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The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in community-based and residential care settings, law enforcement and first responders and faith communities.

Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.

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State of Florida Licensure Mandated Training Programs

The Chapter offers training tailored to meet the specific needs of any professional working with people living with dementia. Chapter staff are Certified Trainers for the Dementia Care Training mandated by the State of Florida as a requirement for Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice State licensing. These trainings are available for any professional working with people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. To learn more about any of our professional trainings, scheduling options and applicable fees call or e-mail Catherine Cruickshank at 1.800.272.3900 or mailto:cruickshankc@alzflgulf.

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ALF Level I (state mandated training for employees)

Four-hour program for employees of assisted living facilities which satisfies state requirements

Topics addressed:
• An overview of dementia and the causes of dementia
• An overview of Alzheimer’s disease including 10 warning signs
• A review of the three stages of the disease process including changes in communication and behavior
• Challenges for the caregiver family – legal, financial, physical, emotional
• A review of the dementia-friendly environment including safety concerns
• Ethical issues and core values of care giving

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ALF Level II (state mandated training for employees)

Four-hour program for employees of assisted living facilities which satisfies state requirements. Topics addressed:

• Dealing with behavior challenges and how to respond appropriately (repetitive behavior, hoarding and rummaging, suspiciousness and paranoia, wandering/exit seeking, anger and agitation)
• Review of medications, coexisting medical conditions, psychopharmacology
• Providing assistance with activities of daily living
• Goals and challenges of nutrition
• Risks, rewards, and challenges of care giving
• Planning meaningful, enjoyable activities

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SNF/Hospice/Adult Day Care Training (state mandated training for employees)

One-hour training for employees of skilled nursing, hospice, or adult day care facilities which satisfies state requirements
Topics addressed:
• Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
• Characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
• Communicating with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders

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SNF/Hospice/Adult Day Care Training (state mandated training for employees)

Three-hour training for employees of skilled nursing, hospice, or adult day care facilities which satisfies state requirements
Topics addressed:
• Behavior management
• Assistance with activities of daily living
• Activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia
• Stress management for the caregiver
• Family issues
• The Alzheimer’s friendly environment
• Ethical issues

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Web-Based Training Programs

The Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ certification program is a convenient way for indiviudals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. While an effective and valuable dementia care certification program, this program does not satisfy State of Florida lisence requirements. Click here for more infomation.

CARES: A Dementia Care Giving Approach

DOES NOT SATISFY FLORIDA LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are geared primarily to direct care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Topics include:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to CARES

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Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders

DOES NOT SATISFY FLORIDA LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions. After this training you will be able to:

  • Identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork.
  • Select and use improved communication and supervisory practices.
  • Identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team.
  • Recognize and create an environment that motivates staff.

This course costs $25 per person and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.

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Physician Information & Resources

One of the greatest challenges physicians face is responding to the patient with memory loss who fears he or she had Alzheimer's disease, how to determine if it is Alzheimer's and how to respond if it is Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association has developed information and guides to assist physicians provide the best care possible for their patients. For more information click here or call 800-272-3900 to speak with a Program Specialist in your area.

Law Enforcement & First Responders

Dementia & Safe Return Training For Law Enforcement & First Responders

Designed for law enforcement and first-responders, this one-hour presentation provides a better understanding of dementia and the tools for participants to build sensitivity and techniques for dealing with people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Topics addressed:
• How to recognize a person with Alzheimer’s disease
• Techniques for effectively interacting with an individual with Alzheimer’s disease
• Understand the risks associated with wandering behavior
• An overview of how the Safe Return program works in partnership with local law enforcement
• Search and Rescue techniques for wanderers with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

For more information or to schedule a training, call the office nearest your location and ask to speak with a Program Specialist. For local office contact information click here.

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Faith Communities

Faith-Centered Care Partnerships

Faith communities have an important role in helping families cope with Alzheimer's disease. Faith communities are invited to learn how they can help Alzheimer’s caregivers maintain their important connection with their faith communities. The benefits to caregivers and faith communities involved in faith-centered Alzheimer’s care partnerships will be explored. For more information call or e-mail Lisa Milne at 1.800.272.3900 or milnel@alzflgulf.org

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Seminars and Conferences

23rd Annual Public Policy Forum
This annual event for dementia care professionals features the latest developments in Alzheimer care and support.
When: April 23-25, 2012
Click here for more information

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ICAD 2011
Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD) will bring together the top dementia researchers to engage in a multidisciplinary international exchange of ideas.
When: July 14-19, 2012
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Click here for more information about ICAD 2012

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FREE Website Marketing Opportunities for Providers of Senior Housing

If you are a provider of housing for seniors, you are invited to market your property in the Alzheimer's Association's Senior Housing Finder free of charge!

The Senior Housing Finder provides seniors with a convenient and easy way to search on-line for housing by location, care services, amenities, costs, availability and a variety of other criteria based on their specific needs.

To market your property on the Alzheimer's Association's Senior Housing Finder all you need to do is complete a SNAP-Profile. This is a free service provided by the Alzheimer's Association to seniors and senior housing providers. There are no charges for listings, leads or referrals - we just want to see seniors find the best possible living environment they can find.

If you choose to include pictures and/or virtual tours of your property we require you to cover the costs we incur to do so, but that is up to you, otherwise there are no costs associated with your listing.

Your completed on-line SNAP-Profile will be submitted electronically. Once submitted, please e-mail Lisa Milne at milnel@alzflgulf.org and let her know your SNAP-Profile has been submitted.

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FREE Marketing For Providers of Senior Services

Seniors and their caregivers who access the Senior Housing Finder increasingly ask about other non-housing providers.

If you provide senior-oriented services (i.e., home health/home care, adult day care, hospice, elder law, financial planning, geriatric medicine, real estate services (SRES), relocation & transition services (CRTS), etc.), please provide your contact information so that we may communicate with you as opportunities to reach our growing audience of consumers and professionals become available.

Your completed contact form will be submitted electronically. Please e-mail Lisa Milne at milnel@alzflglf.organd let her know you have submitted your senior service provider contact information.

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