Dementia Education Resources for Healthcare Providers

OkDCN offers free dementia education resources for healthcare providers across Oklahoma which includes in-service training to all Oklahoma nursing homes, trainings for health careers students at Oklahoma Technology Centers, and trainings for Oklahoma first responders. These trainings can be instrumental in changing perceptions and skills of frontline workers, educators, and first responders who work with nursing home residents living with dementia. Please contact the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network at for more information!

Contact Oklahoma Dementia Care Network

Learn more about dementia care training, resources and services for healthcare professionals from the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network (OkDCN).

Call (405) 271-8558

Training for Trainers

Mark your calendars and join us for a Training-For-Trainers presented by the University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Dementia Care Network (OkDCN). Career Technology Center program coordinators and educators are ideal attendees. You will elevate your Health Programs and Career Programs with dementia-specific content for short-term and full-time health courses (ie. CNA, CMA, CMA CEU, LPN, Police, Fire, and EMS Programs). Technology center participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a Facilitator’s Guide at the conclusion of the training, allowing the content to be easily integrated into your programs.

June 6th, 2024

MetroTech Springlake Campus Economic Development Center, Room 123
1700 Springlake Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK

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For more information please email or call us: and 405-271-2290 / 1-855-227-5928

OkDCN Nursing Education Resources

Topics for on-site and virtual trainings, as well as in-services for nursing homes, trainings for career tech educators, and trainings for first responders, include:

Walking With Dementia
Walking With Dementia helps learners describe cognitive challenges experienced by persons living with dementia while gaining empathy for the care of persons living with dementia. Walking With Dementia also teaches how to problem solve issues that arise with routine care of persons living with dementia.

Advanced Dementia Care
Advanced Dementia Care helps learners better develop skills related to caring for persons living with dementia.

Bathing Without a Battle
Bathing Without a Battle helps learners be able to describe the benefits of person-centered bathing and to be able to provide bathing care using methods that increase comfort and warmth and decrease pain.

Dementia Care Teams
Dementia Care Teams helps learners form quality teams for the care of persons living with dementia by building trust, learning by listening, appreciating yourself and others, and celebrating team success in dementia care.

Person Centered Care
Person Centered Care helps learners understand how to prioritize the feelings, attitudes, and beliefs of the person being cared for. Person Centered Care models how to make sure the care of the person being cared for meets their needs and makes them the center of their decisions which helps achieve the best outcomes of both medical professionals and the person being cared for.

Infection Control
Infection Control helps learners to better understand core principles in creating an environment that aims to reduce transmission of infection, to discover tools and strategies for best practice in infection control in long-term care settings, and learners also discuss methods for reducing infection transmission.

Skin Integrity
Skin Integrity helps learners better understand that persons living with dementia have special skin considerations due to cognitive impairment and their inability to care for their skin properly and as such, frontline caregivers are often the first to notice skin issues among persons living with dementia. Skin Integrity teaches why it is so important for frontline caregivers to share their observations on the skin issues of persons living with dementia with other medical professionals to prevent skin breakdown.

End of Life Care
End of Life Care helps learners understand that persons living with dementia may often live years with the disease and that because dementia disease progression is unpredictable, this can make end of life care challenging. The importance of issues such as making medical decisions for persons living with dementia, being present for the person living with dementia at the end of life, and supporting dementia caregivers at the end of the life of the person living with dementia are examined and discussed.

Age Friendly Dementia Care: What Matters Most
What Matters Most teaches learners how to know and align care with the person living with dementia specific health outcome goals and care preferences, which includes end-of-life care and settings of care.

Age Friendly Dementia Care: Medication
Medication teaches learners to monitor the use of medications by persons living with dementia to make sure that the medications don’t interfere with what matters to the person living with dementia, their mobility, and/or mentation across care settings.

Age Friendly Dementia Care: Mentation
Mentation teaches learners how to prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, delirium, and depression across care settings.

Age Friendly Dementia Care: Mobility
Mobility helps learners to better understand how to ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do what matters most to them.

Information on IHI Age-Friendly Health System

What is an Age-Friendly Healthcare system?

An IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) recognized Age-Friendly Health System is a clinical care setting utilizing the evidence-based interventions and reliable practices in healthcare provided to older adults. The elements of high-quality care of an Age-Friendly healthcare system are the 4Ms (What Matters, Medications, Mentation and Mobility).

There are 2 levels of recognition that can be achieved. Level 1 is an Age-Friendly health system participant committed to putting the 4Ms into practice with an approved IHI plan. Once Level 1 is achieved successfully for 3 or more months a healthcare system can submit for Level 2 recognition. Level 2 Age-Friendly recognition is achieved by a healthcare system committed to Care Excellence with a shown exemplary alignment of the 4Ms in practice along with the number of older adults provided 4Ms care in a consecutive 3-month timeframe.

For more information on Age-Friendly recognition please visit this website.

Contact: Contact OkDCN at, for guidance on beginning your Age-Friendly healthcare journey.

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