2021 Testimonials

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skilled execution.
It represents the wise choice of many" 
Author Unknown

 

Dear Ms. Stimson and Ms. Biot-Gordon,

On behalf of American Senior Communities, I would like to endorse the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

I have had the pleasure of being both a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer for approximately a full decade. In that time, I have used the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Education curriculum to provide training to hundreds of dementia care team members on behalf of two LTC providers; teaching others to better serve elders living with various forms of dementia with greater efficacy and compassion.

I have found this organization to act consistently with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and customer service.  Most impressive is your continued involvement in the day to day operations of the organization, Sandra and Lynn, as you continue to assist in the service of those of us offering education in the public and professional sectors, by personally answering emails, and making phone calls to provide assistance and resolve challenges as they occur.

ASC Memory Care remains steadfast in our commitment to utilizing NCCDP products, and we were pleased to add two additional Regional CADDCT’s to our Home Office Memory Care Support team this past December.  We added the additional trainers so that we may better reach more of our care community team members in the service of our elders living with A.D. and related forms of dementia.  We will also be introducing the Support Group leader certification in our Memory Care Weekly Message tomorrow, 3/26/18, that will reach all our ASC Memory Care, Community, and Regional leaders within our company to encourage them to take advantage of this exciting new certification opportunity.

Thank you for the provision of your excellent dementia training curricula, and for your support of our efforts. We look forward to future and long-lasting collaborative efforts as we continue to expand our service energies across the state of Indiana, and potentially, beyond.

Most gratefully and sincerely,

Melanie K. Perry, M.S., CDP, CADDCT
Director of Memory Care Support Services
American Senior Communities 

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Date:  December 15, 2021

Location:  Orlando, FL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"I learned the many presentations unique to each patient I may treat with Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease depending on which aspect of the disease they have & various stages. How training our Assisted Living staff to better understand ways to compassionately treat their residents with AD/dementia so much better. I loved it! Denise is an outstanding, dynamic presenter and I loved the stories she shared. It was a great day. Very inspiring."
Angela Luck, PTA

"Using this knowledge will help me better serve my geriatric population with better knowledge and understanding of Dementia. The tools will also help me to guide loved ones caring for their family members with dementia."
Sarah Oliveira, MSN, FNP-C, BSN-RN

"A lot of behaviors that I was not really sure how to handle I learned how to redirect or correct those issues. It also made a lot of my own experiences make more sense as to why my patients have done certain actions."
Courtney Stephenson

"They did a deeper dive into the various types of dementia which was helpful. I plan to pass on the knowledge I gained to caregivers at Assisted Livings I work at. Also, I plan to be more proactive when new residents with dementia move in to help with room set-up and getting more history from family to allow for purpose/meaning behind my interventions. I thought the seminar was well done."
Holly School, CDP, PTA

 

Date:  December 8, 2021

Location:  Boston, MA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"I learned a lot of things about how best to handle situations I find myself in on any given day at my job at an adult daycare for those with dementia. So many great tips from a wide range of professionals who were in the class."
Nicole Smalley

"Through this session, I learned the importance of individualizing care for people with dementia. As a recreation therapist, I will reevaluate my initial assessment process and work more with families to better meet the needs of the residents."
Daleen Albarqawi, CTRS

 

Date:  November 19, 2021

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"It was helpful to talk specifically about issues practitioners and the trainer faced. Learning best communication with patients and caregivers and about the stages and types of dementia was great!"
Kelly Locke, ARNP, PMHNP, RN

"I learned person-centered care and better awareness for other cultures; to adapt to their preferences, not our convenience; sensitivity to life experiences, cultural competence in food, music, spirituality, lifestyle - Very engaging and informative!"
Laura Santangelo, NHA

"Dementia isn't stopping or slowing down - time to get everyone trained and spread the word! This seminar was great and very helpful!"
Erin Robicheaux, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  November 5, 2021

Location:  Chicago, IL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Denise Scruggs Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"The course is interesting, knowledgeable and refreshing. Techniques discussed in the seminar were useful to manage patients in memory care units. Also, I'm planning to educate and enforce the caregiving at different facilities where I serve."
Panchami Thomas, CDP, ONP, PMHNP-BC

"Such good material! Objective tools and practical experience provided that will help with consulting home health care Life Care planning practice."
Sarah Lustig, CDP, RN

 

Date:  November 3, 2021

Location:  Denver, CO (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Lynn Biot-Gordon Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"It was good to go over the differences between all the dementias and the presentations of each. All of the ideas of different ways to address issues that might come up are very helpful."
Amy Pedersen, CDP, Physical Therapist

"Learning how to approach a person with dementia verbally and through body language to facilitate favorable behaviors and participation in activities was very helpful. This information will help me during OT evaluations and OT treatments in the IP Rehab setting where I work."
Dolores Herrman, CDP, OTR/L

 

Date:  October 28-29, 2021

Location:  (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"I learned to focus strongly on behaviors and the reasons behind them. I will use increased sensitivity when referring to behaviors/verbiage directed at care staff. Using validation is very important. Teach care staff not to say no, rather to focus on positives."
Kate Kloman, CADDCT, CDCM, CDP, Memory Care Director

"As a Life Enrichment Director I learned some better care approaches in activities and how to (hopefully) share that excitement with others for a holistic approach for all staff! Great job! The seminar used a lot of humor! It didn't feel like a long day."
Angela Stoner-Gast, CADDCT, CDCM, CDP

 

Date:  October 27, 2021

Location:  Rockford, IL (Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

"The course reiterated just how important it is to know your person! As an advocate and leader this will be something I will "shout" from the rooftops! Great public awareness!"
Kristal Corrion, CADDCT, CDP

 

Date:  April 14, 2021

Location:  Seattle, WA  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned an extensive amount of strategies that I can implement and teach family and staff to implement, as well.  I feel that I have a toolbox of resources to refer to, such as the behavior monitoring tool, the resources at Alzheimer’s Association and the help line.”

Amy Haske, CDP, CCC-SLP

 

“Many helpful tips and ideas for our new dementia respite program.  I am the Director of the program, and I plan to use the information to train our volunteers to maximize our effectiveness when working with our participants and care givers.”

Janice McCoy, CDP, RN


 

Date:  April 1, 2021

Location:  Boston, MA  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Great examples of techniques to use with residents, several new ideas for activity programming and multiple resources provided.  Also, wonderful examples of comforting measures and soothing techniques.  I wish we could have been live but totally understand due to the pandemic.”

Marietta Caira, CDP LPN

 

“The seminar reinforced the need for person-centered dementia care in all facets of their lives.  This includes creating well designed, individual care plans specifically addressing their needs.  As a music therapist/activity coordinator, the seminar confirmed my approach to person-centered therapies and activities.  It was excellent!”

Janice Spillane, CDP Music Therapist

 

“I received important information regarding dementia causes, risk factors, prevention and management. Now I have better communication skilled with patients and caregivers in order to teach, educate and obtain information during the assessment; abilities to improve the implementation of plan of care.”

Jose Rene Mesa Cuervo, RN

 

“Brenda spoke from the heart (real world experience). Great job! Thank you. We have launched a Dementia/Alzheimer’s support group for our 3000+ 55 & over neighborhood.  Today really helped me understand the disease and care tips for loved ones.”

Jim Strader, CDP


Date:  March 26, 2021

Location:  Harrisburg, PA (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Danielle Micale, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“This program gave me great ideas on how to improve our initial assessment.  It gave me great language and tools to use with the family caregivers that we serve.  I was very happy with the seminar. Danielle was fantastic!”

Jennifer Gay, CDP LCSW

 

“I was dreading sitting on Zoom in front of my monitor, but Danielle did a great job of keeping our attention and being engaging.  I know a good bit about dementia but learned a lot!”

Deborah Dooley, CDP RN

 

“I learned the importance of a more holistic approach to dementia care and the many ways that all different aspects of environment, care, routine, etc affect the experience and quality of life for a person with dementia.  Additionally some great suggestions to pass along to home and family caregivers for persons with dementia.”

Angela Viani, CDP OTR/L


Date:  March 11, 2021

Location:  Omaha, NE  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Rachelle Blough, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I loved the statistics and some of the practical knowledge I obtained.  I also loved some of the tips about affirmation I received and I can definitely use that with some of my dementia patients.  I also learned more about what my patients deal with on a daily basis and what the caregivers are going through.  I also have a deeper respect for those healthcare workers that are on the front lines working with these patients intimately day in and day out.  I feel like the class was great and so was the instructor.  She was engaging, enthusiastic and had a great energy.  She is very knowledgeable and passionate so she makes a great teacher.”

Abigail Sweeney, CDP, Au.D.


Date:  March 9, 2021

Location:  Tarrytown, NY  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer David Bahamonde, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I learned new ideas for resident interaction and care.  I will be able to apply improved communication techniques.  I hope to share the idea David offered to involve Department Heads with assisting staffing and improving resident interaction.”

Christina Zeiders, CDP RD LDN


Date:  January 26, 2021

Location:  Tucson, AZ  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“I have 20 years’ experience in senior care & have helped many people living with dementia and their families.  I really appreciated the focus on ensuring the client can see and hear well during assessments & that they are comfortable n the chair and temperature.  I will be doing cognitive assessments and care planning.”

Annita Klimecka, CDP


Date:  January 12, 2021

Location:  Kansas City, MO  (ZOOM Online)

NCCDP Corporate Trainer Brenda Groves, Vice President Corporate Training

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Seminar

ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

 

“Now I have a very broad knowledge about dementia communities and people facing some of the diseases.  I will bring this to my hospital board to be a part of our community solution.  I would like to help educate our community on dementia and be a resource to others.  Loved hearing “real life” experience from Brenda.”

Valerie Lindley, CDP, President-Lindley & Associates

 

“I appreciated that Brenda went into deeper discussion on hallucination and behaviors.  Brenda gave great suggestions on how to care for our friends, how to engage them in purposeful living and how to care for them until the end of life.  I really enjoyed today – it must be even better when you can attend a live class!”

Nancy Clee, CDP


 

"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