An estimated 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, including approximately 5.8 million in the United States. This number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050. 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 about how to care for people with dementia. This program is a nationally registered and evidence-informed, intervention program. Dementia Dialogues® is a 5-module training course designed to educate community members and caregivers (formal or informal) for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The modules cover valuable information and recommendations including an overview of dementia, strategies for effective communication, understanding the environment and ways to promote independence, addressing challenging behaviors, and creative problem solving. Dementia Dialogues® is offered nationwide by Certified Instructors in-person and virtually, and as a virtual self-guided training at no cost to participants.
PUBLICATION: The Journal of Applied Gerontology publication provides an in-depth explanation, and highlights results of an evaluation and data analysis of the Dementia Dialogues® program.
Participate in a Training
To participate in the Dementia Dialogues® training, contact contact the OSA or the identified state designee below.
If you are unable to participate in a training offered by a certified instructor online or in-person, you may complete a self-paced training. This training is accessible at our Moodle website. If you have any questions about the online learning format, please contact the OSA.
State Program Designees
Dementia Dialogues® is offered nationwide but not every state is currently implemented state-wide. Those who are, are identified as State Program Designees. If a state is not identified below, contact the OSA to secure a training opportunity. Agencies should also contact the OSA to discuss implementation of Dementia Dialogues® state-wide.
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Office for the Study of Aging
Megan Byers, Co-Director
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Kristy Russell, CHES
Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah Department of Human Services
Dementia Dialogues® Brochure
For more details on Dementia Dialogues®, take a look at our informational brochure.
Volunteer Information and Application
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Dementia Dialogues® Instructor, please read the volunteer requirements and complete the application.
Approved and active volunteers may access program curriculum and materials on the OSA File System.