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About Professional Training

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.

Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Typically, we will offer CEUs during our fall and spring caregiver seminars and spring symposium.  Please check our education calendar for other CEU opportunities. 

The Alzheimer's Association offers many web-based resources for professional caregivers. Click here to access the EssentiALZ Training Program

Activity Based Alzheimer's Care

Activity Based Alzheimer’s Care suggests that activities are the foundation of care.  Every event, encounter or interaction with
staff members, relatives and other individuals is an activity.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
9 am to 4:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Association Office
2630 West Fwy, Suite 100
Fort Worth

Download flyer here
CEU’s available for activity staff and social workers (7 hours)
Cost: $60; $75 with CEU’s. Lunch included
Send registration form, with payment, to the Alzheimer's Association or call Judy Budlong at  800-272-3900


MIM Facilitator Training Workshop

Wednesday, May 21, 10 am to 2:30 pm
Wisteria Place
3201 South Mills St.
Abilene, TX  76905

The special MIM facilitor training session in Abilene is not just for those interested in starting Memories in the Making in their communities, but for all those seeking continuing education hours for activity staff or social workers.  The session includes four hours continuing education for activity professionals; Cost is $40 per person.  For those wishing to start MIM, the cost is $425 and includes the box of supplies with for art materials for 8 participants and everything else needed to run the program. Download a flyer here. Download registration form here. Call Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949 or email lisa.buck@alz.org.

Lunch and refreshments donated by Wisteria Place

Dementia Care Workshop for Professionals
Are Medications the Only Answer? Behavioral Interventions

by Howard Gruetzner, LPC, MEd

Friday, June 13, 2014
1 to 4 pm

Alzheimer's Association
2630 West Freeway, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX  76102

This session will cover common atypical antipsychotics used with dementia and the importance of non-pharmacological treatment for behavioral/psychiatric symptoms.

The Professional Workshop will cover

  • Safety concerns using anti-psychotic drugs

  • Causes of dementia behavior

  • Coping strategies

CEU's available for social workers (three hours)
Cost: $20; $30 with CEU's
Send registration form, with payment, to the Alzheimer's Association or call Judy Budlong at 800-272-3900

Quality Dementia Care Training

Quality Dementia Care Training is a training program for direct care workers and supervisors in residential, in-home, and hospice care settings.  This training program consists of various training modules, each covering a specific topic. Meet the training needs of your organization by selecting only the topics that are relevant. The cost of this on-site training is $75.00 per hour.

To download the flyer, click here.  For more information, please call 1.800.272.3900.

Foundations of Dementia Care - classroom training

This classroom training program will provide the professional caregiver with education focused on appropriate, person-centered care of those with dementia.

Currently, there are no upcoming scheduled sessions.  Contact Shelly Young  for additional information, including information on CEU availability or scheduling training at your facility. 

Seminars and Conferences

The North Central Texas Chapter presents five major education programs each year, four of which are caregiver seminars.

  • The Alzheimer's Association hosts the Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Seminar in Fort Worth and Waco in the fall and in Abilene and Wichita Falls in the spring.  Geared toward professional health care providers as well as family caregivers, the Caregiver Seminars offer presentations by knowledgeable and engaging professionals in the field of dementia care and always receive glowing reviews from attendees.  
  • In addition, each spring the Alzheimer's Association Spring Symposium is held in Fort Worth (usually the last Thursday of March) at which professionals may earn continuing education credits in several disciplines. For more information, please check the education calendar or contact the chapter at 1.800.272.3900.




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.