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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.

For more information, contact your local office.


Training for first responders

"Approaching Alzheimer's: Make Your First Response the Right Response"

"Approaching Alzheimer's" is a free training program specifically geared toward first responders, including law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters and disaster-relief personnel. The training will help make first responders' jobs easier, keep them safer and give them strategies for working and dealing with community members who have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

"Approaching Alzheimer's" has been divided into four key sections:

  • Wandering
  • Driving, Shoplifting and Firearms
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Disaster Response

Click here to learn more about the online version of our "Approaching Alzheimer's" training.

To request an in-person "Approaching Alzheimer's" training, contact Sarah Holland, director of programs.


Web-based training programs

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are geared primarily to direct-care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Topics include:

  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior
  • Communication
  • Person-centered Care
  • Making a Connection
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain
  • Minimizing Falls
  • Rethinking Wandering
  • Minimizing Restraints

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to


American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has a free, downloadable CME bulletin about Alzheimer's disease. This bulletin provides information about diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, counseling those affected and assessing current treatment plans.

Please also visit the Alzheimer's Association resource portal for physicians, which includes a free, 0.5-credit CME.

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.