Below is a comprehensive list of classes, workshops and retreats offered by Family Caregiver Alliance. Not all of these events are offered every season. To inquire about registration, contact our Education Coordinator at (800) 445-8106, for more information. View our current schedule of events.
Do you help to care for a family member or friend who is frail, disabled, has a chronic illness or cognitive impairment? Then it's back to school for you! Our popular Caregiver College for learning and sharing is offered in two ways: as a day-long program, or in a series of 4 classes on consecutive weeks. Class is open to anyone, is FREE, and includes valuable information and hands-on practice on transferring skills, incontinence care and toileting, bathing, hygiene, grooming and dressing, dental care, feeding and nutrition, dealing with behavioral issues, and caregiver self-care. Time is allowed for interaction with other caregivers, and sharing of information in a confidential setting is encouraged.
Camp for Caring
Camp for Caring is for care receivers and is one our most popular weekend retreats for adults suffering from Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other brain impairments. Campers spend the weekend (Friday-Sunday) in an attractive camp or retreat setting so that their caregivers can enjoy a much needed 48-hour respite from caregiving.
The success of this camp is attributed to Camp for Caring AAA'sActivity, Affection and Attention. The activity program is highly structured with outdoor activities, arts and crafts, singing and dancing, low impact exercises, group games and hand massages.
There is close supervision by paid professionals and volunteers who provide around-the-clock care, a 24-hour on-site nurse and night attendants.
Controlling Your Frustration: A Class for Caregivers
Providing care for an ill relative may be one of the most challenging experiences of a family caregiver's life. With those challenges come emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant. This FREE class focuses on providing the caregiver with information on the different aspects of caregiving that are likely to trigger strong emotional reactions, such as understanding frustration, and being aware of the danger signals and how to control them. This class is also offered in Spanish.
Como Controlar la Frustracion: Una Clase para las Personas que Atienden a un Enfermo
Uno de los desafios mas grandes en la vida de una persona es tener que atender a un enfermo. Parte del desafio son las emociones agradables y desagradables. Esta clase da informacion sobre como distintos aspectos y situaciones de la atencion a un enfermo pueden ser causa de reacciones emocionales. Ofrecemos esta clase en ingles tambien.
Decisions, Directions and Reflections: If and When Do You Move Your Loved One to a Care Facility
Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be one of life's most difficult decisions? one that can stir up feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, intense guilt which can drain your energy and self-esteem, and above all, a feeling of abandoning your family member.
In this workshop you will learn how to acknowledge your true feelings, to put any "broken promises" into perspective, how to recognize reality and take positive action, and take charge of your own life and needs.
It Takes Two: A Refreshing Approach to Understanding and Coping with Dementia Behavior
A FREE, 4-week class (one day each week) to help the caregiver of someone with memory loss better understand and communicate with their family member by learning more about their ability to understand and communicate. Caregivers will learn new ways to respond to troubling behavior, and feel more confident and positive about their caregiving role. Come prepared for good company, laughter, information and communication.
South San Francisco series: Thursdays, Oct 17, 24, 31, and Nov 7.
South San Francisco Senior Services
Adult Day Care Program
The Magnolia Center, 3rd Floor
601 Grand Ave
South San Francisco 94080
Call 800-445-8106 to register.
La Salud Para Los Cuidadores Familiares
Alzheimer's Association, Family Caregiver Alliance y OnLok Lifeways presentan este evento: es gratis se ofrecerá en español. Se ofrecerá un desayuno ligero.
Temas del taller:
- Introducioón a la demencia y problemas de la memoria
- Nutricion y estilo de vida saludable en el cuidador
- Manejo del estres en el cuidador
Powerful Tools for Caregiving
It's not easy balancing your caregiving role and other parts of your life when you care for someone with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's or stroke. Powerful Tools is a FREE, six-week class (1 day a week) giving caregivers invaluable tools to help reduce stress, make difficult decisions, communicate more effectively in challenging situations, and most importantly, prevent caregiver burnout!
Throughout these weeks, Powerful Tools will show caregivers how to take care of themselves, make tough decisions, set goals and solve problems, help to reduce feelings of guilt, anger and depression, and communicate effectively with family members, doctors, and paid helpers.
Retreats are scheduled throughout the year and are planned specifically for the family caregiver as either a 1-day or 2-day respite from caregiving for their loved ones.
These FREE retreats (registration is necessary), are comprised of an educational component such as identifying and managing stress, tips for preventing caregiver burnout, and interaction with other caregivers in quiet and peaceful surroundings, with time built in for nature walks or alone time for personal reflection and relaxing. Lunch is provided followed by entertainment such as rhythmic drumming or a demonstration of relaxation techniques for the further enjoyment and benefit of caregivers.
This free one-day retreat is designed especially the family caregiver. Enjoy a visit to this 19th century country estatea beautiful mansion with elaborate Victorian gardensand enjoy a catered lunch, tips for preventing caregiver burnout and a chance to build connections through rhythm. Call our Education Coordinator about registration as retreats fill up quickly. (You may ask to be placed on a waitlist for the next retreat).
Take Time to Smell the Roses
Los Gatos, CA 95033
Call our Education Coordinator for details (800-445-8106).
Planned for caregivers to relax and inspire! A special place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation in a tranquil setting with people who share your concerns. Past themes have included: "An Exploration of Caregiving and Family Relationships", "The Caregiving Journey: Changing Relationships", "Anger, Intimacy and Grief: A Delicate Balance", and "Grief and Loss: Creating Our Caregiving Future." Also included on the program are massages, relaxation exercises, journal writing, hiking trails and entertainment, as well as delicious home-cooked meals!
Taking Care of SoMEone Else!
A dynamic 2-hour workshop for YOU, the caregiver! The caregiving of your family member may extend over many years, and the tendency may be to set your life aside during this time. You are invited to stay open to change, to think about other ways you might be handling your caregiving situation, and how you can take action on YOUR OWN behalf by learning a few tools to help YOU take care of YOU!
Subjects covered are: steps to identify sources of stress and how to manage them, negative self-talk, inability to ask for help, and identifying what we can and cannot change.
San Leandro 9:30am-11:00am
Location: 13909 E. 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94578
SPEAKER: Jo McCord, MA - Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance
Call 800-445-8106 to register/inquire.
Se Necesitan Dos
Comparta con nosotros esta clase de 4 semanas (un dia cada semana) especialmente desarrollada para cuidadores de adultos con la enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias relacionadas. Venga preparado para buena compania, algunas risas, informacion y comunicacion.
Taking Care of YOU
It's not easy balancing your caregiving role and other parts of your life when caring for someone with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke. Join other caregivers to learn invaluable tools to help reduce stress and prevent caregiver burnout!
On Lok Lifeways
159 Washington Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539-5209
SPEAKERS: Tiffany Pippen, MSW, Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance
9:15am - 12 pm
Drake Terrace 275
Los Ranchitos Road,
San Rafael, CA 94903
SPEAKERS: Tiffany Pippen, MSW, Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance
Deanna Randall, MSW, Family Care Specialist, Alzheimer?s Association
Call 800-445-8106 to register/inquire.
There must be a better way than this! Learn practical skills in a 90-minute FREE telephone workshop on caregiving tools for communicating with people with dementia. In advance of the workshop you will be provided with training materials and a toll-free dial-in number for the conference call.
There Must be a Better Way Than This! Tips for Understanding and Communicating with Someone Affected by Dementia
Losing the ability to communicate can be one of the most frustrating and difficult challenges for people with dementia. As caregivers, we're often at a loss as to how to talk with and respond to a loved one affected by dementia. This 1-day workshop teaches you new strategies to handle difficult behaviors and how to remain connected with your family member. Discussions will cover how dementia affects a person's ability to understand and communicate; learn simple skills to handle troubling behavior; and feel more confident in your caregiving role.
What's Up, Doc? Communicating Effectively with Health Care Professionals
It is quite likely that you as the family caregiver have found yourself gradually assuming, month-by month, the role of taking care of your loved one as dementia or other disabling illness has taken hold, and a first encounter with the health care system has left you confused and with a feeling of the system being very impersonal. This 1-day FREE workshop helps to clarify the current realities of the health care experience, teaches you how to identify and use more effective communication techniques with health care professionals, and to practice powerful communication tools and techniques in order to be a better advocate on behalf of your loved one.
Would you like to support Family Caregiver Alliance's ongoing commitment to provide health information to the Bay Area community with classes and workshops specifically planned for the family caregiver? If so, donations would be gratefully accepted. You can donate online by clicking here, or contact us at 1-800-445-8106, or email our Education Coordinator. Thank you.
Young Caregivers Respite Retreat
Caregiving is challenging, and even more so when you're younger than the average caregiver. Please join us at our first retreat specifically designed for young adult caregivers like you. There will be resources to help you navigate your caregiver duties. We will have speakers and activities on the topics of:
- Nutrition and Healthy Cooking; Food-related Issues in Caregiving
- Technology Tools in Caregiving
- Delirium and Dementia
- Personal Stories of Young Caregivers
We recognize how important it is to take care of yourself. Please join us to meet and share stories with other young caregivers. This retreat is a morning to afternoon class. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Respite scholarships are available and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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