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Training for Individuals

Health Care Professionals:


essentiALZ Online Certification Program

Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's? The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter essentiALZ® online certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.The essentiALZ® online program combines select HealthCare Interactive® CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter online certification exams. The essentiALZ® program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.

Individuals 18 years and older can qualify to take essentiALZ online certification exams upon successful completion of select CARES online dementia care training courses. Purchase and completion of the CARES® Dementia BASICS™ and CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™ Dementia Advanced Care™ online training provides immediate access to the appropriate essentiALZ exam at no additional cost.

Currently, the approved prerequisite dementia care online training courses are:

  • essentiALZ®: Approved prerequisite is the online CARES Dementia Basics (4 hours of training) jointly developed by the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter and HealthCare Interactive. Starts at $24.95 per individual. EssentiALZ exam and certification provided at no additional cost.
  • essentiALZ®advanced: Approved prerequisite training for the essentiALZ advanced certification is CARES® Dementia Basics and Advanced Training (10 hours), starting at $49.95 per individual.

MESA Project

The Colorado M.E.S.A. Initiative or “Medicare Experts/Senior Access - Innovations in Geriatric Practice & Alzheimer’s Care” offers physicians and medical office personnel training for Medicare coding and documentation and clinical guidelines for treating seniors as well as access to the resources and support of the Alzheimer’s Association. The hope is that primary care providers will open their arms to Medicare patients and seniors will have better access to primary care.

Onsite Training for Your Practice

Would you like to learn more about how to help your patients with dementia? The Alzheimer’s Association is available to visit your office and staff to discuss how we can help.