Dementia Training for Indiana Police

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“As it becomes more prevalent, instances of officers encountering people with Alzheimer’s will likely go up,” says State Representative Bill Friend of Macy, IN.

Friend is driving House Bill 1044, which would require police to get training on how to interact with people with dementia.

Because the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is on the rise, police officers and other professionals need to know how to identify symptoms of dementia, how to communicate with people who have dementia, and how to handle the aggressive behavior sometimes displayed by people with dementia.

Learn more about the proposed legislation in Indiana.

Check out this video about how we need to create a dementia-capable society in which everyone knows how to interact with people who have dementia with empathy, compassion, and person-centered support.
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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”