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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 June 21st going through July 26th  

9:00 am - 11:00 am @ James L. West Center. 

          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.  Pre-arranged respite care for your loved one is available.   

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

             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. 

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

Financial Journey of Caregiving

June 6th 5:30pm - 7:00pm @ James L. West Center.

          The financial roles of caregiving can be overwhelming and complex.  Rachel Malone, CRPC, Senior Financial Advisor, Vice President with Merrill Lynch, will walk us through some of the biggest challenges and financial costs of caregiving and questions to consider and discuss including legal documents, how to maximize social security, managing insurance claims and much more!  

Please register at caregiver@jameslwest.org or by calling Jaime Cobb @ (817) 877-1199.

Positive Approach to Care™:  Normal vs. Not Normal Aging

June 26th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ James L. West Center

          Using world renowned Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care™ training model we will explore the differences between normal aging and not normal aging while gaining a better understanding of what to expect as we get older and how it is different from those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. 

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. 

At the Crossroads:  Family Conversations about Dementia and Driving

July 9, 16, & 23 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ James L. West Center

          This three week course helps families decide when and how individuals with dementia should limit or stop driving.  The goal is to prolong independence while protecting the safety of drivers with dementia.  Those who have been through this course felt more certain, better prepared, and were more likely to have a plan in place to address driving related issues. 

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