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 Official newsletter of the

Alzheimer's Foundation of America's

Dementia Care Professionals of America division

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November 2015/Issue 16
A Message from AFA's
Deputy Director, Educational Services
This November, for National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver Month, AFA hopes  you join will join us in honoring and advocating for those living with the disease and care partners nationwide. AFA has planned a variety of local and national activities this year, and we encourage you to get involved! 
  • November 1-7: National Memory Screening Week (formerly National Memory Screening Day)
  • November 5: Light the Nation - landmarks across the country and world will light up teal to raise awareness of Alzheimer's
  • November 7: AFA's Educating America initiative visits West Palm Beach, Fla. for a day of awareness-raising, free confidential memory screenings & more
  • November 16: joint webinar with National Alliance for Caregiving on tips and talking points for starting a discussion about memory concerns with loved ones during the holiday season
  • November 17: AFA co-hosts a webinar with Avanir Pharmaceuticals on Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in 
    Alzheimer's Dementia.  
For more information about these activities, contact Amanda Secor, AFA's director of communications.

On behalf of all of us at AFA, thank you for your commitment to supporting individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as their families. 

In health,

Kristen Cribbs, MPH
Deputy Director, Educational Services
DCPA Happenings
Upcoming AFA & LiveOn NY Training Workshop- December 3
AFA and LiveOn NY will be jointly hosting an educational workshop this December: "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.

AFA Partners in Care Training Video Featured on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio
Alzheimer's Speaks Radio recently dedicated an episode to "AFA Partners in Care," DCPA's newest profession al training offering. Listen to the  i nterview featuring Molly Fogel, AFA's director of educational and social services, and purchase the training program here.
In the News
  • "The Wall Street Journal" explores how stereotypes of aging impact how well we age.
  • "Reuters" discusses findings from a new study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York suggest that out-of-pocket health costs associated with dementia at the end-of-life far exceed costs associated with other diseases.
  • A recent "New York Times" piece explores income inequalities during old age and their impact on health. 
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 November discussion on 

November 12 from 1-2pm ET!

Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., manager of education and training for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in New York, NY, will discuss LGBT families with 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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