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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.



Foundations of Dementia Care Workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association will conduct a Foundations of Dementia Care workshop focusing on:
   • Dementia Basics 
   • Improving Communications
   • Understanding Behavior
   • Making Connections 
   • End of Life Care – Emotional and Spiritual Support

Foundations of Dementia Care (FDC) is a professional training and education program based on the Dementia Care Practice recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Association Quality Care Campaign and meets all the training requirements in accordance with Missouri House Bill 603.

The FDC training program is field tested to help your staff gain an understanding of dementia and individual resident needs, learn essential skills for dementia care through role playing exercises and lively discussions using realistic film clips and case studies. The Alzheimer’s Association dementia care training:
       • Demonstrate long-lasting, and more consistent dementia-specific caregiving skills
       • Builds skills from simple techniques using body language, tone of voice, and physical stance
       • Learn more advanced skills to recognize and report pain

This 6 hour course will be offered for $125 per person.

Friday, May 16, 2014
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association
2400 Bluff Creek Drive
Columbia, Missouri
Register before May 12, 2014
Maximum Seating—20

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Contact Rob Hulstra at 417-886-2199 / e-mail:


Activity Based Alzheimer's Care

The objectives of this program are: Learning the fundamental components of Activity based Alzheimer's care, effectively examine assessment and care planning, learn to adapt activities and the environment to better meet individual's needs. Learn ways to evaluate new and current programs. Identify and implement the various aspects of teamwork.

Program fee: $125 per person. Pre-registration is required.

The fee includes a training manual and has been approved for 6.5 CEU’s from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP), if  applicable. NCCAP accreditation approved.

Two Sessions - Select the one most convenient for you!

Friday, November 15, 2013
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
1630 W. Elfindale
Springfield, Missouri
Register before November 11, 2013
Maximum seating: 15

Friday, April 25, 2014
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
2400 Bluff Creek Drive
Columbia, Missouri
Register before April 21, 2014
Maximum seating: 20

To schedule trainings or for more information, contact Joetta Coen in Columbia by calling 573-443-8665 or e-mailing

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
  • The CARES Approach
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain
  • Minimizing Falls
  • Rethinking Wandering
  • Restraints

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to

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