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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.

Training programs

The Midlands Chapter offers training sessions to enhance care-giving skills and service delivery.  A variety of topics may be covered:  Understanding Alzheimer's Disease, Activities, Communication Skills, Managing Behavior Problems; Medical Overview, Maintain Relations with Family, The Patient's Rights to a Dignified Dementia Diagnosis, Supporting Intimacy and Sexuality of Person's Living with Alzheimer's Disease, and Managing Staff Stress.

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Foundations of Dementia Care - Training for Healthcare Professionals & Careworkers

The Foundations of Dementia Care Campaign for Quality Residential Care training is available in Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. This innovative educational program is designed for care-giving staff of Assisted Living Residences, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Home Care and other care providers. Developed in collaboration with leading national health and senior care organizations, this training stresses the importance of better care through better understanding of dementia, and creating connections between caregivers and those they serve. Practical, problem-solving approaches to the challenges of dementia care are taught with hands-on opportunities to practice new skills aimed at improving the quality of life and quality of care for individuals living with dementia.

  • Provide your care-workers with high quality, cutting edge dementia care training
  • Reduce stress, improve motivation and reduce turnover among your staff
  • Meet your training requirements with curriculum developed and delivered by the Alzheimer's Association®, the nation's most trusted source for information and education

For more information or to schedule a training contact Clayton Freeman, Interim Executive Director at 402.502.4301 or at

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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

The Patient’s Rights to a Dignified Dementia Diagnosis

This 1.5 hour presentation speaks to those advocating for individuals who may develop memory problems in a variety of settings within every community.  This presentation brings forth an individual’s perspective on compassionate care, as their families and physicians battle the disease together. This presentation not only identifies “what individuals want in obtaining a dignified diagnosis but teaches professionals what that means”.

Participants will focus on:
• Facts and figures of this growing population of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementia’s.
• Principles of a getting a good diagnosis.
• Recognizing the components of a dignified diagnosis.
• Understand the role as an advocate in assuring a dignified diagnosis.

For more information and/or to schedule this presentation contact: Clayton Freeman at 4023.502.4301 or

Supporting Intimacy and Sexuality of Person’s Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
This presentation is designed for care-giving staff of Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Communities, Home Health, Hospice and other care providers.  The focus of this training is for participant’s to gain an understanding of the importance of intimacy and sexuality of person’s living with dementia. This 1 ½ hour presentation will allow participants:

• Understand  Alzheimer’s Disease and person’s suffering from other conditions which impact intimacy and sexuality.
• Develop self-awareness by exploring our own beliefs and values around intimacy and sexuality and how these impact our ability to care for someone with dementia
• Understand the Rights of all individuals that effect intimacy and sexuality
• Define what society considers appropriate and inappropriate public expression of intimacy and sexuality
• Explore strategies and community resources to support residents, staff and families in advocating for those living with dementia regarding intimacy and sexuality.

For more information, and/or to schedule this presentation please contact Clayton Freeman at 402.502.4300 or

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