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Alzheimer's Foundation of America's

Dementia Care Professionals of America division

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June 2015/Issue 11
A Message from AFA's Deputy Director, Educational Services
At the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), we understand the importance of having up-to-date information in order to best support individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. As part of AFA's effort to disseminate best practices in dementia care and encourage ongoing professional advancement, we offer a free, monthly teleconference--Care Connection-- geared towards 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.  

For more information and to check out upcoming presenters and topics, please visit our website
We look forward to connecting with you during an upcoming teleconference!


In health,

Kristen Cribbs, MPH
Deputy Director, Educational Services
On the Job: Tips for Providing Optimal Care
New York Academy of Sciences Creates Dementia Podcast


The New York Academy of Sciences created a five-part podcast series, titled, "Dementia Decoded," which features a variety of experts who explore topics such as the history of Alzheimer's disease, disease mechanisms, clinical trials, disease risk and prevention, care strategies, and advocacy efforts. Learn more or access for free from iTunes


Upcoming HHS 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in D.C.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will be hosting a Healthy Aging Summit on July 27 and 28 in Washington, D.C. Sessions during the summit will focus on multi-sectoral interventions and strategies to promote healthy aging, barriers to healthy aging, and strengthening service provision. Learn more and register here. 

In the News
  • A recent article in "The Atlantic" discusses the dearth of home health aides to meet the needs of an increasingly older population."
  • Atul Gawande, author, surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, explores the physical and financial harm caused to individuals who are subjected to unnecessary medical care--especially older adults and/or those with severe health conditions-- in "The New Yorker."
  • A "New York Times' New Old Age" blog post discusses strategies for maintaining brain health and cognition as you age. 
Continuing Education

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report titled, "Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action," which examines the role of public health in cognitive aging-- a natural process that is associated with advancing years. The report delves into cognitive aging epidemiology, prevention, intervention, professional education, and awareness-raising.

Read the IOM report brief and tak
e the corresponding Dementia Care Digest quiz to earn one Continuing Education Unit (CEU)*. 


*Professionals who are sanctioned as AFA Qualified Dementia Care Providers or AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialists must renew their AFA qualification every two years by obtaining four 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.

Completion of each Dementia Care Digest quiz equals one CEU.

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