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. Costs for attending programs are free or minimal. Below is a list of the professional training programs available. For detailed information about these programs, please consult the 2015-2016 Education Calendar.
16th Annual Defining Hope Conference: Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community
An all-day conference, focusing on the possibilities to strengthen our inclusion of those among us with dementia at all levels of community life. What would an entire community look like if it were dementia-friendly? What would the businesses look like? Faith communities? School? Parks? Neighborhoods? Every part of our community?
Finding Purpose in Advocacy
How to use your experience to become a strong advocate for good public policy at a local, state, and federal level.
A discussion on the prevalence of wandering, risk factors/reasons for wandering behavior, wandering risk reduction interventions and what to do if someone you love is lost.
The Training Room
An event designed for busy people who care for those with Alzheimer's disease. Training stations will provide information on a number of topics that address care issues. Attendees choose stations and hours of attendance.
For more information on the direct services that the Heart of America Chapter offers individuals with dementia and their care partners, follow the links below:
Individualized In-House Training
The Alzheimer's Association also offers individualized in-house trainings for facilities and community agencies. Choose from more than 30 topics including disease overview, neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, issues, communications, promoting independence, and end of life issues. Contact Michelle Niedens at 913.831.3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training.
Cost: $100.00 for up to 4 hours; $200 for 4 to 8 hours.
Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Visual Guide to Response Considerations by Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. This user-friendly guide was developed by the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter Director of Education and Public Policy and has been reviewed by dementia experts around the country. In a decision tree format, it provides evidence-based intervention suggestions for a wide range of neuropsychiatric challenges, such as wandering, depression, and resistance to daily care.
The guide is designed to prop up in a table-tent fashion so that the user can flip from page to page.
The cost of the guide is $20. If you are interested in purchasing this guide, please contact Carol at the Main Chapter office, 913.831.3888.
Download a pdf version of this guide.