Alzheimer’s Association Project ECHO Program                                          

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to ensuring that people with Alzheimer’s dementia receive high-quality care and support in long-term care and community-based settings. To meet this commitment, the Alzheimer's Association offers assisted living communities the opportunity to participate in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program.

How it works

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a free telementoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to share information. This program connects dementia care experts with leaders from assisted living communities across the country who come together in regularly scheduled collaborative learning sessions to participate in case-based learning and brief presentations by an expert panel. The six-month program helps to enhance person-centered, high-quality dementia care in community-based settings by improving providers’ knowledge and confidence.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Case-based learning so that all participants teach and learn.
  • Brief didactic presentations from experts in the field.
  • Video conferencing and other technology that fosters interactive learning.
  • Easy access for joining a learning series.

The Alzheimer's and Dementia Care ECHO Program is one of the first in the country focused on quality dementia care in long-term care and community-based settings. Topics for the assisted living series are based on the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

At the completion of the series, participants will have increased knowledge and understanding of person-centered quality dementia care in the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Person-Centered Dementia Care
  • Detection and Diagnosis for Non-Physicians
  • Person-Centered Assessment and Care Planning
  • Co-Morbidities and Medical Management for Non-Physicians
  • Information, Education and Support Needs of Individuals Living with Dementia and Caregivers
  • Evidence-Based Non-pharmacological Practices
  • Progressive Support for Activities of Daily Living
  • Building and Supporting the Workforce
  • Supportive and Therapeutic Environments
  • Interventions for Transitions in Care
  • Evaluating Person-Centered Practices

The program is offered to participants free of charge, with Senior Star co-founders Bill and Bob Thomas, and their wives, Susan and Jill, as individual donors.​