Transforming Quality Dementia Care

High quality training drives the transformation of quality care. Research (such as the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations) shows that high-quality dementia care training can lead to an improvement in communication between caregivers and individuals living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors, and an increase in job satisfaction for staff.


Our training includes...
  • Nationally recognized peer-reviewed, evidence-based person-centered care approach from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
  • Eligibility to purchase the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification for staff
The curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide range of residential and community based care settings. The 7-hour training teaches attendees how to deliver the 13-hour curriculum based on the person-centered model of Habilitation Therapy.

Module topics:
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring for the Person
  • Person-Centered Care Model: Habilitation Therapy
  • Person-Centered Assessment: Knowing the Individual
  • Communication Skills: Creating a Positive Social Environment
  • The Physical Environment Makes a Difference
  • Approach to Personal Care: Knowing the Person
  • Activity Based Person-Centered Care
  • Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding
  • Supporting Families and Caring for Ourselves


Providers who purchase and train their staff with Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ® certification. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in accordance with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, the essentiALZ® exam tests direct care providers knowledge of evidence-based and person-centered care for individuals living with dementia.

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Why Get Trained?

  • To become eligible to purchase the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification for staff
  • Learn evidence-informed person-centered best practices of care
  • Cost-effective and sustainable approach to train direct care staff
  • Gain access to a secure portal with additional resources and information
  • Cost includes a training manual, PowerPoint, role play exercises, handouts and group discussions.

Important Information for previous attendees

As of July 1, 2019, the Alzheimer's Association updated our train-the-trainer curriculum. The former training - from before July 1, 2019 - is no longer recognized.

If you attended our previous train-the-trainer program (before July 2019), you may be eligible to purchase a webinar training that includes a description of the curriculum changes and a complimentary training manual. The cost of the webinar is $350 ($200 non-profit rate).

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to purchase this webinar:
  1. You attended an Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter train-the-trainer program between July 2014 and July 2019.
  2. The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter can confirm you attended.
If you meet these criteria, click here to request the training webinar with complimentary training manual.

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