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Alzheimer's Awareness

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple between now and 2050.  This presentation includes personal stories about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, awareness about the prevalence of the disease, and information on resources available to those dealing with it.  At the end of this program the participant will 1) understand what Alzheimer’s disease is, 2) understand what the Alzheimer’s Association does, and 3) how they can ACT now to end Alzheimer’s. 
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers, Early-stage Individuals

Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia

Many people use Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably without a clear distinction between what each word means.  This presentation will go over the important difference between the two terms.  It will explore the various types of dementias and the science behind Alzheimer’s.  Participants will come away with a better understanding of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the progression of the disease, and the available treatments and medications.
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers, Early-stage Individuals

Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer's

This presentation offers attendees tips on how to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Based on scientific evidence, this program focuses on the importance of nutritional health, physical activity, mental activity, and social wellness.  The program will also address current trends in Alzheimer’s disease risk reduction and answer frequently asked questions about alternative treatment methods and medications.
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers

Communicating and Interacting with Persons with Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease dramatically alters the dynamics between the diagnosed individual and his or her loved ones.  Family and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s frequently feel that their loved one is no longer the person he or she once was. This presentation provides caregivers with tools for effectively communicating and connecting with persons with dementia.  Specifically it will cover nonverbal vs. verbal communication, positive physical approach, person-centered approach, and activity development.  
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers

Understanding Alzheimer's Research

Every day new advances are made in battle with Alzheimer's disease.  Strides in research have helped reshape our understanding of how the disease works and potential treatments.  This presentation explains the role of plaques and tangles and how they affect the brain.  It provides an overview of where our understanding of Alzheimer's disease was in 1901 and where it is today,  including major research projects going on across the world.  At the end of the presentation attendees will understand the importance of TrialMatch and how to distinguish between accurate and "bogus" research information publicly available.

Appropriate Audience:  General Audience, Caregivers, Early-stage individuals

Talking to Your Doctor

Maintaining a strong relationship with your doctor is one of the best resources available to families concerned about Alzheimer's disease.  This presentation discusses how to plan for a doctor's visit including journal and tracking medications.  A terminology glossary is given to attendees and important questions to ask your doctor are reviewed.  The presentation offers tips on how to share the diagnosis with families and individuals along with how to ask for a diagnosis and retain open communication with your doctor. 

Appropriate Audience:  Caregivers, Early-stage Individuals

Safety First

Safety is a primary concern for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.  The presentation stresses the importance of creating a safe home and environment for persons with dementia.  Our presenter will offer tips on how to keep individuals safe from wandering and modifications necessary for a safe home environment.  Driving issues will be addressed as will the importance of disaster preparedness. 

Appropriate Audience:  Caregivers, Early-stage Individuals

Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Caregiver Stress

Caregiving is difficult and it is important for caregivers to understand their needs and how to take care of themselves.  This presentation shows attendees how to identify stress and stress triggers and offers stress management techniques.  Attendees will understand the role emotions play in self-care and different community resources available to caregivers.  The presentation also includes a video from a caregiver portraying a different perspective on caregiving as well as the importance of managing stress.

Appropriate Audience:  Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to equip family caregivers with effective self-care tools. This program focuses on the caregiver, not the care recipient. Attendees will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, child, spouse, friend, neighbor, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the county. Over the six weeks, Powerful Tools for Caregivers will enable caregivers to developed a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers, communicate more effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings and make tough caregiving decisions. These tools will not eliminate all problems, but they can provide techniques, knowledge, and support to better cope with and successfully manage the demands of caregiving.
Length: 6 week program, 2.5 hours per week (one day per week)
Target Audience: Family Caregivers (non-disease specific)

We also offer speciality programs upon request.  Topics include, but are not limited to: personal care workshops, medication management, long term care planning, and legal and financial planning.  All programs can be offered as individual seminar or as a series.

For more information call 713.314.1314



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