Hi Maria! I have a Master’s in Gerontology, but honestly, I focused my studies in grad school specifically in dementia. I did internships that would give me hands-on knowledge, and I read a lot. Do yourself a favor and don’t pay for a certification, just read. Read “The 36-Hour Day,” my blog, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room website, and my book when it comes out. You’ll save money and you’ll learn at your own pace!
Hi Rachael! My name is Maria, I am a Physical Therapist and I work in a SNF. Most of my patients have dementia and I would like to be able to help them. I want to know what courses, certification, studies do I need to be able to learn how I can help them. I am really happy to read your blog. Thanks!
Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.
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