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Training For Caregiving and Health Care Professionals

Our affordable workshops are based on best practices and the evidence-based Quality Dementia Care Practice Recommendations developed by the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association.  All trainings are based on the latest research findings and are continually updated through the resources of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Workshops are interactive and provide practical tips and tools.  Continuing education hours and certificates are available.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers DSHS approved Continuing Education classes for paid caregivers. Please contact out education department directly to inquire about Continuing Education workshops near you.

To learn more about fees for Continuing Education classes or to schedule classes contact the Education Department:
Becca Verda, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
206.529.3880 or 800.848.7097, ext. 249

Classes for Caregiving and Health Care Professional

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Keys to Dementia Care
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behaviors
Making Bathing Pleasant
Assessing and Addressing Pain
Dementia and Dining: Strategies for Improving Mealtimes
Meaningful Activities
Sexuality and Dementia
Staying Safe
Generation Alzheimer’s
Communicating with Persons with Dementia
Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – 1 hour or 2 hours
Is dementia a normal part of aging?  What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?  This class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer’s, treatments, and resources.  We will also discuss the benefits of early detection.   

The one-hour class briefly reviews risk factors, types of dementia, and how the brain is affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  The two-hour class covers these topics in more detail. 

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Keys to Dementia Care – 3 hours or 4 hours
Working with people with dementia, while rewarding, can provide unique challenges.  Participants in this interactive workshop will learn:
  • How changes in the brain can affect communication and behavior
  • Hands-on techniques for improving communication, problem solving, and responding to dementia-related behaviors
  • How to enter the world of the person with dementia in order to meet his or her needs and improve quality of care
  • Practical tools that will improve job efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction 

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behaviors – 1.5 hours
This workshop provides hands-on tools for interacting with individuals with dementia-related behaviors that can be challenging for caregivers.  Participants will learn to decipher the meaning of behaviors and uncover their triggers, as well as intervene to decrease distress and the incidence of these behaviors.  This workshop will also provide a brief overview of dementia basics. 

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Making Bathing Pleasant – 1.5 hours
Bathing can be a frightening and frustrating experience for persons with dementia and their caregivers.  This class will help participants learn to identify and prevent the causes of resistance and dementia-related behaviors that can occur with bathing, and make bathing a comfortable and positive experience. Participants will learn the soothing technique of towel bathing. 

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Assessing and Addressing Pain – 1.5 hours
People with dementia are at higher risk of experiencing unrelieved pain, which in turn can worsen cognitive impairment.  How can we identify, assess and respond to pain in people with dementia, particularly if they are unable to accurately self-report their pain? This class will address these issues and provide tools for improving client/resident comfort.

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Dementia and Dining: Strategies for Improving Mealtimes – 2 hours 
The effects of dementia on dining can lead to weight loss and malnutrition, increase dementia-related behaviors, and decrease quality of life. Participants in this interactive class will learn to identify factors that contribute to dining difficulties and find solutions tailored to individual needs. The class will provide strategies for creating an optimal dining experience and maximizing client/resident independence.

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Meaningful Activities – 2 hours or 4 hours
Learn how any interaction with a person who has dementia can become a meaningful, personalized activity without adding to caregiving time.  Learn to create a simple, individualized activity bag to have at the ready for each client, with appropriate tools to meet individual needs for calming, sensory stimulation, boredom, and more. The 4 hour session includes more information on assessment, plus video featuring activities with people with dementia.

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Sexuality and Dementia– 1 hour Sexuality covers many areas of our identity, and people with dementia have the same need for affection and intimacy as we do. However, because of their cognitive limitations, they express their needs in ways that are often misunderstood. This session explores ways to assess for needs, recognize sexual behaviors, and find strategies to meet the need for intimacy and affection in appropriate ways.

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Staying Safe – 2 Hours People with dementia are at risk for getting lost and suffering other injuries. This session explores why people with dementia have an increased safety risk. It also helps the learner to assess for and correct safety problems in the home environment, be able to anticipate and avoid unsafe situations, and be able to react appropriately when accidents do happen.

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Generation Alzheimer’s – 1 hour In 2011 the first baby boomers started reaching 65 years of age. This workshop explores the impact that baby boomers and Alzheimer’s disease will have on our already overextended healthcare and social services systems.  Participants will gain a better understanding of and ability to plan for the new era of caregiving that this demographic change will bring about.  

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Communicating with Persons with Dementia – 1.5 hours Improving communication with persons with dementia can lead to a decrease in dementia-related behaviors and distress and to improved quality of life for both care recipient and care partner.  This class will help participants learn to understand and enter the world of the person with dementia and implement techniques for improving communication.  It will also provide a brief overview of dementia basics. 

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Developmental Disabilities and Dementia–1.5 hours People with developmental disabilities, especially those with Down syndrome, can also get Alzheimer’s disease. The session explores why people with developmental disabilities are at risk, how the dementia presents and progresses, and how to manage the disease.

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