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 51% age 85+ have Alzheimer’s disease and 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 2001, 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.”
PUBLICATION: The Journal of Applied Gerontology publication provides an in-depth explanation, and highlights results of an evaluation and data analysis of the Dementia Dialogues® program.
Participate in a Training
To participate in the Dementia Dialogues® training, contact the Office for the Study of Aging’s (OSA) Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina or the identified state designee provided below. Please refer to the brochure [pdf] for additional program information.
If you are unable to participate in a training offered by a certified instructor online or in-person, you may complete a self-paced training. This training is accessible at this website. If you have any questions about the online learning format, please contact the OSA Program Coordinator.
Megan Byers, Program Coordinator
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Certified Dementia Dialogues® Instructor
The OSA 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. Active certified instructors may access the program curriculum by logging in here.