HCI Participates in 20th Annual Duke University Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
DURHAM, NC—March 15, 2006. HealthCare Interactive, Inc’s (HCI) announces its participation in the 20th annual conference of the Duke University's Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (Bryan ADRC) conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. HCI showcased its CARES™ training program prototype as well as its Late Stage Training Program.
The Bryan ADRC is a clinical and basic science center dedicated to the highest level of care for patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other memory disorders, discovery of the basic mechanisms underlying the disease process, and development of effective treatments and preventive strategies for AD and related conditions. Established in 1985, the Bryan ADRC is one of the thirty-two national Alzheimer's Disease Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging.
This year, Duke hosted a special celebration of creativity, the arts, and Alzheimer's research at the conference. Plenary presentations on the future of Alzheimer’s care, as well as special workshops featuring writers, visual artists, musicians, and people living with Alzheimer’s, were open to affected families and healthcare and aging-services professionals.
HCI’s CARES program, showcased at the 20th annual conference, is an innovative, web-based learning program for direct care workers and other staff who care for those with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. This training program is unique from other dementia training programs because it specifically incorporates and teaches the CARES approach, a method of providing care for residents with dementia: Connect with the Resident, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works, Share with the Team.
The Late-Stage Dementia Training Program, also showcased, is an Internet trainer for the day-to-day management of dementia residents. The use of an interactive web-based approach of training is unique because it permits learning to occur at the moment of learner readiness—at a time and place of choosing by the learner. With over three hours of advanced dementia training, the program is designed to teach direct care workers the basics about Alzheimer's and dementia that can affect advanced dementia behaviors.
Specific information about these two learning programs can be accessed at www.caresProgram.com and www.advancedDementia.com.