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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.

For Professionals: Free Continuing Education (2 CE Units)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Registration: 8:30 AM
Course: 9:00 - 11:00 AM

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease
This two-hour CE course (RN/LVN, LCSW/LMFT, RCFE, NHAP) establishes a basic understanding of Alzheimer's and related dementias, covering: dementia and its symptoms; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; and gaining an appreciation of the stages of Alzheimer's disease and how care needs change over time. 
Presenter: Kent Peppard, PhD

Location: The Alzheimer's Association
1st Floor Conference Room
770 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
RSVP by either clicking the register link above, emailing lthaiker@alz.org, or by phone 800.272.3900.

Continuing Education
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).

To request CEUs, please email Larissa Haiker at lthaiker@alz.org with your license type, license number, and email.

When It's Not Alzheimer's Disease: How Other Dementias Impact Care (Webinar)

Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (1 hour presentation; 30 minutes open discussion)

It's not enough to know just that a resident has dementia -- the type makes a difference! In this webinar, attendees will learn how the symptoms, treatment, and care for individuals affected by dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) or the behavioral variant of fronto-temporal dementia (bvFTD) vary from those experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease.
Attendees will receive practical tips addressing the unique behavioral changes and care challenges in residents with DLB or bvFTD.  

: Cordula Dick-Muehlke, PhD

CEU: 1 hour NHAP/P, RCFE/Dementia, BRN, BBS, LVN.  Only paid registrants will receive CEUs.

$79 LeadingAge CA member / $99 non-member

To register, contact Margaret Morneau at mmorneau@aging.org 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 alz.org/FreeCME.

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 www.caresprogram.com

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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