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Hospital Initiative
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Compared with other older people, older people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have three times more hospitalizations, four times more hospital days and almost three times more emergency department visits.  

We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the John Hartford Foundation to develop a curriculum to provide education to hospital staff in order to improve care for people with dementia in the acute care setting. Our goal is not the diagnosis of dementia, but awareness of symptoms of dementia that will affect care and outcomes.

Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative (DFHI): Care Not Crisis

This nationally recognized program provides education and community partnership to hospital staff to improve care for people with dementia and involve their families in the acute care setting.

The DFHI education program fosters best care approaches and practice changes that result in "dementia friendly care" in hospital settings. DFHI addresses acute care staff's dementia specific awareness, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that most affect adverse outcomes and enhance quality of care.

For a schedule of upcoming classes, if you have questions about this program, or would like to host this program for your employees, please contact Maggie Murphy-White, MA Hospital Initiative Coordinator, at or 800.272.3900.

Past funding has been received from The Retirement Research Foundation and The Practice Change Fellowship supported by The John A. Hartford and The Atlantic Philanthropies Foundations.



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