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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 toward professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings.  Our programs have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, direct care workers, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers.

Quick Links: Educational Conferences |  Training
Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program |
Dementia Care Certificate
Support Group Facilitator Training | Online Resources

Educational Conferences

The Greater Michigan Chapter hosts four conferences annually that bring together healthcare professionals, people with dementia and caregivers for a day of learning and conversation. The each offer Continuing Education Units in various disciplines. For conference specific information regarding CEU's, cost, sponsorship or to register, please visit our Educational Conferences page.

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Are you looking for dementia training for your organization? Or perhaps you are looking for a speaker to present at an upcoming conference? The Greater Michigan Chapter has a variety of programs presented by our expert staff to bring you the latest information on Alzheimer’s care. For more information on fees and availability, please email or call 800.272.3900.

Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum
For Professionals who train direct care staff.
The newly revised Habilitation Curriculum is a train the trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct staff in a wide array of care settings. The 7-hour training teaches the 13-hour curriculum in best Habilitation Therapy practices. Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture and demonstration, role-play and group work.
Interested in scheduling a training for your staff or attending one? Contact Jean Barnas, Program Services Director ( | 248.996.1033) for more information.

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Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program Training

The Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program (DDSSP) offers educational programming and behavioral consultation to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or those at risk for developing dementia. We offer free:

  • One -on-one behavioral consultation sessions for professionals and/or family caregivers
  • Educational presentations for professional and family caregivers
  • Resources and referrals

The goal is to help the developmental disability service network become more dementia capable by collaborating with agencies serving those living with developmental disabilities. For more information contact or call 800.272.3900.

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Dementia Care Certificate

Caring for people living with dementia requires the use of skills and techniques designed to safely support these individuals.  The need for professionals with expertise in dementia care is growing rapidly as the incidence of dementia increases.  In response, Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, in collaboration with Schoolcraft College in Livonia and Delta College in Bay City, is pleased to offer our Dementia Care Certificate. Classes are interactive and provide practical learning which can be applied immediately. The certificate is open to professionals with interest in building their skills as well as family caregivers.
Classes are approved for:
  • Continuing education contact hours for nurses
  • Continuing education contact hours for social workers through the Michigan Social Work and Continuing Education Collaborative

Anyone who interacts with someone living with dementia may benefit from the curriculum.

Topics may include:

  • Fundamentals of Dementia
  • Making Meaningful Connections
  • Making Most of Meal Time
  • Understanding Wandering
  • Caregiver Stress
  •  Dementia and Family Impact
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Intimacy
  • Diagnosis Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Driving and Dementia
  • Care at the End of Life
Schoolcraft College Dementia Care Certificate:
The next information session will begin Saturday, February 24. Visit Schoolcraft College's website for more information and to register. Click here for a printer friendly flyer.

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Support Group Facilitator Training

The Alzheimer's Association is looking for confident, self motivated individuals to facilitate our support groups. Facilitators volunteer to lead or co-lead support groups, guiding group interaction focused on acceptance, active listening, empathy and assistance with problem solving. Facilitators are required to complete the Greater Michigan Chapter volunteer application, undergo a background check and complete a facilitator training course. The first step is filling out our volunteer interest form.

Facilitator training courses, conducted by Alzheimer's Association staff, focus on the fundamentals of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, group dynamics, unique challenges and concerns that arise in dementia specific support groups, group management and promotion, and group facilitator roles and responsibilities, as well as an overview of the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association.  

Facilitator trainings scheduled based on interest. If you are interested in becoming a support group facilitator, please click here to fill out our volunteer interest form.

Note: Facilitator training fee varies based on training location.

Facilitator Refresher Course
Current support group facilitators are encouraged to take part in a facilitator refresher course annually. This training is an opportunity to meet other facilitators, exchange ideas, successes and talk through difficulties with your peers and Alzheimer's Association staff contact. The training will also include refresher on Alzheimer's Association activities and policies.

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Online Resources

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, web-based program has six, one-hour training modules geared 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 demonstration, click here.

    Additional National Resources for Professionals

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