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CFR-DT  Certified First Responder - Dementia Trained

CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer

About the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Training

"Society is judged by how it treats its citizens,
      in the dawn of life, in the shadow of life
               and in the twilight of life" Hubert Humphrey

CFR-DT Certified First Responder-Dementia Trained Certification for First Responders

How Do I Obtain This Certification?

The first step is to complete the Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care 6 hour live seminar.

The second step is to send in your CFR-DT application that is provided to you in the ADDC seminar.

The ADDC Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care seminar is recommended for First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT's and Fire Fighters, Prison Guards, etc.

The ADDC seminar is a 6-hour live seminar taught by CFRDT Certified Trainer using the NCCDP ADDC curriculum.

In the year 2011 began the senior population explosion and the number one diagnosis among the elderly is dementia. As there are over 60 kinds of dementia, First Responders must be prepared to handle the challenges facing their citizens with dementia. Law enforcement and First Responders agencies across the country will see an increase in calls concerning elopement, abuse, and neglect in the private homes. In order to be prepared for the challenges, all Law Enforcement should have comprehensive training in Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

The First Responder training consists of a 6 - hour training. The seminar is taught by certified CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer. The seminar includes the following modules: Introduction to Dementia (Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment), Communication and Feelings, Depression and Repetitive Behaviors, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Wandering, Hoarding, Aggressive Behaviors, Catastrophic Reactions, Intimacy & Sexuality, Dementia & Driving, Activities, Staff and Family Support, Recognizing Abuse and Neglect in The Home, Diversity and Cultural competence.

Each participant receives a student notebook with excellent handouts about each module. Upon completion of the seminar, each person receives a certificate of attendance. In the student handout notebook a CFR-DT application is provided. You will have 30 days to submit your application for CFR-DT. Once you are issued a CFR-DT certification, you will need to renew every two years online. For information please email


How Do I become a CFRDT Trainer?

CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer

We recommend you complete the CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Care Trainer certification seminar first. This is a one day 12-hour seminar. The CADDCT seminar includes powerpoint on memory stick, student handout notebook, instructor notebook, textbooks, video on sexuality and staff concerns, pretest and post-test, sample brochure, sample class certificate, sample sign-in sheet, information on how to apply for CEU’s, where to obtain databases, how to market, what you should charge for your services, certification as a CDP and CADDCT. Once you are a CADDCT you can apply for CFRDT. You will renew the CADDCT certification every two years which includes the CDP certification.

There is no training class for CFRDT. The CFRDT includes the powerpoint on memory stick which is the ADDC curriculum, student handout notebook, and instructor manual. Your students (First Responders) who complete the ADDC seminar may apply for CFR-DT Certified First Responder-Dementia Trained. For information please email

To view the CADDCT application please see certification and download the CADDCT application. The CADDCT application will include dates, locations, prices, and information.


POLICE - Law Enforcement Magazine

November 17, 2005
Organization Trains Law Enforcement to Handle Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Patients

The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners ( provides training in the area of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care to law enforcement agencies to equip officers with knowledge of how to assist or find people suffering from dementia.

Recently, the entire Sparta (N.J.) Police Department completed the NCCDP’s seven-hour training over a two-day period. Seminar topics included recognizing abuse and neglect in the home, communication, paranoia, hallucinations, aggressive behaviors, catastrophic reactions, wandering, elopement, hoarding, symptoms of dementia, care giver issues, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, feelings, medications, depression, sexuality and intimacy issues, cultural diversity, nutrition, activities, pain, environment, spirituality, and end-of-life issues. At the end of the seminar each officer received a certificate of completion.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are receiving more and more calls from elderly people in their community who are confused and from care givers calling because people have wandered away from home or long-term care facilities. Oftentimes, officers find themselves unsure of how to respond to a confused elderly person’s questions about searching for a child or past residence or employment.

As the number of dementia cases continues to increase nationwide and worldwide, there is a great need for care givers, health care front line staff, clergy, and law enforcement who are well trained to provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support for patients suffering from dementia. The goal of the council is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in the profession and delivery of dementia care.

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