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Raising the Bar for Alzheimer's Disease Training, Dementia Training and Professional Dementia Certifications for All Health Care Employees, Front Line Staff and First Responders.

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!" Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, AC-BC, CDP®, CDCM®

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is open to all health care professionals, front line staff and First Responders who qualify for CDP® certification and are interested in learning comprehensive dementia education, who value dementia education training, who are committed to ending abuse and neglect and who value Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP® certification.

The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's Disease education training to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients. As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to insure that care givers , front line staff and health care professionals are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient. The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners®, LLC was formed in 2003 by a group of professionals with varying work and personal experiences in the field of dementia care. Their backgrounds include Nurses, Regional Managers, Nursing Assistants, Consultants, Geriatric Care Managers, Psychiatry, Dementia Unit Managers, Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementia Care Specialist, Alzheimer's Disease Educators, Dementia Educators, Activity Professionals, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Licensed / Certified Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Alzheimer's Disease Care Specialist, Long Term Care Administration, Support Group Leaders, Administrators, Owners, Elder Law Attorney's and Home Care Administration.

These talented and experienced individuals cover the broad spectrum of the health care industry and bring valuable life and professional experiences from Adult Day Care Centers, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, Hospice Agencies, Home Care Agencies, Independent Living Facilities, CCRC, Retirement Living, Senior Apartments, Senior Centers, Hospitals as well as professional boards and non profit associations such as the Alzheimer's Association. The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's disease education to health care professionals, front line staff, caregivers, volunteers and First Responder's who provide services to dementia clients. As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationally and worldwide, there is a great necessity to insure that care givers, front line staff, health care professionals and First Responders are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, sensitive direct care and support for the dementia patient. Dementia education trains your staff to anticipate, plan and prepare for a crisis and action steps to take for crisis prevention.

Across the United States of America, the regulations are different from state to state for Alzheimer's Disease Units, Dementia Units, Memory Centers and Special Care Units. Some have extensive regulations for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living while other states may have no regulations. State regulations governing Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care are also different in each state for the requirements for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Education. Some states have no requirements, some are vague, others require just two hours of education while other's are extensive.

The Goal of the NCCDP is to promote national standards for comprehensive and extensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Education, Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainers® CADDCT, Certified Dementia Care Managers® and Certified First Responders Dementia Trainers and Certified First Responders-Dementia Trained.



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NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week is February 14th to the 21st.
DOWNLOAD FREE Staff Education Tool Kit and Inservices - November 1 and ends March 15

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Special Announcement: The NCCDP / ICCDP is proud to announce the 2014 winners selected for of the Year. Laura Sharkey Cardillo of the Avalon at Hillsboro (NJ) and Marjorie Cass of Manor By the Sea (NJ) in conjunction with NCCDP/ ICCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week Feb 14th -21st. NCCDP / ICCDP received hundreds of entries from around the world. The entries were judged on education in-services, theme of week, originality and photos. Congratulations to Marjorie Cass and Laura Sharkey Cardillo.  NCCDP / ICCDP in honor of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week and to raise awareness of the importance of continued education of our front line staff and health care professionals, provides free staff in-services (includes power point, handouts, tests) to ensure the staff are provided the tools they need through education to provide compassionate and educated care. The free staff in-services and 2015 Educator of the Year contest forms are available for download November 1st to March 15th every year. For information please see or email

Thank you to TX NADONA for hosting NCCDP Alzheimer's disease and Dementia Care Seminar

Congratulations to Michael Hotz LNHA, National Board member and Chairman of the American College of Health Care Administrators

Thank you for hosting the Alzheimer's disease and Dementia Care Seminar
MassCAP For Activity Professionals

Thank you to Texas NADONA for hosting the Alzheimer's disease and Dementia Care Semianr

Thank you Massachusetts Activity Association for hosting the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar. 

Thank you Michigan NADONA for hosting the Alzheimer's disease and Dementia Care Seminar.

Congratulations to Genesis Lebanon and Kathleen Lynch DON for selection to participate in the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes call on Feb 26th. For information about this please click here.

Thank you for being the best part of NCCDP / ICCDP


bulletNebraska Health Care Association
bulletPartnership to Improve Dementia Care
bulletNADONA hosts NCCDP Seminars
bulletCredit for National Provider Calls
bulletNCCDP Online Learning


bulletAnna Fisher CDP to AHCA board position
bulletCMS Launches Improved Dementia Care
bulletCMS Effective April 18, 2014
bulletNew Memory Care Requirement
bulletMay is Older Americans Month
bulletAlzheimer's Disease: 2014 Update
bulletCongrats Genesis Lebanon DON
bulletBringing Joy to Dementia Care
bulletJob Posting & Resume Service
bulletTrinny Bear and Dallas
bulletThe Inn at Belden Village video tour
bulletSocial Security Year Depleted
bulletAlzheimer's Disease/Dementia News
bulletCriteria for Possible Inappropriate Meds
bulletCoconut Oil as Alzheimer's Remedy
bulletNCCDP Blog
bulletGetting Old= Mary Maxwell Home
bulletNew: Inside the Dementia Epidemic


"The class provided all levels of health care providers the opportunity to focus on the important elements of care. The resident and family was presented in every module to allow the practitioners to better understand the needs in communication and feelings. Facility requirements were included allowing the participant to connect to regulatory process as well as the care aspects. All of the recreational activities was new information."
Betty Brennan RN CDP CADDCT

Board of Directors- Director 
CT Chapter Alzheimer's Association


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The NCCDP, LLC established in 2003 the CADDCT Train the Trainer class. This one day "live" class is recommended for the In-service Director or Educator to obtain certification as a NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT. The NCCDP certified trainer will utilize the NCCDP comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care curriculum for their staff or student dementia education seminars and in-services.

The NCCDP certified trainers believe in the value of "live" training and the impact that training has on the staff to provide compassionate care, decrease incidences of abuse, neglect and educate staff on difficult behaviors, crisis intervention and crisis prevention because they have a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and many types of Dementia and are than better prepared to deal with the day to day challenges. The CADDCT Train the Trainer seminars are offered nationwide.

"We did the best we could with what we knew, when we knew better - we did better." Maya Angelou


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Dorland Health LifeCare Centers of America
Golden Living Long Term Care Management Nurse Together
McKnights Long Term Care News Care2Learn Leading Age
Wesley Living Alzheimer's Care Guide
Care-One A Senior Care Company Job Target Spring Hills Assisted Living
ALFA Isabella Geriatric Center Vetter Health Services
Gordon Social Work NCAP Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement
Legend Senior Living Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care Therapeutic Recreation Directory
Dorland Health Patient Advocate Institute
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization    

American Holistic Nurses Association ANNC Hartford Institute
AFTD ANA American Nurses Association Partnership for patients AMDA
AGS NAPCGM NADSA Commission for Certification for Geriatric Pharmacy CCGP
Brightstar HealthCare Chaplaincy Design for Generations Med Gift
NNSDO PDHC Maun-Lemke, LLC Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
ACHE American College of Healthcare Executives AALNA American Assisted Living Nurses Association National Black Nurses Association American Academy of Nursing
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association NCCAP Direct Care Alliance National Association of Social Workers
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Meals on Wheels LGBT Aging Resources NCAPA
AASC International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing NAPSA Wish of a Lifetime
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists NFCA National Association of Health Care Assistants NAELA
Nurse Executive Council GeroCentral American Academy of Nurse Practitioners American Academy of Home Care Medicine
Home Care Association of America Visiting Physicians Association NACO National Association of County Health Facility Administrators
Center for Guardianship Certification Private Care Association National Network of Career Nursing Assistants Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign
Home Care Sales and Marketing Society AAH National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center  National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
Advocare ASHA    

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