WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING PROFESSIONALS MEET THE CHALLENGES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
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 toward professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings. Our programs have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, direct care workers, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.
The Greater Michigan Chapter hosts four conferences annually that bring together healthcare professionals, people with dementia and caregivers for a day of learning and conversation. The each offer Continuing Education Units in various disciplines. For conference specific information regarding CEU's, cost, sponsorship or to register, please visit our Educational Conferences page.
Are you looking for dementia training for your organization? Or perhaps you are looking for a speaker to present at an upcoming conference? The Greater Michigan Chapter has a variety of programs presented by our expert staff to bring you the latest information on Alzheimer’s care. For more information on fees and availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.272.3900.
The Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program (DDSSP) offers educational programming and behavioral consultation to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or those at risk for developing dementia. We offer free:
- One -on-one behavioral consultation sessions for professionals and/or family caregivers
- Educational presentations for professional and family caregivers
- Resources and referrals
The goal is to help the developmental disability service network become more dementia capable by collaborating with agencies serving those living with developmental disabilities. For more information contact email@example.com or call 800.272.3900.
- Continuing education contact hours for nurses through Schoolcraft College
- Continuing education contact hours for social workers through the Michigan Social Work and Continuing Education Collaborative
- CEUs for all others
Anyone who interacts with someone living with dementia may benefit from the curriculum.
- Fundamentals of Dementia
- Making Meaningful Connections
- Making Most of Meal Time
- Understanding Wandering
- Caregiver Stress
- Dementia and Family Impact
- Alzheimer's Disease and Intimacy
- Diagnosis Frontotemporal Dementia
- Driving and Dementia
- Care at the End of Life
The Alzheimer's Association is looking for confident, self motivated individuals to facilitate our support groups. Facilitators volunteer to lead or co-lead support groups, guiding group interaction focused on acceptance, active listening, empathy and assistance with problem solving. Facilitators are required to complete the Greater Michigan Chapter volunteer application, undergo a background check and complete a facilitator training course. The first step is filling out our volunteer interest form.
Facilitator training courses, conducted by Alzheimer's Association staff, focus on the fundamentals of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, group dynamics, unique challenges and concerns that arise in dementia specific support groups, group management and promotion, and group facilitator roles and responsibilities, as well as an overview of the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association.
Facilitator trainings scheduled based on interest. If you are interested in becoming a support group facilitator, please click here to fill out our volunteer interest form.
Note: Facilitator training fee varies based on training location.
Facilitator Refresher Course
Current support group facilitators are encouraged to take part in a facilitator refresher course annually. This training is an opportunity to meet other facilitators, exchange ideas, successes and talk through difficulties with your peers and Alzheimer's Association staff contact. The training will also include refresher on Alzheimer's Association activities and policies.
CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach
This affordable, web-based program has six, one-hour training modules geared 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 demonstration, click here.