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About Professional Training

The Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, 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. For more information, including pricing and topics, send an e-mail to: or call 1.800.272.3900.


essentiALZ® Online Individual Certification Program

This affordable online training program provides knowledge of quality dementia care practices for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Learn evidence-based practices as well as specialized techniques to help you manage behavior and provide person-centered care to those with dementia at every stage of the disease. Some topics include:

  • managing behavior that is hard to understand and difficult to respond to
  • recognizing and managing pain
  • rethinking wandering
  • minimizing falls
  • eliminating restraints
  • performing ADLs such as bathing, grooming and toileting.

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, visit online:

Resources for Professional Care Providers

The Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter has an extensive lending library of books, videos and DVD’s available. You are also encouraged to call the trained counselors at the chapter office for information and advice about issues surrounding Alzheimer’s care. Also available is the chapter- produced interactive training DVD, Behavior Management Training for Dementia Care. To learn more, send an email to: or call 1.800.272.3900.


For more information about any of the above programs/services, please call the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter at 1.800.272.3900 or email chapter Education Director Julia Szprygada at

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