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.
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 3-hour, hands-on classroom training allows staff to practice new approaches to dementia care through discussions, role-playing exercises and sharing of expertise. CEUs offered for nursing, social work and nursing home administrators. Please see the Professional Education Calendar for more details.
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. CEUs offered for nursing, social work and nursing home administrators. Please see the Professional Education Calendar for more details.
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. CEUs offered for nursing, social work and nursing home administrators. Please see the Professional Education Calendar for more details.
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. Please see the Professional Education Calendar for more details.
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In-House Programs & Services
What you want...when and where you want it!
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
- Customized based on topics of your choice!
Premier Consulting Services
The Alzheimer’s Association is recognized as the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. With that title and reputation comes expert knowledge on how to work effectively with persons with dementia, their families and your staff. We provide consultation and advice to management teams and direct care staff on:
- Activity program design
- Customized on-site training & specialized classes
- Staff development and dementia care team building
- Family and community education seminars
- Dementia care management including problem-solving challenging behaviors
- Person-centered organizational change
Customized Training & Consultation Packages
Customized Training and Consultation packages can be developed to meet your needs. Our professional training staff will meet with you to assess your needs and develop a customized proposal designed to maximize the quality of your dementia care. Annual packages result in savings of 50-60% on fees.
Annual Packages Include:
Annual Training Package
• 10 hours of training on topics of your choice
• 2 hours of consultation
• 25% discount on all Association-hosted training programs.
Annual Consultation Package
• 10 hours of training on topics of your choice
• 12 hours of consultation
• 25% discount on all Association—hosted training programs.
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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. 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 Cares™ Online Dementia Care Foundational Training. To receive a special 15% discount, enter code ALZ078.
Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders
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.
For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to: Alzheimer's Professional Training. To receive a special 15% discount, enter code ALZ078.
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