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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.


Dementia Certification

The essentiALZ program combines approved dementia care training with Alzheimer's Association certification exams.  Offered completely online, this program uses a variety of interactive techniques and features real people with dementia and their caregivers.  

The training is offered in four separate courses, beginning with Basics and including Advanced level, Behaviors and Activities of Daily Living.   Developed in conjunction with HealthCare Interactive CARES® program, the Basics and Advanced Care is one of three trainings recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for long term care facilities to meet new nursing aide training requirements put forth as part of Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act. For more information please click here.

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Professional Caregiver Class

This program provides the professional caregiver with the training and skills to care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  This class covers the following topics:

  • About Dementia
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Communication Strategies
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors

Classes are held Quarterly, please check the calendar for class dates and times.  A minimum of twenty-five people is required for each class. Call 800-272-3900 to register or schedule a class for your employees. 

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Ongoing Inservices

Ongoing inservice training is available on a variety of topics.  Please check the calendar class dates and times.

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"Why Should Employers Care?"

“Why Should Employers Care?” a resource for executives on supporting their employees impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. This material comes to you from the Alzheimer’s Association; corporate executives; Human Resource experts; attorneys specializing in labor and benefit law; individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia and their caregivers.

Click here for more information.

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Seminars and conferences

Click here for a list of upcoming conferences.

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