Dementia and Challenging Behaviors

The Dementia and Challenging Behaviors training program was designed specifically for use by long-term care facilities to train their staff on how to better address the needs of persons with dementia. This intensive 8-hour program is presented in 8 units to allow learners to divide the training into smaller pieces that they can do in a limited amount of time. It has 2 audio presentations with slides and 6 interactive lessons with real-life stories. Each unit also includes printable handouts. Topics covered include:

  1. An introduction to Alzheimer's disease
  2. Person-centered care
  3. Agitation and resistance to care
  4. Wandering and elopement
  5. Intimacy and sexuality
  6. Fall prevention and restraint-free care
  7. Late-stage comfort care
  8. Residents' rights and dementia

A Certificate of Completion is available for the Dementia and Challenging Behaviors Program. To get a Certificate, you must complete all 8 units of the training program. Then you will complete a brief program evaluation and click on the "Submit" button. A screen will appear with your certificate information. Print this screen for your records – it is your Certificate of Completion.

To access this training, e-mail geriatric-education@uiowa.edu with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your facility’s name
  3. The number of staff you expect to train using this program (up to 15)

Please note: to be able to provide this training at no cost to dementia-specific care units nationwide, we are limiting each facility to a maximum of 15 training spots for their staff. That will allow you to determine which of your staff are the most appropriate for this training opportunity.