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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. 


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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

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) course now available

Challenging Conversations about Dementia, a free five-module online CME course is now available. The course is intended to help primary care clinicians confidently approach the detection, diagnostic, and care-planning process for patients with cognitive impairment and dementia. The five modules cover:

  • A review of Alzheimer's disease and dementia risk factors
  • The importance of diagnosing the cause of dementia
  • The road to a differential diagnosis and what patients can expect
  • What needs to be addressed when caring for a patient newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia
  • Driving retirement and related mobility conversations

The course is available at



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Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.