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First Responders

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The Alzheimer’s disease epidemic continues to grow. As a first responder, it’s critical to understanding how to best approach situations involving someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Make your first response the right response!




Approaching Alzheimer's: First responder training program

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The course has an interactive map that allows you to explore topics relevant to your role:

  • Briefing (Dementia Overview)
  • Wandering
  • Driving
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Shoplifting
  • Disaster Response

Once you have completed all topics, you can print a certificate celebrating that you are READY TO RESPOND!

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The free, online training features high-quality content in an interactive format, developed by the Alzheimer's Association with input from first responders. It can be accessed:

  • Anytime of day, or night, accommodating for shift work and new hires
  • By anyone with access to a computer and the internet, making it easy to take from home or work

To promote the training within your department or agency, use this downloadable flyer to distribute or post in your breakroom.

The training also includes a downloadable tip sheet, Quick Tips for First Responders. This handy page can be folded to fit in a visor or emergency kit, and includes helpful phone numbers and strategies to help a person with dementia and their family.

Other resources for families in your community

  • Safety Center
    Taking measures to ensure safety at all times can help prevent injuries, and it can help people with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed. The Alzheimer's Association Safety Center on the Web, provides valuable information on safety in the home, driving, and other safety issues.
  • MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®
    MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
  • Alzheimer’s Navigator®
    Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer’s Navigator is an innovative online tool designed specifically for families, to create a personalized action plan and linking them to information, support and local resources.

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MedicAlert Law Enforcement Agency Portal (LEAP)

The LEAP program provides FREE enrollment into the MedicAlert + Safe Return program for people living with dementia who are registered through a law enforcement agency's online portal.

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.