Programs offered by HES

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's (Alzheimer's)

Learn about typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends.  These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cost: free

Alzheimer's 101

Description: This is a 1 hour program that talks about the difference in dementia and Alzheimer's.  It will give insight into the 10 signs and symptoms associated with dementia.  What you can do if you experience any of the symptoms.  What are the benefits from early detection.  The program will give a general overview of lifestyle changes in helping with brain health.  This class meets the fourth Thursday every month from noon to one. This course was developed by the Kansas State University and the Alzheimer's Association

Cost: free

Boost Your Brain and Memory

Description: The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Developed by Mather's Life Institute

Cost: $40

Building Strong Families

Description:  Building Strong Families is a multi-sessional program that is based on a simple philosophy that is supported by empirical research.  It the belief that all individuals and families have strengths that can be enhanced if they are treated as partners in their own learning process. In this program, the topic of family strengths is explored within the framework of nine particular strengths identified by researchers.  they can be found in any family, regardless of its particular makeup or circumstances.  They are caring and appreciation, time together, encouragement, commitment, communication, coping with change, spirituality, community and family ties, and clear roles.  Starting with the core sessions of Family Strengths, Communicating, Positive Discipline, and Goal Setting.  The next tier is focused on Managing Stress, Working, Balancing Responsibilities, and Healthy House.  The next set of sessions cover topics of Money Matters and Consumer Beware.  The final set consist of Child Self-Care, Food and Fitness, and Kids and Self-esteem.  Each session is 2 hours.  

Cost: TBD

Child Care Training Workshops

Description: Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve childcare quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments. The programs are funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge. Participants can earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

Cost: $5

Effective Communication Strategies (Alzheimer's)

Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages, and identify strategies to connect and communicate.

*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends.  These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cost: free

Focus on Kids

Helps divorced and separated parents learn how to support their children through the divorce process and how to work together in co-parenting their children.  Focus on Kids satisfies the Missouri law that requires parents who are divorcing or filing a motion to modify the original divorce decree to attend an educational parenting program.

More than half of all marriages end in divorce, and the majority of these involve children. Conflict between parents, both before and after a divorce, is associated with many negative outcomes in children. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents learn how to nurture and support their children during and after their divorce.  It is conducted in cooperation with Missouri’s circuit courts.

https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/focus-on-kids/about-focus-on-kids

Cost: $45

Grand Families

Description: The program will provide families and professionals with information and skills to strengthen families' relationships, interactions and communications. Topics included may range from parenting and relationship building to financial and legal issues. The goals of this program include: increased awareness of where to find specialized resources for relative caregivers, increased understanding of the legal aspects regarding caregiving for relatives, and improved caregiver-child relationships.  In addition to direct education for relative caregivers and professionals, MU Extension continues its efforts through a local support group. 

Cost: free

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these tips into a plan for healthy aging.

*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends.  These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cost: free

Matter of Balance

Description: Matter of Balance is a program to help older adults to learn more about fall prevention strategies, create a personal plans to carry out fall prevention strategies, and make/maintain changes in their daily lives which help reduce the fear of falling.  This program consist of 8 - 2 hour sessions.  

Cost: free

Mental Health First Aid (Adult) (MHFA)

When offering Mental Health First Aid, you are the first line of support.  You are there to help the person to feel less distressed, and you can be a vital source in helping the person to seek further assistance.  Your body language, what you say, and how well you offer a listening ear can have a powerful impact.  The quality and type of support you offer through listening can enhance coping and self-esteem.  Approaching the person with accurate view of mental health issues and from a strength-based holistic perspective, you can enhance self-esteem and help him/her to help himself or herself, including cultivating wellness, self-care, and coping skills. This is an 8 hour course.  Must be present all 8 hours to receive your Mental Health First Aid (Adult) certification.

Cost: $50

Mental Health First Aid (Youth) (YMHFA)

YMHFA is perfect because it gives community members, friends, and coaches an opportunity to better understand what mental health is, what some of the common diagnosis are, and how to respond to youth who might be experiencing a crisis.  It reduces the misconception many people may have about mental health.  What is meaningful is that it gives individuals in our communities the skills to handle a crisis in a way that feels nonjudgmental, safe, and inspires hope for the youth.  YMHFA is a great framework for providing immediate support to the youth and also getting them connected to other professionals and caring adults that can further help in a time of crisis. This is an 8 hour course.  Must be present all 8 hours to receive your Mental Health First Aid (Youth) certification.

Cost: $50

My Health, My Choices

The My Health, My Choices is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).  The program is a community-based program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. The CDSMP is provided in two and a half hour sessions, once a week for six weeks, in community settings (e.g., senior centers, churches, libraries). People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include:

1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation,

2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance,

3) appropriate use of medications,

4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals,

5) nutrition 

6) how to evaluate new treatments.

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Cost: free

Taking Care of You

Description: Taking Care of You  is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. 
Each week you will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. You will consider ways to:
  Take better care of all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit 
  Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this  awareness for better health 
  Respond versus react to the stress in your life 
  Discover opportunities in life’s challenges 
  Develop habits that can lead to a healthier you 
  Find ways to bring more joy into your life 
  Simplify your life 
  Live more in the moment 

Cost: $40

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends.  These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cost: free

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.  Join us to learn 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.

*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends.  These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cost: free

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate

Description: This is a 1 hour class that discusses the six key factors critical for successful property decisions.  It will discuss the non-titled items a person accumulates during a lifetime.  

Cost: $25