"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, innovative approach to learning how to work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's.
Interactive training prepares participants to be able to:
- Understand the dementia disease process
- Identify and experience common dementia behaviors
- Apply effective communication and approach techniques
- Implement failure-free Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) techniques
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Basic ADLs consist of self-care tasks, including:
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Dressing and undressing
- Self feeding
- Upon completion of this training, participants will have gained the necessary tools to create a successful day for themselves and for the special people for whom they provide care.
We are proud to announce that we have received a special grant in support of our dementia training program from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
There are two options for receiving this training:
Onsite Training at Guiding Lights
The onsite training for professionals is held once monthly from 8:00a-4:00p at the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. The training costs $50.00* and provides 7 CEUs.
* Professionals only
* Non-refundable and non-transferable
Online Training from your Computer
For professionals: the online training can be viewed at your convenience for the small fee of $30.00 and yields 4 CEUs. It is 4.5 hrs of video training. Non-refundable and non-transferrable.
For family caregivers: This training is free. Please call 919.371.2062 for a promo code!
* Open to everyone
* Non-refundable and non-transferable
- At Your Convenience - Register Now
I completed the caregivers dementia training online and am grateful for the opportunity to do that at no charge. Being an unpaid caregiver for my parents is a full time job, so I wouldn't have been able to sign up for it if I had to pay. Julie and Nicole were such fabulous facilitators, I felt almost like I was in the room with the participants. I have been a caregiver for over ten years, and I still learned so much. So even though we may have enough introduced to material over time, the presentation can really make a point useful and personal. Like the tearing up of the things that are important in one's life had a very dramatic effect. The role plays were excellent and poignant. I mentioned the training to my four siblings who are out of state. Only one brother signed up because he wanted to learn more of how best to relate to my mother, and he was coming for a weekend visit in a few weeks. But he did the entire training and called me along the way, to exclaim, "I had in idea it was like this!" Etc. My brother came for his visit and used many of the skills he learned, even when it required taking charge in a situation my dad was not handling very well. The training empowered him and he was able to redirect and be compassionate. While he was in town he tried to get my father to do the training too. My father actually watched some of the videos. What a testament, that my brother thought the training was so valuable that he would actually try to convince my father to do it. Afterwards he told me he used to be terrified to come and be with Mom, but he wasn't afraid any more. The experience we now share from the training has brought us closer together and we talk several times a week about Mom. It feels so good to have him involved. We share book titles we are reading about Alzheimer's and he suggests things friends tell him about things to try with Mom. he calls my. Mother more often and doesn't get upset when she can't follow the conversation, or if she doesn't know who he is. I attribute this transformation to the training by Guiding Lights.
Frankly I was pleasantly surprised at the combined knowledge of the co-founders and session leaders. Both women were pleasant, articulate, and easily comprehended. I could tell they have a heart for the family and caregivers of ALS/dementia persons. This has been the best program I have completed so far. As the primary caregiver for my elderly, dementia ridden father, I thank you for being so kind, supportive and helpful. I will share your organization with everyone I am able to. You are both doing noble work.
I wish to thank you for a training experience. I use that word particularly since you and Julie challenged us by engaging all each of our senses as we moved through the learning and the day. The mix of thought provocation, sharing, collaboration, education and interesting exercises were within reach of all participants who were from multiple employers and initiatives within the industry. That to me made for a memorable experience.
I attended the dementia training soon after I started working with HomeWatch CareGivers. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactive teaching that was used, and my knowledge and understanding of dementia was increased 1000 fold!! I feel much more comfortable in work with my clients. Thank you!
Dealing with her mother's mental decline has been very stressful on one of the caregivers of our client and she called me last week and shared that she was at the end of her rope. I told her that I understood exactly what she was going through as I had cared for my dad and had experienced the same. I told her about the Guiding Lights Dementia Program and how much it had helped me to understand the progression of dementia and how to cope when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's/Dementia. I sent her the contact info and, long story short, she contacted Guiding Lights and received the book. She and her husband immediately jumped right into it and both were blown away with the wealth of information it offered. She said that her husband stated "Oh my gosh, this stuff is amazing!", the entire time that he was reading. She said that she has already started using some of the things that they have learned and has seen a big difference in her mother's reaction to certain situations as a result. I just wanted to let you know how excited she is about the Dementia Training. Thanks for all you do. This powerful program is continuing to help so many family members and caregivers to understand, and cope with, this devastating disease. Have an awesome day.
Thank you for signing me up for the Dementia training. It was a great experience, it allows me to better understand and help my patients who are dealing with this disease. The timing was perfect, the week after I spent 48 hours with a Dementia patient during the snow storm, that was when I realize the importance of the training.
Thank you again
An incredibly powerful, life-changing experience! The class interaction, personal experiences and role play kept us engaged. How I wish that this class had been available to me when I was caring for my Dad.
As we move into a future where most all of us will be affected by this disease in one way or another, we must realize that denial and 'out of sight, out of mind' thinking is not the answer. Empowering ourselves with knowledge and understanding of its symptoms and progression, and receiving the tools to caringly deal with each situation, allows us to face it head on, making the journey a little easier for us and our precious loved ones.
I highly recommend this class to caregivers, family members, friends and anyone whose life is, or may one day be, touched by Alzheimer's/Dementia.
Thank you Julie and Nicole!
The "Do You Know Who I AM?" dementia training program presented by Guiding Lights is a full day of insightful, pertinent information related via enjoyable interactive approaches; skits, role-playing, and experiential situations. Our participation was as a "care giver,' regardless of background, or work status. The vision and focus of Nicole Bruno and Julie Falconer as exemplified in this program guarantees that the participants leave with an understanding of a spirit with Alzheimer's and the most important principle for providing effective care during this spirit's transition. It is the most rewarding program I have ever attended!
I am so happy that I was able to attend the Dementia training today. I learned a great deal. Your insights into the experience of dementia were so helpful - in some ways, they validated my own sense of what this terrible affliction feels like, and definitely expanded my understanding of care strategies. The demonstration of the Alzheimer brain and the sugar experiment were very powerful- and the role plays and experiential games really hit the mark. I have attended many workshops in my career, but never one with so much shared emotion. Spontaneous tears, hugs and affirmations were genuine expressions of group compassion. Very moving.Thank you so much for sharing your experience and expertise. It was an excellent workshop.