Aging & Driving Symposium: Approaching Alzheimer’s: First Responder Training / Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Tue, May 16, 2023 10:00-11:00 AM

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Kim Franklin has over 16 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, she is currently The Senior Manager of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. An accomplished volunteer leader, Kim provides strategic development, implementation, and oversight of volunteer powered-service delivery with the Association. Kim works to empower volunteers in each of her service areas to help move the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association forward. She received her undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University and her Masters of Health Administration at The University of Cincinnati with specializations in health and human services and nonprofit management.

John Clark is a longtime volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association. He has been a Search & Rescue responder for 18 years and currently serves as a civilian volunteer for Gwinnett County Search & Rescue and as an instructor for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s (GPSTC) Critical Incident Training (CIT) in response to missing persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia. He is certified by the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR) as a SARTECH III, is a member of the Gwinnett County Citizens Corps Council and a board member of the Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. He works for iHeart Radio as the Director of the Georgia News Network and is a resident of Johns Creek, GA.

Make your first response the right response. The Alzheimer’s disease epidemic continues to grow. As a first responder, it’s critical to be prepared to face it in your community. People with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can unknowingly put themselves and others in dangerous situations. Understanding the disease is key to ensuring you make the right response. You’ll learn common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, how to recognize a person who may be affected by it, and how to effectively interact with them in situations such as wandering or confusion while driving. We’ll also address search and rescue issues around persons with Alzheimer’s and the importance of a safety plan for family and caregivers. POST and EMS credit provided.

Intended audience: First responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS, search and rescue); families, care partners, and others serving people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia; students in health care, public health, and social service professions; interested public.