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December 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15*, 2023
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time
*Optional 5th half day on December 15th for those wanting to become an NTG Affiliated Regional Trainer. See below for more information.

The National Task Group’s (NTG) evidence-informed Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia is offered online as a four (4) half-day “foundation” workshop or a five (5) half-day “Train-the-Trainer” workshop. It is based on the NTG’s evidence-informed national model Education and Training Curriculum on Dementia and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and is held at various locations across the United States and Canada.

2 Day Foundation Workshop | $275

Target Audience: The workshop is appropriate for any staff with direct or ancillary care responsibilities of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in both disability-related, health care, and aging-related agencies.

Description: This highly interactive and evidence-informed workshop covers the basic concepts of care of an adult with ID and dementia.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Aging & ID
  • Understanding Dementia in Adults with ID
  • What is Dementia? How Does it Present Differently in Adults with ID?
  • Early Detection and Screening for Dementia in ID
  • Obtaining a a Diagnosis
  • Health Care Advocacy for Adults with ID and Dementia
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Adults with ID and Dementia
  • Non-pharmacologic Interventions for Behavior
  • Communication Tips & Strategies
  • Adapting the Physical Environment
  • Dementia Capable Residences
  • Stage-based Considerations

NTG Affiliated Regional Trainer (Train-the-Trainer) Workshop | $475

The first four (4) half-days of the workshop cover the topics outlined above in the Foundation Workshop.

A final half-day is added and is devoted to understanding and delivering the full NTG Dementia Capable Care Curriculum. NTG Affiliated Trainers are authorized to use NTG branded and copyrighted training materials to train within their own organization or to conduct training for outside agencies and organizations. Affiliated trainers have access to greatly expanded topic modules, trainer manual, free NTG continuing education webinars, and are mentored by NTG Master Trainers. Following completion of the workshop participants are required to successfully complete an online test of knowledge before they will be awarded a certificate of completion and receive NTG branded and copyrighted training materials.

For More Information or to Register

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released a Save the Date announcement for the 2023 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) virtual forum. The topic for this forum, scheduled for November 2, 2023, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, will be “Focus on Lewy Body and Frontotemporal Dementias.”

Registration for the virtual forum will open on October 4, 2023. Questions should be directed to Heidi Champa, Aging Services Specialist, via email.

Caregiver supporting sick elderly man in the wheelchair during stay in the hospice

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the new Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model. The purpose and goal of this model is to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, reduce strain on unpaid caregivers, and help people remain in their homes and communities through a package of care coordination and management, caregiver education and support, and respite services.

Through the GUIDE Model, CMS will test an alternative payment for participants who deliver key supportive services to people with dementia, including comprehensive, person-centered assessments and care plans, care coordination, and 24/7 access to a support line. Under the model, people with dementia and their caregivers will have access to a care navigator, who will help them access services and supports, including clinical services and non-clinical services such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations.

The GUIDE model supports President Biden’s Executive Order that directed HHS to develop a new health care payment and service delivery model focused on dementia care that would include family caregiver supports.

There is a web page that has been created specific to this care model that provides additional information, including a link to a webinar that will provide an overview of this care model scheduled for August 10, 2023:

CMS will release the application for GUIDE, a voluntary, nationwide model, in the fall of 2023. Prior to the application release, interested organizations are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to CMS by September 15, 2023. The model will run for eight years beginning July 1, 2024.

If you are interested in receiving additional information, updates or have questions about the GUIDE model, please send an email to the GUIDE Model team’s inbox.