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About Professional Education

Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, and social workers.

As the need for dementia-specific services grows, we are faced with the challenge of developing staff that are well informed and prepared to deliver care. Through our Community Education, we provide several levels of program participation and will customize training programs as needed. Professionals can choose to offer/participate in education and training programs held on-site at their organization for all staff, in addition to off-site program opportunities. Frequently requested training topics include The Basics of Dementia Care, Communication Techniques, Behavior Management, Enhancing Mealtime, Assessing Pain, and Safety Techniques.

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Course Descriptions

Activity-Based Alzheimer's Care (ABAC)
Building a Theraputic Program

A one-day training program for activity and program professionals, Activity-Based Alzheimer's Care suggests that activities are the foundation of care. Every event, encounter or exchange is an activity. Topics include assessment and care planning, program design, quality activities, program evaluation, and teamwork. The program also includes interactive exercises, case studies and discussion. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual to use as a reference tool. This program is pre-approved for five hours of continuing education through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and for 0.6 CE credits by The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

Support Group Facilitator Training

This two-day training program is designed for professionals who want to support individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by providing a safe environment to share feelings, concerns and information, and to help them cope with the disease.

The training program focuses on the fundamentals of Alzheimer's disease, common topics of concern/discussion in dementia-specific groups, and an overview of community and Association resources and important guidelines for facilitating a group. In addition, group dynamics and management, facilitator roles and responsibilities and support group development and promotion ideas will be discussed.

For more information, please call 973.586.4300.

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Current Participants

The Association is pleased to recognize the following health care facilities for their committment to dementia-specific education and training through their current participation in the Dementia Program for Long-Term Care, Adult Day Care and Home Health Providers:

Francis E. Parker Memorial Home-New Brunswick

Francis E. Parker Memorial Home- Piscataway

Holland Christian Home

Jewish Home Assisted Living: Kaplen Family Senior Residence

Jewish Home at Rockleigh

The Regency at Dover

For more information about participation:

By phone: 973.586.4300
By e-mail: njprograms@alz.org

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