Resources in San Antonio
The Essentials of Caregiving Classes
These classes are focused on providing support to caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Classes are hosted every second and fourth Thursday on the first floor of the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC) at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Topics covered include:
- Understanding a diagnosis of dementia
- Learning to be a caregiver
- Finding connections in the community
- Caring for the caregiver
- Planning for future care
- Legal and financial planning
Caregiver Skills Training Workshops
The Caregiver Skills Training Workshops are provided monthly for caregivers to learn practical skills and receive hands-on training in transfer techniques, home safety, dental hygiene, nutrition, and medication management. These are monthly in the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Simulation Lab (SL1.118) from 3:30-5:30pm.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is provided at the Caregiver Skills Training. It allows you to participate in an experience that simulates what a person with dementia might experience because of their illness.
A Memory Café is a space where people living with dementia and their family caregivers can relax, learn, be creative, and socialize with others. Join us each month for coffee, art, music, games, presentations, and more. No registration is required.
We facilitate the Texas Memory Cafe Network (TMCN), a collaborative group of Memory Cafe coordinators, volunteers, and community members. The TMCN meets quarterly to workshop ideas, challenges, and share lessons learned to improve the quality and quantity of Memory Cafes in Texas. Learn more about the TMCN here.
Guidebooks for caregivers
» The 36-Hour Day, Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
Experiences living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia
» Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia, Gerda Saunders, PhD
» On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, Greg O’Brien
» Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy, Marie Marley, PhD