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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. Many of our programs offer CEUs.

For more information regarding professional in-services or trainings, please contact your local chapter office. Click here for a list of local chapter offices.

Training programs

(Utilizing Foundations of Dementia Care)

The chapter can tailor trainings to the special needs of the requesting agency/facility.  Programs that are most frequently requested include the following:  General Information about AD and Related Dementias; Family Dynamics; Communication; Behaviors; Activities of Daily Living; Caring for the Caregiver; Sensitivity Training. 

Getting Connected

This program extends a special invitation to family caregivers of recently diagnosed individuals, and professionals, to visit the Alzheimer’s Association office and speak to staff about programs and services that are available in the area and how to gain access to them.

Alzheimer’s Disease:  Across the Stages
This series of four basic informational programs is designed for interested family and professional caregivers.  The first two programs are suitable for the person with dementia as well as for family members.  The last program is a panel with representatives from various care communities. 

  • All About Alzheimer’s Disease:  An overview
  • Orientation to Early Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Living with Change:  As Alzheimer’s Disease Progresses
  • Exploring Future Care Options (panel discussion)


Caring Through the Holidays
(Seasonal – October/November)
The holidays can be fun-filled times with opportunities for families and friends to share laughter, great food and fond memories and to enjoy old and new rituals together.  At times, however, the holidays also can be filled with stress, confusion, disappointment, sadness and increased feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Many caregivers and persons with dementia have additional feelings of frustration, guilt, anger, or sadness as the demands for holiday events and traditions become overwhelmingly stressful emotionally, physically, and/or financially. This program teaches participants how to get through the holidays without burning themselves out.
For more information on the programs above, contact your local chapter office.  Click here for a list of local chapter offices.

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 www.caresprogram.com


Seminars and conferences

Educational Conferences

Throughout the year, the Hudson Valley Chapter holds conferences for both family and professional caregivers across the chapter territory.  These events are either half or full day programs that provide information that is appropriate and relevant for both populations.  Sessions may include updates on research and legal and financial information, as well as information on caregiving techniques and activity-based care.

Visit our Educational Program calendar for more information on upcoming educational conferences and seminars.

For more information on the educational conferences and seminars, contact your local chapter office.  Click here for a list of local chapter offices.



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.