FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 31, 2006
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Dementia Care Training Series Gets Nod for Continuing Education Credits for Nurses, Social Workers
NEW YORK , NY—Nurses and social workers in all 50 states and territories of the United States can now obtain up to 17 continuing education credits for a unique DVD-based training series offered by Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).
T he DVD series consists of practical and user-friendly content, and allows professionals the convenience of undergoing the training from home or work, and at their own pace.
As another plus, those who successfully complete the basic program and the more advanced program earn recognition as an AFA Qualified Dementia Care Provider or AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, respectively. With this designation, professionals gain free membership in DCPA.
“This training is crucial, especially given the rising incidence of Alzheimer's disease. With nationwide accreditation for these courses, we hope to further raise the bar on care, as well as attract more professionals across the country to dedicate themselves to this deserving population,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA's chief executive officer.
For nurses, the continuing education credits are being offered in cooperation with The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, which is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA). ASNA is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation to approve continuing education units in nursing.
For social workers, the National Association of Social Workers has approved the series.
DCPA's DVD Series 1 is a four-disc program that provides essential information for the safe and effective care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, including practical tips on managing complex behaviors and activities of daily living. The series has been approved for six continuing education credits for both nurses and social workers.
DCPA's DVD Series 2, a five-disc program, provides more advanced information about the intellectual, functional, psychiatric and behavioral changes that occur in individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, as well as comprehensive management interventions. The series has been approved for 11 continuing education credits for both nurses and social workers.
AFA developed the training in consultation with Richard E. Powers, M.D., an AFA board member and chief of the Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
The granting of continuing education credits comes at a time when interest in DCPA's training series continues to grow. Since AFA introduced the training program in the fall of 2004, more than 1,000 healthcare professionals have been qualified as either AFA Qualified Dementia Care Providers or AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialists. In addition to nurses and social workers, these professionals include home health aides, recreational therapists, geriatric care managers, physician assistants, and physicians.
For more information about DCPA's training program, call 866.232.8484 or visit www.careprofessionals.org.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their families. Based in New York, AFA unites hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on support services. AFA's services include a toll-free hotline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free magazine for caregivers, a national memory screening initiative, and training for healthcare professionals. For more information, call (Toll-Free Helpline) 866.232.8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org
Contact: Carol Steinberg