I am a Caregiver: I want to learn

Our education generally follows along the journey of dementia. This means caregivers can learn when they are ready to learn on their journey. For specific information on each program, view the tabs.

Early Stage Early to Middle Stage Late Stage
These are for a caregiver to attend with the person living with early-stage dementia.

First Steps
Taking Control of our Lives

Dementia Education Series
Middle Stage Series
U-First!
Building Circles of Support
Long Term Care Information
Care in the Later Stages
FOR: Persons living with early-stage dementia and their primary Caregiver(s)
SESSIONS: 6 (if online) 4 (if in person)
PURPOSE: These classes are small in size and offered in a way that everyone learns. First Steps provides an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to understand the diagnosis and learn about tips and strategies that might help you day to day. An opportunity to meet others who are also living with dementia.
TOPICS: The different types of dementia, the resulting changes in the brain, planning for the future, and strategies to remain independent for as long as possible

First Link Referral Form

FOR: Care Partners, family members and friends of persons living with dementia
SESSIONS: 4
PURPOSE: Usually the starting point for learning. This series will assist Care Partners in better understanding dementia and how to support the person living with dementia in their life.
TOPICS: The different types of dementia, the resulting changes in the brain, support skills, and understanding community resources.
FOR: Care Partners, family members and friends of persons living with dementia
SESSIONS: 4
PURPOSE: Understanding the unique needs of the middle stage of dementia. How to support responsive behaviours, safety and security of the home environment.
TOPICS: Communication strategies, activities of daily living (ADL’s) and self-care for the Care Partner.
FOR: Care Partners, family members and friends of persons living with dementia
SESSIONS: 4
PURPOSE: The U-First!® for Care Partners education program supports Care Partners who are caring for someone experiencing behaviour changes caused by dementia.
TOPICS: Learning the U-First!® framework to reduce responsive, and improve collaboration among all Care Partner supports, and enhancing Care Partner well-being and that of the person living with dementia.
FOR: Care Partners, family members and friends of persons living with dementia
SESSIONS: 4
PURPOSE: Offers tools and resources for the journey of dementia. Learn to identify current and future support needs and explore ways to maintain and increase support.
TOPICS: Impact of the diagnosis, improving support, and reducing care partner stress using person-centered approach
FOR: Care Partners, public events
SESSIONS: 2
PURPOSE: To discussion Considering the decision to apply for Long-Term Care and the Application Process. Learn how to prepare for the move and what to expect when an offer for a room is made. Learn the differences between retirement residences and long-term care homes
TOPICS: Considering the move to Long-Term Care, Preparing for the move to Long-Term Care
FOR: Care Partners, family members and friends of persons living with late stage dementia
SESSIONS: 5 (currently on-line only)
PURPOSE: Understand what to expect in the late and end of life stages of dementia
TOPICS: Having quality time with family members in the later stage of dementia, physical changes and planning needs. The series will also explore how participants can provide comfort to the person with dementia as well as review the experiences of grief and loss.

Teepa Snow’s workshops help equip both formal and informal caregivers with related awareness, knowledge and some skill development in order to respond to a person living with dementia’s change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive. It helps those caring for people living with dementia to recognize that the individual is doing the best they can and that if something isn’t working, it’s the responsibility of the Care Partner to change their approach and behaviours toward the person with dementia. It will help us all understand that, with practice, common reactions to the person with dementia can become thoughtful responses that can improve quality of life for everyone involved.

For more information, email help@alzda.ca or contact your local office.

FOR: Persons living with dementia, caregivers, and the general public.
SESSIONS: 5
PURPOSE: Each month this series will explore one topic to empower and inform people living with dementia and their families to live safely in the community.