Improving Oral Health for Clients with Dementia

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Assisting with oral care, and all personal care tasks can be challenging for caregivers and clients as memory loss advances. This dynamic course provides in-depth, dementia-specific information and strategies to build caregiver knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Course Topics Include:

  • Types of dementias
  • Relationship between oral health and dementia
  • The role of caregivers in improving oral care
  • Understanding care-resistant behaviors
  • Strategies to overcome resistance to oral care

The following professionals contributed to the creation of this course:

  • Arcora Foundation Staff: Diane Oakes, MPH, MSW; Dianne Riter, MPH; and Karen Lewis, BA
  • Content Experts: May Chin, RDH; Jenny Shuler, DA; Joanne Mahar, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Reimbursed Consultant: Rita Jablonski, Ph.D., APRN

Continuing Education: This course is approved for one credit hour by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Target Audience: This course is designed for licensed home care aides and other types of caregivers to increase the quality of oral health care delivered to clients or loved ones.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at or 206-528-7344.