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Since it's inception, the Alzheimer's Association has been a leader in outlining principles and practices of quality care for individuals living with dementia.

Local Professional Training
Highly trained and experienced staff members are available for in-service training programs for professional care providers. Continuing education conferences are also held each year. CEU's are provided.

Online Professional Training
Developed for professional care providers of individuals living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® is an online dementia care certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.

The Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations outline 56 recommendations across 10 content areas, grounded in the fundamentals of person-centered care. They were developed by 27 dementia care experts convened by the Alzheimer's Association and are based on a comprehensive review of current evidence, best practice, and expert opinion. The recommendations seek to better define quality care across all settings, and throughout the disease course. They are intended for professional care providers who work with individuals living with dementia and their families in long-term and community-based care settings.

The Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are detailed in 10 area-specific articles published in the February 2018 supplement of The Gerontologist. In addition to providing greater details about each recommendation, the articles provide evidence and expert opinion supporting each recommendation.  

If you are interested in learning more about the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, please contact Pam Myers, Program Director at 567.302.3612.

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