Professional Resources

The Alzheimer's Association's New England regional chapters have developed resources to help healthcare professionals on the front lines navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Our Person-Centered Dementia Care Training is now presented virtually, and we've developed a new series called "Caring Conversations" to help healthcare professionals during this difficult time.

In addition, our 24/7 Helpline is available to everyone at 800.272.3900--please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here for you.

COVID-19 Caring Conversations for Professionals

As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, we have created a new, ongoing series specifically for healthcare professionals and the unique challenges you face during this time. These sessions are live, interactive, and completely virtual. There is no cost to attend.

The Cumulative Loss of COVID-19: Understanding the Grief Process

(July 8, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.): This workshop will examine the nature of the normal grief process, how it has been altered by COVID19, and how grief support interventions have changed in response to it. Presented by HopeHealth's Deanna Upchurch, who has worked in hospice and palliative care for over 20 years as a grief counselor and healthcare manager.

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Atención plena y resistencia al estrés para cuidadores profesionales (en tiempos de COVID-19)

(14 de julio 6 - 7pm) Este taller explorará la naturaleza del estrés, cómo reconocer respuestas al estrés y la exploración de varias técnicas de atención plena que los cuidadores profesionales pueden comenzar a usar para aliviar el estrés y desarrollar la equilibrio emocional. Alejandro Zima es consejero y entrenador de mindfulness con HopeHealth en Providence RI, y anteriormente trabajó en el campo de la salud y el bienestar en el lugar de trabajo, la educación y la tecnología.

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Mindfulness and Stress Resilience for Professional Caregivers (in the Time of COVID-19)

(July 22, 11am - 12pm) This workshop will explore the emotional and physiological nature of stress, how to recognize stress responses, and the exploration of mindfulness techniques that professional caregivers can begin using to relieve stress and build emotional resilience in challenging times. Alejandro Zima is a grief counselor and mindfulness coach with HopeHealth in Providence RI. He previously worked in the field of workplace health and wellness, education and technology.

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Previous COVID-19 Caring Conversations for Professionals

Taking Care of Your Mental Well-Being: Warning Signs of Trauma, Anxiety and Depression (May 27, 2020): This session, led by Dr. Brent Forester, chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, identified key components of mental health and ways to care for yourself during these challenging times of COVID-19.
 
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Dementia Care Concerns: Understanding the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia During COVID-19 (June 17, 2020): This presentation, led by Dementia Practitioner Tammy Pozerycki, focused on the current challenges professionals face in caring for people living with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
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Tip Sheets for Professionals

Click below to access COVID-related tip sheets aimed at healthcare professionals. Check back often for the latest information.

Massachusetts Alzheimer's Partnerships

During these unprecedented times, our Community Partnerships are still meeting virtually to connect and share resources. Despite the inability to offer events in the community for the safety of our constituents and partnership members, we value the work of partnerships and recognize them as key contributors to our vision: A world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. If you are interested in joining one of the fourteen MA regional partnerships, please click below.

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Alzheimer's Association Policy Recommendations

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create additional challenges for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers. These challenges are particularly being felt in long-term care settings. Indeed, nursing homes and assisted living communities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, where 48% of nursing home residents are living with dementia, and 42% of residents in residential care facilities, including assisted living communities, have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Learn more about what the Alzheimer's Association is doing to address these issues from a public policy perspective.
 
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Person-Centered Dementia Care

Our curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide range of residential and community based care settings. The 7-hour training - now virtual - teaches attendees how to deliver the 13-hour curriculum based on the person-centered model of Habilitation Therapy.

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