Support & Education Program for Caregivers


The Support & Education Program for Caregivers, developed by UofL School of Nursing Professor Dr. Karen Robinson, provides training for caregivers of persons with dementia like Alzheimer's Disease. Robinson has been working with caregivers for over 20 years as a researcher and advance practice psychiatric nurse. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Caregivers Program at the School of Nursing.

She has designed this online course to help caregivers and family members of persons with dementia better understand and cope with the unique challenges of caring for a loved one at home. This training is specifically designed to teach care givers how to more effectively manage the problem behaviors of a loved one. We hope this program will equip caregivers to grow more confident in their abilities.

Many have already received plenty of "on-the-job" training and may have learned much of what we will present here by trial and error. Others are new to caregiving or will be taking this course to support a caregiver. We think that people of all levels of experience will benefit from using this training program.

How the Course Works

We ask that you begin this course by taking a "pre-test" and end it by taking a "post-test." You cannot fail these tests. They are simply to help us determine how much the training portion of this course has increased your knowledge of dementia. Once you start the pretest, you cannot quit and come back to it. It should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

The training portion of this site consists of five "modules" or lessons. Each module begins with a short video clip. After the opening video, there will be a series of "slides" with some information about dementia. Each slide has an audio portion with it. The text for the audio portion appears below the slide if you are using a computer that does not have sound capabilities or wish the sound to be off for some reason.

At the end of each module there will be two questions about what you have just heard or read. You should be able to answer these correctly before moving on to the next module.

You may complete all the modules in one sitting, which should take about an hour and a half, or complete them individually.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Stages of Dementia with Symptoms
  • Concepts of Stress
  • Planning Interventions for Lowered Stress
  • Communication
  • Care Giver Training Summary
  • Asking for Help
  • Getting the Help you Need

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in this free online course, please call 502-852-2273 or email Samantha Davis We are located on the 4th Floor of the "K" Building in the School of Nursing located on the Health Sciences Center. Office hours by appointment only.

Learn More

Read a copy of recent research published by Dr. Robinson:

Find out more about Alzheimer's and Dementia.