Training to Understand Dementia & Provide Better Care
Dementia Friendly Training Programs
Not sure why your family member's behaviors are changing and what to do about those changes? Learn how dementia affects people and how to take good care of your family member and yourself.
Dementia Friendly North Central/East Texas is proud to support the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, the Community for Permanent Supported Housing, and James L. West Dementia Care Center as they provide free training to family caregivers.
Training programs funded through Dementia Friendly include the following:
- Compassionate Touch© – Learn how to use touch to communicate and calm someone with dementia.
- Dementia Live© – Learn what it's like to live with dementia and how to provide better care.
- Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH-TX) – Call 903-509-8323 if in East Texas or 800-272-3921 if in North Central Texas. REACH provides one-on-one support and education to help deal with challenging behaviors and reduce stress.
Other Free Training Programs
North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging, a department of North Central Texas Council of Governments, supports the following dementia training programs:
- Dementia Education (including live, virtual, and online classes) through the Alzheimer's Association
- Dealing with Dementia through James L. West
- Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers© through James L. West
- Aging Process and Dementia Risk among People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Aging with Intellectual Disabilities: Symptoms of Dementia and Accurate Diagnosis
- Alcohol-Related Dementia, Malnourishment, and How They Affect the Brain
- Alzheimer's Disease and How It Affects the Brain
- Caring for Someone in the Early Stages of Dementia
- Caring for Someone in the Middle Stages of Dementia
- Caring for Someone in the Late Stages of Dementia
- Cognitive Changes: What to Look For and What to Do
- Communication through the Stages of Dementia
- Depression Versus Dementia
- Healthy Brain Aging: Reducing Your Risk for Dementia
- Holidays and Dementia
- Managing Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
- Managing Emotional Behaviors in Dementia Care
- Managing Hygiene in Dementia
- Managing Physical Behaviors in Dementia Care
- Managing Physical and Emotional Expressions in Dementia
- Progression of Dementia and Best Practices in Communication
- Resources for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia and Their Family Advocates
- Responding to Behaviors among People with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia
- Sexuality and Dementia
- Symptoms of Dementia among People with Intellectual Disabilities and Accurate Diagnosis
- Understanding the Different Types and Causes of Dementia
- Understanding Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia
- Vascular Dementia, Stroke, and Depression, and How They Affect the Brain
Dementia Friendly North Central/East Texas is supported in part by grant number 90ADPI0070, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), DHHS, Washington, D.C. 20201. The services are not necessarily endorsed by ACL/HHS.