Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA) is a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) that offers training, certification, and education to professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to develop proficiency in interacting with and providing care to individuals with these conditions. DCPA promotes best dementia care practices across sectors and disciplines through practical training, education and professional development.
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.
Our training philosophy is rooted in the belief that optimal dementia care relies on building relationships. This person-centered approach to care values promotes the unique strengths, goals, and humanity of each individual, involves interdisciplinary collaboration among care providers, and places individuals with dementia and their families at the center of decision-making.