Family Education Classes 2017-10-02T20:08:37+00:00

Family Education Classes


Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis

Learn about practical actions that you, your family and friends can take NOW and LATER. Learn about the HELP model, a 4-step approach. Discover tools and resources available every step of the way. Recommended for people newly diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s or related dementias, their friends, and family.

  • Handling the news

  • Engage

  • Learn

  • Plan ahead

3rd Friday of the month | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (the What is Happening in the Brain Class was formerly offered at this time)

  • October 20, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • December 15, 2017

Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614


Living Well with Early Memory Loss

A four-week, supportive/educational group for people with early memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s, or related dementia. In this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with others in similar situations and learn how they deal with challenges
  • Work with compassionate, professional facilitators with experience in memory loss
  • Explore subjects, such as; Medications,  Coping techniques for dealing with day-to-day challenges,  Family and social relationships, Building your support network, Planning for the future

*Pre-registration is required, seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact Donna Velarde, LCSW,  949.757.3759  or

  • Wednesdays, September 20, 2017 – October 11, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Irvine, CA 92614
  • Thursdays, October 5, 2017 – October 26, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Brea, CA 92821


Compassionate Communication: A New Way of Talking
Learn the principles and practical techniques in how to communicate with those with memory loss. On-site care will be provided for your partner/loved one with dementia, upon request.

 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017

Personality and Behavior Changes: Why and How to Respond

Identify common behavior changes, explore why they happen and what they mean. Learn helpful tips to adjust and respond. On-site care will be provided for your partner/loved one with dementia, upon request.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • October 21, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017

Companion Class (in conjunction with  Compassionate Communication and Personality & Behavioral Changes)

Worried about care arrangements for your loved one while you attend a class at Alzheimer’s Orange County? Worry no more, announcing a new “Companion Class” offered concurrently with the Saturday Family Education Classes!

The goal of this program is to provide a safe and comfortable place for people with memory loss to enjoy planned and structured activities on-site at AOC while their care partners attend a separate caregiver education course in an adjacent room. The AOC Saturday Companion Class will be offered on the 3rd & 4th Saturday of each month from 9:45 AM-noon while caregivers attend “Compassionate Communication, “Personality & Behavioral Changes,” and “Wednesday Matinees & Discussions.”  RSVP required.
This program is provided free of charge and is sponsored and presented by Attentive Home Care, Inc, a family owned and operated company serving all of Southern Californa.

Be sure to select “Yes” on “I am requesting on-site care for my loved one,” when registering for “Compassionate Communication” or “Personality & Behavioral Changes”.

Savvy Caregiver: 6-Week Family Caregiver Training

This program is an evidence-based, 12-hour training provided over a 6-week period. Caregivers will possess greater confidence and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. On-site care will be provided for your partner/loved one with dementia, upon request.

September 12 – October 17|  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Placentia, CA 92870

October 12 – November 16|   1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Contact 24/7 Helpline 844-HELP-ALZ (844-373-4400)


Memory Loss Workshops: A Special Series addressing FAQ’s/Concerns

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement/La Habra Family Resource Center in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Orange County presents this special summer series:

Wednesday, October 11| 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Why is She Doing That? – Personality & Behavior Changes

Monday, November 6| 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
How Do I Keep My Brain Strong As I Get Older? – Memory & the Brain; What You Need To Know

All Workshops Held At:
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement
501 S. Idaho Street., Suite 300 (1st floor auditorium), La Habra, CA 92631

To RSVP, call 949-757-3721 or click below



Legal and Financial Workshop

Identify the steps to getting legal, financial and future care plans put in place. Become familiar with the specific legal issues, future care options and financial issues pertaining to dementia.

Monday, October 23, 2017 |1:30 PM – 3:30 PM   Sunrise Senior Living 26151 Country Club Drive  Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Thursday, December 7, 2017| 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM  Family Caregiver Resource Center 130 W Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835


Being Mortal: Community Screening and Conversation Café

Join the national dialogue of the PBS FRONTLINE film, Being Mortal. This groundbreaking film follows Dr. Atul Gawande, as he explores the hopes of people facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors who care for them.

Thursday, October 26, 2017| 6:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m.  Christ Cathedral 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840

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Self Care

Restorative Yoga for Caregivers

Restorative Yoga helps to revitalize the body by increasing circulation to the organs and calming the nervous system. Props are often used to enable a longer respite in the pose, soothing the mind and encouraging inner focus. This method is especially appropriate for caregivers experiencing stress who could benefit from the relaxation that this brings. On-site care will be provided for your partner/loved one with dementia, upon request. Space is limited.

Please check back for future dates

Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

Special Events

Family Caregiver Wednesday Matinees & Discussions   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Attend these special screenings which address issues surrounding dementia and care. Join us afterwards for a discussion of the film. This series is recommended for Family Caregivers.

October 18 – Aurora Borealis

Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Suite 200 Irvine, CA 92614

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Memories in the Making®  Facilitator Training

Question: How do I spend time with a family member when they can no longer communicate verbally?

Answer: By painting with them! All family and friends of people with memory loss are invited to learn how to engage with them through painting. Memories in the Making® is the signature art program of Alzheimer’s Orange County that was developed specifically for persons with dementia. With the stroke of a paintbrush, participants are able to express themselves, often painting memories from long ago or images to represent what they can no longer verbally communicate.

Thursday, November 2, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Alzheimer’s Orange County  2515 McCabe Way  Irvine, CA 92614

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Preparing for the Holidays

Understand how dementia affects your loved one’s ability to enjoy & participate in family rituals & traditions.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Streamline & simplify family traditions
  • Reduce stress by preparing & educating guest prior to holiday visits
  • Adjust expectations by including only the most important aspects of each holiday for your family
  • Make the most of the holidays when your loved one resides in a long-term care community

Tuesday, November 7, 2017|  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The Covington 3 Pursuit Aliso Viejo, CA 92637


HOT TOPICS in Aging and Dementia Care

The holiday season can be a time of connection and meaning for families, but also a time of loss and stress for families caring for loved ones with dementia. Learn how using David Troxel’s ‘Best Friends Approach’ will help you create meaningful holiday moments not only for the person with dementia but your entire family, while still maintaining the spirit of time-held traditions.

Monday, November 6, 2017| 8:30 am -11:00 am  

Laguna County United Methodist Church 24442 Moulton Pkwy Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Monday, November 6, 2017| 1:30 pm -4:00 pm 

Buena Park Senior Center- Heritage Hall 8152 Knott Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620


SUPERFOODS: Keeping Your Body & Mind Healthy 

Join us in our discussions on nutrition, lifestyle changes, and the latest scientific research to optimize the health of the brain.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017|  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614