The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals:
- Improve their knowledge and skills.
- Build stronger teams.
- 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.
Activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers find value in our programs and meetings. CEUs are offered at many of our programs .
The DCC is a professional networking group. Attendees hear from experts on dementia-related topics and share news and updates with colleagues at quarterly.
Click here for membership info, dates and meeting locations.
Caring for People with Cognitive Impairment & Mental Health Issues
Employee training on quality dementia care and mental health, a training package that meets the State of Maryland’s COMAR regulations for nursing home and assisted living staff.
Included in the kit:
- 2 DVDs, "Quality Dementia Care" and "Mental Health Issues."
- 2 training manuals to accompany each DVD.
- CD containing PowerPoint handouts.
- 2 supplemental information guides.
For prices, other details and to order your kit, download the informational brochure.
Activity Based Alzheimer’s Care (ABAC)
Trains activity directors and therapists on the importance, design and implementation of appropriate programs for people with dementia. This program focuses on the philosophy of dementia care as it relates to structuring the day. (8-hour training)
Assisted Living State Regulation Training
Designed for staff who provide direct care in assisted living facilities. Topics include early identification, assessment, understanding behaviors, communication, activities and pain management. Training covers cognitive impairment and related mental health issues. Chapter scheduled trainings available each month. (5- and 2-hour trainings)
Developmental Disabilities and Dementia
A one-hour program on recognizing and caring for individuals with a developmental disability, such as Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Provided upon request.
One-hour presentations offered on site on a variety of topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Provided upon request.
Police, Fire and EMT Training
A training for professionals called to the scene of an emergency who are confronted with an individual with Alzheimer’s disease. The individual may have no recollection of an incident or may appear uncooperative. Training includes sensitivity issues on communication and early identification. Provided upon request.
Train the Trainer
Teaches staff development professionals how to implement effective on-site training programs on quality dementia care. Provided two times a year at the chapter office. Training manual and PowerPoint CD included. Teaching agreement must be signed prior to classes. (5-hour training)
Call 410.561.9099 for dates and fees.
The following online training programs do not meet the requirements for the Maryland state regulations for assisted living providers.
CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach
This affordable, Web-based program has 6 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 www.caresprogram.com.
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.
This course costs $25 per person, and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.