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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week

NCCDP Declares February 14th to the 21st

The newest component of the NCCDP is Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week Tool Kit. The Tool Kit is available at www.nccdp.org. The Tool Kit and the declaration by the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Education Week February 14th to the 21st was developed and implemented to bring awareness to the importance of staff educators being trained and certified in dementia care and to provide education by means of face to face interactive classroom environment and to provide comprehensive dementia education to all healthcare professionals and line staff.

Currently there are no national standards for dementia education. The regulations are different from state to state. The NCCDP recommends at minimum an initial 8 hours of dementia education to all staff. Through out the year, additional dementia education should be provided that incorporates new advances, culture change and innovative ideas.

In addition to facilitating the Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer programs, The NCCDP promotes dementia education and certification of all staff as Certified Dementia Practitioners® (CDP®). The NCCDP recognizes the importance of trained and educated dementia unit managers and certifying the Dementia Unit Manager as Certified Dementia Care Manager® (CDCM®). Front Line First Responders need comprehensive Dementia training and the NCCDP provides Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia training to First Responder educators and certification as Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer.

The tool kit includes:

Each year the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, LLC reaches out to media, health care magazines, health care associations and long term care settings to support Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week to promote comprehensive face to face education by trained dementia instructors and to promote Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia education to all staff and awareness of Certified Dementia Practitioner certifications for all health care professionals in order to continue to provide compassionate care.

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