Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiving Program Options

We offer a range of education and training to better prepare caregivers for their caregiving role. Our Education Programs are available for both families in the comfort of their home or professionals in a public setting. Books that reinforce the training are available at no charge upon completion of the course.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative Program Overview:  In this program overview, we will cover NYSDOH grant and the five core areas of service of the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative:  Education & Training, Respite, Project Lifesaver, Care Consultation, and Support Groups & Memory Cafes.

October 16, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Greenwich VFW, click here for details.

Dementia: What Does it Mean?: Reviews the differences between aging and dementia. In addition, we talk about four different forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Bodies with Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia.

Book: Understanding Alzheimer’s:  A First Time Caregiver’s Plan

October 8, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Fort Ann Town Library, click here for details.

October 9, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, SUNY Plattsburgh, Sibley Hall, click here for details.

October 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Indian Lake Public Library click here for details.

October 17, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Pember Library, click here for details.

October 21, 2019 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Ellenburg Depot Library, click here for details.

October 22, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Wead Public Library, click here for details.

October 24, 2019 from 10:30am to 11:00am, Schroon Lake Senior Center, click here for details.

October 28, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Chateaugay Memorial Library, click here for details.

November 6, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am, Dannemora Free Library, click here for details.

Stages of Dementia:  What a Caregiver Can Expect:  This workshop will provide information to caregivers about the three stages of dementia: early, middle, and later.  It will provide strategies on how caregivers can assist and support their loved one during each stage.

Just Diagnosed, What’s Next?: Reviews what to do if you or a loved one gets a diagnosis of dementia. We talk about feelings you may be having, and how to talk to your family and friends about the diagnosis. We learn about the next steps for home safety, driving and financial planning. We also discuss how caregivers can step into their new role in the person’s life.

Book: Help is Here: When Someone You Love has Dementia

Creating a Strong Care Team: We talk about why having a care team is important and what it can do for the primary caregiver. We discuss how to ask for help, some people who can be on the care team and the different tasks they can do to help. We also talk about how to have a family meeting.

Book: The Caregiver’s Journey, Building Your Care Team

October 22, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Crandall Public Library, click here for details.

Advance Directives and Financial Planning: Reviews different parts of advanced planning and why they are important to think about early. We also talk about the different pieces of advanced planning such as wills, advanced directives and power of attorneys.

Book: 5 Wishes

October 29, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Crandall Public Library, click here for details.

November 5, 2019 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, SUNY Plattsburgh, Sibley Hall, click here for details.

November 20, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am, Dannemora Free Library, click here for details.

Caregiver Quality of Life and Self Care: We discuss feelings that caregivers could have at any time about their situation and how to cope with those feelings. We talk about stress management and self talk. Also, how to ask for help. We review how to keep yourself healthy, too.

Book: Creating Moments of Joy

October 15, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Crandall Public Library, click here for details.

November 13, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am, Dannemora Free Library, click here for details.

December 11, 2019, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Plattsburgh Public Library, click here for details.

Finding Meaningful Activities: Learn how to plan activities with your loved one. We discuss how to break them down so your loved one can understand them. Also, learn some examples of activities your loved one may enjoy.

Books: Activities to Do with Your Parent Who has Alzheimer’s Dementia and Color Your Mind

October 23, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Plattsburgh Public Library, click here for details.

Planning for Future Care: Learn about the different levels of care and how each one can be helpful. We discuss hospital stays, and both planned and emergency visits. We talk about home care, assisted living care, nursing homes and hospice. We also learn about how to pay for long-term care.

Book: 36 Hour Day

October 8, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Crandall Public Library, click here for details.

November 20, 2019, from 1:00pm to 3:30m, Plattsburgh Public Library, click here for details.

Caregiving and the Holidays: The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. When the task of caregiving for a person with memory loss is added, the holidays can become even more difficult. This training will review caregiver stress and how to make the holidays less stressful. Some tips will be reviewed for preparing other family members on the changes the person with dementia may experience.

Book:  Chicken Soup for the Soul, Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias 

December 3, 2019 from  4:30pm to 5:30pm, SUNY Plattsburgh, Sibley Hall, click here for details.

December 11, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Plattsburgh Government Center, click here for details.

Contact Us: 

Education Specialist – Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

Kristen Fleming (518)564-2049

Education Specialist- Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties

Stacey Barcomb (518)832-4992