Free Upcoming Caregiver Trainings

Alzheimer's Workshops

Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia? Come explore ideas on ways to bring fun and meaning to your and your loved one’s day!

2017 Session Dates​

  • September 7th
  • December 7th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Location: Volunteers of America, Lambert House 2600 SE 170th Ave, Portland, OR 97236

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers 

An educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a
parent, spouse, or friend. Participants will learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate feelings
  • Increase their ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources.

Class meets for 90 minutes once per week for six weeks.

Dates: Starts Monday, March 19 through to April 23, 2018
Time: 10:30am- 12:00pm
Location: Mt. Hood Adult Day Center (376 NE 219th Ave, Gresham OR 97030)
Cost: Free
To register: Call 503-988-8210

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The Savvy Caregiver

Do you care for a family member living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia?

This six-session class offers help to families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The workshop was developed by University of Minnesota and has been found to decrease caregiver stress and increase caregiver confidence.

Classes are offered 2-3 times a year. 

For more information about the next class, or to arrange for a class call: Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, at 503-988-8210 or the Multnomah County ADRC Helpline at: 503-

For classes offered in Gresham care for your loved one is available on site at no cost while you are taking the class. Respite funds may be available to pay for in-home, or for care at an Adult Day Program, for classes at other locations.

Next class starts Monday, September 18, 2017 and ends Monday, October 23, 2017 from 10am-Noon. The class will be held at Mt. Hood Adult Day Center-376 NE 219th Av. Gresham OR 97030.

Navigating the Journey: Help for the Whole Family

Spend a day learning how putting patients and families at the center of decision making, and working alongside medical professionals, produces the best outcomes. Hear from keynote speaker Maureen Nash, MD, the Medical Director for Providence Elderplace, Oregon, which is a Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Also, take part in such workshops as Music for Health; Understanding and Responding to Dementia; and Meaningful Activities are More Than Just Fun.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Time: 12:30pm-4:15pm
Location: Providence Portland Medical Center, Cancer Center Amphitheater, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland OR 97213
Cost: Free
To register: Call 503-988-8210

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Support Groups for Family and Friends Providing Care to an Older Relative or a Friend

All groups below are free and provide a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of caregiving.

  • When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
    10:00am to 11:30am
    Location: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave
    For more information: Hollywood Senior Center at (503) 288.8303 LGBT Welcoming!
  • When: 1st Thursday of the month
    3:00pm to 4:30pm
    Location: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1040 NW 22nd building 2-(across from the main hospital entrance 2nd floor conference room (next to the elevators)
    For more information: Call Laurie Followell, MSW, Legacy Health Services 503.413.5658 for more information. Drop ins welcome.
  • When: 1st and third Thursdays of each month
    11:00am to 1:00pm AND first and third Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 
    Care is available on site for elders and persons with disabilities for a small fee during the support group. Care needs to be pre-arranged by calling Mt. Hood Adult Day Program at: 503.512.7373
    Location: Mt. Hood Adult Day Program 376 NE 219th Ave., Gresham OR 97030