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Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Introduction to Social Work Practice with Patients and Caregivers

December 7, 2019

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December 7, 2019
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, Room 713 
New York, NY 10023

The goal of this class is to provide an introduction and overview of the topic, including the definition of Alzheimer’s Disease and identification of related dementia; the multi-level effect of dementia on individuals and their family members; interventions for effective practice; and community agencies and resources. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are a significant health issue faced by many individuals and their families. The often incurable nature of the disease, the long trajectory of the illness, and the often silent symptoms during the onset, all contribute to making dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most difficult experiences for both the individual and the family caregivers. Social workers who work with older adults and/or family caregivers must be knowledgeable about dementia diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding the physical trajectory and symptomatology of dementia, and the psychosocial, financial, and other consequences of dementia are critical to effective practice.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the etiology and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Identify the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the cumulative impact of dementia on the family system and the multiple factors affecting caregiving. 
  • Identify appropriate interventions to assist individuals with dementia and their families in future planning for health care decisions that are based on the unique needs of clients.

Classes are held in a barrier-free building.
Gender-neutral bathrooms are available.

Fordham gss brenda mamberBrenda Mamber, LCSW-R

Ms. Mamber has 34 years of experience in geriatrics, health care, palliative care, and hospice, and community-based programs providing patient care, supervision, program management/development, and program leadership. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and a consultant and educator providing professional education to home care agencies and nursingh ome staff. 

Our regular fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $120
  • GSS Alumni - $100
  • Current Field Instructor - $100
  • Current Adjunct Faculty - $100
  • SWHPN Member - $100
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $80 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $80
  • Fordham Faculty & Staff - $80
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $60
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

Continuing Education Hours

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of four (4) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

Refunds and Cancellations

Refunds may be issued as follows:

  • 10 working days prior to the class date: full refund
  • 7 to 9 working days prior to the class date: 50% refund
  • 6 working days or less prior to the class date: no refund
NOTE: Working day is Monday through Friday, non-holiday days.
Refund requests must be made via email to The date on the email will be used to determine the amount of the refund.
If the class is cancelled, all registrants will receive a full refund.