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Teaching Learning Institute

bringing out the best in everyone

As the need grows for quality, dementia-specific services, so do the challenges of developing well informed, trained, and motivated staff.  In today’s competitive environment, your organization’s success depends on the quality of services you offer. By partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, a national leader in dementia training, your staff will receive the superior, professional training essential to the promotion of quality care.
The Alzheimer’s Association Teaching Learning Institute is devoted to helping professionals:

  • Improve their knowledge and skills,
  • Build stronger teams and
  • Deliver better care to people with dementia and their families.

The Institute's innovative curriculum, based in the Best Friends Approach to dementia care, is designed to educate and empower professional care providers. Taught by our well-trained and experienced staff, each training builds on the belief that better connections between staff  and residents with dementia are essential to improving quality of life for everyone involved. Ultimately, our partners see improved quality and credibility for their programs, as well as a more satisfying caregiving experience for professionals, families, and those with dementia. 



To register for a program
call 1-800-272-3900

Association-Hosted Classes

No better place to turn for professional education classes!

Dementia Care Workshops

Dementia Care Workshops are designed to enhance skills and expand knowledge for professionals providing direct care to persons with dementia.  The 2-hour, hands-on classroom training allows staff to practice new approaches to dementia care through discussions, role-playing exercises and sharing of expertise.

Dementia Care Symposiums

These full-day, classroom-based programs provide training on the basics of Alzheimer's disease including how to effectively communicate, prevent challenging behaviors and successfully engage persons with dementia. The interactive workshops utilize lecture, discussion, activities and exercises to facilitate skill building and knowledge retention.  The program is geared towards direct care staff in nursing homes, assisted living, adult day centers and home care.   

Advanced Dementia Care Series

These 3-part series are designed to provide advanced discussion and instruction on complex areas of dementia care.  Series topics include:  Ethics, Challenging Behaviors, Alternative Therapies and Approaches, and Family Dynamics.  

Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care

The Best Friends ™ Approach is a person-centered model of dementia care first utilized in by the Kentucky Alzheimer’s Association and now in use around the world. The program, developed by Virginia Bell and David Troxel, encompasses the familiar concept of friendship in the caregiving process. The Best Friends Approach is structured around the core elements of respect, empathy, support, compassion and humor. This easy to learn, easy to implement approach to caregiving  can greatly improve quality of care for people with dementia. CEU's may be offered.  

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In-House Programs & Services

What you want...when and where you want it!

In-service Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Teaching Learning Institute offers on-site, customized in-services to fit your staff’s needs. On-site programs are the most cost-effective and convenient way to offer the training you need in a focused and tailored way. The personalized time spent with your staff optimizes each training experience. Hands-on classroom training allows staff to practice new approaches to dementia care through discussions, role-playing exercises and sharing of expertise. Most importantly, questions and answers are specific to your concerns and organization. CEUs offered for nursing, social work and nursing home administrators.

In-service training available on the following topics:

  • About Dementia
  • Enhancing Mealtimes
  • Reducing Pain
  • Communicating & Relating
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Person-Centered Care
  • Social Engagement & Activities
  • Personal Care
  • Stress Management
  • Late Dementia Care
  • Intimacy & Sexuality
  • Wandering/Safety
  • Customized based on topics of your choice!

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Web-Based Training Programs

CARES™ : A Dementia Caregiving Approach
This affordable, Web-based program consists of 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. Programs include:

  • CARES® Dementia Basics™
  • CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™
  • CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Care™
  • CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior
  • CARES® Late-Stage Dementia Care™ CARES® Dementia Care for Families

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.