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Being a caregiver doesn't come with an instruction manual, but there are resources available to help. Use the trainings, workshops, books and DVDs on this page to gain caregiving skills and practical advice.

Online care training and essentiALZ certification

This online program offers individual training in dementia care, from HealthCare Interactive, Inc., as well as individual certification by the Alzheimer's Association to recognize those who complete the program and demonstrate knowledge of quality dementia care practices. Both family members and professional care providers can benefit.

There are two certification options:

  • essentiALZ plus Dementia Advanced Care: This certification can be earned after taking the approved prerequisite training, CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Training™ (10 hours) and the essentiALZ exam. The essentiALZ Plus Dementia Advanced Care certification exam covers basics of Alzheimer's and dementia care, behavior, communication, person-centered care, eating well, recognizing pain, minimizing falls, wandering and minimizing the use of restraints. Starting at $39.95.
  • essentiALZ plus Dementia-Related Behavior: This certification can be earned after taking the approved prerequisite training, CARES® Dementia Basics (4 hours), CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior (4 hours) and the essentiALZ exam. The essentiALZ Plus Dementia-Related Behavior certification exam covers an introduction to dementia-related behaviors using the CARES® approach to dementia-related behaviors, breaking down the CARES® approach and key responses to dementia-related behavior. Starting at $24.95.

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essentiALZ Recertification: Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certifications are valid for two years. The expiration date is printed on your certificate. If your certification is expiring, you will need to retake the training and exam. There is a new dedicated recertification course designed to reduce the amount of time away from your work. It features a shorter required reviewing time for each module (10 minutes instead of 60 minutes).

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Online Training for Families

CARES® Dementia Care for Families
This three-hour online training, offered by HealthCare interactive and jointly developed with the Alzheimer's Association, was developed for family members caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. This program offers many practical and invaluable strategies to common caregiving situations. $19.95

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Free e-learning workshops

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

Take the course in English.
Take the course in Spanish.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's
Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Take the course in English.
Take the course in Spanish.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
The diagnosis of Alzheimer's makes planning for the future more important than ever. Through this interactive two-part program, you will learn about important legal and financial issues, how to put plans in place, and how to access resources near you.

Take the course in English.

Living with Alzheimer's for People with Alzheimer's
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. In this three-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are, and will learn what you need to know to navigate this chapter of your life.

Take the course in English.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers: Early Stage
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. This three-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage.

Take the course in English.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers: Middle Stage
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners now become hands-on caregivers. During this three-part series, you will hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care.

Take the course in English.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers: Late Stage
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this two-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and ways to engage in meaningful connections.

Take the course in English.

Living with Alzheimer's for Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
This program offers answers to questions about younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer’s disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn how to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

Take the course in English.

Local training and workshops

Your local Alzheimer's Association may provide caregiver training classes and workshops. Contact your local office to learn about available programs.

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Caregiver Handbook

Caregiver Notebook
Developed with input from caregivers like you, the Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Notebook covers the basics of Alzheimer's and contains tips for care and planning for the future. Each chapter has a place to write notes.

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DVDs and CDs on caregiving

The Savvy Caregiver 4-DVD Set for Families
This award-winning DVD series for families is designed to be watched once a week for four weeks. The Savvy curriculum has been shown in university research to reduce caregiver distress. It has also been praised by families nationally. Click the link for a free “Test Drive” of the program.

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*15 percent of all proceeds from sales will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

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