The Savvy Caregiver: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training


6 Thursdays | June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20 | Jewish Family & Children’s Services | 600 5th Avenue San Rafael CA | 1:30pm to 3:30pm | FREE

Alzheimer's Association Flyer - Savvy Caregiver

This six-week program is about the what and how of caregiving. It is built around two ideas:
1. You probably never expected to be a caregiver.
2. And…you never trained for the role.


The Program

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a specialty requiring specific skills and an attitude that contributes to the well being of both the caregiver and the person with the disease. This program, co-sponsored by Seniors At Home, a division of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, enables caregivers to develop a sense of control and mastery within the caregiving role.

Based on research by experts in caregiving techniques, this 6-week course will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Participants will graduate with personal knowledge and skills to assess abilities of their loved one with dementia; confidence to set and alter caregiving goals; strategies to manage activities of daily living; and perspective on the course of Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

NOTE: Registration is necessary and attendance at all sessions is required.

To download the registration form, click here.

For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 415-472-4340.

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Special One Day Class for Dementia Caregivers

holding hands caregiver

Friday April 28, 2017 | Family Caregiver Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Association present:

There Must Be a Better Way Than This!


At this class, you’ll learn tips and strategies for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. You’ll also learn:
 How to handle difficult behaviors
 How dementia affects a person’s ability to understand and communicate
 How to feel more confident in your caregiving role

DATES/TIME: Friday April 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Alzheimer’s Association
4340 Redwood Highway
Suite F138
San Rafael, CA 94903


Amanda Hartrey, LMFT, Family Consultant
Family Caregiver Alliance

TO REGISTER: Contact Amanda Hartrey at 415-434-3388 ext. 334. Feel free to leave a message with your name, number, and the name of this workshop. Pre-registration is required. Group size is limited and please let us know if you have a disability and require assistance. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accommodate professional caregivers at this event.

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The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum


Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas Foro Educativo Para Cuidadores

Saturday February 4, 2017 | 8:30 am – 1:00 pm| Free | Registration is recommended | Petaluma Community Center | 320 N. McDowell Boulevard | Petaluma CA

La Asociación de Alzheimer, en colaboración con UCSF Memory and Aging Center, presenta “Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas – Foro Educativo Para Cuidadores”, ofrecido por la primera vez en español.

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with UCSF Memory and Aging Center, presents its first education conference “The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum,” conducted entirely in Spanish.


  • Perspectivas Culturales y la Demencia
  • La enfermedad de Alzheimer y otros tipos de demencia
  • Como reconocer y manejar la tensión o estrés de parte de un cuidador
  • Entrevistas y discusión con cuidadores familiares

Program highlights will include:

  • Cultural Perspectives and Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias: What Does the Diagnosis Mean?
  • Caregiver Challenges and Stress Factors: 10 Ways to Reduce Stress
  • Caregiver Panel: Dealing with the Daily Tasks of Caregiving

Para registrar llame 707.573.1210 o por internet.

To register call 707.573.1210 or click here.

Se ofrecerá desayuno y refrescos. 

Breakfast and refreshments will be served.

Descargue el afiche para este evento.

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Detect & Connect: Train the Trainer


Thursday July 28, 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Facilitator Training Workshop |

A free, 2-hour facilitator training to learn how to conduct a Detect & Connect workshop. Detect & Connect helps people recognize concerning behaviors, connect compassionately with older adults and connect individuals with resources.

Who Should Attend
Our first Train the Trainer is open to those who:

  • Participated in one of the first two Detect & Connect workshops,
  • Are involved with the Aging Action Initiative’s Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup, or
  • Were referred to the workshop and have mental health training

This workshop was created and produced by the members of the Aging Action Initiative Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup. Join us for this great opportunity!

Register here or call 415-456-9062

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About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

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Combating Stereotypes of Old Age


May 25, 2016 |

Community Collaboration Combating Stereotypes of Grandmas and Graffiti Artists

Damon McLeese runs an art gallery in Denver. Damon’s mother had some dementia issues before she passed away.  One day he was heading to the gallery and his mother exclaimed, ‘Oh, I wish could come with you because I’m tired of doing coloring books. I’m tired. I want to just get out of this place.’ And that’s how the idea for “Granny Does Graffiti” began.

We start with the idea that graffiti is about leaving your mark. If you’re a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, that’s probably crossed your mind. We want to make sure we’re remembered. We talk about making tags, shapes and symbols to represent ourselves.

The art gallery that Damon runs is called SA Colorado. This is no ordinary art gallery. SA Colorado is a state organization on arts and disabilities that is committed to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities. The “Granny Does Graffiti” is collaboration between SA Colorado and the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association’s SPARK! program. The goal of the SPARK program is to connect cultural institutions to people who have mild memory loss, early stage Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.

The idea is to have people battling the irreversible disease try something more than coloring books. It’s a chance for them to interact with new people, to face new challenges.

The collaboration seeks to break down the stereotypes of what people with Alzheimer’s can do and what graffiti artists can do and understand what art can do to bridge that gap. “Granny Does Graffiti” isn’t the only program pairing street artists with grandparents to teach the art of spray paint and combat stereotypes.


In Lisbon, Portugal there is a program called Lata 65 which is a collaborative effort between Cowork Lisgboa and Wool | Covilhã Urban Art Festival.  The program brings together a group of notable street artists to teach 100 senior citizens aged 65+ the graffiti arts. The collaboration seeks to bring people of all ages together rather than allow the generational stereotypes continue to widen the divide between the old and the young.

To learn more about the Granny Does Graffiti program, click here

To meet the graffiti grannies of Lisbon, click here

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit or connect with us on Facebook.


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