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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:


Mary Bontly

Fredericksburg Lori Myers
540-370-0835, ext. 8407

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 2017 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 to register.
Click here for 2016 registration form.

2017 Training TBA


The following 2017 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 804-446-5860 or e-mail to
register.  Click here for registration form. 

March 16, 2017
May 18, 2017
July 20, 2017
September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017


The following 2017 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, ext. 8407 or e-mail lmyers@alz.orgClick here for registration form.

April 6, 2017
June 1, 2017
August 10, 2017
October 5, 2017
December 7, 2017

Middle Peninsula /
Northern Neck

No 2017 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 Association 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 Mary Bontly, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, 804-967-2575 or e-mail

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.  Next training will be held at Markel Building, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on the following dates:

  • May 16 & 17, 2017

Click here for flyer with registration form. 



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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 assignment 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.  Next training TBA.



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Memories in the Making Training Workshop
This is a unique arts program created by the Alzheimer's Association for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  It allows them to express themselves through a creative process sparking memories and communication.  Participation in painting, dance, music and poetry activities help those with dementia find new avenues of communication while boosting self-esteem and reconnecting with loved ones.  The Memories in the Making program also benefits the care partners by helping them to focus on the abilities and not the disability.   Workshops provide hands-on training and tips to successfully create a program in a community or provide one-on-one in-home sessions.  This workshop will be presented at the Alzheimer's  Association, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.  Cost is $50 which includes lunch and supplies.  Registration required.  Please call 804-967-2580 or e-mail to register.  Click here for registration form.

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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 Mary Bontly at 804-967-2575 or e-mal

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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

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