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About professional training
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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.

Spring Professional Conference Dates

The health and safety of our volunteers, staff and all of our constituents are our top priority as we continue to pursue our mission.
Given the evolving nature of COVID-19 and based on the guidance from the PA Department of Health and the CDC, the Spring Education Conferences will be moving virtual.

May 20th - Spring Professional Conference
Topics to Include: 
- Re-framing Care for Older Adults: Making It Age & Dementia Friendly
- LGBTQ Elders & Dementia & Partners Perspective
- Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
- The Power of Music to Impact Alzheimer's/Dementia
- Planning Today for Tomorrow: How to Have Heart-to-Heart Conversations about Aging
- Tips, Techniques and Technology for Caregivers
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May 28th - Spring Professional Conference
Topics to Include: 
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Research Panel
- Improving the Quality of Service and Supports Offered to LGBT Older Adults
- Provider and Community Interventions for Caregivers
- Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Registere Here

May 28th - Spring Professional Conference
Topics to Include: 
- Dementia Care Study
- Meaningful Dementia Care
- Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body - Brain Healthy Diets
- Health Systems Outreach Strategy
- Family Caregiver Perspectives, Music for Wellness
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Web-based training programs

Get trained. Get certified. It's essentiALZ . Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams. Click here to get certified!    

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