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

  • April 8, 2017
  • May 13, 2017
  • June 10, 2017
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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. You and your partner will meet with others in similar situations and learn how they deal with challenges.

Every Thursday, March 9, 2017 – March 30, 2017  

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Laguna Woods

Every Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – May 31, 2017

1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Irvine

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Contact Early Stage Coordinator at 949-757-3759 or earlystage@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 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • April 15, 2017
  • May 20, 2017
  • June 17, 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 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • March 25, 2017
  • April 22, 2017
  • May 27, 2017
  • June 24, 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” or “Personality & Behavioral Changes”.
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

  • March 25, 2017
  • April 15, 2017
  • April 22, 2017
  • May 20, 2017
  • May 27, 2017
  • June 17, 2017
  • June 24, 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.

April 25 – May 30
1:00 p.m. – 3:30pm
Laguna Woods, CA

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

Learning

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 1:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

  • April 21, 2017
  • May 19, 2017
  • June 16, 2017
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Healthy Brain Month: April- Brea Senior Center

Learn what yo can do to protect your brain health! Join us for healthy brain education and activities to help maintain cognitive fitness. The presentation will complement the center’s regularly scheduled, monthly healthy brain activities, and will provide valuable information about the role of cognitive stimulation, physical exercise, special engagement and proper nutrition in promoting overall brain fitness.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Brea Senior Center
500 Sievers Ave., Brea, CA 92821

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Brea Senior Center

714-990-7750

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.

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Atria Del Sol-

23792 Marguerite Pkwy

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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, March 30, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Yorba Linda Senior Living  Community, an Eastern Star Home
16850 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Thursday, April 20, 2017

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
El Toro Library
24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Contact 949-757-3776

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

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Contact 949-757-3776

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

The Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease: What you Need to Know

University of California Irvine genetic counselor, Kathy Hall, MS, LCGC, will be presenting important information on the Genetics of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Learn about who should be tested, genetic risk factors, and the latest molecular genetic testing available for AD. We will also discuss what happens during genetic counseling session for families interested in receiving genetic testing. Bring questions!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

3061 E. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim CA 92806

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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.

Saturday,  May 20

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

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