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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. Programs are conducted by experts in the field of dementia care. For more information about our professional dementia training programs, contact us by calling the office nearest you or at

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Activity Based Alzheimer's Care

The Activity Based Alzheimer Care (ABAC) program is designed for activity professionals working with individuals with dementia in all care settings. The objective of good activity programming is not only to serve the best interests of the participants but also make activities a rewarding experience for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and activity professionals. Program participants will learn:

  • The program’s fundamental components
  • Effective assessment and care planning
  • Identify program design options and methods for implementation
  • Adapt activities and the environment to meet individual’s needs
  • Methods of evaluating new and current programs
  • Implement the aspects of teamwork plans

The Chapter holds ABAC trainings 2-3 times per year. Contact us at to join our ABAC mailing list.

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Foundations of Dementia Care

Staff training is an investment that pays dividends. Your residents benefit by receiving a higher quality of care. Your staff learns how to deal with the myriad of challenges that dementia presents. As a facility administrator, you benefit from higher productivity and efficiency from your staff.

The Foundations of Dementia Care training program covers nine topics commonly faced by in-home and facility care professionals, written specifically for those providing care in those settings.

The Foundations of Dementia Care includes:

The Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia for Professionals
About Dementia: Define dementia and its symptoms; discuss how these symptoms affect the ability of people to function; and describe some basic ways we can help people with dementia.

Components of Care
Improving Communications
: Identify communication challenges faced by people with dementia; discuss non-verbal communication strategies; review components of a positive physical approach; discuss the 10 guidelines for improving verbal communication.

Understanding Behavior: Describe ways dementia affects behavior; discuss why people with dementia may behave in certain ways; explain when a behavior becomes a concern; use the Cues and Clues model to discuss a case study.

Enhancing Mealtime: Identify challenges faced by persons with dementia while trying to eat and drink; describe how personal preferences will affect mealtime; identify what should be observed at mealtime; discuss the importance of remaining independent.

Reducing Pain: Define pain and its causes; identify pain in people with dementia; describe different types of pain.

Making Connections: Identify the social needs of people with dementia; discuss ways that social needs can be met; describe techniques to better understand people with dementia.

Understanding Wandering: Define wandering; state why wandering occurs; identify situations that may lead to wandering; explain the difference between safe and unsafe wandering.

Reducing Risk of Falls: Define a fall; identify individual and environmental risk factors for falls; explain the importance of mobility even for people with dementia at risk for falls; identify components and the importance of a detailed fall incident report.

Promoting Restraint-Free Care: Define the term physical restraint; describe the physical and emotional experience of people in physical restraints; identify a physical restraint and possible alternatives; determine consequences of using physical restraints.

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On-Site Observation Program

Classroom modules provide the skills, but monitoring implementation and evaluating success is often difficult as a manager's day-to-day responsibilities consume time and resources. The Chapter's on-site observation program provides direct feedback to managers and staff. Our team of experts:

  • Provide observation, facilitate interactive discussions and offer feedback to direct care staff during shifts
  • Identify positive steps taken by staff during activities, mealtime, medication administration and other tasks
  • Offer alternatives to streamline and improve interactions between staff and residents

Learn more by calling the office nearest you or at

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Web-Based Training Progams


Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ is a certification program that recognizes an individual’s The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ™ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams.

Be prepared. Dementia care training may help you learn techniques for dementia care required at home or work.

Demonstrate knowledge. Be recognized as someone who has a basic understanding of symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as recommended caregiving techniques by successfully passing the essentiALZ™ online exam.

Feel confident. The essentiALZ™ exam tests your knowledge in topics developed from the evidence-based and nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which are supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.

Learn more at

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CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

The Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with HealthCare Interactive, offers a suite of dementia-related online trainings for professionals, organizations, families and individuals.  CARES stands for: Connect with the Person, Assess Behavior, Respond Appropriately, Evaluate What Works, and Share with Others.

CARES® Dementia Basics™
CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™
CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Care™
CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior
CARES® Late-Stage Dementia Care™
CARES® Dementia Care for Families™
For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.