Dementia-Friendly

Online Resources

 

Among the programs below, you’ll find some whose titles are colored orange.
These programs are ones designed either specifically for people living with dementia or
that Dementia Friendly Nevada has determined to be dementia-friendly-and-inclusive.

Find programs and services in any of these categories:

Meaningful Engagement

These programs present people living with dementia and family care partners opportunities for meaning and purpose.

Health and Wellness

Keeping ourselves well isn’t always easy. These programs provide help you maintain emotional and physical health.

Social & Emotional Support

Social distancing does have to mean social isolation. Find support and camaraderie in these programs.

Education

Whether dementia-related or focused on other diverse topics, these programs are chances to learn something new!

Tech Support

Technology is always changing, and sometimes some support can be helpful. Find technology help here.

Upcoming One-Time Offerings 

The below programs are offered one-time only and are coming up soon!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Six-week Series with two options:

Morning session: Tuesdays April 13th through May 18th 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific
Evening session: Wednesdays April 14th through May 19th | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based program designed to counteract negative feelings and positively impact the health of a diverse care-giving population including adult children of aging parents, spouses/partners, and caregivers at differing stages in their care-giving roles, living situations, financial means, and educational backgrounds.

This class meets once a week for six consecutive weeks and helps caregivers learn self-care behaviors, how to manage emotions, increase self-efficacy and find community resources. You must be able to attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions to enroll and begin the class on week 1 or 2.

Call Verla Niebuhr 702.271.9563 or send an email to [email protected].

Technology requirements: Devise with Zoom, webcam, microphone

Live Zoom Play! “A Certain Age”

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | 4:00 – 6:45 PM Pacific
Sanford Center for Aging | Free!

Join and watch this research-informed drama that was developed on the basis of qualitative research on the topic of the experience of aging. The play by Laura Ekstrand is a highly personal, honest and hilarious tour of what it means to be no longer young, but not yet old, as a woman today. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, and will be followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session with the audience.

To register, visit tinyurl.com/unr-ciaw-register

Coping with Grief After the Death of your Loved One with Dementia

Three-week Series: Thursdays April 15th, 22nd, and 29th | 1:00 – 2:30 PM Pacific
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free!

 A three week grief management series covering unique aspects of loss associated with the death of a loved one after a long journey through dementia.

To register email [email protected]

Technology requirements: Devise with Zoom, webcam, microphone

Conversations to Remember

Monday, April 26th |10:30 – 11:45 AM Pacific
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free!

Everyone has a story! Join us and share yours!​ Telling stories through art is fun, fosters thought-provoking exchanges, creative thinking, and can stimulate distant memories. Art pieces drive conversations that lead to new discovery, reveal our personal history and introduce us to our fellow companions. The program is ideal for individuals with memory loss or cognitive decline and their care partners, but is also great fun for friends of the community looking for an engaging social exchange.

For more information or to receive the link to join the conversation, please email [email protected] or contact Verla Niebuhr 702.271.9563.

Technology Requirements: Telephone (at minimum) or Device with Zoom, webcam, and microphone

Meaningful Engagement

One of Dementia Friendly Nevada’s central missions is to open active engagement and active citizenship opportunities fo people living with dementia and family care partners. As it tuns out, such opportunities abound within Nevada’s aging services network. Below are programs that bring with them avenues for meaning and purpose, no matter who you are.

Dementia Conversations with Chuck and Jennifer

Dementia Friendly Nevada | Free

Join Chuck McClatchey (living with Alzheimer’ disease) and Jennifer Carson (family care partner and Director of Dementia Friendly Nevada) for a weekly conversation about living well with dementia. All are welcome, and while Chuck and Jennifer may not have the answers, they are always willing to share their lived experience. Held on Mondays from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.

To register, visit dementiafriendlynevada.org/dementia-conversations

Technology Requirements: Telephone (at minimum) or Device with Zoom, webcam, and microphone

Faith, Hope, and Love

Dementia Action Alliance | Free

A non-denominational discussion about spirituality in your lives hosted by individuals living with dementia – weekly on Friday’s at 1:00pm Eastern time.

Drop in using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4567882023

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone

Drop-In with Susan Wehry, MD
Dementia Action Alliance | Free

An open discussion hosted by Susan Wehry, MD – weekly on Tuesday’s at 4:00pm Eastern time.

Drop in using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4567882023

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone

Dementia Discussions

Dementia Action Alliance | Free

Specific topic discussion hosted by members of the Dementia Acion Alliance Advisory Board living with dementia – weekly on Thursday’s at 1:00 pm Eastern time.

Drop in using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4567882023

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Mather Telephone Topics

Mather | Free

With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number or join online to access interesting discussions and programs. Participate in wellness programs, education programs, discussion topics, muisc reviews, live performance, and more!

Browse topics and register here: https://matherlifeways.eventsair.com/MLCEPortal/community-initiatives-live-event/matherce/Calendar?location=Telephone%20Topics

Technology Requirements: Telephone

 Social and Emotional Support

Everyone needs community in order to live well. Sometimes, that community can be difficult to find, especially during an unprecedented global pandemic in which we are all being told to remain physically distanced from one another. Whether simple conversations or robust peer support, you’ll be able to find some togetherness in these social and emotional support programs.

Family Care Partner Support Groups

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Support groups offered via teleconference, held at various times, for family care partners of people living with dementia.

Call 800-272-3900 for more details and to register

Technology requirements: Telephone

One-to-One Calls

The NEST Collaborative | Free

Designed for elders (including people living with dementia). One-to-one check-in calls twice per week from a dedicated social support volunteer who can provide both conversation and a place to discuss emergent needs that can be referred to Nevada’s aging services network.

https://www.nevada211.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-NEST-Collaborative-ADA-Nov-2020.pdf

Technology requirements: Telephone

Peer Social Groups

The NEST Collaborative | Free

Designed for elders (including people living with dementia). Small groups of five elders that meet via teleconference or Zoom videoconference with the help of a dedicated volunteer facilitator, aimed toward providing an opportunity for mutual peer support.

https://www.nevada211.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-NEST-Collaborative-ADA-Nov-2020.pdf

Technology requirements: Telephone (at minimum) or device with Zoom and webcam

Group Music Therapy For Individuals with Memory loss

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free

Group Music Therapy – a place for friends to connect through music and song. Meets Monday-Friday 3:00 – 4:30 PM.

For more information or to register, please contact facilitator Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC at [email protected] or 702.701.7895

Technology requirements: Device with Zoom, and webcam, and microphone

Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB) Support Group

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free

Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB) Support Group is an ongoing support group for family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with DLB. 

Meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1:15-2:45 pm

For more information or to register, please contact facilitator Michelle Pester, LSW at [email protected] or 702.483.6006

Technology requirements: Device with Zoom, and webcam, and microphone

Online Grief Support

Circle of Life Hospice | Free

Designed for people living with dementia and their family care partners. Support Groups are open to the community free of charge. Groups are held every Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM via Zoom.

To be invited to the support group, please contact us with your email address. 775-827-2298

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom and microphone, no webcam required

Connections

Nevada Senior Services | Free (Future Cost To Be Determined)

Weekly group for people living with dementia that helps provide strategies for living with memory loss, opens opportunity for mutual support, and strives to enrish the mental and physical wellbeing of participants. Offered Fridays, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

To get connected, call/email Marisela Perez at  702-648-3425 or [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Caring for You, Caring for Me

Nevada Senior Services| Free

Designed for care partners of people living with dementia. Caring for You, Caring for Me is a 10-hour workshop which addresses the needs of family and professional caregivers by bringing them together in a relaxed setting to discuss common issues, share ideas, and gain a better understanding of each other’s perspective on what it means to be a caregiver.

For more information on upcoming Caring for You, Caring for Me workshops, contact Carrie Aalberts at 702-331-5415 or [email protected].

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

RCI REACH Caregiver Support

Nevada Senior Services | Free

Designed for care partners of people living with dementia. According to Laura J. Bauer, Director of National Initiatives for the RCI, “Family caregivers are the true backbone of the long-term care system in the United States. The aim of the RCI REACH program is to assure that these caregivers receive support services that have been proven clinically effective in reducing the burden and depression associated with caregiving.”

http://adultdaycarelv.org/rcireachcaregiversupport.cfm

For more information, call Shanna Grayson (702)368-2273

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Caregiver Support

Nevada Senior Services | Free

Support group for family care partners of people living with dementia.

To get connected, call/email Marisela Perez at  702-648-3425 or [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Education

Learning is one of life’s greatest joys, and nobody should be deprived of opportunities to advance their knowledge. Thanks to an increased dedication to online services, many more educational programs are available to Nevadans now compared to pre-pandemic times. Many of these programs center around the topics of care partnering and living with dementia.

Dementia Friends Information Session

Dementia Friendly Nevada | Free

This one-hour information information session covers the basics of dementia, differences between dementia and normal aging, activities to better understand what it’s like to live with dementia, and strategies for effective communication with someone living with dementia. Offered the third Wednesday of each month, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.

To register, visit dementiafriendlynevada.org/dementia-friends

Technology Requirements: Telephone (at minimum), or device with Zoom

Bravo Zulu: Achieving Excellence in Relationship-Centered Dementia Care

Sanford Center for Aging and Dementia Friendly Nevada | Free

Designed for Nevadans Care partners and care professionals working with people living with dementia.  This two-day workshop explores what it takes to get to “Bravo Zulu” by providing dementia care and support that is tailored, yet flexible, to each unique elder’s strengths, preferences and needs. This program also has a component that speaks to military service and its impact on the aging process. Continuing Education credits are available.

https://med.unr.edu/aging/ngec/upcoming-programs/bravo-zulu-sessions

To register, contact Yvonne Beasley at [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Computer or tablet equipped with a camera and connected to high-speed internet service, or a cellphone with a camera.

Mather Telephone Topics

Mather | Free

With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number or join online to access interesting discussions and programs. Participate in wellness programs, education programs, discussion topics, muisc reviews, live performance, and more!

Browse topics and register here: https://matherlifeways.eventsair.com/MLCEPortal/community-initiatives-live-event/matherce/Calendar?location=Telephone%20Topics

Technology Requirements: Telephone

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body:
Tips from the Latest Research

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. Join to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

https://training.alz.org/products/4038/healthy-living-for-your-brain-and-body-tips-from-the-latest-research

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, no webcam required.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. Learn about common warning signs of Alzheimer’s and what symptoms to look for in yourself and others, as well as tips to approach someone who is experiencing changes in their memory, the benefit of early detection and diagnosis, and more.

https://training.alz.org/products/4062/10-warning-signs-of-alzheimers

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, no webcam required.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. Join to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

https://training.alz.org/products/4053/understanding-alzheimers-and-dementia

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, no webcam required.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal
& Financial Planning

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

https://training.alz.org/products/4031/dementia-conversations-driving-doctor-visits-legal-financial-planning

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, no webcam required.

Effective Communication Strategies

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. Join to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

https://training.alz.org/products/4036/effective-communication-strategies

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, no webcam required.

Living with Alzheimers: For People with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for people living with dementia. In this three-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are. You’ll learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter of your life.

https://training.alz.org/products/1018/living-with-alzheimers-for-people-with-alzheimers

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom and webcam.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Early Stage

Alzheimer’s Association | Free

Designed for Family Care Partners. This 3-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.

https://training.alz.org/products/1019/living-with-alzheimers-for-caregivers-early-stage

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom and webcam.

Community Trainings

Sanford Center for Aging | Free

Trainings target those who are care partners for their loved ones, family members, or community members and provide continuing education credit for some healthcare professionals.

https://med.unr.edu/aging/ngec/upcoming-programs/ngec-community-training-programs

To register, contact Yvonne Beasley at [email protected]

Technology Requirements:Participants can use their laptops or desktop computers, or they can call in by phone.

Health and Wellness

Keeping our bodies and minds healthy can be complex, but especially during this difficult time many groups are thinking of new strategies to promote health and wellness. These programs will help you place your wellbeing at the top of your priority list.

Mather Telephone Topics

Mather | Free

With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number or join online to access interesting discussions and programs. Participate in wellness programs, education programs, discussion topics, muisc reviews, live performance, and more!

Browse topics and register here: https://matherlifeways.eventsair.com/MLCEPortal/community-initiatives-live-event/matherce/Calendar?location=Telephone%20Topics

Technology Requirements: Telephone

Nutrition Challenge

Southern Nevada Health District | Free

Designed for anyone. This free 8-week online program will help you increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. Promote healthy eating choices and lifestyle.

https://gethealthyclarkcounty.org/eat-better/nutrition-challenge/

, and micrTechnology Requirements: Device with internet access

The Road to Diabetes Prevention

Southern Nevada Health District | Free

Designed for anyone with pe-diabetes. The Road to Diabetes Prevention is a free 6-session online program that may help you reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by learning your risk factors and making simple lifestyle changes.

https://gethealthyclarkcounty.org/manage-your-risk/diabetes/

Technology requirements: Device with internet access

Group Music Therapy For Individuals with Memory loss

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free

Group Music Therapy – a place for friends to connect through music and song. Meets Monday-Friday 3:00 – 4:30 PM.

For more information or to register, please contact facilitator Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC at [email protected] or 702.701.7895

Technology requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, and microphone

Rhythmic Reminiscence – A Muisc-Physical Therapy Collaboration

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Free

Rhythmic Reminiscence is a music and movement program specially designed for individuals with memory loss. Join our physical and music therapists on Zoom while we get moving, engage socially, and have some fun! Pre-approval is required for this program. 

Meets Thursdays from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM 

For more information or to register, please contact facilitator Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC at [email protected] or 702.701.7895

Technology requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, and microsphone

Geriatric Assessment Program

Nevada Senior Services | Covered by Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and most insurance

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment that encompasses all of the person’s diseases, disabilities, cognitive abilities, medications, self-care behaviors, health-related lifestyle habits, psychological conditions, environmental risks, and family and/or friend support systems.

For Appointments and/or Program Information Call: (702) 333-1546

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone

Hospital 2 Home

Nevada Senior Services | Free

Designed for people living with dementia. Supports adults with memory loss and their care partners for care transitions from the hospital to their home in the community.

To learn more, please email [email protected] or call number at  702.648.3425

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Geriatric Care Management Program

Nevada Senior Services | This is a fee for service program

Designed for people living with dementia and their family care partners. The program will allow you to hire a geriatric care manager who will will establish a long-term relationship with the older adult and serve as a liaison for family caregivers and the professional community.

http://www.nevadaseniorservices.org/caremanagement.cfm

If you would like to be a part of the program, please call 702-333-1548 or email [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Device with Zoom, webcam, microphone.

Sanford Geriatrics Specialty Care Center – Telehealth

Sanford Center for Aging | We will work through your existing insurance, including Medicare, to cover costs. Options available for people who are uninsured.

Designed for Nevada elders and their care partners. Provides services and assistance to family members and care partners that might not be able to reach destinations in person.

https://med.unr.edu/university-health/geriatric-care

If you would like to learn more, please contact Yvonne Beasley at [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Accessing telehealth services through thee geriatrics center requires a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and connected to high-speed internet service, or a cellphone with a camera.

Medication Therapy Management

Sanford Center for Aging | Free

Designed for Nevadans age 60 and older who are taking five or more prescription medications, and their care partners. Meet by phone or teleconference with a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist to identify possibly unsafe medications and help prevent side effects. Improve your understanding of your medications so you can take an active role in managing your health. Answer questions or concerns you have. Learn how to get the most benefit from your medications and supplements, and learn whether the supplements you’re taking are really making a difference in your health.

https://med.unr.edu/aging/outreach/mtm

To sign up, please contact Yvonne Beasley at [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Telephone, at minimum.

Chronic Pain Self Management Program

Sanford Center for Aging | Free

During this six-week workshop, you will learn skills to help you maintain a wellness focus and improve your quality of life, techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep, strategies for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance, and much more!

https://med.unr.edu/aging/outreach/community-wellness/chronic-pain

To sign up, please contact Sijia Qiu at [email protected]

Technology Requirements: Computer and internet access

 Tech Support

Finding yourself wanting to learn more about technology so that you can use it to accomplish you goals? You’re not alone, and luckily, there are programs specifically designed to help you connect with technical support!

Tech Assistance

The NEST Collaborative | Free

Designed for elders (including people living with dementia). Connect with a volunteer for one-to-one telephone-based support in using technology for any purpose. Whether it’s Zoom, email, social media, or something else, The NEST Collaborative can help!

https://www.nevada211.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-NEST-Collaborative-ADA-Nov-2020.pdf

Technology requirements: Telephone

Do you know of more online programs and services?

We’re always looking to expand these resouces so that people living with dementia and family care partners can have access to centralized information about what is available for them just a click away. If you have anything that you think should be added to any of the above categories, feel free to submit information here.

For more resources, visit Nevada Care Connection!

Nevada Care Connection Resource Centers work with older adults, people with disabilities, and family care partners to explore a variety of services, resources, and programs. Their goal is to help individuals make informed decisions and connect as easily and effectively as possible.

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