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
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
Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2023, 2:45 PM