4 hr. (pm) Alzheimer & Dementia: A Police Perspective-Dixon

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Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 04, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Dixon Police Department
220 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL
Instructor: Gail P. Sullivan, MA
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $50
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Purpose of Course:  This training has been designed with the purpose of addressing the issues that concern law enforcement regarding Alzheimer and Dementia. As America ages, interaction with citizens with dementia and Alzheimer will increase significantly. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms including impaired memory and thinking. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. However, issues other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory, ability to reason and make good judgments.

Law Enforcement may interact with citizens who have Alzheimer and dementia as indecent exposure, shop lifting, auto accidents, false 911 reports but most often calls are for the affected citizen wandering from their homes or residential facilities. Many jurisdictions have instituted the “Safe Return” program, which has proven to be very effective. This growing issue must be addressed by law enforcement and the community. Traditional law enforcement techniques are not adequate to serve these citizens or their families.

Course Goals:  For participants to more fully understand these conditions the training will address the following skill sets.

It will include, but not be limited to:

  • Increased ability to communicate with citizens with dementia/Alzheimer
  • Changes in the functioning brain of people with dementia/Alzheimer
  • Be better able to understand the signs of dementia/Alzheimer
  • Understand the common differences between dementia/Alzheimer
  • Be able to communicate during an encounter a person with dementia
  • Be able to develop a program to stop unwanted 911 calls
  • Understand the strategies to avoid dementia/Alzheimer for all
  • Assistance in developing a “Safe Return” program in the jurisdiction