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This Spring 2016 professional training opportunity is free and made possible in part by the Virginia Department of Social Services.


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About the Training

This professional training from the Alzheimer's Association Foundations of Dementia Care allows long-term care staff to learn essential skills for dementia care through role-playing exercises and discussions using realistic film clips and case studies. Each training offers a selection of the following modules and learning objectives. Certificates of attendance will be available.

About Dementia
(1) Define dementia and its symptoms. (2) Discuss how these symptoms affect the ability of people to function. (3) Describe some basic ways to help people with dementia.

Enhancing Mealtime
 (1) Identify challenges faced by persons with dementia while trying to eat and drink. (2) Describe how personal preferences will affect mealtime. (3) Identify what should be observed at mealtime. (4) Discuss the importance of remaining independent. (5) Determine causes and approaches for handling mealtime situations. (6) Describe environmental features that may influence mealtime. (7) Identify ways to encourage independence. (8) Identify caregiver approaches
for making mealtime a pleasant experience.

Improving Communications
(1) List five communication challenges faced by people with dementia. (2) Discuss non-verbal communication strategies. (3) List five components of a positive physical approach. (4) Discuss 10 guidelines for improving verbal communication.

Making Connections
(1) Identify the social needs of people with dementia. (2) Discuss ways that social needs can be met. (3) Describe techniques to better understand people with dementia. (4) Discuss why engaging people with dementia is important. (5) Demonstrate how to interact with people with dementia at all stages of the disease. (6) Practice being creative when engaging people with dementia.

Reducing Pain
(1) Define pain and its causes. (2) Identify pain in people with dementia. (3) Describe different types of pain. (4) Discuss successful ways to report pain. (5) List strategies to address and respond to pain. (6) Demonstrate strategies to prevent pain and improve comfort.

Understanding Behaviors
(1) Describe five ways dementia affects behavior. (2) Discuss why people with dementia may behave in certain ways. (3) Explain when a behavior becomes a concern. (4) Use the Cues and Clues model to discuss a case study.

Understanding Wandering
(1) Define wandering. (2) State why wandering occurs. (3) Identify situations that may lead to wandering. (4) Explain the difference between safe and unsafe wandering. (5) Identify people with dementia at risk for unsafe wandering. (6) Apply strategies that promote safe wandering while preventing
exit seeking. (7) Describe the REACT method for responding to a wandering incident.

End-of-Life Care: Communication and Advance Planning
(1) Defines end-of-life and related terms, including explaining the difference between palliative care and hospice care. (2) Identifies advance directives, as well as their function and purpose. (3) Guides participants in recognizing their own feelings about death and dying.

End-of-Life Care: Addressing Symptoms
(1) Identifies common symptoms of pain and instruction on how to recognize pain at the end stages of life. (2) Describes ‘Comfort Measures’ and how to care for people in this stage of life. (3) Defines and identifies the symptoms of ‘Active Dying.’ (4) Provides guidance in creating a team approach to providing end-of-life care.

End-of-Life Care: Emotional and Spiritual Support
(1) Identifies methods of connecting with a person who is dying. (2) Defines what spiritual support is and who and how to provide it. (3) Describes ways to support a family. (4) Suggests ways for communities to collectively cope with grief.


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Dates and Locations

No trainings scheduled at this time. Please contact the Programs and Services Manager serving your community for more information.



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How to Register

Unless otherwise noted, call our toll-free 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 to register. Please provide the following information:
  • First and Last Name
  • Home Address
  • Home Phone
  • Preferred Email Address
  • Training Date and Location Preference

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