USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute


Upcoming caregiver workshops

 We understand the concerns, questions and challenges caregivers deal with on a daily basis. We offer workshops throughout the year specifically designed to help caregivers learn valuable and practical information to help them care for their family member. The descriptions of our workshops, along with dates of upcoming programs, are listed below. New dates will be added throughout the year so please check back.

If you would like to be put on our caregiver mailing list to be notified of upcoming caregiver events, or if you have any questions or concerns please email Eileen Poiley, MS , Director of Education at the Byrd Institute or call 813-396-0635.





Caregiving during the
Covid 19 Pandemic

Date:  October 29, 2020  
Time:  3:00 - 4:00pm

Topics Covered:

  • Tips for caregivers to handle stress during this challenging time
  • Websites and resources for caregivers
  • Care to the caregiver
  • Managing issues specific to COVID 19
  • Managing quarantine, staying engaged and managing behaviors


Communicating and Managing Behaviors- Part 1

Date:  November 10, 2020
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 pm

Topics Covered:

  • Approaches for effectively communicating with your loved one
  • Understanding cognitive loss and how it affects behaviors
  • Strategies for preventing and responding to repetitive questions and stories
  • Agitation, anger, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and more


Communicating and Managing Behaviors- Part 2

(It is not required to attend Part 1 first, however it is highly recommended)

Date:  November 12, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics Covered:

  • Preventing and responding to other challenging behaviors including sundowning, dressing, bathing, rummaging, eating and more
  • Effective communication tips


Helping New Family Caregivers Navigate the Alzheimer’s Journey

(The same workshop is offered every month)

October 27, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 17, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics Covered:

  • You have the diagnosis, so now what do you do?
  • Understanding early changes in your loved one and learning how to respond
  • Tips for successful caregiving: What to do and what not to do


Safety Issues Alzheimer's Caregivers Need to Know

Date: November 19, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding how cognitive loss affects safety
  • Making the home safer for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementia
  • Caregiver safety
  • Wandering, financial safety, emotional safety, medication safety and more
  • When to stop driving and staying home alone


Managing the Stress of Caregiving

Date:  December 3, 2020
Time:  3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics Covered:

  • Coping with the emotions of caregiving
  • Tips for reducing caregiver stress
  • The importance of care to the caregiver


Implementing Alzheimer's Activities and Optimizing Quality of Life

Date:   December, 8, 2020
Time:   3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics Covered:

  • Determining what activities are better for individuals with Alzheimer's
  • Maximizing quality of life throughout the Alzheimer’s journey
  • Tips to improve engagement

Time and Cost

The workshops are three hours when held in person at the institute. They are held from from 9 am - 12:15 pm at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.  The cost to register is $40 which includes the workshop,  parking, resource folder and refreshments. Participation is limited in order to facilitate questions and dialogue. Preregistration is required.

 We will be holding several shorter programs on Zoom at no cost during the coronavirus pandemic. The online programs will be  one or one an a half hours with additional time for caregivers to stay on for questions specific to their situation.



You do not need to complete the registration form below
for the Zoom workshops. It is only for the in-person 3 hour workshops.
Please email Eileen Poiley or call 813-396-0635
for more information or to register for the ZOOM programs.


Register - (You do not need to complete this form to register for the Zoom programs).