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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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

Save the Date: Monterey - 2014 Education Conferences

The Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with Monterey Bay Geriatric Resource Center presents Alzheimer's disease and Related Dementias: Accepting the Challenge DATE:  May 17, 2014
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Conference Center
1 Old Golf Course Road

These  are 8 hour interdisciplinary (CME/CEU) conferences on major issues and challenges related to Alzheimer's and other dementia for community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, Alzheimer's families and caregivers.  Both 8 hour conferences are comprised of three plenary sessions to address major topics of interest to all participants and sixteen breakout sessions, some designed for community providers and some specifically targeted to family members and caregivers.

In partnership with:
Harden Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Hospice Foundation

Read more in our conference brochure.


Presenting C0-Sponsors:

 Northern California Geriatric Education Center

Silver Sponsors
Carmel Valley Guest Home

SAVE THE DATES, for more information call 1.800.272.3900

Save the Date: Latino Forum

May 10 in San Jose
Info/contact: or 650.962.8111
When: Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Time: 9am-noon
Where: National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95127
What: The Latino Forum will engage families through music, zumba, children’s art activities, healthy cooking demos, short informational announcements about the warning signs of Alzheimer's, how our programs and services can help them*, and more.

Download the flyer.

Save the Date: Chinese Alzheimer's Forum

Sat, June 21st in San Francisco
Info/contact: or 650.623.3143

Sunday, August 24th in San Jose
Info/contact: or 650.623.3143

African American Caregiver Forum: Bringing Alzheimer's into the Light

The Alzheimer’s Association,
UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease
Center, Supervisor Keith Carson
Saturday, April 12
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609


  • Dealing With Difficult Behaviors
  • Asking for Help: When & How
  • What If I Am At Risk?
  • Alzheimer’s Research Updates

This is a FREE event.
For more information, please send an email to Craig ( or Gwen (

Online registration is closed. Please register at the event.

Save the Date: 16th Annual Updates on Dementia: Translating Research into Practice

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA
Registration available soon!

In partnership with:
Family Caregiver Alliance
Stanford Geriatric Education Center
VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s

  • Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
  • Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center

Register today:

Save the Date: 17th Annual: A Day of Retreat and Learning,Santa Cruz

Wednesday, May 7
8 am – 4:30 pm
Mount Hermon Conference Center
Mount Hermon, CA 95041
Info/contact: or 831.464.9982

Download the brochure to learn more about t speakers and schedule.
Register today:


Save the Date: Education Conference in Chico
Understanding Dementia: Enhancing Care

Thursday, May 8
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Chico Family Masonic Center
Chico, CA 95926
Info/contact: or 530.895.9661

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.
This year we are happy to welcome back Karen Stobbe.  Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Karen’s mom, Virginia, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Vascular Dementia a year after Karen’s Dad passed away in 2000. Her life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work.  Joining Karen this year is husband and fellow actor Mondy Carter.  Together they wrote and will perform the two person show Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh. 

Programs Highlights Include:

  • Understanding the World of Alzheimer’s
    Why does she___? When is the time­­­­­___? What can I ___? Join us as a family caregiver of two parents with dementia and we will answer some of the most common questions about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. We will cover aspects of communication, behavior, family dynamics, comprehending the disease and tips for you to use everyday.
  • Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh
    Laughter does the opposite of everything that stress inflicts upon you. Between multi-tasking, chores at home, changes at work, tweets, texts and linking in; we need to slow down and laugh a little. Mondy and Karen will use skits, improv, exercises and stories to show you some practical ways to bring more laughter and less stress into your day.

A special thank you to our event sponsors:

Click here for our detailed event brochure.


Save the Date: Education Conference in Reno
Living Well with Dementia

Friday, May 9
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
Info/contact: or 775.786.8061

This conference is designed to offer key insights to professionals working across the continuum of Alzheimer's support services; families living the day-to-day journey of supporting their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias; and people living with early-stage dementia.
Download the brochure for more details on our prestigious presenters and topics.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please call Dolores Ward at 775.786.8061 or 800.272.3900 or email me at

A special thanks to our event sponsors:

Save the Date:
Alzheimer’s Association Annual Education Conference – Greater Sacramento Area office Understanding Memory Loss: Strategies for Care

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sacramento Convention Center

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.
Questions? Email or call 1.800.272.3900
CEU’s are available.

Special thanks to our Event Sponsors:


and Lunch Sponsors:


Interested in Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities for the 2014 conference?
Call or email our Program Director Denise Davis at

Download the brochure to learn more about thhe speakers and schedule.


Save the Date: Continuum of Care VIII

Thursday, June 12
8:30 am - 4 pm
Doubletree Hotel
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Info/contact: or 707.572.1210

Gold Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:
Adobe House Memory Care Community
Born to Age
The Meadows of Napa Valley
Primrose Alzheimer’s Living
Senior Helpers North Bay

Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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

Training available in Sacramento:

Due to very low registration we will need to cancel the Alzheimer's Care Academy training scheduled for January 7th.  We are hoping to reschedule later this spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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

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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