The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is offering a new Leaders in Dementia Care Training designation introduced as part of the recommendations in the Colorado State Alzheimer’s Disease Plan created by the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council (CACC). This new training standard is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health.
Leaders in Dementia Care launched July 2012.
Click here to see a list of approved Leaders in Dementia Care.
Examples of organizations that should seek Leaders in Dementia Care Training:
In-home Care Agencies
Adult Day Programs
Assisted Living and Retirement Communities
Qualified Training for Leaders in Dementa Care Recognition:
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter offers customized training to meet the needs of your organization. This interactive training is held at your site and can be offered in one day, two 4-hour classes, or four 2-hour classes.
This course meets all the requirements of the Leaders in Dementia Care Training designation:
1) Understanding Dementia & Alzheimer’s
2) Effective Communication
3) Reducing Agitation
4) Meaningful Interactions.
The cost of an 8-hour training is $1500*. *Additional fees may apply if travel outside the Denver Metro area is required.
Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's? The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter essentiALZ™ online certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.The essentiALZ™ online program combines select HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter online certification exams. The essentiALZ™ program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.
Individuals 18 years and older can qualify to take essentiALZ online certification exams upon successful completion of select CARES online dementia care training courses. Purchase and completion of the CARES® Dementia BASICS™ and CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™ Dementia Advanced Care™ online training provides immediate access to the appropriate essentiALZ exam at no additional cost.
Currently, the approved prerequisite dementia care online training courses are:
essentiALZ: Approved prerequisite is the online CARES Dementia Basics (4 hours of training) jointly developed by the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter and HealthCare Interactive. Starts at $24.95 per individual. EssentiALZ exam and certification provided at no additional cost.
essentiALZ advanced: Approved prerequisite training for the essentiALZ advanced certification is CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Training (10 hours), starting at $49.95 per individual.
The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science – including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. ISTAART is the first collegial group to represent all areas of Alzheimer's disease investigation. When you become a member, you're connected with other dementia care professionals in a dynamic forum that spans the globe. Sign up now to share news, network and be part of the process.
Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch™, a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.
Right now, we are in the midst of an exciting time. More than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. It also narrows results to those trials where there is a reasonable chance to be accepted for enrollment. This saves time for both you and the researcher. Enrolling the right participants helps researchers accurately measure the effect of a treatment.
The Colorado M.E.S.A. Initiative or “Medicare Experts/Senior Access - Innovations in Geriatric Practice & Alzheimer’s Care” offers physicians and medical office personnel training for Medicare coding and documentation and clinical guidelines for treating seniors as well as access to the resources and support of the Alzheimer’s Association. The hope is that primary care providers will open their arms to Medicare patients and seniors will have better access to primary care.
Would you like to learn more about how to help your patients with dementia? The Alzheimer’s Association is available to visit your office and staff to discuss how we can help. Please contact Amelia Schafer at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or schedule a visit today.