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Dementia Dialogues

Class Description
Dementia Dialogues is a 5-session training course designed to educate individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias.  Almost 20,000 individuals have been trained and over 10,000 have completed the course.

As of December 2013, this class will no longer be available through the Office for the Study of Aging. A transcript of the lecture series is available. Dementia Dialogues Narrative Online

If you are interested in a "live" training feel free to contact individuals who are Certified Dementia Dialogue Trainers. Only trainers listed have been approved to use the name Dementia Dialogues. To find a trainer near you see the list of approved trainers.

Impact
Mary Baldauf has taken Dementia Dialogues several times to better understand what her husband is going through. Mary and Richard, an avid fisherman, planned to retire and buy a boat when she began to suspect something. "I would go to the doctor and say something is not quite right here," she recalls.

Richard was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 63 years old. "It made me feel so sad it. It just absolutely broke my heart and I started the grieving process." Mary was able to prepare herself for the progression of the disease by taking the free class on Alzheimer's and dementia (Dementia Dialogues).

Watch Mary talk about her experience in an excerpt from WLTX News.

 

An estimated 22 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 5 million live in the United States. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Registry reports that 7.8% of South Carolinians age 65 or over and 31% age 85 or over have Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 60,000 new cases will occur between 2012 and 2017.

I appreciated a real nuts and bolts series.

Registered Nurse

Although much research has been conducted on the cause and cure of Alzheimer’s disease, little information is available about hands-on care. Dementia Dialogues provides the most current and practical information in the care of people with dementia. OSA’s extensive research supports this training program which assists caregivers through the following topics:

I believe in this course and it has helped me personally with my mother
who is borderline 3rd stage.

Agency Training Specialist

 

I am finding this training more valuable than ever these days because of those we serve who have Down's syndrome and with some other forms of MR and Autism. Since individuals with Down's sydrome are four times more likely to get a form a dementia at a much earlier age than any other population, it has helped to explain to staff why some behaviors happen and what to do to help the situation, even if the individual is not suffering from dementia. I see a lot of parallels in providing active treatment to all individuals we serve whether they have dementia or not.

Agency Training Specialist and Dementia Dialogues Trainer

 

I have started speaking slower to my patients, stating one thing at a time and giving them more time to respond. Giving them choices has also been a plus.

Activity Director

 

Additional Dementia Resources:
What You Need to Know About Me: A Notebook for Families and Caregivers (PDF format)