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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. Costs for attending programs are free or minimal. Below is a list of the professional training programs available. For detailed information about these programs, please consult the 2014-2015 Education Calendar for Professionals.

Training programs

Activity Conference for All Professional Caregivers
A hands on conference providing new ideas and techniques to equip you with skills to continue best practices and quality of life for your clients.

15th Annual Defining Hope Conference: Reducing Barriers in Diverse Populations
Alzheimer's disease is complicated and caring for someone with the disease can be viewed uniquely among different cultures. Unrecognized cultural influences may present barriers in accessing needed supports and assistance. This program addresses Alzheimer's related issues in diverse populations and potential ways to adapt services to better serve all who face this disease. 

Finding Purpose in Advocacy
How to use your experience to become a strong advocate for good public policy at a local, state, and federal level.

In-Home Caregivers and Dementia
Learn to increase effectiveness in daily care approaches, in communication and environmental considerations, and in working with families.

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Alzheimer's
Learn how dementia may affect the sexual feelings and needs for intimacy in people with dementia and their partners.

The Training Room
An event designed for busy direct care workers. There will be training stations that address care issues, such as bathing, communication, incontinent care, working with families, nutrition, meaningful activities, and more. Attendees choose stations and come anytime during open hours to best fit their schedule.  

Train the Trainer
This program is geared toward individuals in facilities/agencies that are charged with educating others about the illness and includes discussion of designing and implementing dementia training programs.

For more information on the direct services that the Heart of America Chapter offers individuals with dementia and their care partners, follow the links below: 

For the Person with the Disease and Caregivers
For Professionals

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Individualized In-House Training

The Alzheimer's Association also offers individualized in-house trainings for facilities and community agencies. Choose from more than 30 topics including disease overview, neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, issues, communications, promoting independence, and end of life issues. Contact Michelle Niedens at 913.831.3888 or to schedule a training. 

Cost: $100.00 for up to 4 hours; $200 for 4 to 8 hours.

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Heart of America Chapter Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia Guide Now Available for Purchase

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Visual Guide to Response Considerations by Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. This user-friendly guide was developed by the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter Director of Education and Public Policy and has been reviewed by dementia experts around the country. In a decision tree format, it provides evidence-based intervention suggestions for a wide range of neuropsychiatric challenges, such as wandering, depression, and resistance to daily care.


The guide is designed to prop up in a table-tent fashion so that the user can flip from page to page.


The cost of the guide is $20. If you are interested in purchasing this guide, please contact Carol at the Main Chapter office, 913.831.3888.
Download a pdf version of this guide.


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