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Seminars and Conferences


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. Many of our programs offer CEUs.

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Training programs

Caring For People with Alzheimer's Disease
A Habilitation Training Curriculum

The curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide array of care settings. The 7 hour training teaches attendees the 13 hour curriculum in best Habilitation Therapy practices. Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture, and demonstration, role-play and group work. Class size is limited to 25.


  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Habilitation Therapy
  • Knowing and Understanding the Individual
  • Communication Skills: We Need to Know the Language
  • Does the Physical Environment Make a Difference?
  • Our Approach to Personal Care
  • Activity and Purposeful Engagement
  • Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding
  • Understanding and Working with Families


To be announced.

T.E.A.M. (Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management)

This 6 hour program for professional caregivers is offered at your facility, either in three2-hour blocks or two-3 hour blocks for up to 25 staff per series at a cost of $500. All staff who complete the 6 hour training will recieve a certificate.

Staff will learn:

  • An overview of Alzheimer's disease
  • Specific approaches & Stages of Alzheimer's disease
  • Dealing with challenging behaviors
  • Learning to become creative caregivers

T.E.A.M Offered at the Association

The educational program, "Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management" has traditionally been offered for staff within facilities. Our program director Marge Angilly is now offering this program to individuals at the Association office at 245 Waterman Street Suite 506 in Providence. Also, a facility may send a few staff for the training at our offices, rather than having training on-site at their facility.  The cost for the program is $40 per person, and a minimum of 10 participants will be required for the program to be held. This is a great educational opportunity for individuals planning to work with this population who would like to expand their knowledge about Alzheimer's and other dementias. Any individual who works in long-term care and would like to receive this training may register. Please click on the "Calendar" link above for scheduled T.E.A.M. training opportunities during 2010.

Dual Diagnosis-Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome

2 Hour consultation and education workshop

Fully Comprehensive Journey Through the Stages of Memory Loss

All day training (8-4:15pm)
Contact Hours for Nurses, Social Workers & RIALA
If sponsoring the training - $500.00 for up to 25 staff
Other attendees $40.00 each

Support Group Facilitator Training

All day training (8-4:15pm)
No fee for affiliated groups
$75 for non-affiliated groups

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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:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

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


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Seminars and conferences

Brian R. Ott, M.D. Research Symposium

Please contact our Program Manager Annie Murphy at or call 1-800-272-3900 for additional information on upcoming seminars and conferences.

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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.