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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  online training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.

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.

Click here for class offerings and prices>>

Resources for Medical & Dementia Care Professionals

The purpose of the Physicians Outrech program is to inform healthcare professionals in San Diego about the free programs and services the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Chapter provides and to facilitate referrals of persons with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers to the Association. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the Chapter becomes a vital resource and link to PWDs and their caregivers.

It takes time to talk about Alzheimer’s disease. We have the time. Call us anytime: 800.272.3900

We understand the time constraints of a busy medical practice can potentially restrict healthcare professionals from offering PWDs and caregivers the ongoing support and information necessary to navigate the non-medical challenges inherent in dementia care. This program provides a way to facilitate PWDs’ and caregivers’ connections to the free services of the Alzheimer’s Association.

We are not promoting a product, but an invaluable service that will help both healthcare professionals and their patients. A representative will make regular visits to meet with physicians, healthcare professionals and staff. The purpose of the visit is to explain how referrals to the Association to deal with non-medical matters can reduce the number of calls the office receives and save time. Our relationships with healthcare professionals are partnerships: collectively providing a combination of medical and non-medical aid.

Facts and Figures

The Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an official publication of the Alzheimer’s Association, is a comprehensive compilation of national statistics and information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The report has become the most cited source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer's issues.

2014 Facts and Figures now available here>>

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

An expert workgroup convened by the Alzheimer's Association has published recommendations to help clinicians detect cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit that includes an algorithm and tools for cognitive assessment.

Annual Wellness Visit Fact Sheet>>

Cognitive Assessment Tools

  • Mini-Cog - A three-minute patient screening tool (three-word delayed recall and clock drawing test).

  • MIS – Memory Impairment Screening

  • GPCOG - General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition

  • MMSE - Mini-Mental Status Examination

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Algorithm

New videos demonstrate how to assess cognition and disclose an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in the primary care setting>>
The Alzheimer’s Association and the American College of Physicians Foundation have produced a three-program series of videos that demonstrate assessment for possible cognitive impairment during a primary care visit and disclosure of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

Click here for more Cognitive Assessment Tools and information>>

Click here for diagnostic information and guidelines>>


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.