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.
For more information or to schedule one of the programs listed, please contact the chapter staff person nearest you or call 402-420-2540.
Activity Based Alzheimer's Care-A very interactive program, filled with an abundance of information on activity programming for persons with dementia. It has been designed in a way that assures quality and consistency, while at the same time allowing for individuality.
Foundations of Dementia Care-A 12 module program written exclusively for long term care and assisted living facility staff to train health care providers to provide the best possible dementia care. The program uses an interactive teaching style that builds on participant experiences and problem-solving skills.
Communication and Understanding Behaviors-is a one hour presentation which works well for both facility staff and home care giver in services. The program teaches the basics of Alzheimer's disease and it's progression, good communication and the role it plays in preventing difficult behaviors and dealing with them if they occur.
The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease- is a one hour presentation which teaches how the brain works and Alzheimer's disease affects it. It goes into detail how the disease progresses, the importance of an early diagnosis and what is currently available for the affected person.
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
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.