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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. 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, CNAs and staff trainers. Many of our caregiver conferences also offer CEUs. 

Local Professional Training Resources


Educational Conferences & Workshops 

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter provides professional educational opportunities throughout the year to provide professionals an opportunity to gather continuing education credit or contact hours. 

To learn more about the next educational conference click HERE

Dementia Education: A Train-the-Trainer Approach
Please check back for the next training dates.

The Alzheimer’s Association and LeadingAge Iowa are pleased to collaborate once again to offer an exclusive, interactive and dynamic program: Dementia Education – A Train-the-Trainer Approach.

The purpose of this train-the-trainer program is to offer education based on the curriculum module created by the Iowa Dementia Education Task Force recommendations and exceeds the CMS 6-hour program “Hand-to-Hand”. Register today to share this curriculum with your entire staff and impact the care of elders in your community with best practices for dementia care.

Community Resource Finder

View all our local programs for both families and professionals, as well as events and services we provide by visiting our Community Resource Finder.

Online Professional Training Opportunities

CARES® Online Dementia Care Training & Individual Certification Program

HealthCare Interactive, Inc. (HCI) who partners with the Alzheimer's Association with their CARES products, is addressing the growing national crisis of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by developing the most innovative set of training products for family members and professional caregivers available in the marketplace today. HCI's educational DVDs, CD-ROMs, and Web-based products are easy to use. Each requires only basic computer or DVD skills and can be used in the privacy of your home or work setting. HCI's CARES® Dementia Basics and CARES® Dementia Advanced Care online training programs qualify individuals for Alzheimer's Association® essentiALZ certification.  Learn more.

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essentiALZ™ Certification Program

The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.  The essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. The essentiALZ program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.  More



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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.