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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.

Foundations of Dementia Care: Training for Direct Care Workers: Dementia Care Training at its Best! The Alzheimer’s Association dementia care training program for residential communities will give your direct care staff the specialized knowledge and skills to be more productive and deliver a higher quality of dementia care. Please call for dates in your area - 800.272.3900.

Training programs
To learn more about the professional training programs offered locally by the Alzheimer's Association, please call 800.272.3900.

Web-based training programs

Certification Program: Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's? The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. Both family members and professional care providers can benefit from this program. Learn more.

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 http://www.caresprogram.com/

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.