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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.


Staff learn care approaches through role playing exercises and lively discussions using realistic film clips and case studies. Foundations offers a wide range of courses designed to help professional caregivers better understand and meet the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Professional caregivers may earn a certificate in Alzheimer's Care through Foundations by completing 16 hrs (general) or 24 hrs (advanced) of Alzheimer's training courses within a two year period.

The General Certificate: One day (8 hrs) or Two day classroom training (16 hrs) $120
Training time depends on region in which the trainings take place.

Understanding Dementia Making Connections Reducing Pain Enhancing Mealtimes Preventing Falls Understanding Wandering Encouraging Restraint-Free Care The Advanced Certificate: General Certificate + 8 hours $220 Providing End-of-Life Care Activity Programming for People with Dementia.

Foundations Brochure

Registration Form 


May 18, 2017
Dementia Basics, Effective Communication Strategies, Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors, Understanding Wandering, Making Connections and Reducing Pain
8:30am - 4:00pm
Cobb County Senior Wellness Center
1150 Powder Springs Street
Marietta, GA. 30064
(Be sure to put STREET in to GPS or it will pull the wrong address)
Click here
to view flyer and to learn more.

May 17, 2017
Foundations Day 1:
About Dementia, End of Life-Communication
and Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

9:30am - 4:00pm
Alzheimer's Association
Macon, GA 31201
Registration is required. Call 800.272.3900 to register.

June 21, 2017
Foundations Day 2:
Enhancing Mealtimes, Wandering, Making Connections and Reducing Pain
9:30am - 4:00pm
Alzheimer's Association
Macon, GA 31201
Registration is required. Call 800.272.3900 to register.

April 25, 2017
Dementia Basics, 
Effective Communication Strategies, Understanding
& Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors,
Understanding Wandering, Making Connections & Reducing Pain

8:30am - 4:30pm
Edel Caregiver Institute
6000 Business Center Drive
Savannah, GA 31405
Click here to view flyer and to learn more.


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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 http://www.caresprogram.com/

CARES is a program administered by the Alzheimer's Association National Office. For more information or to register, call 1-866-727-1890.

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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.