Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer® CFRDT®.


When violent incidents occur, police officers are often the first responders. Yet, experts have observed, they "do not have the training to recognize or handle individuals with dementia. There are a growing number of incidents when individuals with dementia are arrested, handcuffed, and incarcerated for days due to the lack of alternatives to incarceration to address the needs of this population"

Spurgeon, Sabatino Coleman, et al.2001

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About the training


This class is recommended for Trainers who currently work in a First Responder field and provide instruction to First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT, Fire Fighters, Emergency Preparedness, Search and Rescue, Etc.

The instructor will be provided with all the necessary tools to conduct comprehensive Alzheimer's and Dementia Training. The seminar not only covers key aspects of dementia but also elopement, driving concerns, abuse, and neglect.   

The NCCDP provides county-wide First Responder training. Contact the NCCDP about rates for training in your state.

CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer: The Train the Trainer class is recommended for First Responder Trainers for Law Enforcement, EMT, Fire Fighter, Security, and other aspects related to First Responders.

To qualify for this class, the applicant:

  • Must be directly employed with a First Responder Agency
  • Have a 4-year college degree
  • 3 years experience in a First Responder Field 
  • Experience presenting in-services, training, or private seminars.

This seminar includes a PowerPoint disk, overhead copies, a master handout notebook, DVD and textbooks, evaluations, tests, and certification upon completion of the class as a CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer.

The CFRDT application is to be completed after the First Responder Trainer has completed the NCCDP First Responder Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar by an approved NCCDP First Responder Trainer.

Training is conducted in a group setting either for an entire city or county-wide training. Please contact the NCCDP for rates by using the CONTACT US FORM or 1 877 729 5191. This application is for Law Enforcement, EMT's or Fire Department who work directly for their agency and are responsible for training.

First Responder Trainers may obtain certification to teach Alzheimer's and dementia to Law Enforcement, EMT's and Fire Fighters.  To obtain certification as a Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer CFRDT, the student would need to complete the NCCDP First Responder Dementia Course.  The 7-hour course includes a comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care curriculum, PowerPoint disk, student master hand out notebook, DVD, and textbook. 

Upon completion of the comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care course, the Trainer is Certified for two years as Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer CFRDT and is approved to teach the comprehensive curriculum to other First Responders.   

If you are an already approved NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT, and wish to pursue this certification, please go to the instructor only section






The following modules that are covered in this seminar are:

Overview of Dementia
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Reversible / Non Reversible Dementias
Normal Aging
Medications Used for Treating Dementia
Tests used for diagnosis: FAST Functional Assessment Test, GDS Global Deterioration Scale, GDS Geriatric Depression Scale, Mini-Mental Test, Folstein Test
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Responding to Feelings
Validation Therapy

 Multicultural Considerations in Care Giving
Be aware of other cultures, races, and religions
Train the staff on Sensitivity Awareness to other cultures

“Every person is, in many respects, like all other people, like some people, like no other person.” Clyde Cluckhon Murray

 Sex & Intimacy
Misconceptions about the elderly and sex
Changes In Attitudes-Teaching your staff about sexual expression
Positive perceptions about sexual expression
Inappropriate behaviors and what to do
Intimacy and connecting to each other
When Dementia is involved-Disrobing, Masturbation, Sexual Comments
Inability to express no to unwanted advances

What is Hoarding
Why they hoard
Make it purposeful, Ex., rummage drawers
Where they may hide things
What can you do?

Types of Wandering, Example exit seekers
Identify Triggers to Wandering
Meeting Basic Needs & Emotions
How to keep them safe
Adapting the environment
How to redirect & manage wandering
Policy and Procedures for elopement
Wandering Tools-Safe Return, Wander Guards, Alarms, etc

Verbal and Non Verbal Communication
Strategies for successful communication
Common mistakes we make

 Repetitive Behaviors
Common Behaviors
Interventions for Repetitive Behaviors

 Aggressive Behaviors
Causes of Aggressive Behaviors
Environmental Conditions, Physical & Medical Conditions
Anti Psychotic Medications & Side Effects
Ways to avoid aggressive behaviors
Responding to Aggressive Behaviors
Catastrophic Reactions

 Paranoia & Hallucinations
What is Paranoia and What is Hallucinations
Types of Behaviors & Causes
Strategies for Management of Hallucinations and Paranoia
Anti-Psychotic Medications & Side Effects
Sundowning: What is it?

Recognizing Pain in the Person with Dementia
Behavioral Changes such as facial grimaces
How is the Discomfort Expressed?
How to get them to answer questions with Yes or No Responses
Assessing the Pain

 Depression & Alzheimer’s Disease
Medications and Side Effects
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
Interventions and Activities

Recognizing Abuse and Neglect in The Home

Driving Concerns in the Elderly


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Previous First Responder Train the Trainer Seminars and County Wide Training

Sparta Police Department Sparta, NJ

Essex County Wide Train the Trainer Essex County NJ 

For information regarding Train the Trainer, please use the CONTACT US Form.


Sneak preview of Sandra Stimson NCCDP Executive Director presenting the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar to healthcare professionals, trainers, and dementia unit managers. 


Notice: While certification promotes and maintains quality, it does not license, confer a right or privilege upon or otherwise define the qualifications of anyone in the healthcare field.

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"

Lynn Biot Gordon, LCSW CDP CADDCT CFRDT CMDCP, Chief Operations Officer NCCDP

Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, CDP, CDCM, Chief Executive Officer NCCDP