A Snapshot on Aging and Dementia


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This curriculum was developed for use with students at the high school level, and can be used by health science programs or providers to teach the students who may volunteer with older adults.

The goals are to:

  • raise awareness with our youth,
  • undo the stereotype of ageism,
  • address the many myths about aging and highlight positive relationships with older adults.
     

This curriculum also will give the students information about the need for intergenerational programs, and encourage them to consider professions in geriatrics, and caring for those who have Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The students will be instructed on meaningful ways to interact with older adults, about activities such as Music & Memory, and ways to get involved as volunteers.

Downloadable Resources

This resource includes the following aging and dementia documents (download here and at the bottom of the page):

Instructor Manual
Student Manual
Presentation/Slide Deck

Recommendations Alignment

The Texas Health and Human Services Quality Monitoring Program, dementia curriculum has been reviewed by the Alzheimer’s Association® and meets the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topics:

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease Awareness
  • Communications and Behaviors
  • Strategies for Caring for the Person with Dementia
  • Social Needs and Activities

Date of review completion: December 1, 2016

Review is applicable until: December 1, 2018 For more information go to www.alz.org

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Bridging Intergenerational Gaps

Visit the Texas Health and Human Services Bridging Intergenerational Gaps page, a Texas repository for education, resources and tools to assist in building communities that engage all ages. This page inspires communities around the state to consider the benefits of building intergenerational communities and relationships where all members can thrive.

In addition to a snapshot on aging and dementia, the page also provides information on:

  • Resources for Youth and Youth Educators
  • Resources from Other Organizations
  • Intergenerational Resources


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