Transforming quality dementia care
Quality dementia care begins with a strong foundation of principles and practices rooted in person-centered care. The Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations were developed to provide evidence-based care practices for professional care providers who work with individuals living with dementia and their families in residential and community based care settings to transform the quality of care received. These practice recommendations serve as the foundation for professional training and an individual certification program recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
The Association is committed to helping providers apply the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations into everyday care by expanding the number of high quality professional training programs available. Through the new curriculum review and essentiALZ certification program, providers will have more choice and flexibility to train their staff and recognize their knowledge of quality person-centered dementia care.
 
To stay informed regarding the launch of the curriculum review and essentiALZ certification program, please complete this interest form.

  • Alzheimer's disease and Dementia

  • Person-Centered Care

  • Assessment and Care Planning

  • Activities of Daily Living

  • Dementia-Related Behaviors and Communication

essentiALZ® certification

Developed for professional care providers of individuals living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ is an individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices. Participants become essentiALZ-certified by completing curriculum approved by the Alzheimer’s Association and passing the essentiALZ online certification exam, which tests understanding of evidence-based dementia care practices that are outlined in the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

Currently recognized curricula

The following curricula meets select topics of the 2009 Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. See our essentiALZ Certification Program page for information on recognized trainings eligible for essentiALZ certification.  

I. Professional Curricula Eligible for essentiALZ Certification
CARES® online dementia trainings offered by HealthCare Interactive®
Healthcare Interactive CARES Complete Catalog - 10 topics recognized
Healthcare Interactive CARES Dementia Basics - 3 topics recognized
Healthcare Interactive CARES Dementia Advanced Care - 8 topics recognized
Healthcare Interactive CARES Activities of Daily Living - 4 topics recognized
Healthcare Interactive CARES Dementia-Related Behaviors - 3 topics recognized
Healthcare Interactive CARES End-of-Life Care - 1 topic recognized

II. Professional Public Training Curricula
Company / Organization Training Curricula
AlzBetter Alzheimer's Program and Dementia Overview – 1 topic recognized
Dementia Care Specialists Dementia Capable Care: Foundations – 10 topics recognized    
Dementia Care Specialists Dementia Capable Care: Care Partner Applications – 7 topics recognized  
Dementia Care Specialists Dementia Capable Care: Dementia Therapy Applications – 10 topics recognized
Institute for Excellence in Memory Care Dementia Care with Heart – 10 topics recognized
Memories Alive Foundation Course – 5 topics recognized

III. Professional In-House Care Staff Training Curricula
Company / Organization Training Curricula
Brandywine Senior Living Reflections Certification Program – 2 topics recognized
Care Visions Care Visions 5 Senses Plus Dementia Care Program – 5 topics recognized
ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care DementiaWise – 5 topics recognized
Home Instead CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education – 8 topics recognized
Texas Health & Human Services Dementia Quality Monitoring Program for high school students in a health care track – 4 topics recognized