Whether you want to increase your knowledge or pursue certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), this class is for you. This class meets one of the requirements for becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner. For more information on certification and other eligibility requirements go to www.nccdp.org or contact the NCCDP/ICCDP Office at 877.729.5191 or . You must be certified or licensed in a health care profession or related field to apply for CDP certification.
The Beard Center offers ongoing classes, as well as opportunities for agencies and organizations to host a program or hold on-site training at their facilities for a discounted rate. For more information, contact Denise Scruggs, Director, Beard Center on Aging, at or 434.544.8456.
Who should attend?
Nurses, CNA’s, social workers, activity professionals, geriatric care managers, licensed nursing home and assisted living administrators, adult day staff, and any front life staff and health care professional working with persons diagnosed with dementia.
For more information: Call 434.544.8456 or email .
- Overview of dementia, including diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
- Feelings and depression, aggressive behaviors, catastrophic reactions
- Difficulties like repetitive behaviors, paranoia, hallucinations, wandering, and hoarding
- Intimacy issues and sexuality
- Personal care: bathing, dressing, toileting, nutrition
- Pain management
- Staff and family support, environment, activities
- Diversity and cultural competence
- Spiritual care; end of life issues
Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainers
Denise Scruggs is a Certified Activity Director(ADC), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners/ International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Denise has more than 20 years of experience in dementia care, both personally and professionally. Her experience includes work in activities, social work, family caregiving, consulting, and memory support program management.
Denise serves as the director of the Beard Center on Aging and is a member of the advisory council for Virginia’s newly formed Institute for Innovations in Caregiving.
Kathleen Cresson, RN, CMC is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners/ International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She has been working with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias for over 10 years. Her position as a Health Care Manager/RN at the Adult Care Center of Central Virginia has afforded her opportunities to work with many families as a Certified Care Manager to guide them through the steps along this journey.