Home | News | Events | Press | Contact  

About UseNewsletterMessage BoardsAction CenterAdvocateWalk to End Alzheimer’sShopDonate

Find your chapter:

search by state

In My Community
Professional Training Schedule
Text Size controlsNormal font sizeMedium font sizeLarge font size

This Spring 2015 professional training opportunity is made possible in part by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

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.

Back to top

Dates and Locations

Spring 2015 Training Dates

All trainings will offer a light continental breakfast, except for the March 18 training. Attendees should plan to bring a bag lunch, if desired. Lunch will be provided at the March 18 training.

January 15
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Hermitage
5000 Fairbanks Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Reducing Pain

January  17

10:00 am -2:00 pm
329 N. Cameron Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Understanding Wandering

February 17
9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Alzheimer's Association
3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA  22030
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Understanding Wandering

March 11
10:00 am -2:00 pm
Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads
3440 S. Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA 22041
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Making Connections

March 18

10:00 am -2:00 pm 
Loudoun County AAA
20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170
Ashburn, VA  20147
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Reducing Pain
NOTE: To register for the March 18 session, please contact Lesley Katz, MSW, Aging Program Specialist, at 703-777-0257 or at lesley.katz@loudoun.gov

April 11
9:00 am -1:00 pm
Greenspring—Hunter’s Crossing Conference Center
7470 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, VA  22150
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Understanding Wandering
NOTE: Allow extra time to park and walk/shuttle to the training site.

April 13

8:00 am- 12:00 pm
Home Instead, Manassas
9817 Godwin Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Modules:  About Dementia, Improving Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Enhancing Mealtime

Back to top

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

Back to top



Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.