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At present, the National Institute on Aging estimates that over five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. These older adults have specialized cognitive, physical and emotional needs. Few caregivers,paid or unpaid, have the specialized training needed to optimally care for those with dementia.
Unfortunately, most hands-on care providers report that they learn about dementia care “on the job” or through “trial and error.” GEM provides specific dementia education that allows these care providers to perform their jobs in a more competent and nurturing manner.
At the end of the GEM Dementia Care Training, care providers are able to:
- Identify persons who exhibit symptoms of dementia.
- Use strategies for successful communication.
- Understand safety risks.
- Understand concerns of the family.
- Understand appropriate levels of care.
- Link persons with dementia to needed social and medical services.
- Provide the “Best Day” for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.
Training involves 12 hours of intensive dementia-specific training. Training is facilitated by Gail Sonnesso, MS, Q.D.C.S., Director of GEM.
Successful completion of this class entitles you to 12 CEU’s in Effective Dementia Care recognized by NC Dept. of Health & Human Services Adult Care Licensure Section.
Also GEM offers Qualified Dementia Care Provider via the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America an (8) eight hour workshop that provides the qualification and membership in the Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) and provides on-going CEU’s necessary to remain qualified.
News Articles / Blog Links
- Check list of 10 signs in early Alzheimers
- A Bill of Rights for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias
- Non-pharmacological Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease: A mind-brain approach
- Non-pharmacological therapies for people with dementia; key facts
- Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale – a survey to find out what people know about Alzheimer’s and dementia. To get the correct answers, subscribe to GEM Adult Day Services, Inc. via the email subscription box to the right.
- The Hearthstone Institute – Speakers Bureau
- The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s – A study by Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association
- Building a Livable and Senior Friendly North Carolina – Governor’s Policy Roundtables—Preliminary Report
- Alzheimer’s Association: Preparing for the “Silver Tsunami” – State Government Alzheimer’s Disease Plans