Dementia Education and Wellness Programs

Out of concern for our patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is postponing many events until further notice. The center's community outreach pages will be kept up to date as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Education and wellness programs in Florida

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center offers a variety of conferences, seminars and events for patients and their families and caregivers in Florida.

The overall goal of the education series is to improve participants' understanding of dementia, including symptoms and behavior changes.

The classes are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.

Download a printable schedule of Alzheimer's disease events in Florida (PDF brochure), or visit the center's Florida Community Outreach and Engagement website for more information.

Education and wellness programs in Minnesota

Care Partners: Essentials for Wellbeing

This is a five-hour educational workshop for families and family caregivers who are providing care or support to a person living with dementia. The experiential workshop covers specific skills and a compassionate approach to caregiving, with topics that include:

  • Dementia: the basics and beyond
  • Shining a light on the experience of caregiving
  • The art of being with the person who has dementia
  • A new way of communicating
  • Stress, coping and resiliency
  • Mindfulness as a form of self-care

Mindfulness-Based Caring for Dementia Caregivers

Mindfulness-Based Caring for Dementia Caregivers is postponed until further notice. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

This is an eight-week program specifically designed for family care partners of people with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care. The program includes interactive mindful care practices, gentle yoga, lectures, group sharing and at-home assignments.

There is no cost for this program thanks to the support of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Frontotemporal Dementia Conference

Lewy body dementia education and support

Mayo Clinic is a Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence. Patients with Lewy body dementia are seen across many or all Mayo Clinic locations, and related research is performed at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The Florida and Minnesota campuses received the Research Centers of Excellence designation based on their specific focus on Lewy body dementia-related clinical and research activities during the past 20 years.

Lewy Body Dementia Knowledge and Support Summit

The 2020 Lewy Body Dementia Knowledge and Support Summit has been cancelled. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

This summit is a comprehensive educational day for patients, caregivers and families affected by Lewy body dementia. Patients in the earlier stages of the disease are best suited to attend. Care professionals can also attend.

The summit provides information about disease pathology, symptoms, therapies, managing ongoing care, improving day-to-day living, building resilience and current research. Part of the day is spent in a peer-to-peer setting to share experiences and gain opportunities for new relationships and ongoing support. A special breakout session is targeted to care professionals who support people living with Lewy body dementia in a residential or day program setting.