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About professional training

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.

Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Many of our programs offer continuing education.

Training programs

Foundations of Dementia Care
Appropriate for healthcare professionals in any setting, Foundations of Dementia Care is a comprehensive CE training of 21 hours when offered in its entirety. It can also be offered in shorter modules based on topic and audience needs.

Learning to Lead (1-3 hours) Being the leader of a care team, translating staff education into practice, and how to build a vision that directs your dementia care program
About Dementia (1-2 hours)
A basic overview of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and symptoms for health care professionals who need introductory or review of basic dementia care
Enhancing Mealtime (1-2 hours) Ways that adequate food and fluid intake can affect the health, behavior, and overall of a person with memory loss
Reducing Pain (1-2 hours) Types and causes of pain and staff approaches for reducing pain
Making Connections (1-3 hours) Effective communication techniques and sensitivity training on why a person with memory loss may exhibit behavior or personality change. Also describes social needs and provides tools and techniques for ways to have meaningful interactions with persons with memory loss
Understanding Wandering (1-2 hours) Strategies for promoting safe wandering and provides a model for responding to wandering incidents
Reducing the Risk of Falls (1-2 hours) Ways to reduce and prevent injurious falls by promoting mobility, identifying and removing fall hazards and monitoring fall risk hazards
Promoting Restraint-Free Care (1-2 hours)Ways that persons with memory loss may be unintentionally restrained and proactively addressing needs to maximize autonomy and well-being
End of Life Care (1-3 hours)Dementia care at the end of life, including advanced planning, symptoms of late stage dementia and death, and accessing emotional and spiritual support at the end of life

Ministering to Spiritual Needs in the World of Dementia
Overview of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, overview of the caregiver experience, ways to incorporate spirituality in the experiences of persons with dementia and their caregivers
Length: 1-4 hours
Recommended Audiences: Clergy professionals, Lay Ministers, Chaplains, Visitation Ministers

Alzheimer’s Disease and Down’s Syndrome
How Alzheimer’s can interact with a developmental disability and care techniques
Length: 1.5 hours
Recommended Audiences:
Developmental disability professionals

To learn more about upcoming presentations or to schedule a program at your site or facility contact Carolyn Lake at 330.650.0552 or


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