DCPA Mission & History
By mid-century, it is projected that the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will triple, from approximately 5 million to 15 million. As the numbers of individuals with these conditions swell, so too has the urgency for all types of health care professionals to be knowledgeable about dementia and how to navigate the unique medical, psychosocial, and financial needs individuals and families face. Recognizing this need, Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), was introduced in 2004 to provide multidisciplinary training, education, and professional development to health care professionals. Through our dynamic training programs, DCPA seeks to cultivate a skilled and empathetic dementia care workforce that is equipped to provide the individualized, high-quality, and compassionate care that individuals living with dementia and their families deserve. Through multidisciplinary training, education and professional development, Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) seeks to cultivate a diverse, skilled and empathetic healthcare workforce equipped to meet the needs and wishes of individuals living with dementia and their families.
What Sets DCPA Apart?
Our innovative training and educational programs reflect AFA’s belief that relationship building is the cornerstone of optimal dementia care. As professional care partners, building relationships with those with whom we work who have dementia helps us to focus on the humanity and strengths of each individual and to become more attuned to individual goals, desires, and preferences. In this way, we are able to support individuals in living meaningful and self-determined lives.
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