Caregiving for Persons Living with Dementia Trainings and Workshops

The RCI Reach Program

Catholic Charities Hawaii is providing support to caregivers of persons living with dementia in the community. These caregivers could be family, friends or neighbors. In May, 2019 an expert trainer from Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) trained Hawaii “Caregiver Coaches” to personally deliver the RCI REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimerʻs Caregivers Health) Program.

Dementia caregivers are at much higher risk for depression, health problems, financial insecurity, stress and burnout than caregivers for other conditions. It takes special, targeted training and coaching to minimize these risks and give them more support, tools and tips to help them on their caregiving journey.

Evidence-based caregiver interventions or programs have a proven track record of lowering these risks. RCI REACH is one of those interventions that has impressive results proven by research:

  • 38% decrease in depression for caregivers
  • 42% less frustration with loveʻs oneʻs dementia behaviors
  • 40% decrease in burden for caregiver
  • 37% increase in satisfaction with help from family and others
  • Empowerment with the use of self-care and self-efficacy techniques

The RCI REACH Program conists of 12 customized sessions delivered over a period of six months in the home or other setting of choice and over the phone. A comprehensive manual is given to the caregiver, the Dealing with Dementia Guide, created by RCI.

CCH is proud to provide this program on Oahu. If you are a dementia caregiver or know someone who is, and are interested in this program, please call the CCH Senior Intake Line on Oahu at 527-4777 or email

Positive Approach to Dementia Care
Workshop Series

Catholic Charities Hawaii is also offering a series of workshops in 2019 and 2020, given by certified Positive Approach to Dementia Care(TM) trainer and national mentor, Dorothy Colby. The 2019 series registration is now almost full.

Dorothy Colby is a Certified Positive Approach to CareTM Trainer and national Mentor, with more than 20 years of professional and personal experience caring for people with dementia. She is Director of Community Engagement for Hale Kuʻike Memory Care Home at Nuʻuanu, Bayside & Pali locations.

Positive Approach to Care seminars, developed by dementia advocate and Occupational Therapist Teepa Snow, provide essential information for families and professional care partners on how to have a positive and meaningful relationship with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia throughout their journey.

Other Dementia Trainings & Presentations

CCH will be announcing other trainings and presentations for dementia caregivers throughout the grant period. Here is a flyer listing some of these presentations that are available to order for groups and organizations.

Supported in part by grant No. 90ADPI0011-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy. The grant was awarded to Catholic Charities Hawaii for the Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative.