ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA CARE STAFF EDUCATION WEEK
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week is February 14-21. Each year the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners promotes the week to focus on fostering sensitivity and respect for people diagnosed with dementia. During the week, front line staff learns communication techniques and new approaches for helping patients with activities of daily living.
One of the goals of the week is to help coordinate and promote advancements in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. While the increase in the number of dementia cases is a cause for concern, the outlook continues to improve as more methods for treating and improving the quality of life for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn the differences between dementia and Alzheimer.
Learn how to detect early onset of Alzheimer’s.
Engage in memory care activities such as:
- Learn a new language, or how to play a musical instrument
- Play board games
- Work on Crossword or number puzzles
Use #AlzheimersDementiaCareEducationWeek to share on social media.
For at least 12 years, the week was developed to bring national and international awareness to the importance of providing comprehensive dementia education. One of the goals of the week is to make face to face interactive classroom opportunities available for all healthcare professionals and line staff. Ultimately, organizers hope to go above and beyond the minimum state requirements regarding dementia education.
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