Dealing with Dementia

Developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI), the Dealing with Dementia program provides tips and strategies for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones and themselves. The goal is for Alzheimer's and dementia family caregivers to gain a better understanding of dementia, utilize strategies to effectively manage problem behaviors, and handle caregiver stress and burnout.

Funded by the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative of the Administration for Community Living, the Dealing with Dementia program was developed as a train-the-trainer model and implemented across the state of Georgia during 2015-2017. Family caregiver workshops and trainer classes were offered at various locations throughout the state. Over 1,600 family and professional caregivers attended a workshop, each receiving the Dealing with Dementia guide which contains over 300 pages of information and solutions to problems caregivers face every day. Preliminary indications from analysis of the data show that those in attendance had significant increases in their knowledge of dementia as well as their self-confidence in managing dementia behaviors.

With the new one year extension, RCI will now begin "Phase Two" and national expansion. Lessons learned and recommendations from the field will be put into practice to further improve the training materials and protocols. Dealing with Dementia trainers selected to participate in the second phase will receive enhanced training and be required to hold at least two workshops by September 2018. Further, the Dealing with Dementia program will be offered to agencies outside of Georgia. RCI will seek partners with the ability to provide quality training and to reach a substantial number of family and professional caregivers. If interested in offering this program at your agency, please contact Gayle Alston.