Each year the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County has a conference for professionals. Please see our Events section for further details.
Throughout the year, the Alliance sponsors educational events for professional caregivers that are approved for continuing education credit for a list of different professions.
Please see our event calendar to find the next CEU event, or our office with questions or suggestions! We are always looking for new ideas to meet your needs!
TJC Dementia certification
The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is excited to announce a joint partnership with Tyler Junior College to offer the first Dementia Care Certificate. This certification will be instructed by Luanne Harms, LCSW. Luanne is a Teepa Snow Engagement Leader and certified in CARES Dementia Advanced Care.
Dementia Care Certificate (NURA2005 Nurse Aide Skills) Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This course is designed to give caregivers an insight into the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, learn ways of communicating effectively and compassionately with a person who has dementia, introduce meaningful engagements into the day and create activities in the moment, deal with challenging behavior, and use a person’s Life Story to build happiness, reduce challenging behaviors and foster cooperation. (7 hrs.)
Click HERE for scholarship application.
The Alzheimer’s Alliance works with the medical professionals in Smith County – educating them about our services and encouraging them to connect their patients who have been diagnosed with any form of dementia to our organization. We believe caregiver burn out is treatable and preventable. We would love to be considered a part of the patient’s care team from the day of diagnosis of any form of dementia. No one has to walk this road alone.