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Special thanks to the Virginia Department of Social Services for their financial support of our Spring 2015 professional training series.

About the Training  Dates and Locations  How to Register 

About the Training

This four-hour 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 four of the following modules and learning objectives:

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.

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Dates and Locations

Please check our Chapter Calendar or call 800.272.3900 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
  • Title / Position
  • Name of Employer
  • Work Address
  • Work Phone
  • Preferred Email Address
  • Training Date and Location Preference

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