An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease which is the sixth-leading cause of death in
the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those who are age 65 and older. It’s the only
cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. The number of
Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will grow each year as the size of the
proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to grow.
One important note of concern is that many Americans don’t realize Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate. It
has no boundaries towards race, backgrounds, gender, heritage, education, or AGE. From the 5.3 million
Americans living with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia, there are many cases documented with
people being identified as having this fatal disease in their 50’s, 40’s, 30’s, and someone in the mid 20’s.
What does this mean to first responders? Those with Alzheimer’s deserve to receive respect and dignity
from knowledgeable professionals. And how do we get there? Training!
States must have adequate dementia training laws that ensure all individuals employed in the delivery
of care and potential first responder interaction continuum while achieving and demonstrated
competency, and teach others not to confuse the signs and behaviors of this disease with mainstream
To support training in this direction, the Alzheimer’s Association has been asking congress to pass bills
towards mandated training such as one called PCHETA which stands for Palliative Care and Hospice
Education and Training Act. This bill is designed to increase the availability and quality of care by
establishing palliative care and hospice workforce training programs for doctors, nurses, and other
health professional. Mandated first responder training is being discussed and looked at as well now by
the Alzheimer’s Association, which I believe will lead to another bill in follow pressing this action as well.
As a first responder and health care provider it is critical to be prepared to face Alzheimer’s in your
communities. And now is the time that anyone who deals with the general public as a first responder
and healthcare providers to learn how to balance their adrenal rush with compassion, and understand
that their actions and behaviors may be perceived as criminally offenses, civil rights violations, or as
unethical by the citizens in the communities.
To set the standards and get ahead of this action while becoming prepared in the public safety sector,
Revolution Advisors has developed an Approaching Alzheimer’s First Responders Training Program that
will train your professionals. The First Responders Training Program is offered to give all first responders
to include law enforcement, fire and rescue departments, EMTs, and fields working in healthcare a
realistic opportunity to learn how to properly interact with someone who may have Alzheimer’s or some
form of dementia by learning techniques dealing with situations such as:
Abuse & Neglect
The course is designed to bring awareness and teach a person how to effectively recognize the signs of
Alzheimer’s or dementia by covering the definitions, characteristics, and causes of the disease. Then
identify proper effective communication tips. Alzheimer’s is an increasing concern in our country and
challenges with response to those with the disease are increasing for first responders. Contact us today
to learn more about how we can help your agency prepare.