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The Savvy Caregiver Program for Alzheimer Caregiver Training

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Alzheimer CaregiverThe Savvy Caregiver Interactive DVD SetReduces Caregiver Stress
Kenneth Hepburn, PhD
Professor, Emory University
Marsha Lewis, PhD
Professor, Emory University
Jane B.G. Tornatore, PhD, LMFT
Carey Wexler Sherman, PhD
Judy Dolloff, LCSW
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Andrew Morrow
Technology Licensing Officer

Training Videos for Alzheimer Caregivers

The Savvy Caregiver is an educational program focused on providing instructional material for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. The Savvy Caregiver Program can be used by individual caregivers or in workshops put on by service agencies to train both family and professional Alzheimer caregivers. The program teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to handle the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregiving is a role taken on by family members and friends who care for loved ones with dementing illnesses. The Savvy Caregiver training program has been tested at three unique sites over six month periods. Results have shown that the Savvy Caregiver training program reduces Alzheimer caregiver’s distress effectively. The Savvy Caregiver Program is licensed to and can be purchased from Healthcare Interactive. The University of Minnesota provided the fundamental research behind today’s Savvy Caregiver training program.

Alzheimer Caregiver Training and Education

The Savvy Caregiver Program is specifically designed to be used by service agencies and individual dementia caregivers. No other program focuses on Alzheimer caregiver education in the same way that the Savvy Caregiver does. The Savvy Caregiver is grounded by research confirming that caregivers need specific training to accomplish their work and fight off stress. The training program teaches strategies developed by Alzheimer’s researchers and clinicians. The Savvy Caregiver Program teaches practical real-world skills, helps to reduce stress, and increases caregivers’ sense of competence, even with little experience. The Savvy Caregiver Program includes two manuals and accompanying educational materials with an interactive DVD. The Trainer’s Manual walks the trainer through the overall purpose and structure of the program, providing session-by-session direction for discussions and exercises. This manual is used by service providers to lead workshops that educate individuals who care for family members with dementia. The Caregiver’s Manual is a workbook for each individual caregiver to complete throughout the program.


  • Interactive DVD and instructional material—specifically designed for service providers and caregivers to help family members care for those with dementia.
  • Successful in reducing caregiver distress—the Savvy Caregiver Program was tested in three unique sites and is backed by scientific research.
  • Helps family members become competent Alzheimer caregivers— recognizing that this role involves the acquisition of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes.