The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, offers many educational opportunities each month, free to family members. We invite you to call and register for any of the classes listed below which may be helpful to you. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND! CALL -1-800-272-3900 TO REGISTER! OR, REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.alz.org/greaterdallas
FAMILY EDUCATION CLASSES
Family Caregiver Classes – FREE: This specially designed class provides family caregivers with information, guidance and training to assist them in caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease. Each class begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided free of charge. Topics include: Overview of Alzheimer's Disease, Meeting Daily Challenges, Communication, Safety, Managing Difficult Behavior, and Caring for the Caregiver.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease – FREE: This short class (1.5 to 2 hours long) offers an overview for those who have concerns about memory loss or have had a diagnosis of dementia. Learn about the Alzheimer's disease process, as well as the programs offered by the Greater Dallas Chapter for both the person with Alzheimer's and the caregiver.
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters – FREE: Learn the warning signs that may be symptoms of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Understand the importance of visiting your doctor early to rule out treatable conditions that may be the cause of these symptoms. Early diagnosis helps with planning, treatment, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, and access to support from the Alzheimer's Association.
Specialty Workshops – FREE: The Association can offer specialized workshops focusing on single topics of interest. Listed below are those open to the public.
Living With Alzheimer's – FREE
The Association now has five new classes for both persons with dementia and their caregivers: 1.) For Persons With Dementia; 2.) Younger-Onset Alzheimer's; 3.) Caregivers for Early Stage; 4.) Caregivers for Middle Stage; 5.) Caregivers for Late Stage. Each module can either stand alone, or be combined with other modules for a full day training. Participants receive workbooks for most classes, and information pertinent to each stage and/or situation.
Support Group Facilitator Training – FREE
The Association appreciates the volunteers who elect to facilitate caregiver support groups for care partners who are helping persons with dementia. We offer a four-hour training to show you how to facilitate a group, and what to look for. Our next training will be held on January 28, 2012, 3:00 – 7:00, Our Office.
The Savvy Caregiver: Taking Charge of Memory Loss – FREE (but one-time $10 donation is suggested to cover the cost of materials): This workshop includes power point, group discussion and exercises and takes 2 hours a week for 5 consecutive weeks to complete. The modules include: Introduction to Dementia and Caregiving; Minimizing Confusion and Taking Charge; Activities and Loss of Abilities; Providing Structure and Support; Decision Making Tools. The Series is being offered at several different locations. NONE ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED; PLEASE CALL IF YOUR CHURCH OR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO HOST!
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CLASSES
Professional Caregiver Class - $30 per person: This program provides the professional caregiver with the training and skills to care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. This six-hour class covers topics including About Dementia, Meeting Daily Challenges, Communication, Making Connections, Safety Issues, Managing Challenging Behaviors, and End of Life care. Participants receive a certificate of completion. Lunch is provided. All classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and all are held at the Alzheimer's Association office, 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, TX 75204
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Activities Based Alzheimer's Care (ABAC) - $75 per person: This 7-hour class teaches professionals how to determine their client's level of dementia, design activities to meet needs, and use the environment and the client's own preferences to achieve success. Recommended for Activity Directors and Social Workers in long term care facilities. CEUs are available for activity directors (NCCAP) and social workers (7). Lunch is provided.
No classes currently scheduled, waiting list for Spring 2013 currently available.
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