Dementia Dialogues®

An estimated 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, including over 6 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

Dementia Dialogues® is offered online or in-person by a Certified Instructor across the nation, as well as online self-guided training.  This program is offered in various states by individuals, agencies, or organizations. Only two states are currently implemented state-wide with a program designee: South Carolina and Utah.  However, this does not mean your state does not offer Dementia Dialogues®. Contact OSA to schedule a training opportunity or to implement the program in your state.

Become a Volunteer
Persons interested in becoming a volunteer or a Dementia Dialogues® Certified Instructor must review the volunteer requirements and apply online. Volunteers are defined as persons who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task without expectation of payment or reimbursement for services.

Active Volunteers
Active volunteers are approved applicants who have completed mandatory training and maintain compliance with terms and conditions of the program. Volunteers may access program curricula through the OSA File System.


Dementia Dialogues® Brochure

For more details on Dementia Dialogues®, take a look at our informational brochure.