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Alzheimers & End of Life Issues, Grant Funded Training

Alzheimer's and End of Life Issues Training

Our grant-funded training opportunities allow you to build a stronger workforce of confident, productive, and profitable employees with no out-of-pocket cost to your organization!

The Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) offered a free preview of two new trainings for Alzheimer's and End of Life Issues on May 29, 2014. At this event, attendees had the opportunity to:

  • Meet with OCPE staff and learn about current grant-funded training opportunities

  • Meet Eileen Doremus and Mary Murphy, two of our newest instructors, and get a preview of their courses

  • Reserve convenient training dates for your employees

  • Network with other healthcare professionals

If you are interested in more information about the Alzheimer's and End of Life Issues courses, or how your organization can qualify for grant-funded training, please contact Sharon Gutterman, Senior Program Coordinator at 848-932-7701 or email: gutterman@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Agenda for May 29, 2014




Welcome and Introductions
Kathleen Marrs, Assistant Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education


Course Preview - Understanding Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Eileen Doremus

Attendees will learn how the brain works using a colorized picture of the brain, and students will be readily able to recognize areas of the brain responsible for day-to-day functioning. Students will understand that the causes for all the changes in functioning, communication and behavior are because of not only how the brain is affected by the progression of the disease but also what areas are affected. We will learn the differences between normal forgetfulness, memory loss and those diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Stages of progression will be discussed by using actual pictures of changes in the brain. Participants will learn how Alzheimer's affects:


  • Changes in instrumental activities of daily living – the abilities to organize, plan, cook
  • Changes in activities of daily living


  • Learn strategies for successful communication with persons with dementia


  • Identify and experience what occurs with behavior as Alzheimer's progresses




Course Preview - The End of Life: A Journey
Mary Murphy

Dying in America has changed. In the early twentieth century the death of a person was usually a sudden event, taking place in a person's late forties. Due to medical advances, life expectancy has significantly increased. More and more, death is related to the end stage of a chronic disease that has had a predictable and lengthy course. This four hour program will assist caregivers and individuals to understand death as a process and a part of life. With that understanding we will explore legal aspects, ethical and religious belief systems, and cultural norms that underlie the diversity of approaches to death and dying found in our society.

At the end of this program, the participants will:

  • Discuss the physical manifestations of impending death
  • Identify with the emotional and cultural aspects of loss and grieving for a dying person and his/her family
  • Appreciate the dilemmas and disputes that may emerge during end of life processes
  • List and define legal documents related to the end of life


Lunch and Networking


Q & A and Final Thoughts