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Arnold School of Public Health


Dementia Dialogues

An estimated 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, including approximately 5 million in the United States. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years. The Alzheimer’s Disease Registry reports that 7.8% of South Carolinians age 65 or over and 31% age 85 or over have Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 60,000 new cases will occur between 2012 and 2017.

Although much research has been conducted on the cause and cure of Alzheimer’s disease, little information is available about hands-on care. Dementia Dialogues provides the most current and practical information in the care of people with dementia. OSA’s extensive research supports this training program.

Dementia Dialogues is a 5-session training course designed to educate the community and individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.   Over 22,000 individuals have been trained and over 11,000 have completed the course.

Session topics include:                                   

  1. “The Basic Facts” – An overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  2. “Keeping the Dialogue Going” – Strategies for effective communication.
  3.  “It’s a Different World” – Understanding the impact of the environment and ways to promote independence in activities of daily living.
  4. “It’s Nothing Personal” – Addresses challenging behaviors.
  5. “Now What Do I Do” – Creative problem solving.

Each participant receives a certificate of participation for each session and a Dementia Specialist Certificate upon completing all five sessions.

The Dementia Dialogues Brochure can be found here.

Dementia Dialogues T.I.P.S video series - This series of short videos provides quick tips that will enhance your ability to provide quality caregiving to persons living with dementia.

The program is offered at no cost to participants and is held regionally by approved trainers.  Please click the updated schedule to view dates of training sessions in your area. If you are interested in hosting Dementia Dialogues contact Macie Smith or individuals who are Certified Dementia Dialogue Trainers.