Addressing Behavior Challenges with Dementia "ABCD" is an interactive workshop of the VA Geriatrics Scholars Program.  The workshop is an on-site, full day program or half-day options, resources provided, CME/CEU accreditation.

The incidence of Alzheimer's Disease has risen dramatically among American Indian and Alaska Natives.  The course addresses a gap in expertise of the healthcare workforce that is noted in the CDC Healthy Brain Initiative and the Roadmap for Indian Country.   

The goals of the workshop are:

  • Recognize (or identify) dementia.
  • Recognize challenging behaviors that can be addressed by non-pharmacological interventions and distinguish them from behaviors that require medical intervention.
  • Educate family caregivers on behavioral solutions and monitor implementation goals.
  • Communicate to clinic team and to family caregivers about healthcare needs requiring immediate intervention. 
  • Share educational resources as envisioned int he Memorandum of Understanding between VA and Indian Health Service (2020)



  • Primary Prevention
    • Control of diabetes and hypertension
    • Promote brain health
  • Secondary Prevention
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of undiagnosed dementia
    • Identify dementia using brief evidence-based assessment tools 
  • Tertiary Prevention
    • Home safety for persons with dementia
    • Caregiver education on non-pharmacologic management of challenging behaviors
    • Self care for caregivers


The program is co-facilitated by a geriatrician and an educator from a VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and UCLA Division of Geriatric Medicine


Rural-serving public health nurses, social workers, community health representatives, primary care team and others are invited to attend.


Contact Us

If you need more information or would like to host a workshop: 
Director: Josea Kramer, PhD
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System,
Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center
818-891-7711, ext.39311
Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2023, 2:45 PM