New dementia care program for direct workers

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is launching Dementia Care Essentials Wednesday in Juneau.

DCE is a training program designed to meet the growing need for tools and resources among direct care workers serving individuals living with dementia.

The training combines overall knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias with teaching practical tools like communication techniques and planning/implementing activities for individuals living with dementia. The goal is to make direct care workers feel more effective and confident when working with individuals who have specialized needs.

According to Lisa Wawrzonek, statewide Education Director of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, the need for a program like this is clear.

“We have a large number of people in Alaska who have dementia and there are little to no trainings available for direct service providers in this field. This course will give them the fundamentals and base for providing care.”

DCE will be led by Amber Smith, local Education Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. The program is taught in a five-week session for two hours each week and participants who attend all five classes and pass a post-test with a score of 80 percent or more will receive a Certificate of Competency in Dementia Care for 10 contact hours.

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is the state’s leading source of information, services and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The non-profit organization serves the entire state of Alaska and is dedicated to ensuring quality of life until a cure is found.

Contact Amber Smith at 907-586-6044 to register or for more information. Dementia Care Essentials will be at the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Drive, in the third floor conference room.


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