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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

2016 Registration Form


Foundations of Dementia Care Training for Professional Caregivers

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED: The class is full. Please check back periodically for future classes.
Atlanta Region:
August 8, 2016
6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, GA. 30328

Dalton Region:
August 23, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Clarence Brown Conference Center
5450 State Highway 20; Rm: Stilesboro 1
Cartersville, GA 30121
Click here for more information and to register.

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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

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 is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.