As a first responder, it’s critical to understand how to best approach situations involving someone living with dementia. Approaching Alzheimer's: First Responder Training program is a free, online training that will help prepare you to respond to common calls involving a person living with dementia.

Developed with input from first responders, the training offers:

  • 24/7 access, making it convenient for all shifts and new hires.
  • Learning through a self-paced, online curriculum.
  • Videos and interactive activities.
  • Training available on any device including laptop, tablet or mobile device. 

Sign up for free first responder training

Start at the Briefing for tips and information that can help in any situation.

  • Hear from other first responders and learn how to respond to typical calls.
  • Quiz yourself to test your knowledge of the new tips.
  • Explore all of the topics in greater detail.
  • Complete all six topics to earn a certificate or simply review those most relevant to your role.

Sign Up

To promote the training within your department or agency, use this downloadable flyer to distribute or post in your breakroom.

The training also includes a downloadable tip sheet, Quick Tips for First Responders. This handy page can be folded to fit in a visor or emergency kit, and includes helpful phone numbers and strategies to help a person living with dementia and their family.

Make Your First Response the Right Response

If you encounter a person living with dementia in the community, would you know how to appropriately adjust your approach?

Other resources for families in your community:

  • Safety information: Taking measures to ensure safety at all times can help prevent injuries, and it can help people living with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed. The Alzheimer's Association safety center provides valuable information on safety in the home, driving and other safety issues.
  • ALZNavigator™: Whether you’re living with dementia or caring for someone who is, ALZNavigator, an online interactive tool, will guide you to your next steps.​