“Caring & Coping” Caregiver Workshops
Lunch & Learn
Virtual Dementia Tours
Alzheimer’s: Let’s Wine About It
Professional Training: In-Service Opportunities
Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Symposium
Law Enforcement Training
Recognizing Top Caregivers
Caring & Coping caregiver workshops are designed by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. to help the community better care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, participants learn skills and strategies to cope with the challenges of caregiving for dementia. Sessions feature various key note speakers who are nationally-renowned and/or local experts in the field.
The caregiver workshops offered throughout East Tennessee and the Cumberlands throughout the year provide valuable and practical training for family care partners, volunteers and professional care providers who deal with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. After the day-long sessions, participants should have the following:
- A better understanding of the disease, its process, and available treatments
- Practical tips for caring for an individual with dementia, while maintaining one’s own health and spirituality
Sessions typically last from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will cover a variety of topics including an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, caregiver guilt, spirituality, and personal care issues.
The full-day training will include all handouts as well as a morning snack and lunch. Conference fees are typically $20 for family care partners and $40 for professional care partners (professional fee includes CEU’s for administrators of residential homes for the aged as well as assisted living facilities). Registration is required for the program.
Visit our registration page to view scheduled sessions.
The Helping Hands Program is a church-based program designed by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. The program’s goal is to link and empower area churches to provide support, assistance, and a message of hope to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
A Helping Hands Resource Library is available to religious institutions free of charge. It contains books, pamphlets, and referral materials to assist the individuals and their loved ones in education and assistance with the disease. The kit can be placed in the church library, vestibule, with the parish nurse, or any other place deemed useful for the congregation and is updated on a regular basis. Churches or other institutions may choose to use this as an extension of their outreach efforts to the surrounding community as well.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. staff turn lunch hours into learning sessions at offices, churches, company break rooms and cafeterias, and anywhere else a group might like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Presentations are tailored to fit an audience’s interest and time frame. Topics include “Active Alzheimer’s Prevention”, Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s , and an Alzheimer’s Overview.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a sensitivity training designed to help caregivers, family members, and friends truly understand what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Participants’ hearing, vision, and other senses are distorted to simulate the effects of the disease. After the “tour,” individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their stories about the eye-opening experience.
If you are interested in participating in or hosting a Virtual Dementia Tour at your church or workplace, please contact us.
Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s (YPA) volunteers will soon begin hosting these quarterly events, during which a topic driven by Facebook interest is presented by an expert/moderator and discussed among groups of about a dozen young professionals.
Trained volunteers and professionals are available upon request to speak to community groups and organizations about Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. services and other topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.
Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. and respected partner East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine bring together leading researchers each year to share their expertise and latest findings on treatments and diagnoses for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Participants attending the Symposium will understand the current trends in Alzheimer’s disease research, with particular focus on molecular basis and epidemiology. Following the event, they will also be able to identify the current approaches to managing the dementia patient, define the overlaps between Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and recognize the current and future impact of the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic.
Typically more than 150 participants take part, including family medicine physicians, internal medicine physicians, neurologists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, nursing home administrators and medical directors, adult day program leadership, assisted living leadership, and social workers. CEU credits are traditionally offered.
The 2013 Alzheimer’s disease Research Symposium will be held June 20 & 21. See our events calendar for further details.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. partners with our friends in law enforcement to help serve and protect the increasing number of families facing this difficult disease.
Through a free education program tailored to meet an agency’s needs, law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, wandering behaviors, and strategies for dealing with issues commonly associated with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. continues to raise awareness about the enhanced safety procedures outlined in Tennessee’s Silver Alert law, which is designed to address the growing problem of wandering.
Oftentimes Certified Nursing Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, and Residential Assistants provide the most basic care to those in area facilities and homes who suffer from dementia. Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. knows that many of these caregivers do outstanding work in this difficult endeavor, and yet sometimes remain unrecognized.
Each spring, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. asks area facilities – including long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities with dementia units, adult day programs and home health agencies – to nominate one staff member who has provided outstanding care to those with cognitive impairment. The local non-profit annually honors these “unsung” caregivers during a Caring Hearts Recognition Program.
Caring Hearts nominees and their family members, along with representatives from their facilities, enjoy a luncheon designed to highlight their distinguished achievements in caring for those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
With the help of WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit, WIVK’s Gunner, and entertainer James Rogers, the Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. has honored hundreds of Caring Hearts from nearly 26 counties with pins, plaques, and sincere gratitude.