Classes 2017-05-22T10:49:40+00:00


Edith T. Royal Care Initiative - 2017
ALZ 101 class

Intro to Alzheimer’s: ALZ 101

This class is intended for anyone wanting to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Disease information, diagnosis and treatment, risk and prevention and coping are some of the topics shared. It is a great class to take prior to attending a caregiver support group and provides a good base of disease knowledge.

Offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month in our office from 6 – 7:30 pm. 

To reserve your spot, call (512) 241-0420 or email

Lunch and Learns

Lunch n’ Learn: Effective Communication with Persons with Dementia

This year's topic will share tips and strategies for effective communication with persons with dementia presented by Steve Catoe, Positive Approach to Care and Validation Therapy Trainer.  Class held from 11:30 - 1 pm.  There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.  Registration required to mailto: or call (512) 241-0420 x10.

  • March 9 - Llano Public Library, Llano, TX
  • March 24 - First United Methodist Church, Luling, TX
  • March 31 - Chapel in the Hills, Wimberley, TX
  • April 7 - Fayette Public Library, LaGrange, TX
  • April 21 - Grace United Methodist, Copperas Cove, TX
  • May 12 - Salado United Methodist Church, Salado, TX
  • May 19 - Johnson City Library, Johnson City, TX
  • June - Hearn, TX
  • August - Goldthwaite, TX
  • September - Lampasas, TX and Giddings, TX
  • October - Milam, TX and San Saba, TX

Facing the Challenge Caregiver Education Series

Need tips on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? Join us to explore caregiving techniques and issues. Offered in a four part format, we welcome you to come to all or pick and choose what pertains to you. All classes are held at the Chapter office: 3520 Executive Center Drive, Suite 140, Austin, Texas 78731.  There is no charge to attend.  Registration required to (512) 241-0420 or email

March 14, 6 - 7:15 pm: Part I - Introduction to Alzheimer’s: ALZ 101

Topics: What is AD, Diagnosis and treatments, Stages, How to Cope

March 21, 2 - 4 pm: Part II - Behaviors and Communication

Topics: Agitation, Communication, Combativeness, Depression, Hallucinations, Preserving Dignity, Sexuality

March 28, 2 - 4 pm: Part III - Activities of Daily Living

Topics: Bathing, Eating, Dressing, Toileting, Hydration, Nutrition, Safety, Driving, Activities

April 4, 2 - 4 pm: Part IV - Care for the Caregiver
Topics: Getting Support, Adjustment and Grief, Caregiving issues, Communicating with Family and Physicians


Caregiver Education Series

Join us for this four part series, providing hands-on techniques for daily care of a person with dementia.  Taught by veteran Memory Care director Steve Catoe, these classes will feature methods pioneered by dementia care experts Teepa Snow and Naomi Feil.  The classes will be held at our chapter office from Noon-2pm.

January 17: Positive Approach to Care 1: "Normal Aging vs. Not Normal Aging"

  • Compare/contrast “normal” aging vs. “not normal” aging related to various cognitive functions
  • Recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur.
  • Learn skills related to approach, cuing, and connecting with people with dementia, and how to match
  • behaviors to needs.

January 24: Positive Approach to Care Part 2: "Positive Physical Approach" and "Hand Under Hand"

  • Learn how to do “with,” not “to”
  • Develop observational skills necessary recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs
  • Learn ways to help the person being cared for feel productive and valued
  • Learn how to apply PPA and HUH in everyday care situations.

January 31: Positive Approach to Care Part 3: Teepa's GEMS: Using Skills that Make a Difference

  • Develop an understanding of stages of dementia
  • Learn strategies to facilitate positive, supportive communication between caregiver and care receiver
  • Learn to respond to unmet needs
  • Learn multi-modal helping techniques, emphasizing use of preserved abilities.

February 7: Communication Skills: Using the Feil Method of Validation

  • Learn a method of communicating with disoriented older adults known as validation that is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity, and
    increase happiness.
  • Learn to “Step into the shoes” of your loved one and “see through their eyes,” in order to understand their world and the meaning of their sometimes bizarre behavior.

To reserve your spot, call (512) 241-0420 or email

Request a speaker

Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for your organization or group to talk about our services, disease information, caregiving issues and more? Contact Amelia Frank ( to get something scheduled. We strive to fill every request, regardless of the topic or location.

Training for Professionals

  • In-service trainings are available for your staff on a variety of topics. There is a small fee. Contact Amelia Frank ( for more information.
  • Law Enforcement Training - Educates personnel on Alzheimer’s and best practices for interacting with patients. Continuing education credits included at no cost. To request a presentation, contact

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