Dementia Caregivers – A New Training Curriculum

Back in September, on World Alzheimer’s Day, we addressed some general knowledge about Alzheimer’s and related dementias. We also talked about the number of people in Idaho suffering from the disease, the outlook, and some of the things being done about it.

Today 24,000 people in Idaho aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s; in just eight years, that number is expected to climb to 33,000. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in Idaho. The Medicaid costs of caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in Idaho in 2015 was $125 million; that number is expected to increase by 60% to $200 million by 2025.

Recently, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), which supports the training of health professionals in the United States, came out with some new training modules that focus on Alzheimer’s and related dementias. These are in addition to their basic dementia training curriculum and specifically address caregivers of People Living with Dementia (PLwD). According to their website, currently more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. And ultimately, one out of every three Americans will die from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

The 11 supplemental training modules are designed to help providers understand the needs of caregivers of PLwD (four modules) and to directly assist family and other caregivers take care of themselves and cope with the challenges of caring for PLwD (seven modules).

Modules for Providers:

Module 1: Providers and Caregivers as Allies

Module 2: The Provider’s Role in Shared Decision-Making with Caregivers, Families, and Persons Living with Dementia

Module 3: How Clinicians Can Interact Effectively with Caregivers

Module 4: Taking Care of Those Caring for Persons Living with Dementia


Modules for Caregivers:

Module 1: Caregiving for Persons Living with Dementia (Faculty Guide)

Module 2: The Caregiver Role in Shared Decision-Making with Persons Living with Dementia (Faculty Guide)

Module 2a: Assisted Living Facility Considerations (Faculty Guide)

Module 2b: What to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Home (Faculty Guide)

Module 3: Working with the Healthcare Team (Faculty Guide)

Module 4: Caregiver Self-Care (Faculty Guide)

Module 5: Addressing Behaviors in Dementia (Faculty Guide)


To access the learning modules, visit the HRSA website at 

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