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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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Education Conferences for Families and Care Professionals
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) available


The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum

Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:30 am – 1 pm
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with UCSF Memory and Aging Center, presents its first education conference “The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum,” conducted entirely in Spanish.

Breakfast and refreshments will be served.

This event is free.

For more information call 707.573.1210

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Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas Foro Educativo Para Cuidadores

Sabado, 4 de febrero, 2017
8:30 am – 1 pm
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA

La Asociación de Alzheimer, en colaboración con UCSF Memory and Aging Center, presenta “Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas – Foro Educativo Para Cuidadores” , ofrecido por la primera vez en español.

Se ofrecerá desayuno y refrescos.

Es un evento gratuito.

Para registrar, llame 707.573.1210

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Save the Date for the Half Day Family Forum

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Begins at 12:30 pm
Northern Nevada HOPES
580 West 5th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Details to come

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**North Valley Area**
Save the Date for the Chico Education Conference

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30am - Noon
Enloe Conference Center
1528 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926

Attendees will enjoy a morning with Karen Stobbe: Speaker, Author, Actress and the co-writer of all the scripts and content for the Hand in Hand Training Toolkit.

Karen will show the parallels between the guidelines for improvisation and the guidelines for caregiving for a person with Alzheimer's disease, including; Going with the Flow, Say Yes And, Step Into Their World and Being in the Moment.

The session is highly interactive and you will leave the session with tools you can use right away no matter if you are a friend, family or someone who works where persons with Alzheimer's lives.

More details and registration information to come

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Save the Date for the Monterey Education Conference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Details to come

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**Citrus Heights**

Save the Date for the Sacramento Care Partner Education Forum

Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:30 am - 2 pm
Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Dr.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Come join us for this Care Partner Forum, designed to fi t the needs of care partners and families caring for those with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Learn more about the diseases, the latest updates on research, strategies in communication and tips on self-care.

Interested in Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities for the 2017 conference? Call or email our Program Coordinator, Denise Davis at or 800.272.3900.

More information to come!

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**San Mateo**

Save the Date for Updates on Dementia

Thursday, May 11, 2017
8 am - 4 pm
San Mateo Marriott, San Francisco Airport
1770 Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 984402

Details to come.

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**Santa Cruz**

Save the Date for the Santa Cruz Education Conference

Thursday, May 17, 2017
8 am - 4 pm
Mount Hermon Conference Center
37 Conference Dr.
Mt. Hermon, CA 95041

Details to come.

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Save the Date for Community Care Options Annual Two Day Conference

Monday, May 22, 2017 and
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Peppermill Hotel Reno
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV

Details to come.

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 Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Upcoming Care Academy Training:

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Check in at 8:30 am
Course: 9 am – 5 pm (Lunch will be provided)
3443 Deer Park Drive
Stockton California  95219
Cost: $75/ person
Contact and Registration:
Download the flyer with registration form or contact:
Denise Davis,, 916.930.9080
This comprehensive, full day training will cover:
• Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence on Staff Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality and Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Creative Approaches to Activity Programming
Alzheimer's Care Academy
Pre-registration required. Continuing education units available.

Train for Results
"Nov 2016  I just want to express my gratitude for a great class that your Professional Training Specialist provided at El Camino Hospital. All I heard was praise from all the attendees. Everyone thought that the class was amazing based on written and verbal feedback. The tips on communication and strategies on how to approach an individual with dementia are what the staff thought were valuable information for their practice. Everything that she taught could be translated at the bedside, which would benefit the patients and their significant others tremendously. What staff valued the most about the class was the role playing and the real-life situations that she described, which gave them a frame of reference. The use of the videos got raved reviews, as well. A nurse from the night shift approached me today and told me that she used the techniques she learned while interacting with a patient with frontotemporal lobe dementia. She said that her interventions worked, especially when the patient told her that he wanted to go home. She said that she was teaching her co–workers at night the strategies they can use on these patients. Thank you so much for a great class! The staff learned a lot from the class."

Mae Dizon, DNP, RN, NP, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, NICHE Program
El Camino Hospital

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ is the premier training program in quality dementia care from the Alzheimer’s Association. Created from evidence-based research and field-tested, the Academy provides in-depth training in all key aspects of dementia care

Click on titles for learning objectives:

Target Audiences

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ builds upon our award-winning Training for Dignity™ curriculum. The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ modules can be tailored to meet the needs of both the professional and paraprofessional staff person, and are coordinated to California state-mandated requirements for CNA, RCFE and nursing home staff. Training programs are offered onsite for facility staff (attendance up to 25), tailored to specific needs and schedule.

The comprehensive curriculum includes an initial 8 hours*, covering either:

Alzheimer's Care Academy 8 hour training includes all 7 topics:
• AD and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence of Staff on Resident Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality & Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Activities, Values & Challenges
• Caring for the Caregiver

Translation is available in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese upon request. 

Trainings are available as one initial 8-hour training, two 4-hour trainings, or three 2.5-hour trainings.

After the training, we offer a complementary 2 hour follow up training if requested within 4 months.  You may pick and choose between any modules listed above, or from the modules below:

• Enhancing Mealtime: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Mouthcare without a Battle (2 Hours)
• End of Life Care (3 Hours)

Continuing Education

The Alzheimer’s Association is a licensed provider of continuing education in the following disciplines:

  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). Approved by the  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #63035). Course meets the qualifications as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Department of Health Services CNA and HHA (Provider #NAC6329)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP12415) for Contact Hours
  • Board of Nursing Home Administrator (Provider #CEP1546)
  • Department of Social Services for RCFE Administrator (Provider #1000-205-740-2)

    Quotes from participants:

    “I loved this program—it’s one-stop shopping for direct care staff like me.”

    “The facilitator was great. She taught me how to be patient and improve my listening skills.”

    “I saw the task from another’s point of view.”

Competitive Prices, Flexible Session Plans

Contact Us

Contact Alzheimer's Association for a proposal 800-272-3900, or 

Learning Objectives

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Web-based training programs

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ®

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® is an online individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.
The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification program combines approved dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. EssentiALZ offers two levels of certification— essentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus.

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.

EssentiALZ Plus requires more in-depth knowledge of Alzheimer’s care techniques and specialties. Individuals must be certified in essentiALZ prior to taking any of the essentiALZ Plus exams.

Visit  to learn more.

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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.