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Education and Training

Series Schedules


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Family Series
The Family Series is a 6-week, 1-hour a week class on various aspects of the illness designed for family members. One can attend the entire series or choose to come to any individual class that addresses the specific issue significant to you. Click here for more information.

Growing Through Grief Series
This 4-part series addresses grief issues of families with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Click here for more information.

Legal Issues
This 2-hour session is presented by area attorneys and is geared for family members and addresses the general legal concerns that present through the course of managing Alzheimer's disease.

Train The Trainer
This program is geared for the educators and trainers in long term care and other health related agencies and addresses variables and tips in setting up dementia care training programs for staff. Participants are expected to already possess a basic understanding of the process of dementing illnesses and the care of individuals with dementia. Cost is $65.00 per person and $40.00 for each additional person from the same facility or organization.

Redefining Me
A discussion about the process of diagnosis, risk factors, symptoms revealed in the disease, and current treatments. The series explores the steps that the person with the disease can take to reduce the distress that can occur throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. This series is for the person who is newly diagnosed and in the early stage of the disease and their accompanying family members.

Building Effective Skills Training (B.E.S.T.)
This training is provided to paraprofessionals and those caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease in care facilities. These one-day workshops, offered regularly thoughout the year, provide information and training in the areas of communication, nutrition, activities, dental care, and behavior management. Topics covered meet the mandated training topics set by Missouri House Bill 603.


Upcoming Events


March 30 - The Role of Activities in Cultural Change
This workshop discusses the philosophy behind activities and offers numerous examples of ways to incorporate these activities in day to day life. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital. Call 913-831-3888 or for details.


April 5 - April 26: Redefining Me in Topeka, KS
A 4-part discussion about the process of diagnosis, risk factors, symptoms revealed in the disease and current treatments. Call 785-271-1844 or for details.


April 14 - Alzheimer's and Aging with Intellectual Disabilities
An overview of how Alzheimer's manifests in persons experiencing intellectual disabilities such as Down's Syndrome. Call 785-271-1844 or for details.