Thursday, May 3, 2012

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Activity Based Training for Health Professionals

Healthcare professionals can learn to adapt activities and the environment for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease to improve quality of life at a day-long training to be held Wednesday, May 16th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., at the Alzheimer's Association, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.

Activity Based Alzheimer’s Care (ABAC) is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter and is designed for individuals who have a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and whose primary job responsibilities include activity programming design and implementation.

Chapter Program Specialists Tim Klobe and Aubrey McShane will present the program.  Attendees will learn the fundamental components of activity-based Alzheimer care; to effectively examine assessment and care planning; identify program design options and method for implementation; adapt activities and the environment to better meet individual needs; evaluate new and current programs, and identify and implement the various aspects of teamwork.  Each participant will receive a binder and CD with slides, handouts, quizzes and material to present the program to staff members.

Registration is required. Registration fee is $85. Central Illinois Chapter Support Group leaders can also register for a $75 fee. This program is pre-approved for 6.5 clock hours provided by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for an additional $15 per person. Registration fee includes conference materials and lunch.

The Alzheimer's Association developed ABAC with some of the nation’s leading activity experts in dementia care to support care settings and caregiving staff in building therapeutic programs. Content and objectives are based on information and input from national focus groups, pilot programs, Association chapter representatives and other national organizations.

For more information, please contact the Peoria office at 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900 or visit the agency website to download a registration form at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral/in_my_community_professionals.asp