Alzheimer's Tennessee Community Educational Programs
We offer many educational programs each year that address the specific interests of the general public, individuals with the disease and their families.
Browse our educational events for more information.
African-Americans are among the hardest hit by Alzheimer’s disease. We count on volunteers who serve on our Outreach Council to reach out to the African-American community and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in hopes that earlier detection will increase the effectiveness of treatments and knowledge of support services provided by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
"Caring & Coping" Caregiver Workshops
“Together We Make a Difference”
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 keynote 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.
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.
Virtual Dementia Tours
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.
Alzheimer’s: Let’s Wine About It
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.
Brain Health Screenings and Workshops
The first step to keeping your brain healthy
You get your eyes tested. You get your hearing checked. You monitor your blood pressure. Now, it's time to test your brain.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee is partnering with experts, including Andrew Dougherty of MedInteract, to offer monthly brain-healthy educational workshops followed by cognitive screenings throughout the state. These “Memory Mondays” will give you a chance to learn more about how to maximize your brain health.
AARP Tennessee highlighted interest in brain health by its members in its September 2016 bulletin, and mentioned the Alzheimer's Tennessee cognitive screenings:
A 2015 AARP survey on brain health found that three-quarters of adults over 40 are concerned about their brain health declining in the future. About one-third said their ability to remember things has decreased over the past five years; that percentage jumped to 45 percent for those 65 and older.
“So many of our members in Tennessee and across the country are caring for their loved ones, and a really high percent have dementia,” said Rebecca Kelly, AARP Tennessee state director.
“The more we can learn about it, the more we can help our members stay educated and informed, then the better we are all going to be as we age. When we ask our members, brain health is … their number-one interest and concern as they age,” she said. Read complete article here.
To protect your incredible brainpower, it’s important to understand more about cognition, the process of acquiring and comprehending knowledge through our senses and experiences. During upcoming workshops and cognitive screenings, you will learn about how your brain’s six cognitive domains are currently performing and how to exercise your brain to maintain cognitive function in these areas:
- Executive Function
- Verbal Fluency
As many as 60 percent of people with early signs of dementia don’t discover their cognitive impairment until it is too late for effective treatment. The upcoming brain health screenings and educational workshops will not provide a diagnosis; however, they can help you identify specific areas that need improvement and provide tools to help slow the progression of any cognitive issues.