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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. 

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease (2 CEUs)
Sunday, June 10
Registration: 1:45 p.m.
Course: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location:  Laguna Niguel Library, 30341 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Presenter:  Kent Peppard, PhD
This free course is open to family caregivers, dementia care providers, professionals, and the general public.

The two-hour course establishes a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, covering: differences between normal aging and dementia, defining dementia and its symptoms; understanding the importance of accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment; and gaining an appreciation of the stages of Alzheimer's disease and how needs change over time.

Sign up online or by calling 800.272.3900.

Free Continuing Education Units available for professionals: 2 CE units/hours -- RN/LVN, LCSW/LMFT, RCFE, NHAP
To request CEUs, please email Larissa Haiker at with your license type, license number, and email address.

The Alzheimer’s Association is an approved vendor for providing continuing education. This course meets the qualifications for 2 CE units/hours for the following certified license entities:

Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP12415).

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.

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator (RCFE). Approved by the California Department of Social Services (Provider #2000072-740-2).

Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP). Approved by the California Department of Public Health (Provider #CEP1546).

Dementia Webinar Series 2017 - 2018

Join us for a series of webinars that address how to provide care that recognizes values and is responsive to diversity -- in culture, sexual orientation, family support, and more -- among people with dementia. You will learn about key factors to consider in meeting the needs of older adults with dementia, who are not just increasing in number but also in diversity. Taught by Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, this webinar series promises to empower you with the knowledge to achieve person-centered dementia care that effectively responds to under-addressed aspects of diversity in those you serve.

January 18, 2018 | Does Ethnicity Make a Difference in Behavioral Expressions?
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 1-hour presentation, 30 minutes open discussion

February 8, 2018 | Meeting the Dementia Care Needs of the LGBT Community
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 1-hour presentation, 30 minutes open discussion

March 8, 2018 | Spouse, Adult Child, or Other: Caregiver Relationship Makes a Difference
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 1-hour presentation, 30 minutes open discussion

April 12, 2018 | Don't Forget about the Impact of Your Residents' Spiritual Traditions on Care
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 1-hour presentation, 30 minutes open discussion

PRICE: $79 LeadingAge CA member / $99 non-member

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): CEUs have been submitted for one (1) hour CEU, per webinar, NHAP/P, RCFE/dementia, BRN, LVN, BBS

TO REGISTER:  Contact Margaret Morneau at or 916.469.3371.  Webinar log-in information will be sent once payment has been received.

New 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

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

Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders

This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions. After this training you will be able to:

  • Identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork
  • Select and use improved communication and supervisory practices
  • Identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team
  • Recognize and create an environment that motivates staff

This course costs $25 per person and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.

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