Dementia Dialogues®

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. The Alzheimer’s Disease Registry reports that 11% of South Carolinians age 65+ and 51% age 85+ have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

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 5-module, evidence-informed nationally registered training course is designed to educate community members and caregivers for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of ADRD, free of charge.

Since 2001, over 21,000 individuals have been trained in at least one module and over 10,000 individuals have completed the entire course. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a “Dementia Dialogues® Specialist Certificate.”

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.

Online Learning
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 this website.  If you have any questions about the online learning format, please contact the OSA Program Coordinator.

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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South Carolina

Office for the Study of Aging

Megan Byers, Co-Director
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
E-Mail: osa@sc.edu

Utah

Kristy Russell, CHES 
Pronouns: She/Her
Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah Department of Human Services
E-Mail: krussell@utah.gov
Website: UtahAging.org

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.

Active Volunteers

Approved and active volunteers may access program curriculum and materials on the OSA File System.