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



**Citrus Heights**

Alzheimer's Association Care Partner Education Forum - Take Care to Give Care

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 forum? Call or email our Program Coordinator, Denise Davis at or 800.272.3900.

Presenting Sponsors:


     M&M Whitmire Family Foundation

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9th Annual African American Caregiving and Wellness Forum

Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:30 am - 3 pm
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Please join us for the 9th Annual African American Caregiving & Wellness Forum. Learn about the latest approaches to caring for someone with Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia. Connect with other caregivers to help you manage the isolation and stress that are often associated with caregiving.

For more information call Craig Wingate at 408.372.9933

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**South San Francisco**

19th Annual Updates on Dementia: Translating Research into Practice

Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 am – 4:15 pm
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 S Airport Blvd
South San Francisco, CA 94080

This is the largest dementia- specific educational conference on the West Coast. Tailored to professionals, nationally- and internationally- renowned 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.

Conference planned in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Family Caregiver Alliance, Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, VA Palo Alto ‘Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center,’ VA Palo Alto ‘Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center,’ and Ombudsman Services of San Mateo, Inc.

2017 Featured Presentations

Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: Where Are We Headed?
To be presented by award-winning researcher and clinician, Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD.  Dr. Longo is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and Chairman of biopharmaceutical firm PharmatrophiX.  His team’s pioneering work on Alzheimer’s therapeutics was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2016.

  • 2017 Clinical Care Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease Management
  • Delirium & Dementia, Two Sides of the Same Coin - Recognition & Management
  • “Leave Me Alone,” How Do We Address the Nearly One Million Americans with Dementia who Live Alone?
  • Disparities in Dementia Among Diverse Racial, Ethnic, & Sexual Minorities
  • Palliative Care and Dementia
  • Emerging Technologies to Assess Dementia & Support Caregiving

View full conference agenda and details at

For questions about registration contact: Blanca Vazquez, Program Specialist, bvazquez@alz.org408.372.9922

For questions about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact: Pauline Martinez, Education Services Manager, pmartinez@alz.org408.372.9951

Presenting Sponsors

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**Santa Cruz**

Save the Date for the Santa Cruz Education Conference

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8 am - 4:30 pm
Mount Hermon Conference Center
37 Conference Dr.
Mt. Hermon, CA 95041

This annual conference is designed for family members, care professionals and members of our community who want to expand their knowledge and tools for coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This day is intended to create a more compassionate and informed community.

New this year, please read:
In order to accommodate changes in 2017 state regulations around CEU licensing for CNAs and HHAs the following track is
being offered.

Alzheimer’s Care Academy™
This class is limited to Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides, and has limited space availability. This is a single
track all day program. In order to receive CEUs you must attend all sessions. CNAs and HHAs registering for other parts of the
conference will not be eligible to receive CEUs.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 
  • Communication and the Influence of 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

Please call our Santa Cruz office at 831.464.9982 if you have questions about pre-registration for this segment of the

Please note:  The Brochure is designed to be printed on legal sized paper (8.5x14) and will print smaller on standard paper (8.5x11)

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The Changing Face of Dementia: Innovations in Care- 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sequoia Conference Center
901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

This conference is designed to provide health care and assisted living professionals with cutting-edge updates in the field of research and best practices in care of persons with dementia syndromes. Speakers will provide an overview of the latest in Alzheimer’s disease science and care, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, risk factors, prevention, and causes. They will also present effective approaches to managing dementia-related behaviors, and best practices for successfully communicating with persons with dementia. The conference will include an update on public policy gains, opportunities on the state and national level, and current trends in research.

Conference planned by the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s Adult Day Health and Alzheimer’s Services program and Humboldt Dementia Care Coalition members and in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California, Northern Nevada Chapter.  

For questions about registration, contact: Myriah, 707.443.9747 ext. 3203.

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**Santa Clara**

Save the Date for 11th Annual Chinese Forum

Saturday, May 20, 2017
2 - 5 pm
Intel Auditorium
3600 Juliette Ln.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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**Santa Clara**


Intel Auditorium
3600 Juliette Ln.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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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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**Rohnert Park**

Save the Date for the Alzheimer's Disease: Continuum of Care Conference XI
Annual Education Conference for Families and Professionals

Friday, June 16, 2017
8:30 am - 4 pm
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park

More information to come!

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Save the Date for the Modesto Care Partner Education Forum

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
9:30 am - 2 pm
The Stanislaus County Veterans Center Banquet Hall
3500 Coff ee Road
Modesto, CA 95355

More information to come!

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Alzheimer's Care Academy™


Upcoming Care Academy Training:
There are currently no trainings at this time.  Check back for

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: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.