New for 2013

Living with Alzheimer's Series - 2013

Note: The series is capped at 16 participants.

Categories: Work/Life Wellness  

Level: Fundamental  

Type: Al a Carte Series

Total Series Time: 10.0 hours (5 sessions)

Make-Ups:  Make-ups are not available for this series. 

Pre-requisites: None

Target Audience: Individuals and caregivers interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Series Description: This program is a series of education programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease.  Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.  The workshops will cover information on:

  • The stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Developing a care team
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Coping strategies
  • Care and treatment options
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Maximizing independence
  • Caregiver stress

You may attend any or all of the workshops.

Presented by: Sharon DeBoever, Educational Psychology M.A., Volunteer Speaker, Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia

TD1762: Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters

Workshop Description: The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Attend this training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

Session Information:
Monday, October 28, 2013
9:00 PM – 11:00 AM 

TD1763: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Workshop Description: Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

Session Information:  
Monday, November 25, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

TD1764: Communication and Understanding Behaviors, Part I and Part II

Workshop Description: Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can cause a person to act in different and unpredictable ways. Some individuals with AD become anxious or aggressive.  Others repeat certain questions or gestures. Many misinterpret what they hear.  The disease may also affect or diminish a person's ability to communicate. These types of reactions can lead to misunderstanding, frustration and tension, particularly between the person with dementia and the caregiver. It is important to understand that the person is not acting that way on purpose. This class will address the importance of understanding the many types of behaviors associated with AD and, will provide tips on how best to communicate for the best results.  

Session Information:
Monday, June 24, 2013 AND Monday, August 26, 2013     Note: This is a date change.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

TD1765: Caregiver Stress

Workshop Description: Alzheimer's caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Attend this class to learn symptoms and ways to avoid burnout. As Alzheimer's and other dementias progress, behaviors change — as does your role as caregiver. While changes in behavior can be challenging, there are resources to help you through each stage of the disease.

Session Information:
Monday, September 30, 2013      Note: This is a date change.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


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