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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)

  • December 15, 2017
  • January 19, 2018
  • February 16, 2018

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

This class is also presented in Fullerton in partnership with St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Senior Services. St. Joseph Health classes include an additional 30-minute presentation by a Board Certified Neurologists.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP, please call 877-459-3627


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, January 10 – 31, 2018 | 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Irvine
  • Wednesdays, February 7 – 28, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Laguna Woods
  • Wednesdays, March 7 – 28, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Irvine
  • Wednesdays, April 4 – 25, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Garden Grove
  • Wednesdays, May 9- 30, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Irvine

Family Strategies 1-2-3

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

  • December 9, 2017
  • January 13, 2018
  • February 10, 2018

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

  • December 16, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 17, 2018

Meaningful Activities at Home

Learn how to plan and do easy activities at home that enhance the time you spend together with your loved one with memory loss. Held every fourth Saturday.  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

  • January 27, 2018
  • February 24, 2018
  • March 24, 2018

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.

  • Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13| 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |Seal Beach
  • Thursdays, January 11 – February 15 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Tustin
  • Thursdays, March 1 – April 5|   1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. |San Juan Capistrano
  • Tuesdays, April 10 – May 15|  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m  |Anaheim
  • Mondays, May 21 – June 25|  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Corona Del Mar


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


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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Alzheimer’s Orange County | 2515 McCabe Way Ste. 200, Irvine, CA 92614


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, January 24, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.| Oakmont of Capriana | 460 La Floresta Dr. Brea, CA 92823
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| Sunrise Villa Bradford Ave. | 1180 N. Bradford Ave. Placentia, CA 92870
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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 a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is and what makes Advance Directives legal.

  • Thusday, February 22, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| Sunrise Villa Bradford Ave. | 1180 N. Bradford Ave. Placentia, CA 92870

RSVP: 949-757-3776

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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

Research Update

Many people are considering participating in DNA testing to determine their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This update will help separate fact from fiction concerning the benefits of genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease. Join us for this informative event.

Thursday, January 18, 2018| Bowers Museum | 2002 North Main St. Santa Ana CA 92706

5:30 p.m. | Check in & refreshments
6:00 p.m. | Auditorium doors open
6:30 p.m. | Lecture & questions

Parking and event are free of charge.
Limited auditorium space.
Overflow viewing available in John Lee Court.

RSVP below or call 844-373-4400


New Programs

Memory Loss Discussion and Screening

Join Clinical Psychologists, Dr. Kent Peppard as he discusses the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia. Learn how memory screenings help to identify possible changes in memory and cognition. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a future memory screening.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

RSVP: below or call 844-HELP-ALZ


Free Memory Screening

A memory screening is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition.

Do you have:

  • Trouble coming up with a word or name?
  • Trouble remembering important dates or events?
  • Problems remembering names when introduced to new people?
  • Do you tend to forget what you just read?
  • Problems losing or misplacing things
  • Trouble planning or organizing
  • Noticeably greater difficulty performing tasks

If you said “Yes” to any of the above, consider having a memory screening. Alzheimer’s Orange County provides FREE, confidential memory screenings the first Friday of each month, beginning March 2018.

Friday, March 2 | Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

Friday, April 6 | Alzheimer’s Orange County 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614

RSVP: below or call 844-HELP-ALZ


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.

Friday, February 16, 2018 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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

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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.

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