How Online Learning can Support Experiential Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 2, 2022 3:00:00 PM

In my last blog post, I shared a recent poll we had conducted that asked what type of training is most effective for aging service providers. Experiential training was the clear leader, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring. Online learning came in last.  We need to change our thinking about online learning!

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, workforce training, Communication Skills Training, Online Learning

What Type of Training Most Supports Skill Building?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM

The team here at AGE-u-cate recently ran a poll on this very question. Of the following options, including online learning, experiential training, peer-to-peer mentoring, and "other". The clear winner was experiential training, coming in at 77%, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring at 23%. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live Training, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, experiential training

How and Why Impactful Bridge Building with Family Caregivers Opens Doors

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 7, 2022 3:00:00 PM

Caregivers are one of the most unheard and underserved groups in our society. Growing at exponential rates, they struggle with isolation, loneliness, and adverse health consequences at a much higher rate than the general population.

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Topics: The Faith Community, AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, Dementia friendly community, Leader Support, Dementia Care Outreach Education

The Exponential Effects of Kindness, Empathy, and Understanding

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 4, 2022 3:00:00 PM

For as many challenges as we've faced in the past few years, I see a movement stirring around the kindness, empathy, and understanding that I see turning the tides of many organizations' value sets. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Leader Support, Mission, Vison, Values, Senior Care Leadership

Crossing the Threshold in Dementia Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM

There are many definitions of threshold that are worth discussing before we jump to the meat of how it relates to dementia training.  

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, Direct Care Workforce Training, workforce training, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, caregiver education, Skill Building

How Activity Directors can be Game-Changers for Senior Living

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 26, 2022 3:00:00 PM

Navigating the Future is the theme for this year's National Activities Professional Week. What a great time to talk about the vital role that Activity Directors and Life Engagement Directors play in improving the quality of life for residents, enhancing family and staff satisfaction, and boosting the bottom line.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, life enrichment, resident engagement, quality of life, Reading2Connect

Tips to Improve Empathetic Care Practices

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 24, 2022 3:00:00 PM

Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes for a while so you can imagine what they are going through, leading to a deeper understanding of their feelings and behaviors. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live, Empathetic Listening, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training

Practical Skills Training Leads to Empowered Care Partners

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 19, 2022 3:00:00 PM

In previous blogs, I've discussed the proven benefits of Dementia Live® as a powerful and effective experiential foundational training experience.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, Professional Caregivers, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, staffing

Bridge the Gap - From Issue to Action

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 17, 2022 3:00:00 PM

To elevate dementia care practices, care partners must first understand dementia and how persons with dementia feel challenged with cognitive and sensory changes. Dementia Live® simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants first-hand experience living with dementia. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, Quality of Life Training, dementia care training, Dementia simulation, Communication Skills Training, Skill Building

Here's Why Dementia Live®'s Flexibility Stands Out

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 14, 2022 9:00:00 AM

In dementia simulation programming, there's a lot to say about what makes Dementia Live stand out. Since its launch in 2015, the team here at AGE-u-cate® has spent more time listening to our client partner's needs than talking. The result?

A program that is indeed what our tag line says: Proven. Powerful. Effective. Tag lines can get wordy, so we'll discuss another significant benefit:

Dementia Live is incredibly flexible.

As empathy and skill-building training, Dementia Live brings together a transformational experience, care partners empowerment session, and practical tools to professionals and families across the aging care spectrum. The team at AGE-u-cate believes that EVERYONE needs to better understand dementia.

We are at the crossroads of unprecedented growth in our aging population, which will continue to affect every aspect of our society. Therefore, aging and dementia education is necessary for breaking the cycle of ageism and exclusion for persons living with cognitive changes. Our provider partners are key catalysts to offer this critical dementia awareness experience and education to the world.

Dementia Live coaches receive organized, easy to deliver training which allows them (provider organizations) to take the Dementia Live program beyond the walls of their own organization. We provide the tools and resources to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, such as a virtual version of the Experience developed in response to the COVID pandemic. This Virtual Dementia Live Experience allowed providers to continue to use the program as an outreach education tool while social distancing restrictions were in place. Here's what The Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of IRC had to say about AGE-u-cate's pivot to a Virtual Experience during Covid. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live, Dementia Live®Training, leadership, dementia education, Dementia Awareness, dementia care training, Dementia simulation

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