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Dementia Care Professionals of America division

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December 2015/Issue 17
A Message from AFA's
Deputy Director, Educational Services
The holidays are a special time of the year to cherish time with friends and family, reflect upon the good things in our lives, and look forward to the year ahead. For those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and their families, however, the holidays can also be challenging. Feelings of sadness about how the condition has changed a loved one or family dynamics, concern about ensuring a loved one is safe and well during holiday gatherings, and anxiety about maintaining daily routines are common emotions.
In order to help the individuals and families with whom you work have an enjoyable holiday season, check out DCPA's newest training video (see "DCPA Happenings" for more information) to strengthen your communication skills and develop strategies for working effectively with families. Be sure to also take a look at AFA's  caregiving tips for the holidays and reach out to our social work team for support through our bilingual (English/Spanish) toll-free helpline: 866-232-8484 (M-F, 9am-9pm ET). 
On behalf of DCPA, thank you for your dedication to serving others and commitment to providing compassionate, person-centered dementia care. We wish you all the best  for a restful, healthy, and joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

In health,

Kristen Cribbs, MPH
Deputy Director, Educational Services
DCPA Happenings
Build Skills in Effective Communication and Collaboration through New DCPA Training Video 

AFA's newest training video, AFA Partners in Care, is helping dementia care partners across the country develop the confidence and skills needed to work with individuals with dementia and their families.  Featuring insights from multidisciplinary professionals, family members, and individuals living with dementia, this 9-module, 6-hour video will help you develop strategies for effective communication, understanding behaviors as communication, and successful collaboration. Learn more a nd purchase the training program  here CE's available for social workers!

AFA & LiveOn NY Training Workshop- December 3
There is still time left to register for AFA and LiveOn NY's joint educational workshop, "Untangling the Web: Aging & Dementia." We hope you will join us for a morning of education and networking as we unravel the continuum of the aging process and explore health literacy and brain health and wellness. December 3, 2015, from 8am-12pm, New York, NY. Learn more and  register online .
In the News
  • As discussed by "Forbes," The Atlantic Philanthropies announced last month that it will award the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and Trinity College Dublin a multi-year grant of $177 million to focus on global aging, with a specific focus on stemming dementia incidence.
  • "The Atlantic" explores the challenges faced by older adults who reside in assisted-living homes when facilities close, especially for those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • A recent "New York Times" piece illuminates how health care providers have a tendency to over-manage chronic conditions in older adults. 
  • "The Washington Post" describes Singapore's newly-unveiled Action Plan for Successful Ageing and possible lessons learned for the United States.
Continuing Education
Each month, AFA offers  a free, monthly teleconference--Care Connection-- geared toward professional and family care partners.  Featuring an array of leaders and experts in the field, Care Connection, which is held the second Thursday of each month from 1 to 2 pm ET, seeks to provide care partners with valuable knowledge on topics related to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, including medical, behavioral, practical and social.  As a participant, you will have the chance to ask questions and learn from other listeners.   

Join our next discussion on 
December 10 from 1-2pm ET!

Karol Tapias, LMSW, from LiveOnNY, will discuss intimacy, sexuality and Alzheimer's disease.

Call toll-free 877-594-8353, Guest ID# 46692951#

Learn more about upcoming presenters and topics on our  website  and participate in a teleconference to earn one Continuing Education Unit (CEU).*    
*Professionals who are sanctioned as AFA Certified Dementia Care Partners must renew their credential every year by obtaining eight CEUs.
Every hour of continuing education equals one credit . 30 minutes of content equals 0.5 credits. A program of less than 30 minutes in total is not applicable, and all intervals of less than 30 minutes are rounded down to the nearest 30-minute mark.
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