Approaching Alzheimer’s First Responders Training Program

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

criminal actions.

 

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:

 Wandering

 Driving

 Shoplifting

 Disaster Response

 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.

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