Focus on LIVING with Dementia

Many forms of dementia are classified as disorders or diseases, but there aren’t  treatments that will cure or stop the disease. So, the world of physicians and medication are not the answer for dementia. Instead the goal is to maintain the highest quality of life, to focus on capabilities, and maintain connections to interests, nature and people. We call this a Habilitative (Living) approach instead of a Medical approach.

The goal of the Dementia Skills training is to give caregivers of all types the practical knowledge and tools to help people living with dementia enjoy moments of human connection, beauty, and personal satisfaction. Every person with dementia is unique. This training focuses on how people in the middle stages of dementia experience their world.

The series consists of 11 learning modules. They focus on foundational skills and should be completed in order and as a group. It is best if all the modules are completed within 60-90 days.

If you need proof of Course Completion, download this Course Skills Check-off Sheet , and ask your supervisor or educator to sign off as appropriate.

Module Pages

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A Spanish language option can be chosen on the first slide of each module.

Introduction to the Series: Video

Module One: Practicing the Up the Pyramid Approach

Module Two: Providing Safe and Comfortable Care

Module Three: Preparing for Communication

Module Four: Promoting Communication

Module Five: Promoting Connection

Module Six: Positive Redirection

Module Seven: Planning for Safety and Success

Module Eight: Providing Comfort During ADLs

Module Nine: Personalizing Care

Module Ten: Protecting Caregivers

Module Eleven: Preventing Abuse