On November 1 and 4, MNRAAA is hosting an online Dementia Capability training for 16 caregiver consultants in our 27-county service area. Caregiver consultants help caregivers develop strategies to achieve a balanced lifestyle that enhances their ability to provide good care and manage their well-being. This will be the first time this training is offered in a virtual format.
Dementia Capability training is part of the professional standards that caregiver consultants in Minnesota need to complete. Heidi Haley-Franklin delivers the training, MSW, LICSW, the Vice President of Programs at the MN ND chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Dr. Terry Barclay, the Director of the Neuropsychology Department at HealthPartners and Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Research Investigator with HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging and the Institute for Medical Research.
The training will help participants recognize common dementia syndromes, learn to administer several cognitive screening tools, develop practical plans to support individuals with dementia and their families, and learn strategies for partnering with the medical community to provide good dementia care.
The topics covered in two half-day training sessions include Recent Alzheimer’s Research and Emerging Therapies, Identification of Dementia Subtypes, Appropriate Activities for Each Stage of the Disease, Communication and Behavior Management, Cognitive Screening Tools and Practice, Care Planning, Case Studies, and Navigating the Medical Community. MNRAAA is excited to pilot this training online.
Caregiver consultants are attending from the following organizations: A.C.E of Southwest MN, Adara Home Health, CCM Health, Granite Falls Living At Home Block Nurse Program, Grove City Area Care Living At Home Program, Interfaith Caregivers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Prairie Five Community Action Council, Inc, VINE Faith in Action, and Waseca Area Caregiver Services.
To find a caregiver consultant near you, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.