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About professional training



The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in communities, community-based and residential care settings. Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians, housekeepers, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.

Training programs

Dementia Specialist: Best Practices for Direct Care Staff

Recommended for direct-care staff, the Dementia Specialist Program provides comprehensive training on dementia, its impact on a person’s life, how to effectively communicate and build relationships with people with dementia and give them extraordinary care. The two-day program offers creative and interactive learning with many opportunities for skills application and team building. Training participants will:

At the completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Contact ADAW at 608.232.3400 or 888.308.6251.

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Educational opportunities for professional direct care staff

Effective in-services help direct care staff sharpen their skills and improves job satisfaction. Better skills and improved job satisfaction leads to better care and better care is your best marketing tool. Both new and experienced professional caregivers benefit from our workshops by learning best practice approaches, having opportunities to practice specific skills, and learning how to apply those skills on the job.

In-Services: 60-90 minutes

Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Learn the basics of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as well as key information on treatment options.

Stages of Alzheimer's - Tips to Help Throughout the Disease: Learn about the changing needs and approaches to use as Alzheimer's disease progresses.

Positive Communication: Learn the art of communicating to effectively accommodate dementia-related brain changes.

Understanding Behavior Changes: Learn problem-solving steps and best approaches for common changes in behavior.

Person-Centered Care in Late Stage Dementia: Learn the best approaches to provide quality care specific to late stage dementia.

Meaningful Activities: Learn how to use a person's life story to provide simple, effective activities.

Others by request

Workshops: Two to three hour workshops are in-depth, hands-on, and offer the opportunity to practice specific skills

Dementia Basics: Improving communication and understanding behavior: This workshop provides a definition of dementia and its impact on a person's ability to function. Learn vital tools to understand and respond to challenges with communication and behaviors.

Personal Care Success for People with Dementia: Learn to use a person's individual preferences, needs and abilities to most effectively help with common problems in bathing, eating, dressing and toileting. Practice these skills through interactive exercises.

Reducing Pain in People With Dementia: Many people with dementia are unable to communicate their pain. This leads to unnecessary suffering and care challenges. Through real-life scenarios, learn how to recognize, prevent and reduce pain in persons with dementia.

Between the Words: Effective Communication With People With Dementia: In this highly interactive workshop, direct care providers will learn the most effective communication practices, approaches, validation and redirection techniques by first understanding the effects of dementia on the brain.

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin can also create presentations to fit your specific needs. To schedule a presentation, learn fees, or for more information, contact ADAW at 608.232.3400 or 888.308.6251.

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