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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.

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Training programs

Professional training is available in each of our locations.
For training in your area, contact:


Merle Kahn

Fredericksburg Lori Myers

Middle Peninsula /
Northern Neck

Ellie Galloway

Tri-Cities Cindy Hamlin

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The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter has been approved by the Department of Social Services to provide training required by 22 VAC 40-72-1120 of the Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities.

4-Hour Dementia Specific Training

This training is offered to professional caregivers and meets the requirements set by the Department of Social Services for persons working in special care units. The fee is $30 per person (non-refundable). Please contact the appropriate branch office for registration information. A minimum of 10 is required for an in-house training. Certificates of Attendance will be sent upon completion of training and payment. The training covers: Dementia: What Is It?, Communication, Behavior, and Environment & Safety. The following is a list of our upcoming training sessions.


The following 2016 training will be held from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Markel Plaza Building, 4600 Cox Road, Salon A, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Cost is $30 per person. Call 967-2580 or e-mail fran.foster@alz.org to register.
Click here for 2016 registration form.

June 9, 2016
August 11, 2016
October 13, 2016
December 8, 2016


The following 2016 training will be held from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry Street,  Petersburg, VA 23803. Cost is $30 per person. Call 804-526-2359 or e-mail 
chamlin@alz.org to register.
Click here for registration form.

May 19, 2016
July 21, 2016
September 15, 2016
November 17, 2016


The following 2016 training will be held from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at Scott Insurance Services, 2115 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Cost is $30 per person. To register, call 540-370-0835 or e-mail lori.myers@alz.org
Click here for registration form.

June 2, 2016
August 4, 2016
October 6, 2016
December 1, 2016

Middle Peninsula /
Northern Neck

No 2016 training scheduled at this time.

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Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach

The Alzheimer's Association is offering new training. Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach is a 22-hour modular training. You may design your own training by choosing any combination of modules that you would like for your staff. This training replaces the 12-Hour Person Centered Care Training and meets the training requirements of the Virginia Department of Social Services.

You may choose to have training in three half days of 4 hours each or you may choose to sign an annual contract and the Assocation will provide a training once a month. These are just two examples of how you can offer dementia training to your staff. We are willing to offer this training in a manner that is appropriate for your staff. The cost of the training is $100.00 per hour and you may have as many staff as possible training in these sessions.

Listed below are the modular options and the time that is required for each module:

Coping with Stress 1 Hour
Dementia: What Is It? 1½ Hrs
Dementia Basics 1 Hour
Communication 1½ Hrs
Improving Communication 1 Hour
Understanding Behavioral Changes 1½ Hrs
Understanding Behavior 1 Hour
Aggressive Behavior 1½ Hrs
Communication and Behavior 1½ Hrs
Bathing Made Simple 1½ Hrs
Easy as Pie: Activities: Why and How? 1½ Hrs
Making Connections 1½ Hrs
Reducing Pain 1½ Hrs
Enhancing Mealtime 1½ Hrs
Enhancing Mealtime & Providing Nutrition 1½ Hrs
Nutrition: It's More than a Meal 1 Hour
Understanding Wandering 1½ Hrs
Reducing Risk of Falls 1½ Hrs
Promoting Restraint-Free Care 1 Hour
Environment and Safety 1 Hour
Late Stage Care 1 Hour
Bridging the Communication Gap Between Staff & Family 1 Hour
Depression and Dementia 1 Hour
Dementia and Emergency Situations 1½ Hrs

End of Life Care - Topics Below:
Communication & Advance Planning
Addressing Symptoms
Emotional & Spiritual Support


1 Hour Ea.

If you would like to schedule a training program in your facility, please contact Merle Kahn at 804-967-2575 or e-mail merle.kahn@alz.org.

Building Your Skills: A Person Centered Approach

Richmond Area
This course is offered as a 12-hour 2-part series and the cost to attend is $50 per person which includes lunch each day for the series. Registration is required. Certificates of Attendance will be issued upon completion of training and receipt of payment.  To register, contact Fran Foster at 804-967-2580 or e-mail ffoster@alz.orgClick here for flyer with registration form.  Next training will be held at Markel Building, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 on the following dates:

  • June 20 & 21, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm




Social Workers Workshop
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480.  Lunch will be provided.  To register, please contact Ellie Galloway at 804-695-9382 or e-mail egalloway@alz.org.  Will be held on the following date:

  • May 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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24-Hour Activities Training Program for Activity Coordinators

This training is designed to provide instruction for activity coordinators who provide services to residents/participants with dementia in assisted living facilities or adult day care centers. Activity coordinators for special care units can meet requirements in section 22 VAC 40-72-1100 G 5 of the Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities (40-hours of training in adult group activities/recognizing and assessing activity needs to residents) by completing this 24-hour program, the first 11 hours of "Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach" training offered by the Alzheimer's Association and a 5-hour pre-requisite assignment. The 5-hour prerequisite asignment is required of all training participants and will be sent to participants upon registration. The assignment must be completed and brought to the first day of training or the participant will not be allowed to attend. There will be no exceptions. Cost is $50 per person for 24-hour activities training and lunch each day. This program is presented by the Alzheimer's Association and Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Licensing Programs.   Click here for registration form.  Will be held at Markel Building, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen,  VA 23060 on the following dates:

  • June 9, 10, 11, 2016, 8:00 am - 5:00 each day  -- Registration Closed as Class is Full



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In-Service Training

The Alzheimer's Association can also provide in-service training for your staff on the following topics:

  • An overview of Alzheimer's and related dementia diseases
  • Activities Overview
  • Communication
  • Bathing
  • Behaviors
  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • End Stage Issues
  • Safety and Environment

If you are interested in having the Alzheimer's Association provide an in-service for your facility, please contact Merle Kahn at 804-967-2575 or e-mail merle.kahn@alz.org.

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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 http://www.caresprogram.com/

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