SOURCE: Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

September 01, 2015 10:38 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation Recognized as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers in New York State

Recognition Bestowed by New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 01, 2015) - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (L.M.S.W.s and L.C.S.W.s), the Foundation announced today. This designation was granted in conjunction with the State's evaluation of AFA's new DVD-based training program, "AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia." Participants who successfully complete the program and pass the associated exam will earn 5.5 New York State contact hours.

AFA's new training program teaches providers to value the uniqueness of each individual rather than applying a "one size fits all" approach to dementia care. This approach involves interdisciplinary collaboration among care providers and places individuals with dementia and their families at the center of decision-making processes to ensure care plans reflect their needs and preferences. Such thinking is critical to promoting wellness and health and improving care delivery.

"We are thrilled to have received this recognition from New York State Education Department's Board for Social Work," said Kristen Cribbs, M.P.H, AFA's deputy director of educational services. "We are confident that this new training program will be an essential component in any licensed social worker's tool box."

Renowned industry experts James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor for clinical research and professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, and medical director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center and professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Mark Lachs, M.D., professor of medicine and co-chief of the division of geriatrics and gerontology at Weill Cornell Medical College; Richard Powers, M.D., a geriatric psychologist and neuropathologist and member of AFA's medical and scientific advisory board; and dementia care consultant and educator Teepa Snow, M.S. O.T.R./L., F.A.O.T.A., appear in the training video. In addition, critical perspectives and insights are provided by individuals living with dementia, their families and other care providers, including direct care workers.

For more information, visit www.careprofessionals.org or contact Kristen Cribbs at 866-232-8484 or by e-mail: kcribbs@alzfdn.org. For further questions regarding New York State contact hours for licensed social workers, please contact Molly Fogel at 866-232-8484 or by e-mail at mfogel@alzfdn.org.

About the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a non-profit founded by a consortium of organizations to fill the gap that existed on a national level assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA unites more than 2,300 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy -- all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. AFA's services include a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, professional training, community outreach, free quarterly caregiver magazine, research funding, public advocacy and programmatic services. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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