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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.

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Training programs
For more information or to schedule one of the programs listed, please contact the chapter staff person nearest you or call 800.272.3900.

Activity Based Alzheimer's Care-A very interactive program, filled with an abundance of information on activity programming for persons with dementia.  It has been designed in a way that assures quality and consistency, while at the same time allowing for individuality.

Foundations of Dementia Care-A 12 module program written exclusively for long term care and assisted living facility staff to train health care providers to provide the best possible dementia care.  The program uses an interactive teaching style that builds on participant experiences and problem-solving skills.

Communication and Understanding Behaviors-is a one hour presentation which works well for both facility staff and home care giver in services.  The program teaches the basics of Alzheimer's disease and it's progression, good communication and the role it plays in preventing difficult behaviors and dealing with them if they occur.

The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease- is a one hour presentation which teaches how the brain works and Alzheimer's disease affects it.  It goes into detail how the disease progresses, the importance of an early diagnosis and what is currently available for the affected person.

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Web-based training programs

More than half of long-term care residents have dementia.  Studies show staff trained specifically in dementia care are able to provide a better quality of life for residents and have increased confidence, productivity and job satisfaction.

CARES Dementia Care Online Training

With several modules available, these Web-based products are easy to us and require only basic computer or DVD skills.  They can be used in the privacy of your home or work setting.

For a description of the different modules and pricing plans and a free demo, click here


Alzheimer's Association essantiALZ is an online individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.

The essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices that are promoted in the nationally recognized Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.

Click here to learn more.

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Other Trainings

The Patient’s Rights to a Dignified Dementia Diagnosis

This 1.5 hour presentation speaks to those advocating for individuals who may develop memory problems in a variety of settings within every community.  This presentation brings forth an individual’s perspective on compassionate care, as their families and physicians battle the disease together. This presentation not only identifies “what individuals want in obtaining a dignified diagnosis but teaches professionals what that means”.
Participants will focus on:
• Facts and figures of this growing population of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementia’s.
• Principles of a getting a good diagnosis.
• Recognizing the components of a dignified diagnosis.
• Understand the role as an advocate in assuring a dignified diagnosis.
For more information and/or to schedule this presentation contact: Clayton Freeman at 4023.502.4301 or cfreeman@alz.org

Supporting Intimacy and Sexuality of Person’s Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
This presentation is designed for care-giving staff of Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Communities, Home Health, Hospice and other care providers.  The focus of this training is for participant’s to gain an understanding of the importance of intimacy and sexuality of person’s living with dementia. This 1 ½ hour presentation will allow participants:
• Understand  Alzheimer’s Disease and person’s suffering from other conditions which impact intimacy and sexuality.
• Develop self-awareness by exploring our own beliefs and values around intimacy and sexuality and how these impact our ability to care for someone with dementia
• Understand the Rights of all individuals that effect intimacy and sexuality
• Define what society considers appropriate and inappropriate public expression of intimacy and sexuality
• Explore strategies and community resources to support residents, staff and families in advocating for those living with dementia regarding intimacy and sexuality.

For more information, and/or to schedule this presentation please contact Clayton Freeman at 402.502.4301 or cfreeman@alz.org

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Training Calendar

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