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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
2014 Registration Form


 Atlanta  Macon
 Augusta  Savannah
 Dalton  Tifton

Foundations of Dementia Care Training for Professional Caregivers
A two-day workshop designed for direct care staff to improve their knowledge and skills in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

Wednesday & Thursday, April 2 & 3, 2014 
9:00am - 5:00pm - Registration begins at 8:30am.
Space is limited, register early. Click here to view flyer & to register.
Georgia Health Care Association
160 Country Club Drive
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Morning & afternoon refreshments will be provided.
Free for professional caregivers through a grant sponsored by the Healthcare Research Inc.

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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.