Cobb County, GA ― An estimated 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million. With a rich background of working with seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, The Arbor Company will host a dementia awareness training for Cobb County first responders, July 15-19. This Dementia Live® event will make Cobb County the first and currently only county in the state of Georgia to train its first responders in dementia awareness and education.
Dementia Live® is an innovative program designed by a team of dementia, sensitivity and awareness, and professional development experts from the nationally recognized AGE-u-cate® Training Institute headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Using specialized gear within a safe, experiential setting, Dementia Live® gives participants a real-life simulation of what it’s like to live with dementia ― including sensory changes and cognitive impairment.
“By going through this hands-on and interactive experience, we want to help educate our first responders on how best to adapt their approach when interacting with someone who may be living with dementia,” says Laura Ellen Christian, senior vice president of engagement and dementia training at The Arbor Company. “Our hope is that they leave with a greater awareness and understanding of dementia.”
The Dementia Live® program is the newest tool in the powerful arena of sensitivity awareness training being used for the booming number of direct care staff, family caregivers, healthcare professionals, and college and university students.
“We are at the crossroads of understanding aging and dementia; this understanding is not an option but a necessity for every member of our society. It is a worldwide phenomenon affecting every level of our society,” states Pam Brandon, president and founder of the AGE-u-cate Training Institute. “We must equip those who are caring for and serving our aging population to better understand their challenges. We are living in a fast-aging world.”
The Arbor Company Dementia Live® experience will take place July 15-19, 2019 at the Cobb County Safety Village. First responders who wish to register for the event, should contact their supervisors.
About The Arbor Company:
The Arbor Company is an Atlanta-based operator of more than 40 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities, serving seniors in 11 states. With more than 30 years of dedication and experience, The Arbor Company strives to deliver the highest quality care and service to residents and their families. The company’s innovative Engaged Lifestyle program creates meaningful moments through structured activity programs and spontaneous interactions, filling each day with the right balance of purpose and fun. More information about The Arbor Company is available at www.ArborCompany.com.
About Dementia Live®:
Dementia Live® is an innovative program designed by a team of dementia, sensitivity and awareness, and professional development experts from the nationally recognized AGE-u-cate® Training Institute headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Information about Dementia Live® and other training programs offered by AGE-u-cate® Training Institute is available at www.AGEucate.com.