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Dementia Awareness & Skills Course

This course is not currently scheduled, but will be in Spring 2019.  Check back soon for course offerings.



This dynamic one‚Äźday course is designed to build knowledge about dementia and how to work effectively with people with dementia.  During the first half of the training, participants will learn about the brain and how normal aging, brain failure, and dementia affect the brain.  The second half of the training will focus on a positive approach to dementia care.  Participants will learn about the GEMS® Model and develop new skills to connect with individuals with dementia.  Learning is facilitated through discussion, activities, videos and lecture. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
  • Develop a basic understanding of the brain
  • Understand the effects of normal aging and dementia on brain function
  • Understand the difference between the 3 D’s
  • Develop an understanding of the psycho-social needs of persons with dementia
  • Explore the effects of vision changes for persons with dementia
  • Develop an appreciation for a positive approach to dementia care
  • Explore the characteristics of 6 gems and how they relate to dementia
  • Practice techniques to connect with individuals with dementia
 Intended Audience:
This course is intended for professionals that work with or come in contact with persons with dementia including crisis workers, APS workers, Family Care MCO’s, residential providers, Iris consultants, ADRCs, public health workers, hospital social workers, and first responders.

6.0 CEH