Top Five Reasons to Get Education about Dementia

By Pamela Atwood, MA, CDP Director of Dementia Care Services

  1. As Maya Angelou said, “When we knew better – we did better.” The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners points out that people who have more knowledge about dementia are able to provide better care. Education reduces risk of mistreatment and elder abuse.

  2. There are many myths and misconceptions. The only way to reduce stigma, provide excellent care, and essential support is through effective education. For professional and family caregivers, knowledge helps minimize challenges and maximize caregiver efficacy.

  3. Most States and the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) now require education for long-term care facilities. We know our State’s expectation, and we hope to exceed it. We found ways to educate through adult-learning strategies that increases retention and application in care approaches. We have also applied these strategies to train family caregivers.

  4. Confident caregivers have less stress and more wellness. Education about dementia is one of the critical components of caregiver wellness – we believe this to be true for professional caregivers, as well as family caregivers.

  5. Because people with dementia DESERVE IT! Through no fault of their own, Presidents, award-winning actors, sports superstars, authors, clergy, parents, grandparents and siblings get Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Until we can find a way to cure these diseases, we owe it to them – the incredible individuals we know – to learn as much as we can to provide the right support, at the right time, in the right way. We need to know the difference between symptoms of pain and behavioral/psychological symptoms of dementia.  We need to know how to reduce stigma. We need to know how to engage people with dementia in living life. And we need to know how to support all who grieve their losses to see their remaining abilities.

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