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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 CEUs.

Law enforcement training

Wandering is a common and potentially life-threatening behavior that may accompany Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with this disease may become disoriented and lost, in their own neighborhoods or far from home.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides training for law enforcement personnel and other first responders to be acquainted with the unique needs and behaviors of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Join us in a partnership in providing the best possible response to persons in need of understanding, compassion, and assistance.

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Training programs

Adult Day Care / Skilled Nursing Facility / Hospice: 1 hour and 3 hours training courses
Assisted Living Facility: Level 1 - 4 hours and Level 2 - 4 hours
Home Health Agency: 2 hours

Each of the above courses uses our curriculum which is approved by the Department of Elder Affairs. Trainers are approved by the Department of Elder Affairs to teach the courses.

Contact your local Alzheimer's Association office to schedule a training program.

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Web-based training programs

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are geared primarily to direct care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Topics include:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain
For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to

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Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.