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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.  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

       Thursday Mornings starting September 6th going through October 11th   

9:00 am - 11:00 am @ Mira Vista Country Club. 

          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.  

Mira Vista Country Club is located at 6600 Mira Vista Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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

Wednesday Afternoons starting August 15th through October 10th

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm @ White's Chapel UMC

             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

Fridays August 3, 17, & 31

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.

Positive Approach to Care™:  Using Skills that Make a Difference

August 22nd from 4:00 pm - 6:00 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 an individual's current state of ability and brain function.  Understanding them will lead to an adjustment of expectation, modification of cues and support, and more accurate communication and 'hands on' care to better meet everchanging needs.  

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

Coffee and Advance Care Planning Conversations

August 28th 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.  

Caregiving Guilt:  Taking Control of this Destructive Emotion 

September 4th  4:30 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.  

Positive Approach to Care

September 13 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 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 difference between "normal" and "not normal" aging, and develop new skills related to approach, cuing, 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 conditions, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are a part of the progression.  

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. 

Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Partner Podcast Series

Please visit our Online Education for these free podcast series that addresses important topics from local and national experts for providing the best care to those living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.