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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. Costs for attending programs are free or minimal. Below is a list of the professional training programs available. For detailed information about these programs, please consult the 2013-2014 Education Calendar for Professionals.

Training programs

Building Effective skills Training (B.E.S.T)
A 5-hour course designed specifically for nursing assistants in long term care and community settings. Course covers the 5 dementia topics mandated for providers in the state of Missouri, including disease overview, communication, behaviors, promoting independence and working with families. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Train the Trainer 
This program is geared toward individuals in facilities/agencies that are charged with educating others about the illness and includes discussion of designing and implementing dementia training programs.

Plus Dementia 
This session discusses special issues and considerations when the person with a dementia has a pior mental health issue and/or when the primary caregiver has mental health issues.

14th Annual Defining Hope Conference
This conference occurs in November, which is Alzheimer's Disease Month. Please check back for more details as they become available. 

For more information on the direct services that the Heart of America Chapter offers individuals with dementia and their care partners, follow the links below: 

For You The Person with Alzheimer's
For Families and Care Partners

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Individualized In-House Training

The Alzheimer's Association also offers individualized in-house trainings for facilities and community agencies. Choose from more than 30 topics including disease overview, neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, issues, communications, promoting independence, and end of life issues. Contact Michelle Niedens at 913.831.3888 or to schedule a training. 

Cost: $100.00 for up to 4 hours; $200 for 4 to 8 hours.

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Heart of America Chapter Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia Guide Now Available for Purchase

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Visual Guide to Response Considerations by Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. This user-friendly guide was developed by the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter Director of Education and Public Policy and has been reviewed by dementia experts around the country. In a decision tree format, it provides evidence-based intervention suggestions for a wide range of neuropsychiatric challenges, such as wandering, depression, and resistance to daily care.


The guide is designed to prop up in a table-tent fashion so that the user can flip from page to page.


The cost of the guide is $20. If you are interested in purchasing this guide, please contact Carol at the Main Chapter office, 913.831.3888.
Download a pdf version of this guide.


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