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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. Many of our programs offer CEUs.

Training programs

Campaign for Quality Residential Care

The Alzheimer's Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care is a multiyear initiative to improve the quality of care for people with dementia living in assisted living residences and nursing homes.

All components of the campaign are based on the Association's Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes. The recommendations, which are backed by 24 leading health and senior care organizations, were developed from the latest evidence in dementia care research and the experience of direct care experts.

The campaign includes training for direct care workers and supervisors in long-term care settings, consumer education on choosing long-term dementia care and advocacy with long-term care providers and policy makers.

Innovative Approaches to Behavioral Symptoms

Although nearly 60% of persons with dementia will show a behavioral symptom such as wandering, catastrophic reaction, inappropriate social or sexual behavior, these behaviors are not an inevitable outcome of the disease process, but often a reaction to preventable causes. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of agnosia, amnesia, apraxia and aphasia
  • Describe the OBRA related parameters regarding use of antipsychotics
  • Use simple approaches to address the cause of behaviors
  • Implement practical approaches to reducing behavioral symptoms

Innovative Programming for Persons with Dementia

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe OBRA requirements related to programming for persons with dementia
  • Identify dementia related changes that impart the persons quality of life
  • Adapt program design and leadership techniques

Adapting for Success

This workshop will explore adaptive approaches for persons who have difficulty understanding their surroundings or verbal communication. The participant will learn techniques for successful communication, bathing, dressing, grooming and dining.

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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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Alzheimer's Association

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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.