SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

March 01, 2016 09:45 ET

Alzheimers Foundation of America Celebrates Social Work Month With Debut of New Webinar Series

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) - In honor of social work month, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is kicking off a new webinar series designed just for social workers. The webinars are free and social workers who attend and complete a short evaluation, following the webinar, will receive one continuing education contact hour. The first in the series, "Celebrating Social Workers As Partners In Care," takes place March 16.

The webinar will focus on helping social workers recognize behaviors as forms of communication. Doing so can help reframe challenging situations into opportunities to build relationships with individuals with dementia and their families.

"With the growth of our nation's aging population, social workers are increasingly finding themselves faced with individuals with dementia, and there isn't a whole lot of dementia-specific training out there," said Molly Fogel, L.C.S.W., director of educational and social services at AFA. "Often, individuals with dementia will express their needs through body language or behaviors because they are otherwise unable to communicate them. The goal of this webinar is to help social workers understand such behaviors or signals and use them to personalize each individual's care plan."

To register for the March 16 webinar, visit and choose either the 11 a.m. (EDT) or 3 p.m. (EDT) session. Additional webinars in the series will be held in June, August and October. For more information or to schedule an in-person training for your team, contact Molly Fogel at 866-232-8484 x131 or

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,400 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.

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