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Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum

Includes the Alzheimer’s Association’s New Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and the opportunity to purchase Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification for direct care staff.

Train-the-Trainer Program

Our new 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 in-person training teaches attendees how to deliver the 13-hour curriculum based on the person-centered model of Habilitation therapy. 

The new 7-hour in-person training is a train-the-trainer model and includes the nationally recognized peer-reviewed, evidence-based person-centered care approach from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Attendees receive 13 hours of curriculum based on the person-centered care model of Habilitation Therapy.  Materials include PowerPoint, interactive learning exercises and lecture. CEUs are provided.


If you attended our previous train-the-trainer program, you may be eligible to purchase a new training manual without attending the training. The cost of the new training manual is $350 ($200 non-profit rate). You must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  1. You attended an Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter train-the-trainer program within the last five years.
  2. The Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter can confirm you attended.
Professionals using the former train-the-trainer manual must purchase a NEW manual by July 1, 2019. After July 1, the former training is no longer recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association as a professional training.

Certification: Your certification as a trainer is valid two years from date of training or purchase of the new training manual. Your certificate will include the expiration date. Notification will be sent two months prior to expiration with instructions on how to renew certification.

If you are a trainer who is currently using the old curriculum, Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum and are in need of training materials to teach staff click here. Please note this training portal will only be available until June 30, 2019. As of July 1, 2019 trainers will be required to teach the new curriculum. 

Click the button below to learn more about the new training or to request an updated training manual 

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Perhaps you are looking for a speaker to present at an upcoming conference. Customized programs presented by our expert staff bring you the latest information on Alzheimer’s care. For more information on fees and availability, please complete the following form: 

Speaker Request Form

A member of our Professional Education Team will contact you within a week.

MazeLogo.jpgA Map Through the Maze: Conference for Alzheimer’s Care Professionals

NEW LOCATION: DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA

SAVE THE DATE: May 22, 2019

Our annual full-day conference attracts over 800+ professionals, providing each with a unique opportunity to learn current and cutting edge information. Experts speak on a wide range of Alzheimer’s related care topics including meaningful engagement, the latest on treatment and medications, research updates, working with families, and hands on care techniques. With 30 breakout sessions offered, there is something for everyone. For more information about registration, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities visit:

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CARES® Dementia Care online training offers training for direct care workers

These training programs offer the additional option of the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification, an online individual certification program providing recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices. To access CARES and essentiALZ programs, visit: