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. We offer many innovative ways to fulfill state-required dementia training while using person-centered caregiving practices to enhance staff knowledge.
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For full program descriptions, registration and CEU information click on the class title.
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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, the CARES approach, making a connection with the resident, eating well, recognizing pain, minimizing falls, rethinking wandering and restraints
For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to http://www.caresprogram.com/
Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders
This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions. After this training you will be able to identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork, select and use improved communication and supervisory practices, identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team, and recognize and create an environment that motivates staff.This course costs $25 per person, and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.
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 an overview of dementia, communication, medications for behavioral problems, managing difficult behaviors, working with families, elder abuse reporting laws, personal care and special needs, and activities.
Ready to learn? Visit this link to visit the online Learning Academy.
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We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the John Hartford Foundation to develop a curriculum to provide education to hospital staff in order to improve care for people with dementia in the acute care setting.
How can we help your hospital?
Compared with other older people, older people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have three times more hospitalizations, four times more hospital days and almost three times more emergency department visits.
Many hospitals have very experienced staff who have little if any formal training in caring for people with dementia. These staff member are eager to learn best practices that will make their job more manageable and produce better outcomes for the patient with dementia.
Our goal is not the diagnosis of dementia, but awareness of symptoms of dementia that will affect care and outcomes.
Contact Maggie Murphy-White at 800.272.3900 right away to arrange training and make your hospital “Dementia Friendly”.
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Join the Alzheimer’s Association as we partner other agencies for education programs and conferences.
Pharmacologic & Non-Pharmacologic Management of Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Saturday, March 2 | 7 a.m.–Noon | St. Louis University
Register & CEU Info.: Kathy Leonard, at email@example.com
Dementia Care Mapping (DCM)
Tuesday, March 26-29 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter Office
Register: Jentle Harts Consulting, at 317.255.2248
Missouri League For Nursing Program: Dementia: Cognitive Ability and Impact on Function
Friday, March 29 | 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter Office
Missouri League For Nursing Program: Wounds, Wounds, Wounds: the Best in Evidence-Based Practice
Tuesday, May 14 | 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter Office
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