No one walking the dementia journey has to walk alone.

Dementia-Friendly Leaders Designation 2018


Help your organization become a Dementia-Friendly Leader in Northern Colorado.

Be among the first to help raise the standard of dementia care in Northern Colorado.


    Dementia-Friendly Leaders

    Training for senior professionals in long term care senior living communities, home care agencies, hospice and palliative care organizations committed to excellence in dementia care.




    Why should you and your organization participate?       

    • People living with dementia in Northern Colorado deserve the highest quality of care
    • Participation in this education demonstrates your commitment to excellence in dementia care even before the state regulations mandate more training.
    • Our community is increasingly aware of the many options for dementia care and the necessity to choose only the organizations committed to extensive staff education to ensure well-being

           for loved ones living with dementia

    • Investment in training staff leads to improved job satisfaction and reduction in staff turnover
    • As a Dementia-Friendly Leader in Northern Colorado, you receive:

    -recognition on the Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado website

           -recognition on the Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado Facebook page annually

                        upon renewal and maintenance of designation

           -link from the website to your own

    -window cling or desktop frame indicating organizational achievement as a “Dementia-Friendly Leader®” in Northern Colorado

    -word of mouth recognition among support groups, memory cafés, medical clinics, case managers, community life enrichment, and educational groups as a participant in the effort to provide excellence in dementia care in our communities.



    What we are doing to make the training simple and accessible:

    In COLLABORATION with the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, we are offering training sessions three times a year,  two identical sessions in the morning and afternoon of the same day to accommodate staff scheduling.  2.5-3 hour sessions for a total of 8 hours/year of training. Location for classes have yet to be determined.  Random make-up sessions may be available.




    • *March 23, 20189-noon and repeated 1:00-4:00 PM

    Understanding Dementia--including the various causes: Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (LBD and Parkinson’s Disease), Frontotemporal Dementia, and others

    Hallmark signs/symptoms

    Why person-centered/relationship-based care works

    Local, national, and international resources

    Opportunity to sign up for Virtual Dementia Tour

    • *June 22, 2018 9-11:30 am  and repeated 12:30-3 PM

    Effective Communication strategies to promote well-being

    Minimizing agitation/anxiety—alternatives to medications

    Connecting on an emotional and spiritual level

    • *September 28, 2018 9-11:30 am and repeated 12:30-3 PM

    Meaningful Life/purposeful interactions/strategies for engagement

    Creating life-long well-being/ensuring purpose and dignity

    Music and Memory

    Balancing dignity of risk with optimization of safety: Exercise (falls), pain management, nutrition, relationships

    *Exact content may vary slightly among classes and one or more sessions will include:

    Expert sharing his/her story of living with dementia

    Family member sharing his/her story of serving as care partner (family dynamics of dementia)

    Class participants sharing of challenging situations


    What you need to do:

    • CONTACT Cyndy or Katie and look for upcoming registration and location information on
    • Arrange for all of your staff who work with people living with dementia to attend 8 hours of educational sessions annually.
    • Your staff will complete evaluations which assess the outcomes of the training—how will the training translate into increased competence, confidence, and job satisfaction with dementia care?
    • Keep track of your staff’s attendance.
    • Submit the Dementia-Friendly Leader® application verifying staff participation in designated education.
    • Periodically share stories with us related to the difference the training has made for your staff and clients. Our hope is that these stories will highlight the care you provide and  inspire others to catch the vision for how commitment to equipping caregivers with necessary knowledge and skills provides increased joy and well-being for ALL involved in dementia care.

    If your organization invests in extensive dementia training of > 8 hours/year, using other courses than the one we provide as listed above, training materials/documentation of staff participation may be submitted to the Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado Advisory board for review and  approval.  Contact Cyndy  Luzinski (970-213-4548 or [email protected]) or Katie Fahrenbruch (970-472-9798 or [email protected]) for more information.  Thank you for partnering with us to provide excellence in dementia care in Northern Colorado.   Registration for above classes will begin on website in February, 2018.