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LeadingAge Iowa and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Iowa have collaborated to develop a curriculum and training plan for professionals working directly with those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Under a grant from the Iowa Department on Aging, the Alzheimer's Association created a Dementia Education Task Force charged with developing a comprehensive program known as Dementia Education – A Train-the-Trainer Approach.
The program’s target audience is registered nurses and covers topics such as:
The curriculum exceeds the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals requirements for initial and ongoing training for nursing facilities with a CCDI unit, dementia specific assisted living programs, and adult day programs. Participants are required to pass a test upon completion of the program and the Train-the-Trainer certificate is good for two years.
Certified trainers will receive a trainer's workbook that includes a Power Point presentation, handouts, tests, answer keys and other resource material to use in their facilities. Trainers are encouraged to share the Alzheimer’s curriculum with their entire staff and establish best practices for dementia care in their communities.