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Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders (ADRD) Training for Volunteers
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Category: Workshop

(90-minute webinar – available live or on-demand)
Thursday, May 16, 2024
3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders are some of the toughest issues caregivers face. Imagine doing it without medical training! Volunteers are a critical part of providing care for patients and their families – and they need the proper training. This insightful program will impart critical knowledge that will enable volunteers to better serve the ADRD population and increase their confidence level as well.


  • Distinguish between four Alzheimer’s-related disorders
  • Understand the volunteer’s role when working with people with dementia, Alzheimer's, and strokes
  • Explain the unique challenges for families when caring for someone with ADRD
  • Itemize 10 ways to communicate with a person who has a form of dementia
  • List five ways volunteers can be useful when a patient is no longer able to communicate verbally

WEBINAR DETAILS: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) reports that there are now as many hospice admissions for people with Alzheimer’s disease (and related disorders) as there are for people with cancer. This dynamic requires specialized skills and approaches for all members of the interdisciplinary team, including - and maybe especially - volunteers. In addition to the standardized initial training volunteers receive, it is now vital that volunteers are prepared for situations that include people with memory impairment, the inability to communicate verbally, the incapacity to focus and/or pay attention, or with diminished reasoning and judgment. This webinar will explore ways volunteers can become more comfortable and effective in these situations.

THIS WEBINAR WILL BENEFIT THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES: Hospice, Home Health, Home Care, Palliative Care

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This informative webinar is designed for volunteers and volunteer managers. It will also be beneficial for nursing assistants and all members of the team wanting to learn more about how to better support and assist people with ADRD and their caregivers.


  • Organizational assessment exercise
  • Self-assessment exercise
  • 10 tips for communicating with a person with dementia
  • Guide to assist caregivers
  • Handout with lecture notes and additional learning opportunities
  • List of references and additional resources
  • Training log
  • PDF of slides and speaker’s contact info for follow-up questions


Compliance for a Hospice Volunteer Program originally presented on Wednesday, March 27, 2024; Recording available.

Critical Skills for Volunteers: Boundaries, Suicide Intervention, Grief & Loss originally presented on Thursday, April 4, 2024; Recording available. 

Defining Exceptionalism in Volunteer Management on Thursday, August 8, 2024

NOTE: All materials are subject to copyright. Transmission, retransmission, or republishing of any webinar to other agencies or those not employed by your agency is prohibited. Print materials may be copied for eligible participants only.

MEET THE PRESENTER: Gary Gardia, LCSW, APHSW-C, Gary Gardia Inc.

Over 40 years ago, Gary began his hospice career as a volunteer. Since then, he has worked in many capacities leading a variety of teams and departments, including volunteers, social workers, bereavement, and education. A frequent presenter and keynote speaker at state and national conferences, Gary works as a consultant for various businesses and healthcare organizations.

Gary holds master’s degrees in both education and social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He also holds the new Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C). Gary received the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Heart of Hospice Award for developing innovative programs to meet the needs of caregivers and the bereaved and is the recipient of the national Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network (SWHPN) Award of Excellence in Professional Education. He also served as the Executive Director of the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Work certification organization.

REGISTRATION FEE:      Members $159          Non-members $219

Registration is for one connection only. Additional logins will be billed accordingly.

There are no cancellations or refunds.

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