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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Web-based training for professionals

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Conference & Training Calendar


**Foster City**

Circle of Care: Retreat
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Crowne Plaza, Foster City
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
Cost: $30 - Scholarships available
Respite Care available.*

This is a day for family members, care partners and those with MCI or early stage Alzheimer's to recharge and walk away feeling encouraged and empowered!  Leading researchers will present key tips for brain health and slowing cognitive decline.  Experts will share strategies for creating meaningful moments and bringing more laughter and joy into every day. There will be ample time to learn about local resources through an interactive exhibitor fair.

For questions related to registration, or to inquire about scholarships, please contact: Blanca Vazquez, bvazquez@alz.org, 408.372.9922



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Central Valley Alzheimer's Caregiver & Wellness Conference
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Well Community Church, North Campus
2044 E. Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

You will not want to miss this year’s conference.
Whether you are a caregiver or a professional or both, there is something for you.
5 CEU’S available for professionals.

Call 559.225.9154 or email Susana Rodriguez at srodriguez@valleycrc.org for more information

Call Andres Sviercovich at 559.227.4810 for sponsorship opportunitites.

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Understanding Memory Loss: Strategies for Success IX
Dementia: Transforming the Journey with Teepa Snow
Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
100 California Drive
Yountville, CA

Get ready for a day of innovative learning through a series of vignettes and live performances starring Teepa Snow!!

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with Collabria Care, Healthy Minds Healthy Aging, and Senior Helpers presents its ninth annual education conference in Napa Valley. Teepa Snow is one of the leading educators on dementia care, and during this full-day conference she will address practical ways to recognize the presence of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, as well as understand its progression and behaviors that affect caregiving.

Registration is required.

Or call 707.573.1210 or 415.472.4340.

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Alzheimer's Care Academy™


Upcoming Care Academy Training: 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
9 am - 5 pm
Check in opens at 8:30 am
Cascades of Grass Valley
415 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
To register please call the Alzheimer's Association at 916.930.9080

This comprehensive, full day training will cover:
• Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence on Staff Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality and Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Creative Approaches to Activity Programming

Alzheimer's Care Academy
Pre-registration required. Continuing education units available.

Train for Results
"Nov 2016  I just want to express my gratitude for a great class that your Professional Training Specialist provided at El Camino Hospital. All I heard was praise from all the attendees. Everyone thought that the class was amazing based on written and verbal feedback. The tips on communication and strategies on how to approach an individual with dementia are what the staff thought were valuable information for their practice. Everything that she taught could be translated at the bedside, which would benefit the patients and their significant others tremendously. What staff valued the most about the class was the role playing and the real-life situations that she described, which gave them a frame of reference. The use of the videos got raved reviews, as well. A nurse from the night shift approached me today and told me that she used the techniques she learned while interacting with a patient with frontotemporal lobe dementia. She said that her interventions worked, especially when the patient told her that he wanted to go home. She said that she was teaching her co–workers at night the strategies they can use on these patients. Thank you so much for a great class! The staff learned a lot from the class."

Mae Dizon, DNP, RN, NP, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, NICHE Program
El Camino Hospital

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ is the premier training program in quality dementia care from the Alzheimer’s Association. Created from evidence-based research and field-tested, the Academy provides in-depth training in all key aspects of dementia care

Click on titles for learning objectives:

Target Audiences

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ builds upon our award-winning Training for Dignity™ curriculum. The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ modules can be tailored to meet the needs of both the professional and paraprofessional staff person, and are coordinated to California state-mandated requirements for CNA, RCFE and nursing home staff. Training programs are offered onsite for facility staff (attendance up to 25), tailored to specific needs and schedule.

The comprehensive curriculum includes an initial 8 hours*, covering either:

Alzheimer's Care Academy 8 hour training includes all 7 topics:
• AD and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence of Staff on Resident Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality & Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Activities, Values & Challenges
• Caring for the Caregiver

Translation is available in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese upon request. 

Trainings are available as one initial 8-hour training, two 4-hour trainings, or three 2.5-hour trainings.

After the training, we offer a complementary 2 hour follow up training if requested within 4 months. You may pick and choose between any modules listed above, or from the modules below:

• Enhancing Mealtime: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Mouthcare without a Battle (2 Hours)
• End of Life Care (3 Hours)

Continuing Education

The Alzheimer’s Association is a licensed provider of continuing education in the following disciplines:

  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #63035). Course meets the qualifications as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Department of Health Services CNA and HHA (Provider #NAC6329)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP12415) for Contact Hours
  • Board of Nursing Home Administrator (Provider #CEP1546)
  • Department of Social Services for RCFE Administrator (Provider #1000-205-740-2)

    Quotes from participants:

    “I loved this program—it’s one-stop shopping for direct care staff like me.”

    “The facilitator was great. She taught me how to be patient and improve my listening skills.”

    “I saw the task from another’s point of view.”

Competitive Prices, Flexible Session Plans

Contact Us

Contact Alzheimer's Association for a proposal 800.272.3900, or amorris@alz.org 

Learning Objectives

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Web-based training programs

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ®

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® is an online individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.
The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification program combines approved dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. EssentiALZ offers two levels of certification— essentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus.

The essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices that are promoted in the nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.

EssentiALZ Plus requires more in-depth knowledge of Alzheimer’s care techniques and specialties. Individuals must be certified in essentiALZ prior to taking any of the essentiALZ Plus exams.

Visit www.alz.org/essentialz  to learn more.

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