Alzheimer’s Association Moves Dementia Classes to Phone and Web

While dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, dementia-related behaviors like paranoia, confusion and agitation may become more pronounced with the changes in normal routine.  Additionally, family members and those providing their care may face greater challenges resulting from lack of social engagement, increased anxiety and isolation.

The Alzheimer’s Association is replacing statewide all in-person programs for March with an expanded offering of free telephone and webinar-based community educational programs. April program planning is underway.

These no-cost, evidence-informed programs provide crucial information about the Alzheimer’s and related dementias, effective communication techniques, understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors and much more.To RSVP and obtain access information, please call 406.252.3053, press 0 and leave your contact info. You may also call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900, email or visit             These free programs and many more are also available on-demand at

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us 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.

  • Wednesday, March 18          Noon – 1pm    or
  • Monday, March 23                5:30 – 6:30pm

Effective Communication Strategies

We will 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.

  • Thursday, March 19              2 – 3:30pm  or
  • Tuesday, March 24                Noon – 1pm

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
This program will prepare you to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Friday, March 20                   2 – 3:30pm   or
  • Wednesday, March 25          5:30 – 6:30pm

Know the 10 Signs

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Learn about 10 common warning signs, what to watch for in yourself and others, why early detection is so important and available resources.

Saturday, March 21                           1 – 2pm    or

Thursday, March 26                          5:30 – 6:30pm

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s premier source of information and support for all those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, their families and caregivers, including the more than 22,000 Montanas and their 52,000 family caregivers.

The Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, early stage programs, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no charge to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and all related dementias and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association free 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900, or visit