Educational Programs for Families

Education Programs for Families

The Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has developed a series of three classes to provide education and support throughout the disease course. The goal of these classes is to provide the information people need about what to expect and how to plan ahead.  Although each individual with the disease will have a unique experience based on many individual factors, there is a great deal of information available about the overall course of the disease. 

The three class series is repeated twice each year:

The Early Memory Loss Group

This eight-week class is designed for people who are  facing the many challenges of dealing with early memory impairment. Couples are invited to participate where one of the couple has been diagnosed with mild memory  difficulty. The class is divided so that the members of the couple who are experiencing memory difficulty meet in one group and their spouses meet in another. Single individuals experiencing early memory loss are invited to participate in this group series also. They may come alone or with a friend and/or family member. Topics will include:

  • Common memory changes
  • Role changes
  • Memory supports
  • Planning for the future
  • Stress reduction

The Caregiver Challenges Classes

The Emory ADRC is teaching the Savvy Caregiver program. This six-week class was developed and tested while Dr. Ken Hepburn, Emory ADRC Education Core leader was at the University of Minnesota.  The Savvy Caregiver program teachers special skills and knowledge that are important in caregiving.

Late Stage Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s

This three-week class is designed to answer caregiver’s questions about the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. Topics to be covered will include the physical symptoms of the late stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, treatment decision that you may face and services available during the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease including hospice.