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*VIRTUAL* Alzheimer’s Association Program: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

(#555017-11)
Monday, June 8, 2020   |   4:00pm-5:30pm
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20
FREE
*Register at 608.789.8640 or emailing brezinkaa@cityoflacrosse.org by Friday, June 5.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants* 

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver.  These behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.  This program is designed to help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to: identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors and list strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.  Through practical information, resources and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia-related behavior. 

*VIRTUAL* Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

*Tuesday, June 9, 2020   |   5:30pm-6:30pm
*VIRTUAL "Classroom"
*Register at 608.789.8640 by one day prior to session.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

Tuesdays; July 14 & August 11, 2020   |   5:30pm-6:30pm
South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+   Max: 10   |   FREE
*No Registration Required*

Looking for support with Parkinson's disease?  You are not alone.  Many people find that support groups are tremendously effective in helping them cope with the day-to-day realities of having Parkinson's disease.  This support group is for care partners and persons who are living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.  At this group, various topics are introduced and educational materials are distributed.  Members have an opportunity to ask questions, share resources and learn tips from one another for how to proactively manage Parkinson’s.  For more information call 608.781.0414.  Facilitator: Amy Brezinka

ConnectSmart

Tuesdays; July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1 & 15, October 6, 2020
10:00am-1:00pm   |   Black River Beach Neighborhood Center   
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20 
Registration Fee: $2 suggested donation, pay as you go (includes lunch)
*Registration encouraged by Friday prior to session*

ConnectSmart offers fun and engaging recreational activities along with opportunities to socialize and connect with others who are living with dementia and their care partners.  This program offers activities that help persons living with dementia maintain physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, including movement, art and music.  Care partner support and education is offered in a separate room during each session.  The two groups will come back together as we end the day with lunch and social time.  I hope you will consider joining us!  This program is made possible through grant funding by Bader Philanthropies.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka, Kassie Dorman & Diane Brose.

Alzheimer’s Association Program: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 

(#555017-99)
Monday, July 13, 2020   |   4:00pm-5:30pm
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20
FREE
**Registration Deadline: Friday, July 10, 2020**

This hour and a half program explores common warning signs of Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living.  The Alzheimer’s Association® developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s educational program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others.  This free program: explores typical age-related changes, describes common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, offers tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns, explains the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis, details possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process and identifies helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.  *Feel free to bring your own lunch during the 12:00pm session.

Club Connectivity

Thursdays; July 16 & August 20, 2020
11:00am-2:30pm  (End times may vary) 
Meet at Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20 
Registration Fee: $2 suggested donation, pay as you go
*No Registration Required*       

This club provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere and offers fun, meaningful ways to stay socially connected and active in the community.  Members will help determine what topics and group outings they would like to pursue each month.  Occasionally, care partners and family members may be invited to participate too.  If you are living with a diagnosis of Early Onset Dementia/MCI, we hope you will consider joining Club Connectivity.  This program is made possible through grant funding by Bader Philanthropies.  Transportation services provided by Luxury Limo Services in Holmen.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka & Kassie Dorman

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Effective Communication Strategies

(#555017-10)
Monday, August 10, 2020   |   4:00pm-5:30pm
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20
FREE
**Registration Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020**

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family.  For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.  Effective Communication Strategies is a program that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease.  By the end of the program, attendees will be able to: explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease, decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person, and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Next Session TBD
Often conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable.  We will provide tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss. 

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Next Session TBD
The Alzheimer’s Association® created this educational program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis, as well as those who wish to be informed.  This free program: explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, details the risk factors for the three general stages of the disease, identifies FDA approved treatments available, looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer's research and offers helpful Alzheimer's Association resources.  *Feel free to bring your own lunch during the 12:00pm session.

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research 

Next Session TBD
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health.  These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.  This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement.  This is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible. 

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Next Session TBD
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever.  This program is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.  Topics covered will include: making legal plans that fit your needs, legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you, how to find legal and financial assistance, practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care, tax deductions and credits, and government programs that can help pay for care.