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The warning signs of dementia can look different in those with developmental disabilities.


COVID-19 Update: In the best interest of our constituents, volunteers and staff, we are not offering in-person programs at this time. Instead, we are offering dial-in and virtual conferencing options. Please contact us at helplinegmc@alz.org or via our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 with questions.


Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services ProgramThe Developmental Disability Supportive Services Program provides education programming and behavioral consultation to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or those at risk for developing dementia.

Developmental Disability Supportive Services Program — Free Webinar Series

Upcoming programs and registration links are listed below. All programs take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Each program offers 1.5 free nursing and social work CEs. For more information, call 800.272.3900 and ask about DDSSP or visit alz.org/gmc.

Jan. 12 - Introduction to Dementia in People with DD
People with developmental disabilities are living longer than ever, and with longer life comes an increased risk of dementia. Join us to learn the risk of dementia for those with developmental disabilities; the unique signs and symptoms of dementia in this population; and how to best respond to changes in behavior, personality, communication, and self-care abilities.

Jan. 26 - Communication Changes in People with DD and Dementia
Come learn how communication can change for people with DD who develop dementia, as well as how caregivers can modify their own communication to be best understood by those they care for.

Feb. 9 - Preventing and Responding to Behavior and ADL Changes in Individuals with DD and Dementia
Behavior change is a common symptom of dementia and may require slightly different interventions than responding to behaviors caused by DD. This program is designed to help attendees learn more about common behavior changes in those with DD and dementia, including learning to find the root cause of the behavior and how to prevent and respond to common behavior changes.

Feb. 23 - Home Safety and Environmental Modifications
Working with people who have a developmental disability and dementia can pose quite the challenge. However, there are modifications that can be made to the home environment to help ensure safety and independence. In this presentation we will discuss how to assess the environment and the person for safety, learn about safety issues for different stages of dementia, and learn about dementia-friendly environments and modifications that can be made.

March 9 - Activity Planning for People with DD and Dementia
Engaging people with DD and dementia in activities is important. Involvement in structured and routine activities can decrease agitation, increase mood, and provide meaningful opportunities for engagement in life. This session will teach participants how to design and implement activities for people with DD during each stage of dementia.

March 23 - Dementia Screening and Diagnosis
Dementia in those with a developmental disability may not look like what you expect. In this training, attendees will learn the common changes that may indicate dementia in those with a DD, when and how to use two screening tools to record changes that may indicate possible dementia. This training will also help you determine when to refer to a diagnosing physician for further investigation and the components of a comprehensive dementia diagnosis.

April 6 - End of Life Issues for People with DD and Dementia
Dementia is a progressive disorder and Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in America. In this training, attendees will learn what dementia looks like in the late stages; strategies and resources to maximize quality of life; and why commonly used medical interventions for those with DD may not be useful for those with late-stage dementia.

DDSSP offers a variety of education programs via webinar throughout Michigan.
 
DDSSP Service Area
In a non-COVID world, DDSSP services are available in-person in the orange counties above. 
The Michigan Chapter's professional dementia care train the trainer program Dementia-Informed Support: A Training Curriculum for Developmental Disability Professionals is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for successfully incorporating the evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication. Providers who train their staff with Dementia Informed Support are eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification. Learn more at alz.org/trainingandcertification.
 

DDSSP Behavior Management Consultations

Behavior Management Consultations offer the latest techniques in dementia and disability support to help prevent and respond to distressing and disruptive behaviors such as anger and agitation, refusing care, sleep disturbances, eating changes, restlessness, repetitive behaviors, and delusions or hallucinations.
 

To learn more or to schedule DDSSP services, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or email us at helplinegmc@alz.org.