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Alzheimer's Foundation of America's

Dementia Care Professionals of America division

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February 2016/Issue 19
A Message from AFA's
Deputy Director, Educational Services
Healthcare professionals are increasingly finding themselves wearing their caregiving hats not only at work, but also at home, helping aging spouses, parents, and friends with personal and health-related tasks. No matter how long you've been in the field, providing care to a loved one can be a completely different experience and can bring about a host of new, and sometimes unexpected, emotions.

Whether you're a new caregiver for a loved one or have been in that role for some time, we encourage you to learn about the array of supportive services AFA offers to professional and family caregivers. These services include our national toll-free Helpline, through which licensed social workers provide assistance in English and Spanish, phone-based support groups, and our free monthly teleconference, Care ConnectionNo matter where you are in your personal caregiving journey, AFA's social services team can help you become more confident and comfortable in your role by providing individualized support, guidance, and education. 

In health,

Kristen Cribbs, MPH
Deputy Director, Educational Services
AFA Happenings
Register Today for "AFA Partners in Care" Training at AFA Headquarters in New York City
AFA will be offering an in-person version of its "AFA Partners in Care" dementia training session at its headquarters in New York City on several dates this spring. Open to all professionals, the dynamic, one-day training session will strengthen your knowledge of dementia and help you develop communication and caregiving techniques. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $95 per person and lunch will be provided. 6 continuing education contact hours are available for licensed social workers. Learn more about the training, available training dates, and register here. Space still available for the February 22 & 29 sessions!

New Telephone-Based Caregiver Support Groups
This spring, AFA's social services department will be hosting two free phone-based support groups for family members of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. The Caregiver Support Group will be held Wednesdays, February 3-24, from 3-4 p.m. EST. The Long Distance Caregiving Support Group will be held Wednesdays, March 2-30, from 3-4 p.m. EST. Learn more, download flyers to share with families, and register here.
Got Suggestions? DCPA wants to hear from you!
DCPA is always looking for ways to strengthen and expand our offerings to better support dementia professionals, like you. In order for us to continue providing you with the training and support you're looking for, we need your feedback! How do you want to grow professionally during 2016? Is there a certain dementia-related topic you'd like to learn more about? Do you want to expand your professional network? Let us know your ideas and suggestions by contacting Molly Fogel, AFA's director of educational and social services, at 866-232-8484 or 
In the News
  • A recently-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report describing mortality among the oldest Americans indicated that the rate of death due to Alzheimer's disease among centenarians has increased 119% since 2000.
  • An article in "The Washington Post" discusses how the increasing prevalence of individuals with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease has prompted new scientific research efforts in this area and the development of supportive care programs for this population.
  • A recent "New York Times" article illuminates how the shortage of geriatricians in the US will impact an aging population. 
Did You Know?
The National Employment Law Office, a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers, recently released a report titled, "Upholding Labor Standards in Home Care: How to Build Employer Accountability Into America's Fastest-Growing Jobs." The report discusses the state of the rapidly-expanding home care industry in the U.S. and the need for reforms that increase protections, and strengthen labor standards, for home care workers. Read the report here
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