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 COVID-19 crisis, we created a series specifically for healthcare professionals and the unique challenges you face during this time. We recorded these sessions, and they are now available to be viewed by you and your staff at any time. Please see below for more information.

Mindfulness and Stress Resilience for Professional Caregivers in the Time of COVID-19 (July 22, 11am - 12pm): Presented by grief counselor and mindfulness coach Alejandro Zima, this workshop explored 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. Watch the recording | Download the slides

Atención plena y resistencia al estrés para cuidadores profesionales en tiempos de COVID-19 (14 de julio de 2020): Este taller explorará la naturaleza emocional y fisiológica del estrés, cómo reconocer varias respuestas al estrés y la exploración de varias técnicas de atención plena que los cuidadores profesionales pueden comenzar a usar de inmediato para aliviar el estrés y desarrollar el equilibrio emocional en tiempos difíciles. Mira la presentación

The Cumulative Loss of COVID-19: Understanding the Grief Process (July 8, 2020): Presented by grief counselor Deanna Upchurch, this session examined how the grief process and grief support interventions have changed in the context of COVID-19. Download the slides  

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. Watch the recording

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. Watch the recording

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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