Thinking Differently about Dementia

First E-Learning Webinars Successfully Completed


Dementia Adventure is excited to announce that the organisation recently completed its first online training webinars for the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada.


Earlier this year Jacob R Harman, Regional Director of the Alzheimer's Association, Northern Nevada, contacted Dementia Adventure having found its website online. Jacob was looking for outdoor opportunities for a client whose Dad had recently been diagnosed with dementia. He already had an informal group of people living with dementia and their families who would meet at local parks, but Jacob wanted to provide proper support to the group and needed some help in knowing what to do next. Jacob was excited to discover Dementia Adventure as its values were exactly what he was looking for. In April Dementia Adventure consequently delivered two e-learning webinars to Jacob and his partner organisations the University of Nevada and Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.


The training comprised of two 3 hour sessions over two dates to a number of delegates in different locations using the online webinar software 'Go To Webinar'. The training was delivered using a mix of trainer to webcam, presentations, video and imagery. It was possible to interact with the delegates who could ask questions verbally or by writing a message. 


The first session, 'Thinking Differently About Dementia' included a combination of video, presentation, discussion and group work and included:

  • What dementia is 
  • What it means to the individual
  • How people can live well with dementia 
  • How dementia can affect communication and interaction


The session explored three simple and effective research based models of how to effectively interact and communicate with people living with dementia and review some of the difficulties that may be experienced. Additionally, they looked at how Dementia Adventure activities and holidays have created opportunities for various physical and outdoor activity and how positive risk taking can benefit the individual. 


The homework set from session one allowed Dementia Adventure to tailor a very personalised second session - 'Risky Business' which enabled the delegates to create a more balanced approach to risk benefit assessments and have more confidence using this in their work. Each delegate completed their training with their own personal action plan.


Dementia Adventure will continue to support the group by providing helpful resources and materials. The legacy of this work progresses as the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada look to establish regular walks in Truckee Meadows Parks. 


The training was a real success. The delegates have described the training as "inspiring, empowering and enlightening'. 


Jacob said: "The parks department is really excited about our dementia park walks, and I am presenting at a conference during which I am going to talk about our (limited) experience engaging folks with dementia in outdoor activities. I have very positive things to say about our experience with Dementia Adventure, and hope that you will get some more requests from our neck of the woods!"


Dementia Adventure Managing Director, Neil Mapes, was equally delighted by the success: "It was a pleasure to rise to the challenge of delivering our Thinking Differently about Dementia and Risky Business training and support through a webinar format for our partner in the USA.  It was a great success and it has energised us to think more creatively about how our knowledge and expertise can be shared with other international partners through e-learning, watch this space."

To learn more about e-Learning or for more information about other services Dementia Adventure can offer, please call Simon Thorp on 01245 237548 or email