Participate in a live interactive presentation to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Topics include Brain Health, Understanding Behaviours, Caregiver Stress, and Adjusting to Long Term Care.
Increase your knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia by registering for one of our free dementia workshops. Our workshops are led by our social workers and education coordinators and are held on a regular basis.
If you are a health care professional, take our comprehensive in-person Dementia Certificate Program to increase your skill and confidence in providing the most effective and up-to-date care for people living with dementia.
Designed for front-line healthcare staff, improve your awareness, knowledge, skills, value and principles of Hospice Palliative Care. Learn about the care needs, issues, common fears and expectations of individuals living with dementia at the late and end-stages of the disease.
Designed for front-line healthcare staff, gain a better understanding of individual behaviours to respond effectively and appropriately in a workplace setting. Learn suitable and respectful protective techniques to use in situations of risk.
This 12-hour course will provide and enhance your knowledge and awareness of dementia, enabling you to provide quality care for persons with dementia.
You will learn and actively use the U-First!™ approach to understand the person living with dementia and their behaviour, while engaging in meaningful dialogue with the care team to ensure individualized support. You will also learn about and practice person-centred care, as well as effective communication strategies to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia.
By taking this course you will learn:
How to provide person-centred care
How to describe general aspects of aging, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
To interpret how changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease will affect all aspects of an individual’s life
To recognize that challenging behaviour is responsive behaviour
To apply the U-First!™ approach to explore the possible causes of responsive behaviours and identify supportive care strategies
Communication strategies when working with someone with dementia
$150$75 for this 12-hour course. Limited time only. Thanks to new funding from the Temerty Family Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is now able to offer our DCTP course at a reduced rate of $75 per person.
Our Behavioural Support Training Program (BSTP) builds on the person-centred dementia care concepts introduced in DCTP by focusing on interactive activities, hands-on exercises and group discussion.
You will learn to further improve your skills in caring for people with responsive behaviours related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. You will also learn how to develop action plans to problem-solve
responsive behaviours and will learn communication approaches to successfully address responsive behaviour.
Received DCTP or U-First!™ certification within the past 3 years
Some work experience caring for people with dementia (professional, placement, or volunteer)
By taking this course you will learn:
To acknowledge, understand and focus on supporting clients with responsive behaviours
How to construct and demonstrate individualized communication approaches
How to prioritize risk in decision making when managing behaviours
To create and implement an action plan for the purpose of problem solving around responsive behaviours
The Dementia Certificate Program is a comprehensive educational program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for healthcare professionals, like doctors, personal support workers, and caregivers.
The program is composed of two courses: the Dementia Care Training Program (DCTP) and the Behavioural Support Training Program (BSTP). DCTP covers general awareness of the disease and how it impacts care. BSTP allows workers and frontline staff to develop skills for dealing with responsive behaviors when working with people living with dementia.
This two-part program will give you:
The dementia care training employers look for
A better understanding of how dementia affects people physically, mentally, and socially
The skills and confidence necessary to provide the most effective and up-to-date care