Classes & Workshops

We offer a variety of free classes and workshops for those with memory loss concerns, families, caregivers and the community. Our classes are held throughout San Diego County and are taught by our expert team.

You will find a list our our classes below, and can register online for any of them hereIf you have any questions or prefer to register over the phone, please call 858.492.4400.

We also hold Caregiver Conferences & Workshops on different topics throughout the year. Click here to download the latest presentation, When the Going Gets Tough: Working through the challenges of dementia together.

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Descriptions & Dates

Getting Started

Classes in this category are suitable for all attendees. **Denotes free respite upon request.

Memory Loss 101
A comprehensive overview about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. Learn about risk factors, signs and symptoms and next steps if you’re concerned.

  • Sept. 20, 2:30-4 PM: Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center
  • Oct. 11, 1-3 PM: San Marcos Senior Activity Center**
  • Oct. 17, 10 AM-12PM: Clairemont Lutheran Church
  • Oct. 19, 10 AM-12PM: Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
  • Nov. 2, 12:30-2 PM: Pine Valley Community Club House
  • Nov. 28, 1-2:30 PM: Oceanside Library (Mission Branch)
  • Dec. 12, 2-3:30 PM: Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center
  • Dec. 14, 10 AM-12 AM: Border View Family YMCA (Otay Mesa West)

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Adjusting to Life with Dementia
A class for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. Learn strategies for coping with daily challenges, enhancing safety and well-being and planning for the future.

  • Oct. 12, 10 AM-12 PM: South Bay Family YMCA (Chula Vista)
  • Dec. 5, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Healthy Aging: Tips for Maximizing Brain Health
Learn about the latest research on brain health and the lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of dementia.

  • Oct. 3, 2-3:30 PM: Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center
  • Oct. 31, 10-11:30 AM: John D. Spreckels Center (Coronado)

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The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research
As the impact of Alzheimer’s disease increases, efforts to find effective methods for prevention, treatment, and cure are gaining momentum. Learn the latest updates, and get information about clinical trials.

  • Nov. 9, 1-2:30 PM: Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center (La Mesa)

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Take Charge
This is a 5-week interactive program for people living with a new diagnosis and their care partners. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge about living well with dementia, and learn how to plan for quality of life on the road ahead. The next session begins in October. To register and learn more, please call 858.492.4400.

Caregiving

Classes in this category are not recommended for persons with dementia. **Denotes free respite upon request.

Communication Skills
Learn how to effectively connect and communicate with a person with memory loss and how to respond to challenging interactions.

  • Sept. 25, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego
  • Nov. 8, 2:30-4:30 PM: Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center (Jewish Family Service)
  • Dec. 19, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Coping with Personality and Behavior Changes
Learn why people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias experience behavior and personality changes, what those changes mean and how to cope with them.

  • Sept. 19, 1-3 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego
  • Oct. 6, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego
  • Dec. 20, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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How to Talk About Memory Loss 
Plan for successful, lower-stress discussions about difficult topics like changes in memory, driving and living alone. This class can be especially useful when having tough conversations during the holidays.

  • Nov. 1, 1-3 PM: San Marcos Senior Activity Center**
  • Dec. 1, 1-2:30 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Preparing for the Late Stage
Presented in partnership with Scripps Health, featuring Holly Yang, MD, hospice and palliative medicine specialist.
Learn what to expect as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, explore ways to stay connected and get information about options for late-stage care, including hospice and palliative services.

  • Dec. 11, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Safety at Home
Review important home safety tips to reduce the risk of wandering, falls, household injuries, medication errors and more.

  • Nov. 8, 10-11:30 AM: Tri-City Welness & Fitness Center (Carlsbad)
  • Dec. 6, 10-11:30 AM: Congregation Beth Israel (UTC)

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Skills Clinic
These special workshops give families the chance to get the same hands-on training as professional caregivers. Each session focuses on a specific, practical skill.

  • Techniques for Daily Care
    Oct. 11, 10-11:30 AM: Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center (Carlsbad)
  • Helping with Medications
    Nov. 15, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Planning 

Classes in this category are suitable for all attendees.

Legal and Financial Basics
Learn from local estate planning and elder law experts about getting key legal documents in place and how to plan for the costs of future care needs.

  • Nov. 8, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego
  • Dec. 18, 4-6PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego

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Home Care, Day Care, and Memory Care: What you Need to Know
Is it time for more help? Learn about the range of available care options, what they cost and how to access them.

  • Nov. 27, 10 AM-12 PM: Alzheimer’s San Diego
  • Dec. 13, 10-11:30 AM: Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center (Carlsbad)

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Driving and Memory Loss
Dementia causes memory and visual changes that impact the ability to drive safely. Learn about methods for evaluating driver safety, transportation resources and tips for having conversations about driving.

  • Oct. 25, 12:45-2:15 PM: College Avenue Center (Jewish Family Services

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Professional Education

Professional education opportunities available upon request. For more information, contact Amy Abrams, Education and Outreach Manager at 858.966.3306, aabrams@alzsd.org.