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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.


Professional Caregiver Class

This program provides the professional caregiver with the trainng and skills to care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  This six-hour class covers the following topics:
  • About Dementia
  • Communication Strategies
  • Meeting Daily Challenges
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Making Connections

Classes are held the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Check the calendar for class dates.  Call 800-272-3900 to register.  You may also schedule a class for your employees by calling 214-540-2414.  A minimum of five people is required for a private class.

Activity Based Alzheimer's Care (ABAC)

The ABAC workshop is designed especially for professionals who want to learn how to improve the quality and integrity to existing facility-based activities programs.  CEU's are available for Activity Professionals and Recreational Therapists.  A $75 fee includes lunch.

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Inservice training is available on a variety of topics.  For more information contact call 214-540-2414.

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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 www.caresprogram.com

Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders

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.

This course costs $25 per person and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.

Seminars and conferences

Click here for a list of upcoming conferences.


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.