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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Web-based training for professionals

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Conference & Training Calendar

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

Monterey Education Conference
Alzheimer's Disease: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
8:15 am - 4 pm
Hyatt Regency
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.  It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, the challenges and hope for the future.

Presenting Sponsors:

 Gold Sponsors

  • Carmel Villa RCFE
  • The Cottages of Carmel Elizabeth A. Helfrich
  • Kindred Nursing & Transitional Care Pacific Coast
  • Vintage Villa Serra

 Silver Sponsors

  • Dr. Trish McKeon/Memory/Dementia and Elder Care Consultation
  • Episcopal Senior Communities – Senior Resources
  • Health Projects Center’s Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center
  • Shirley Kiatta, RN, CMC Elder Care Consultant/ Certified Geriatric Care Manager

 Funded in part by

  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Harden Foundation
  • Hospice Giving Foundation
  • Monterey County Area Agency on Aging
  • Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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Chico Spring Education Conference
Finding Hope, Humor and Heart in Caregiving

Thursday, May 5, 2016
8:30 am - 3 pm
Manzanita Place
1705 Manzanita Ave.
Chico, CA 95926

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, the challenges and hope for the future. 

For more information contact Angie Martin at amartin1@alz.org or call 530.895.9661


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18th Annual Updates on Dementia Conference: Translating Research into Practice

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Crown Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404

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. 

  • Cognitive aging and dementia: risk reduction strategies
    Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS, Director of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Update on experimental therapeutic approaches in the Alzheimer's disease clinical spectrum
    Alireza Atri, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Research and Education, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center; Senior Scientist, CPMC Research Institute, California Pacific Medical Center. 
  • A new model of medication safety and management in patients with dementia: the UCSF care ecosystem medication module
    Kirby Lee, PharmD, MA, MAS, Clinical Pharmacist and Director, Medication Module of the Care Ecosystem, UCSF Memory and Aging Center 
For questions related to registration, contact Blanca Vazquez-Arias at bvazquez@alz.org or 408.372.9922
 For sponsorship opportunities, contact Pauline Martinez at pmartinez@alz.org or 408.372.9951

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Reno Education Conference

Sunday, May 15 - Tuesday, May 17
Sunday, May 15th 5pm-7pm Welcome wine and cheese reception
Monday, May 16th 8am-5pm
Tuesday, May 17th 8am-5pm 

Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502

Speakers Include:
David Troxel, Author of Best Friends Approach
Michael McCloud creator of Aging and Medical Science
Elizabeth Edgerly, Chief Program Officer 'of the Alzheimer's Association Northern Nevada and Northern California

CEUs  are pending but should  be approved for California and Nevada for Social Work,
Nursing, Assisted Living and Skilled Living Administrators and well as Marriage and Family Counselors.

For more information email CommunityCareOptions@usa.net or visit the Community Care Options' Website here

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Sacramento Education Conference

Thursday, May 19, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families and professionals caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Learn more about the diseases, the latest research findings and tips/tools for care.Discounted rates are available to organizations that register more than five employees. A limited number of in-home respite care scholarships are available for family caregivers who need care for a loved one in order to attend the conference. Please indicate your need for respite when registering (by May 5, 2016).

Event Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:


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Alzheimer's Disease: Continuum of Care X
Annual Education Conference for Families and Professionals

Thursday, June 23, 2016
8:30 am - 4 pm
DoubleTree byHilton Hotel
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA

The North Bay Offices of the Alzheimer’s Association presents its tenth 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.

We recommend dressing in layers as the temperature in the conference venue can vary from room to room.

Full refunds are granted if a request is made in writing by mail or email to the Alzheimer’s Association (sdombroski@alz.org) at least 48 hours prior to the conference. No refunds will be given after Friday, June 10, 2015.

For more information contact Shelley Dombroski, 800.272.3900, sdombroski@alz.org

Gold Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:

Born to Age | Hired Hands Homecare | Homewatch Caregivers | Kaiser Permanente | Primrose Alzheimer’s Living | Senior Helpers North Bay | Vintage Senior Living | Visiting Angels


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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Upcoming Care Academy Training:

No trainings are available at this time.
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 norcal-education@alz.org

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 norcal-education@alz.org 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 www.alz.org/essentialz  to learn more.

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