with a Person with Alzheimer's
-Conversations about Dementia (with your loved one who is experiencing memory loss)

Can't get to one of our classes in person? Get access to a selection of our classes, now offered online. Click here to access online learning resources.

Our mission is to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s, to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. The California Central Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties, and serves more than 40,000 Alzheimer’s patients and their families every year. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay; scholarships are available. Respite grants are available on an as-needed basis to help pay for in-home care of your loved one while you attend the retreat.

Check the online calendar for more education opportunities here

Respite Care

Respite Care Grants are available to low-income family caregivers in need of respite care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Funds received through our grants are of restricted use, intended solely to help caregivers obtain a much needed break from caregiving duties. These grants are made possible by the Mary Oakley Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter.

To find out more about our grants and to learn if your family qualifies, please contact:

  • Ventura County: Araksi Kirakosyan at 805.494.5200 x103
  • Santa Barbara County: Marcy Oswald at 805.892.4259 x111
  • San Luis Obispo County: Rayleen Moran at 805.547.3830 x203
  • Kern County: Judy Ardray at 661.912.3053


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.