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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.

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Staff learn care approaches through role playing exercises and lively discussions
using realistic film clips and case studies. Foundations offers a wide range of
courses designed to help professional caregivers better understand and meet
the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Professional
caregivers may earn a certificate in Alzheimer's Care through Foundations by 
completing 16 hrs (general) or 24 hrs (advanced) of Alzheimer's training courses
within a two year period.

The General Certificate: Two day classroom training (16 hrs)  $120
Understanding Dementia
Making Connections
Reducing Pain
Enhancing Mealtimes
Preventing Falls
Understanding Wandering
Encouraging Restraint-Free Care
The Advanced Certificate: General Certificate + 8 hours  $220
Providing End-of-Life Care
Activity Programming for People with Dementia

Foundations Brochure
2015 Registration Form


Foundations of Dementia Care Training for Professional Caregivers

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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 CARES is a program administered by
the Alzheimer's Association National Office. For more information or
to register, call 1-866-727-1890. 


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.