The purpose of the training and support program is to equip caregivers of a person 65 years of age or older who is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia so that they can better deal with their loved one’s illness in their day-to-day lives.
is a program weekly sessions given online over seven weeks. The sessions last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Each caregiver receives guidance and support from a health professional (a tutor) as they complete the various steps of the training. The program seeks to help caregivers reach a better understanding of the disease and find new and more effective ways of dealing with the challenges that they may encounter in their day-to-day lives as they care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease. Throughout the training, caregivers also have opportunities (if they wish) to talk with other people who find themselves in the same situation as part of a dedicated discussion forum.
This web-based training program was developed by a research team at the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Montréal. It is now offered free of charge, thanks to support provided by the organization L’APPUI pour les proches aidants.