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.
Please click the Calender link above to view our available trainings and programs.
The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science – including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. ISTAART is the first collegial group to represent all areas of Alzheimer's disease investigation. When you become a member, you're connected with other dementia care professionals in a dynamic forum that spans the globe. Sign up now to share news, network and be part of the process.
Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC)
The Connecticut Chapter offers trainings to professionals in the dementia field such as in residential homes or home health agencies. Presentations can be tailored to the audience. All of the programs are evaluated by the participants to assess quality and product innovation. Customized in-services are also available. To learn more about professional training opportunities, call us at 860.828.2828
This training, created by the National Alzheimer’s Association and backed by over 24 leading health care organizations, is comprised of several modules of education that are based on person-centered care tailored to the abilities and changing needs of each resident. Modules cover these care practice areas:
For supervisors, nurses and other group leaders:
For direct care staff and supervisors:
Modules are offered as a complete 12-hour training or individual trainings.
Specialized Dementia Care Education "Train the Trainer" (SDCE)
Also known as “Train-The-Trainer,” this seven hour program is designed for professionals interested in improving the quality of care given at their facility or organization. Following completion of the course, attendees will be equipped to conduct in-house seminars targeting direct-care providers of dementia care.
Activity Based Alzheimer’s Care (ABAC)
This full day, interactive training program has been designed by the National Alzheimer’s Association for activity professionals whose primary job responsibilities include activity programming, design and implementation. Continuing education credits are available for participants.
Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's? The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ™ online certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.The essentiALZ™ online program combines select HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. The essentiALZ™ program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.
Individuals 18 years and older can qualify to take essentiALZ online certification exams upon successful completion of select CARES online dementia care training courses. Purchase and completion of the CARES® Dementia BASICS™ and CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™ Dementia Advanced Care™ online training provides immediate access to the appropriate essentiALZ exam at no additional cost.
Currently, the approved prerequisite dementia care online training courses are:
essentiALZ: Approved prerequisite is the online CARES Dementia Basics (4 hours of training) jointly developed by the Alzheimer’s Association and HealthCare Interactive. Starts at $24.95 per individual. EssentiALZ exam and certification provided at no additional cost.
essentiALZ advanced: Approved prerequisite training for the essentiALZ advanced certification is CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Training (10 hours), starting at $49.95 per individual
First Responders Training (Post Certification)
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
This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions. After this training you will be able to:
- Identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork.
- Select and use improved communication and supervisory practices.
- Identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team.
- Recognize and create an environment that motivates staff.