Educational Programs for Caregivers

 

The Massachusetts ADRC routinely offers free educational & training programs for professional, para-professional and non-professional groups that work with diverse seniors throughout Massachusetts. These programs are taught by experienced clinicians from our center and area institutions, and guest speakers from the Alzheimer's Association and community leaders are frequently invited to present at these programs as well.

 

Programs are offered to provide ongoing training to groups that request practical and theoretical knowledge of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and the care of individuals affected by these diseases, and continuing education credits are offered to professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers) who attend these training classes.

 

We understand that professionals who work with seniors face the challenge of understanding the diverse cultural contexts which shape the lives of minority groups, including attitudes about health and illness, communication with medical personnel and barrriers to obtaining culturally-appropriate care. Therefore, our training programs also aim to raise awareness and cultural-sensitivity among care-providers and family members of loved ones with dementia.

 

The Massachusetts ADRC is proud to count the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center and the Multicultural Coalition on Aging among our community partners in our outreach efforts to diverse seniors in Massachusetts.

 

To find out more about how we may provide educational and training programs to your community, please contact the Director of our Outreach and Recruitment Core, Dorene M. Rentz, PsyD.