NEW YORK (March 30, 2016) —April is Occupational Therapy Month and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is celebrating by offering occupational therapists a 10 percent discount on its dementia care training program, “AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living With Dementia.”
“Occupational therapists are a vital part of the care team and we wanted to show our appreciation for them during Occupational Therapy Month,” said AFA’s Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “These care partners help people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers by focusing on each individual’s abilities, safe proofing the home environment and helping them maintain their independence, which is critically important.”
The “AFA Partners in Care” training series assists health care professionals in gaining a better understanding of dementia, learning effective communication strategies, and developing relationships with the individuals in their care in order to foster more meaningful living. It also includes tips and strategies for professional self-care. . Developed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals, the program is appropriate for a variety of disciplines.
Individuals who complete the program and pass the associated exam can pursue designation as an AFA Dementia Care Partner. Occupational therapists can order the “AFA Partners in Care” training DVD, and take advantage of the 10 percent discount, by contacting Molly Fogel, AFA’s director of educational and social services, at 866-232-8484 x131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be placed no later than April 29.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a non-profit founded to fill the gap that existed on a national level assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA unites more than 2,400 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. AFA’s services include a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, professional training, community outreach, free quarterly caregiver magazine, research funding, public advocacy and programmatic services. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.