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Course Title
Supporting people living with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia


Designed for caregivers and professionals, this course will discuss the causes of Alzheimer's and Dementia and will examine how those suffering from these illnesses can have a higher quality of life.  The class will review essential communication skills useful for the various stages of Alzheimer's/Dementia and will teach techniques for handling challenging behaviors.  Alleviating caregiver stress and providing useful tools to contribute to a person centered approach will guide this convoluted journey to overcoming the hurdle of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 


To educate students about the causes of Alzheimer's and Dementia and to offer hands on techniques which can help with patient communication, challenging behaviors and caregiver challenges.


Session One

  • Anatomy of the brain relative to Alzheimer's disease and other Dementias
  • Overview of the illness and the stages of progression
  • Importance of Person Centered Care
  • Developing skills to best support the person

Session Two

  • Communication skills
  • Navigating the journey of Alzheimer's
  • Dimensions of wellness

Session Three

  • Understanding & supporting changes in behavior and the physical condition
  • Support for the family care partner(s)

Session Four

  • Maintaining activities of daily living
  • Montessori based programs
  • Maintaining & enhancing quality of life



Method of Instruction



Class participation and attendance