People with Alzheimer's and other dementias receive care and support from a wide variety of health and long-term care professionals. But, the medical, psychological, and social care needs of those living with Alzheimer's often make care delivery challenging and more demanding than for those with other health conditions. Unfortunately, many health-care workers are ill-equipped to meet the unique needs of those with Alzheimer's. For example, in a series of reports on the dementia training laws and regulations across the 50 states, Justice in Aging found only 22 states require dementia training for staff of nursing homes -- and most of these require training only for those working in Alzheimer's special care units. The lack of training can lead to inappropriate and inadequate care and treatment. All individuals employed in the delivery of care across the care continuum should be properly trained in dementia care.

Justice in Aging Reports:     


State Summaries of Dementia Training Laws and Regulations: