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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Celebrates World Social Work Day

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Today is World Social Work Day, a time to honor social workers and recognize the contributions they bring to society.  As social workers play an instrumental role in the health and improved quality of life of individuals with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering a special discount, throughout the month of March, on its “AFA’s Partner’s in Care: Supporting Individuals with Dementia” training DVD.

“This month is an opportunity to put a spotlight on the profession as we recognize the more than 600,000 social workers across the country,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “Social workers are a vital part of the care team.  They face challenging issues on a daily basis, working with individuals and families, helping them to reach their full potential.  It is beneficial for them to have dementia-specific training so they can learn how to make a greater impact in the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

Social workers help individuals increase their ability to solve problems, cope with stress, and find valuable resources.  It is always advantageous for health care professional to increase their knowledge, especially when it comes to disease-specific topics.

The “AFA Partners in Care” training series assists health care professionals in gaining a better understanding of dementia, learning effective communication strategies, facilitating care transitions and developing relationships with the individuals in their care in order to foster more meaningful living. It also includes tips and strategies for professional self-care.  Developed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals, the program is appropriate for a variety of disciplines. 

Individuals who complete the program and pass the associated exam can pursue designation as an AFA Dementia Care Partner. They will also be eligible for six continuing education contact hours.  Social workers can order the “AFA Partners in Care” training DVD, and take advantage of the discount, which is only $150 this month, by contacting Molly Fogel, AFA’s director of educational and social services, at 866-232-8484 x131 or mfogel@alzfdn.org.

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