Dementia Training for Nurses

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Dementia Training for Nurses

Alzheimer Foundation offers certification program

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Dealing with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be very challenging for nurses. To address this concern, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) seeks to provide the necessary professional skills with video training and certification programs.

The First Point of Contact

According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s disease currently afflicts more than 5 million people in the U.S., including more than 50 percent of all nursing home residents. With more cases appearing as the population ages, it becomes increasingly likely that even nurses who don’t work in long-term care will encounter dementia patients.

“Nurses and nurse practitioners are often the first point of contact for the growing number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families,” says AFA President and CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

DVD Training Program

The AFA is now offering a six-hour DVD training program entitled AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia. The training includes insights from patients and families as well as dementia experts.

After completing the training, you can also take a certification exam to become an AFA-certified dementia care partner, demonstrating your competency in the most current dementia-care protocols.

The DVD training program costs $195 per person ($175.50 for current students) plus $6.80 shipping. For more information, visit

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