Illinois Dementia Care Train the Trainer Program Oct. 25 in Rockford

Greater Illinois Chapter in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health Skokie, Ill. The Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter is hosting the “Illinois Dementia Care Train the Trainer Program” on Tuesday Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wesley Willows, 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford.

Participants will receive information, techniques and tools to conduct four onsite in-services designed to upgrade skills of direct care staff providing care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Participants will learn to apply adult learning principles while training staff in key aspects of providing dementia care, including understanding dementia, communication strategies, challenging behaviors and activity-based care.

Register online at or call (815) 484-1300. The registration fee is $75 per person and includes program materials, continuing education credits, continental breakfast and lunch. The Greater Illinois Chapter presents the program in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

“The program is the first step to compliance with new state-mandated special care unit regulations and is mindful of budget and staff limitations,” said Molly L. Henry, director of the Alzheimer’s Association Professional Training Institute. “Participants can train colleagues in four, onsite in-services so staff are not away from work at the same time and everyone benefits from consistent person-centered care to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their families.”

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells and gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Today, more than half a million people in Illinois are affected by Alzheimer’s, including 210,000 people who have Alzheimer’s, plus their family members and caregivers. Nationally, more than 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. One in 10 Americans have a family member with Alzheimer’s, and one in three knows someone with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s. Since 1980, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information, visit or call the chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue

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