Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are impacted by the disease – including more than 330,000 individuals with the disease and 900,000+ people providing unpaid care for them in Missouri and Illinois.

The Gateway Region YMCA and Alzheimer's Association have partnered to offer free educational classes to the community on Alzheimer’s warning signs, basic caregiving and living with the disease.

2020 workshop topics include:

Know the 10 Signs
Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

COVID Caregiving
Caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic adds unique challenges for caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the person living with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.

Dementia Conversations
Get tips for breaking the ice with your family, so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making plans for future care.

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement to create a plan for healthy aging

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends. These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Introduction to Alzheimer's
Hear a brief overview of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the Alzheimer’s Association services. Topics include the impact of Alzheimer’s, risk factors, warning signs and how others can join the fight against the disease.

Legal and Financial Planning
Learn about making legal plans, legal documents you’ll need if facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and what they mean for you; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for making a long-term care plan; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.

Series: Living with Alzheimer’s for Late Stage Caregivers
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this 2-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

Effective Communication Strategies
Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

These educational classes are free to the community but registration is required.

10 Warning Signs

COVID Caregiving

Dementia Conversations

Effective Communication Strategies

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Introduction to Alzheimer's

Legal and Financial Planning

Series: Living with Alzheimer’s for Late Stage Caregivers

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior

Contact the YMCA location hosting the workshop. Registration is also available online.