Family Education Classes 2017-06-15T23:44:29+00:00

Family Education Classes

Adapting

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

2nd Saturday of the month | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • June 10, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • August 12, 2017
  • September 9, 2017

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

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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.

Wednesdays, July 19, 2017 – August 9, 2017 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

To RSVP, please contact Donna Velarde, LCSW,  949.757.3759  or  donna.velarde@alzoc.org

Caregiving

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

3rd Saturday of the month | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • June 17, 2017
  • July 15, 2017
  • August 19, 2017
  • September 16, 2017
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Personality and Behavior Changes: Why and How to Respond

This class will cover why your family member has new behaviors and what you can do to address the behaviors. On-site care will be provided for your partner/loved one with dementia, upon request.

4th Saturday of the month | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • June 24, 2017 
  • July 22,  2017
  • August 26, 2017
  • September 23, 2017
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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.

3rd and 4th Saturday 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • June 17, 2017
  • June 24, 2017
  • July 15, 2017
  • July 22, 2017

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.

July 6 – August 10
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Seal Beach, CA

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

Learning

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, July 12  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Why Can’t I remember? – An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease (Spanish)

Wednesday, August 9  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Why Can’t I remember? – An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, September 13  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
How Do I Talk To My Neighbor Who Has Memory Loss? – A New Way of Talking

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

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What is Happening in the Brain?

This class will cover changes in the brain that happen when someone has memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. You will learn how someone gets a diagnosis, and hear about support and resources at Alzheimer’s Orange County.

3rd Friday of the month | 1:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • June 16, 2017
  • July 21, 2017
  • August 18, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
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Brain Fitness

Keep your brain stronger for longer! In this class you will be trained in the following skills: Memory, Reasoning, Attention & Concentration, Word Naming, Problem Solving, Logical Sequencing and Visual-Spacial Skills.

Thursday, July 20 * 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Costa Mesa Senior Center
695 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

RSVP: Briana Delfin at 714-327-7547 or email: briana.delfin@costamesaca.gov

 

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Get an overview of the basic facts about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the biology of the brain and how it relates to both, learn warning signs and find out resources/opportunities to get involved with Alzheimer’s Orange County.

Tuesday, August 8 * 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
H. Louis Lake Senior Center
11300 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840

RSVP: Lori Ochoa at 714-741-5253 or email: lorio@ci.garden-grove.ca.us

HOT TOPICS in Aging and Dementia Care

This course covers three important topics for family and professional caregivers, with three dates and locations to choose from. Topics include:

  1. Keeping Older Drivers Safe
  2. Fall Risk Prevention
  3. Understanding Wandering

8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Wed, June 14
Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way Brea, CA 92821

Tues, June 27
Fairhaven Mission Viejo
27856 Center Drive Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Thurs, June 29
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way Irvine, CA 92614

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Planning

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.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Caregiver Resource Center
130 W. Bastanchury Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92835

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Advance Care Planning: Important Choices for Living and Dying

Learn how to record your wishes in the event you cannot speak for yourself, and how to start the conversation with loved ones and your doctor. Learn what is a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and what makes Advance Directives legal.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Brookdale Irvine Assisted Living
10 Marquette, Irvine, CA 92612

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Laguna Hills Florence Sylvester Center
23721 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
H. Louis Lake Senior Center
11300 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840

For additional dates, please visit ocagingservicescollaborative.org

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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, July 13, 2017
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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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.

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

Special Events

Memory Rescue: Bright Minds

Join world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen for a fun, exciting, and free talk as he discusses his groundbreaking MEMORY RESCUE: BRIGHT MINDS program.

You will discover how to:

  • Start strengthening and sharpening your memory
  • Improve energy and mood
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Sleep better
  • Enhance your overall well-being

Friday, July 7, 2017 • 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92614

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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.
July 19 – The Notebook
• August 16 – Away From Her
• September 13 – Still Alice
• October 18 – Aurora Borealis

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

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Memories in the Making®

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.

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