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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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


** Oakland **
The African American Caregiving and Wellness Forum
Focusing on Brain Health and Disease Management

The Alzheimer’s Association, Alameda County - Area Agency on Aging, UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Supervisor Keith Carson

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609
This is a FREE event.
Register below or call 800.272.3900.


Moderated by Miranda Wilson, former radio personality for KKSF


  • Dr. Malaika Singleton, Program Coordinator, California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers
  • Dr. Deborah Wafer, Medical Consultant and Nutritionist
  • Vanessa Brown, Social Worker, UC Davis Hospice and Bereavement
  • Dr. Rita Hargrave, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Veteran’s Administration in Martinez

For more information, please send an email to Gwen Gates ( or Alicia Okoh ( or call 800.272.3900.

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** Monterey **
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias:
Innovative Approaches in Therapy, Care and Diagnostics

This is a 6 hour interdisciplinary (CEU) conference on major issues and challenges related to Alzheimer's and other dementias for community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, Alzheimer's families and caregivers.  The conference recognizes the need for health professionals, Alzheimer's family members, and caregivers to acquire additional knowledge, skills and competencies to improve the treatment, care and diagnosis of dementia.  The 6 hour conference is comprised of three (3) plenary sessions addressing major topics of interest to all participants and six (6) breakout sessions.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  It is estimated that as many as 5.2 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.  The incidence of the disease is rising in line with the aging population.  Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with advanced age.  Current research from the National Institute of Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.  As our population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of Americans.

The conference is a collaboration of the Alzheimer's Association (Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, Monterey County Office), and Monterey Bay Geriatric Resource Center (MBayGRC).

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
1441 Canyon Del Rey Boulevard
Seaside, CA  93955

Funded in Part by:

Harden Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pro-Am



Northern California Geriatric Education Center

Platinum Sponsors: 
Remember Me / Person-Centered Memory Care Solutions
Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center of Salinas
Windsor Monterey Care Center
Windsor Skyline Care Center

Gold Sponsors:
Ambassadors Providing Amazing Care, Inc.
Carmel Villa Residential Care
Kindred Nursing & Transitional Care – Pacific Coast
Peggy’s Home Care  

Silver Sponsors:
Carmel Valley Guest Home
Coastal Care Home
Compassionate Concierge Associates
Dr. Trish McKeon, Memory/Dementia and Elder Care Consultation
Elizabeth A. Helfrich
Episcopal Senior Communities – Senior Resources
La Casa Adult Day Health Care

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** Chico **
Chico Spring Education Conference
Understanding Dementia: Enhancing Care

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Chico Family Masonic Center
1110 East Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
Description: This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of both professionals working in the field of Alzheimer care and families living the day-to-day journey of caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, approaches, challenges and hope for the future.


Gold Sponsors:





Silver Sponsors:

Community Care Options
Interim Healthcare
Larkspur Lodge Assisted
Living & Memory Care

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Reno Education Conference

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502

Community Care Options and the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada are pleased to bring you this sixteen–hour education conference. This year’s conference is for professionals and family caregivers and will cover many topics relating to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We hope you will join us for this outstanding program!

Sunday, May 10 5 –7 pm
Welcome wine & cheese reception – Come meet our conference partners and exhibitors!

Monday, May 11 8 am–5 pm
Select from a series of informative two hour sessions including:

  • Eden Alternative/Culture Change – Peter Reed, PhD, MPH and Jennifer Carson, PhD
  • Ask the Attorney, Legal Issues with Assisted Living –  Daniel T. Berkley, Esq.
  • Alzheimer’s Communication – Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD
  • Integrating Home Care Aides – Greg Asher
  • Employee Registry for Assisted Living – Greg Asher
  • Current Technology in Assisted Living – Adam Cullen

Tuesday, May 12 8 am–5 pm
Day two continues with additional sessions including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Pathophysiology, Future Developments and Care Issues – Joel Rothfeld, MD
  • Building a Dementia Care Program in your Facility – David Troxel, MPH
  • Drug Side Effects & Interactions – Joe Hubbard, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
  • Starting and Working with Support Groups – Jacob Harmon and Heather Gray
  • Insurance: Current Requirements – Jennifer Schwab

Registration is required.

For more information or to register, please go to: or contact Community Care Options at 530.894.2114

In partnership with   

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** Foster City **
17th Annual Updates on Dementia: Translating Research into Practice

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 4:15 pm
Crowne Plaza
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Description: Tailored to health care professionals, researchers and clinicians present the latest research in the biological, social, psychological, and cultural aspects of aging and dementia with particular emphasis on practical applications to clinical practice.  Continuing Education Units available.

For questions related to registration, please contact Blanca Vazquez-Arias at or 800.272.3900

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Pauline Martinez at or 800.272.3900

This event is cosponsored by Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Family Caregiver Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter, Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc., and VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s 'Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center' & 'Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center' 

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** Santa Cruz **
A Day of Retreat and Learning: 18th Annual Education Conference

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mount Hermon Conference Center
37 Conference Drive
Mount Hermon, CA 95041

Description: This annual conference is designed for family members, care professionals and any member of our community who would like to expand their knowledge and understanding of what it is like to live with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. 

Featured Topics:

  • PLIÉ: Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise
  • Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Choosing the Right Setting: Things to Consider When Exploring Care Homes
  • Changing the Landscape: Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities
  • Family Learning Circle
  • Tablet Engaged Active Minds: The Tablet Approach to Living with Memory Loss
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
  • What is Your Self-Care I.Q.?

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**Rohnert Park**
Alzheimer's Disease: Continuum of Care IX

The North Bay Offices of the Alzheimer’s Association presents its ninth annual education conference in Sonoma County.  This day-long conference is designed for family members and professionals who will be updated on the latest advancements in Alzheimer’s research, caregiver resources and tools and ways to increase the quality of life for both the person with the diagnosis and their care partner.   We hope that you will join us for this outstanding program

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928



Home Instead
Kaiser Permanente
Primrose Alzheimer’s Living
Sunrise of Petaluma
Vintage Senior Living


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** Monterey **
The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Hospice Foundation of America’s 2015 Living with Grief Program®

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Alzheimer's Association, Conference room
21 Lower Ragsdale Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
Part 1:  Coping with Loss at the Onset of the Disease
Part 2:  Living with Grief and Dementia at Life’s End
Part 3:  Discussion with Local Experts
  • Dr. Leslie Foote, Family Medicine
  • Helen Hempel, Elder Law Attorney
  • Katya Kuska, MSW,VNA and Hospice
  • Bonnie Bollwinkel, LCSW, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Lisa Warner, Family Member

Presentation has no fee and open to the public, health care professionals and family caregivers.

CEUs $15.00 (provided by Hospice Foundation of America)
For more information on CEUs visit


For more information call 800.272.3900 or email

Hosted by:



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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Upcoming Class in San Jose

The Alzheimer’s Association premier training program uses a combination of methods including lecture, small
and large group exercises, video presentations, and role-playing to teach students how to provide effective and
compassionate care to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 8:30 am. - 3:00 pm
Alzheimer's Association
2290 N. First St., Ste. 101
San Jose, CA 95131

Cost: $90 includes 6 CEUs, lunch and refreshments. 
(CEUs available for CNA, HHA, LMFT, LCSW, RN, LVN, Nursing Home or RCFE Administrators)

For information or to register via phone contact: Blanca Vazquez, 408.372.9900,

Alzheimer's Care Academy
Pre-registration required. Continuing education units available.

Train for Results
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 6 hours*, covering either:

Early to Middle Stage Dementia
• 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

Middle to Late Stage Dementia
• Introduction
• Medical Concerns in Late Stage Dementia
• Special Care Needs in Late Stage Dementia
• Coping with Challenging Behaviors in Late Stage Dementia
• Connecting with the Person with Late Stage Dementia
• Touching the Spirit and Dealing with Loss

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

Trainings are available as one initial 6-hour training, two 3-hour trainings, or three 2-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, relating to early to middle-stage dementia, middle to late-stage dementia, or from the modules below:

• Enhancing Mealtime: Awareness (1 Hour)
• Enhancing Mealtime: Practice (1 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Awareness (1 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Practice (1 Hour)
• End of Life Care (3 Hours)

Continuing Education

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

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences LCSW and LMFT(Provider #PCE1121)
  • 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 Learning Academy

This online curriculum makes high quality dementia care training affordable, convenient and accessible to any professional working with the elderly. Eight self-paced modules are available. The fee is $20 per module and topics include:

  • Overview of Dementia
  • Communication
  • Medications for Behavioral Problems
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Working With Families
  • Elder Abuse Reporting Laws
  • Personal Care & Special Needs
  • Activities

Ready to learn? Click here to visit the online Learning Academy.
Or, for more information contact or (650) 962-8111.

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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