Alzheimer's & Dementia Online Academy Course

Family Dynamics in Dementia Care

This course reviews the different types of relationships, especially family relationships, that may be present in the life of an individual living with dementia; reviews family roles; and explores how to identify and assess these dynamics. 1.75 credits.

About this Course

1.75 continuing education credits (general course) available. Dementia can drastically change family dynamics. For family members, these changes can be difficult to navigate. In this general course, we will review family roles that can also play out within a person’s chosen family, and how these roles can change once someone develops dementia. Participants will learn about common themes that may arise for a family, and what professionals can do to help everyone effectively communicate and work as a team. This includes how to hold a family meeting, and utilizing Motivational Interviewing techniques when supporting a family that may be resistant and fearful of change. The overall goal is to ensure meaningful living and quality of life for both the individual living with the illness and the family members.   From this course you will learn to:
  • Define and describe family roles.
  • Explore the impact of caregiving.
  • Identify how dementia can affect family dynamics.
  • Apply strategies to help families better communicate and work as a team.
  1.75 CE credits available for social workers licensed in an ASWB accredited state, as well as New York State licensed social workers. (Please note: New Jersey is not currently covered under our ASWB accreditation, please check back soon). The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America #1898, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/25/2023 – 7/25/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.75 cultural competence continuing education credits. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Inc. 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 #SW-0222.  For all disability accommodation needs, please contact

(Cost: $25)

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