NTG Dementia Training

NTG Dementia Training

This training is intended for staff who support someone who is aging with an intellectual disability.



Understanding healthy aging and dementia for people experiencing disability

In February 2020, SARC hosted the NTG Dementia Capable Care of Adults Experiencing Disability training that people from across the province attended to learn more about aging and dementia. SARC is pleased to now have an NTG-Canada Affiliated Provincial Trainer available to provide training for staff who support people experiencing disability as they age.  

What is this training all about?

This interactive training program, based on the NTG-Canada copyrighted training, focuses on three areas:

  1. Introduction to Aging
  2. Introduction to Dementia
  3. Healthcare Advocacy and the NTG Early Detection Screen for Dementia (NTG-EDSD)
  4. Decision-Making and Adults with an Intellectual Disability and Dementia

The introduction to aging and dementia areas provide excellent information for anyone who supports someone who is aging with an intellectual disability.  The third area will explore healthcare advocacy and dementia screening, and is particularly relevant for support staff who are involved in supporting people with healthcare advocacy and related decision-making. The final area will look at supporting decision-making with someone who is experiencing dementia, and some of the decisions that will need to be addressed as the dementia progresses.




Learning Objectives

Introduction to Aging

We will explore aging and how to promote healthy aging for the people you support. You will learn:

  • Age-related changes that all people will experience.
  • How to distinguish between normal changes and pathological changes as people age.
  • Key aspects of aging for people who experience intellectual disability.
  • The key determinants of health and the factors that impact healthy aging.
  • Barriers to healthy aging.
  • Recommendations to promote healthy aging for people experiencing disability.

Introduction to Dementia

We will take a closer look at dementia and how it impacts people experiencing disability.  You will learn:

  • What dementia is and why you should know about dementia.
  • Different types of dementia and how to recognize the symptoms of dementia.
  • How dementia progresses through different stages.
  • Understanding the prevalence of dementia for adults experiencing intellectual disability.
  • Identifying early signs of dementia and understanding the process of diagnosis for adults experiencing intellectual disability and dementia.
  • Strategies to consider when supporting people throughout the different stages of dementia.

Healthcare Advocacy and the NTG Early Detection Screening Tool for Dementia (NTG-EDSD)

We will explore your role in healthcare advocacy for the people you support. You will learn:

  • The four steps of healthcare advocacy.
  • The importance of quality observations as they relate to advocacy.
  • How input and observations from a variety of sources will assist with accurate assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for people experiencing disability and dementia.
  • The importance of early detection of the signs of dementia for people experiencing disability.
  • How to use the NTG-EDSD.
  • Using input and observations from a variety of sources in the NTG-EDSD to assist with early screening for dementia.

Decsion-Making and Adults with an Intellectual Disability and Dementia

We will examine your role in supporting decision-making for people experiencing disability and dementia. You will learn:

  • The barriers that people may experience related to decision-making.
  • The rights that all people have when making decisions.
  • The importance of advanced care planning and some of the decisions that will need to be addressed.
  • Types of decision-making in Saskatchewan, including supported decision-makng, co-decision making, and guardianship.
  • Information about powers of attorney, health care directives, and health care proxies in Saskatchewan.

Dates and Registration

Check back often as we coordinate dates for 2021!

Pricing for the NTG Dementia Training

To join this interactive in-person session (limit of 10 people to accommodate physical distancing) register now!

  • SARC Member: $255
  • Other organization: $280 plus GST

Please note that you must attend this training in its entirety in order to receive your Certificate of Attendance.

Do you have a group of people who you want to train? Contact us for customized virtual training options!

Lori Morphy, Trainer/Resource Developer with SARC

Lori Morphy has more than 15 years of experience in the Disability Service sector in a variety of roles, including involvement in disability sports and adapted physical activity programs, and work as a Direct Support Professional, assistant coordinator with Disability Support Services at the University of Alberta, and coordinator for mentorship and employment programs for youth experiencing disability. 

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Arts in Physical Education, both specializing in physical activity for people experiencing disability.  She has taught post-secondary courses in adapted physical activity, health education, human growth and development, and therapeutic activities through the University of Alberta and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Lori joined SARC in 2018 as a Trainer and Resource Developer.  In 2019 she received TLR and PART Instructor certification from the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health. In 2020 she completed training as an NTG Affiliate Provincial Trainer for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices – Canada (NTG-Canada).  She brings energy, enthusiasm, and an interactive approach to all programs that she facilitates, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with others.  Lori has also contributed to the development of several of SARC’s training programs and resources.

Lori and her husband have two young children, and she enjoys spending her time being active in gymnastics and many outdoor activities.  She is an active community member, working as a gymnastics coach for athletes experiencing disability, rhythmic gymnastics coach, and volunteering for various community events. 

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  • “I enjoyed the one on ageing and how it affects individuals differently. And also there are different forms of dementia. There was a lot of good information that I can use in supporting individuals.”

    NTG Dementia Training Attendee
  • “The resources used were great. The content, handouts, and activities like group discussion we had was good.”

    NTG Dementia Training Attendee
  • “The topics in this training I find most useful are the roles a support staff like me should do in dealing with the clients. Awareness and documentation of any changes clients are undergoing over time. Understanding what they are going through to support them in any way.”

    NTG Dementia Training Attendee