Whether you want to improve your memory or learn how to help a loved one, it helps to be informed about Alzheimer’s disease. Sutter care centers have many classes that can help you understand the effects of aging on the brain and teach you strategies for handling the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Several of our classes are offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Our classes include:
Healthy Aging and Memory Classes
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Latest Research Tips
For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. Now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize your physical and cognitive health as you age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Maintain Your Brain: Memory and Aging
Learn about the latest research on how brain health contributes to overall cognition and behavior. Advances in diagnosis, treatment, research and technology is discussed for various conditions, including memory loss, early dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Maximizing Your Memory
This informative and interactive program focuses on how to tell the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia. People also learn tips and strategies for improving memory.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Classes
Conversations About Dementia
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it's time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can discuss important issues such as medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.
Coping During the Holidays
The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. Fut for families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.
Effective Communication Strategies
As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias lose the ability to use words well, families need new ways to connect. Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Early Detection Matters
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
This workshop, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, is for anyone who would like to know more about the legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.
Living with Alzheimer's: Early Stage
This interactive three-part program gives you a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. Discussion topics include understanding Alzheimer's disease and memory loss, partnering with your medical team, effective communication, telling others about the diagnosis, coping with changes and making decisions, daily strategies and safety issues, as well as opportunities for supporting research resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
Moderate to End-Stage Alzheimer's Disease
During the middle and late stages of Alzheimer's, damage to the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks. This class offers tips for caregivers on adapting daily routines, strategies for improving communication and respite care resources in your area.
Research Updates: Latest in Alzheimer's Treatment and Research
In recent years we have entered a period of tremendous advances in Alzheimer research, encompassing genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's, imaging studies to identify Alzheimer's in the living brain, blood tests and other biomarkers that may one day be used to diagnose the disease. This class highlights the latest findings, including how our lifestyle influences our risk of developing Alzheimer's as we age.
Savvy Caregiver Training
Based on research by experts, this six week course provides clinical-level training for family caregivers. Improve your knowledge, approach, skills and outlook while gaining the confidence to set and achieve your caregiving goals. Learn strategies to manage stress, make decisions and manage activities of daily living. This program provides more than 12 hours of face-to-face training with dementia experts.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Learn about the differences between normal aging and dementia, the diagnostic process and ways to manage diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Find out about resources offered by the Alzheimer's Association, keys for planning for the future, and how family members and caregivers can help a person with dementia.
Sutter care centers also have classes, symposiums and group meetings including:
- Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
- FallProof (training to avoid falls)
- Dialing Down the Pressure: Strategies for Caregiver Survival
- Creative Arts and Dementia Symposium
- The Longest Day
- Meet & Move (a “walk and talk” program that connects caregivers)
- Tools for Effective Caregiving
- Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors
Health & Wellness
Your Guide to a Healthy Brain
Keep your brain functioning at its best by following the tips in our brain health guide, which include ideas for diet, exercise, stress management, medications, sleep and more.