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Community Education

Whether you or a family member were recently diagnosed or have been working through these challenges for several years, we can help.  We have one-time education sessions on several topics and a six-session Family Caregiver Training.  We also offer a nine-session Stressbusters program.  Many of these classes are offered to the public free of charge. 


Current Educational Opportunities

Senior Moments or Something More?

Please inquire about hosting a session by contacting caregiver@jameslwest.org

Alzheimer's and Dementia Family Caregiver Training

      Wednesday Mornings starting October 10th going through November 14th   

8:30 am - 10:30 am @ The Stayton at Museum Way. 

          The Alzheimer's and Dementia Family Caregiver Training teaches proven interventions and strategies to successfully care for those living with dementia.  The six-session training covers in detail:  What to Expect, Communication, Communication and Behaviors, Daily Living and Home Safety, Reducing Stress and Coping Skills, and Planning for the Future.  Registration is required.  Please call (817) 877-1199 to register.  

The Stayton at Museum Way is located at 2501 Museum Way, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

This training is sponsored by Overture Home Care and Life Care Centers of America.

Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers™ of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Not Currently Scheduled

             Stress-busting for Family Caregivers™ is an evidence-based, nine week program that teaches caregivers stress management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies, and problem solving and support.  The program is designed to improve quality of life for family caregivers, help them manage their stress, and cope better with their lives.  Stress Busting sessions are being scheduled to start in late summer.  Email caregiver@jameslwest.org to receive information on upcoming scheduled programs.  Registration is required.  Please call (817) 877-1199 or email caregiver@jameslwest.org.  

Virtual Dementia Tour®

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a hands-on exercise that allows people to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges that those with dementia face through the use of sensory tools and instruction.  The Virtual Dementia Tour® takes approximately 45 minutes and is best suited for persons age 15 and up. 

  Always Available By Appointment @ caregiver@jameslwest.org  or by calling (817) 877-1199

Yoga for Caregivers

2nd and 4th Fridays Each Month

9:00 am - 10:00 am @ James L. West Center

          Caregivers who engage in a regular yoga practice enjoy lower stress levels and better physical well-being.  Research has shown that yoga can help caregivers feel more capable in their caregiver roles; improve depression symptoms; and lower anxiety levels.  Yogis-on-the-Go will lead caregivers in a low impact yoga session designed to promote stress reduction and mental clarity.  The classes are appropriate for all levels of experience including those with no prior yoga experience.

$8.00/person per class - check or cash only please.  Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or by calling Jaime Cobb @ (817) 877-1199.  Pre-arranged respite care for your loved one can be provided.

Family and Friends Support Group

2nd and 4th Friday of every month - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - James L. West Center

The Family and Friends Support Group is facilitated by Hollie Glover, MAC, LPC. Hollie is a licensed professional counselor and certified dementia care expert. She has many years of working with families as they navigate their way through the profession of dementia. There will be a topic each week, but there will also be time for open discussion. The goal of the support group is to help you reduce your feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue and improve your coping skills and sense of adjustment.

For questions or more information, please contact Hollie at (817) 877-1199.

Positive Approach to Care™:  Matching Skills to Abilities

October 11th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm @ James L. West Center

          Using nationally recognized dementia educator Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care training, this class helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging, and develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and ability to connect with people living with dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. We will address typical issues that occur from early stages of the condition, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are a part of the progression.

Pre-arranged respite can be provided.

Registration is required @ caregiver@jameslwest.org  or by calling (817) 877-1199. 

Coffee and Advance Care Planning Conversations

October 23rd from 8:30 am - 9:30 am @ James L. West Center

Advance care planning is a process that helps you think about your health care values and goals; consider health care choices you may have to make in the future; and make a written plan for the future (advance directives).  Join us for coffee and a thought-provoking conversation to help make you wishes known.   Reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive.  This program is for everyone no matter where you are in life.  

Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or at (817) 877-1199.  Pre-arranged respite can be provided.  

Positive Physical Approach to Care & Hand Under Hand

October 25th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm @ James L. West Center

December 13th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm @ James L. West Center

          This workshop focuses on care partnering techniques Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand Under Hand (HUH). These skills enable care partners to shift from simply “dealing with the behaviors” to creating a positive and caring environment. Care partners will also learn to recognize signals of “unmet needs and growing distress” and responds in a way that reduces anxiety and improves quality of life.

Pre-arranged respite can be provided.

Registration is required @ caregiver@jameslwest.org or by calling (817) 877-1199

Teepa Snow's Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) is a training and advocacy organization offering techniques used by professionals and families working or living with dementia or other brain changes. 

Care and Prepare Caregiver Conference

November 2nd from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - James L. West Center

This caregiver conference is a collaborative effort put on by the Coalition for Quality End-of-Life Care. Local experts will lead the conversation in how to plan family meetings, how to navigate conversations with health care providers, and will explore some self-care techniques to alleviate the daily stress that caregivers face while caring for their loved ones. Cost is $ 10 and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register please visit www.coalitiongec.org or email info@coalitiongec.org.

James L. West 25th Anniversary Luncheon

Giving Back and Looking Forward

November 6th - Ridglea Country Club

Come celebrate with us 25 years of service to families living with dementia. Our keynote speaker is Kathryn Childers: Do It Scared! Kathryn Childers’ decision to just “do it scared” led her to an appointment as one of the first five female Special Agents in the United States Secret Service. Touched by Alzheimer’s disease, Kathryn will share her personal story about being a caregiver and how her experience has shaped her life.

For more information or to buy tickets please call (817) 877-1199.

Teepa’s GEMS: Using Skills that Make a Difference

November 12th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - James L. West Center

The GEMS workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model. The GEMS model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with dementia or other brain changes. This model is a guide toward understanding and individual’s current state of ability and brain function. Understanding them will lead to an adjustment of expectations, modifications of cues and support, and more accurate communication and ‘hands on’ care to better meet ever-changing needs.

A light lunch will be provided. Pre-arranged respite can be provided.

Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or at (817) 877-1199.

Fewer Holiday Hassles

November 15th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - James L. West Center

This program, provided by Hollie Glover, LPC, explains the progression of the disease and how the holidays will be different this year than last. It covers ideas to share with your family and friends about how to continue to have successful and meaningful holidays with your loved ones. It also gives great gift ideas for caregivers and people with dementia.

A light lunch will be provided. Pre-arranged respite can be provided.

Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or at (817) 877-1199.

Hope for Caregivers

December 6th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - James L. West Center

This insightful program, provided by Hollie Glover, LPC, will discuss how to blend knowledge about dementia care with one’s faith.

A light lunch will be provided. Pre-arranged respite can be provided.

Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or at (817) 877-1199.

Caregiving Guilt:  Taking Control of this Destructive Emotion 

December 10th  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ James L. West Center

Guilt is a complex emotion.  It can motivate us to make changes or it immobilize us emotionally and mentally.  Join us as we gain a better understanding of how this emotion affects us and the best ways to take control of this destructive emotion.  Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or (817) 877-1199.  Pre-arranged respite is available.