An estimated 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, including approximately 5.8 million in the United States. This number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050. The Alzheimer’s Disease Registry reports that 11% of South Carolinians age 65+ and 45% age 85+ have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD).
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 about how to care for people with dementia. This 5-module, evidence-informed nationally registered training course is designed to educate community members and caregivers for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of ADRD, free of charge.
Since 2011, over 21,000 individuals have been trained in at least one module and over 10,000 individuals have completed the entire course. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a “Dementia Dialogues® Specialist Certificate.” For additional information about Dementia Dialogues® and how to schedule a training, please refer to our brochure on the side of this page.
Certified Dementia Dialogues® Instructor
The Office for the Study of Aging is seeking volunteers to teach the Dementia Dialogues® program to the public. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Dementia Dialogues® Instructor, please review the volunteer requirements and complete the application available on the side of this page.