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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.


-  May 10, 2018 - 7th Annual Early Stage Symposium - Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA - for more information or to register click here
- May 18th 2018 - NW Spring Professional Conference, The Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA - for more information or to register click here
-  May 24th, 2018 - Spring Professional Conference, Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona, PA
-  May 30th, 2018 - SW Spring Professional Conference, The Chadwick of North Hills, Wexford, PA - for more information or to register click here
- May 31st, 2018 - NEPA Spring Professional Conference, Mohegan Sun Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA - for more information or to register click here

Past Education Conferences

Exploring New Paths on our Alzheimer's Journey - Erie Spring 2017
Spring Education Conference - Pittsburgh Spring 2017
6th Annual Early Stage Symposium - Harrisburg Spring 2017 - View Presentation
Direct Caregiver Conference - Lancaster Spring 2017
Early Stage Conference - Lock Haven Fall 2016 - View Presentations
Living Well with Alzheimer's - Wilkes-Barre Fall 2016
Unite, Excite, and Engage - Erie Fall 2016 - View Presentation
Southeast Region Fall Education Conference - York Fall 2016 - View Presentations
Southwest Region Fall Education Conference - Cranberry Fall 2016 - View Presentations

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The Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter is pleased to offer
Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum

Our Chapter’s Master Trainers present a Train the Trainer Curriculum created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide array of care settings.
In a one day session, we will provide your trainers with the tools and the knowledge to return to provide your staff with up to 13 hours of a consistent, vetted curriculum that has been taught in a variety of care settings for 20 years, and has been recently updated to incorporate feedback, group work, and handouts.






May 16th. - Southeast Region
Contact: Candy Yingling

June 8th. - Northwest Region
Contact: Jill  Curtis

June 8th.- North Central Region
Contact: Hillary Harry
June 14th - Beaver Meadows - 5130 Tucarawas Road, Beaver, PA
Contact: Sara Murphy

June 28th. - Northeast Region
Contact: Jeff Dauber

Click HERE for a full list of our upcoming Train the Trainer Dates!


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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

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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.