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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Web-based training for professionals

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Conference & Training Calendar


Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Enloe Conference Center
1528 Esplanade, Chico

Join Enloe Medical Center and the Alzheimer’s Association to explore the latest research linking a heart healthy lifestyle with improved brain health. Kaci Fairchild, Ph.D., conducts research supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, working with older adults to develop a prevention model combining physical and cognitive exercise to reduce risk factors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. In her presentation, “Staying Stronger Longer: Promoting Brain Health Across the Lifespan,” Fairchild will share some of the latest research linking brain and heart health.

David Welch is a nurse with Enloe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. He has spent years sharing his passion for heart health, along with proactive ways to reduce cardiac risk factors, now also associated with good brain health.

Learn what steps you can take to address the modiable risk factors associated with diet and exercise to improve your brain and heart health.

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**Foster City**

Circle of Care: Family / Care Partner Retreat
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Crowne Plaza, Foster City
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
Cost: $30 - Scholarships available
Respite Care available.*

This is a day for family members and care partners** to recharge and walk away feeling encouraged and empowered!  Leading researchers will present key tips for staying healthy whether you are living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, or caring for a partner, friend or family member.  Experts will share strategies for improving communication, creating meaningful moments, and bringing more laughter and joy into every day. There will be ample time to learn about local resources through an interactive exhibitor fair.

9 a.m.  Exhibitor Fair, Registration & Light Breakfast
10 a.m.  Slowing Cognitive Decline: Latest Research, Catherine Marreiro, PhD
11:15 a.m.  Guided Imagery to Build Resilience, Felipe Jain, MD
Noon  Exhibitor Fair, Lunch
12:45 p.m.  Mantra Activity, Jenn Chan
1:00 p.m.  Creating a Movement to Defeat Alzheimer's: Research and Policy, Ruth Gay, MS
2:15 p.m.  Creative Connections: Finding Joy, Laughter & Meaningful Moments, Liz Nichols
3:15 p.m.  Conclusion


We welcome individuals with MCI or very early stage Alzheimer's/dementia who are interested in learning about the scheduled topics to register. Caregivers of later stage individuals who need help finding respite care while they attend the conference are encouraged to contact the Alzheimer's Association at 408.372.9922. For information about respite grants, please see below.


Ruth Gay, MS is the Chief Public Policy Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.  She directs the State and Federal Policy agendas for both California and Nevada, and works extensively at both the State and local level to improve outcomes for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Ruth serves as Chair of the Oversight Committee for the San Francisco Strategy for Excellence in dementia care, and currently serves on a Global Council on Alzheimer’s disease.  Prior to her employment with the Alzheimer’s Association, Ruth spent eight years at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, where she coordinated clinical drug trials and worked with families and people with Alzheimer’s disease. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Community Health and gerontology. 
Felipe Jain, MD, joins us from the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, where he serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor, as well as leads two research studies to support family caregivers.  Jain's research work has focused on the development of a mindfulness and guided imagery intervention to help promote stress reduction and mentalization in complex interpersonal situations. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA, as well as a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.        
Catherine Marreiro, PhD, joins us from the CPMC Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, where she is a Neuropsychology Clinical Research Scientist.  Dr. Marreiro specializes in the clinical neuropsychology of aging and is particularly interested in the promotion of healthy cognitive aging.  She earned her PhD at Arizona State University, completed her internship at Jesse Brown VA in Chicago, IL, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center. 
Liz Nichols is a teacher, trainer, and storyteller, who helps kids, older adults, and everyone in between discover the power of play and imagination to create health, happiness, and transformation.  Liz Nichols is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & TimeSlips Master Trainer.  She will be leading us in interactive exercises, as well as providing some tools to bring these activities home! Learn more at liznichols.net

Jenn Chan is a passionate advocate and family caregiver.  She founded Senior Shower Project® to celebrate caregivers through parties, gift boxes, and inspired, thoughtful caregiver appreciation cards. Each card is filled with fun, humor, appreciation, love and humanity.  Jenn will guide us through an interactive mantra activity at lunch, and has also generously donated a small gift to each attendee.  Learn more at www.seniorshowerproject.com 

*For respite care or in-home-care, you may apply for our Alzheimer’s Association Respite Grant Fund. Please do not apply for funds to cover your existing caregiver- the grant is intended to provide the means for those who need the respite coverage for the purposes of attending the conference. If you qualify, the Alzheimer’s Association will pay the respite caregiver directly, up to $300 forone day. Contact Tiffany Mikles for an application: tmikles@alz.org , 408.372.9900.

** NOTE: We encourage our fellow colleagues and professionals to help spread the word about this event to families and care partners.  We will no longer be providing CEUs at Circle of Care, and instead encourage professionals to attend our 'Updates on Dementia' conference in the Spring. 


SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS Contact: Pauline Martinez, pmartinez@alz.org , 408.372.9951  
For questions related to registration, or to inquire about scholarships, please contact: Blanca Vazquez, bvazquez@alz.org,  408.372.9922

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Central Valley Alzheimer's Caregiver & Wellness Conference
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Well Community Church, North Campus
2044 E. Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

You will not want to miss this year’s conference.
Whether you are a caregiver or a professional or both, there is something for you.
5 CEU’S available for professionals.

Call 559.225.9154 or email Susana Rodriguez at srodriguez@valleycrc.org for more information

Call Andres Sviercovich at 559.227.4810 for sponsorship opportunitites.

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Alzheimer's Care Academy™


Upcoming Care Academy Training: 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
9 am - 5 pm
Check in opens at 8:30 am
Cascades of Grass Valley
415 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
To register please call the Alzheimer's Association at 916.930.9080

This comprehensive, full day training will cover:
• Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence on Staff Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality and Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Creative Approaches to Activity Programming
Alzheimer's Care Academy
Pre-registration required. Continuing education units available.

Train for Results
"Nov 2016  I just want to express my gratitude for a great class that your Professional Training Specialist provided at El Camino Hospital. All I heard was praise from all the attendees. Everyone thought that the class was amazing based on written and verbal feedback. The tips on communication and strategies on how to approach an individual with dementia are what the staff thought were valuable information for their practice. Everything that she taught could be translated at the bedside, which would benefit the patients and their significant others tremendously. What staff valued the most about the class was the role playing and the real-life situations that she described, which gave them a frame of reference. The use of the videos got raved reviews, as well. A nurse from the night shift approached me today and told me that she used the techniques she learned while interacting with a patient with frontotemporal lobe dementia. She said that her interventions worked, especially when the patient told her that he wanted to go home. She said that she was teaching her co–workers at night the strategies they can use on these patients. Thank you so much for a great class! The staff learned a lot from the class."

Mae Dizon, DNP, RN, NP, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, NICHE Program
El Camino Hospital

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ is the premier training program in quality dementia care from the Alzheimer’s Association. Created from evidence-based research and field-tested, the Academy provides in-depth training in all key aspects of dementia care

Click on titles for learning objectives:

Target Audiences

The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ builds upon our award-winning Training for Dignity™ curriculum. The Alzheimer’s Care Academy™ modules can be tailored to meet the needs of both the professional and paraprofessional staff person, and are coordinated to California state-mandated requirements for CNA, RCFE and nursing home staff. Training programs are offered onsite for facility staff (attendance up to 25), tailored to specific needs and schedule.

The comprehensive curriculum includes an initial 8 hours*, covering either:

Alzheimer's Care Academy 8 hour training includes all 7 topics:
• AD and Related Disorders
• Communication and the Influence of Staff on Resident Behavior
• Successful Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors
• Helping with Hygiene and Personal Care
• Sexuality & Intimacy in the Long Term Care Setting
• Activities, Values & Challenges
• Caring for the Caregiver

Translation is available in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese upon request. 

Trainings are available as one initial 8-hour training, two 4-hour trainings, or three 2.5-hour trainings.

After the training, we offer a complementary 2 hour follow up training if requested within 4 months.  You may pick and choose between any modules listed above, or from the modules below:

• Enhancing Mealtime: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Awareness and Practice (2 Hour)
• Mouthcare without a Battle (2 Hours)
• End of Life Care (3 Hours)

Continuing Education

The Alzheimer’s Association is a licensed provider of continuing education in the following disciplines:

  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). Approved by the  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #63035). Course meets the qualifications as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Department of Health Services CNA and HHA (Provider #NAC6329)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP12415) for Contact Hours
  • Board of Nursing Home Administrator (Provider #CEP1546)
  • Department of Social Services for RCFE Administrator (Provider #1000-205-740-2)

    Quotes from participants:

    “I loved this program—it’s one-stop shopping for direct care staff like me.”

    “The facilitator was great. She taught me how to be patient and improve my listening skills.”

    “I saw the task from another’s point of view.”

Competitive Prices, Flexible Session Plans

Contact Us

Contact Alzheimer's Association for a proposal 800-272-3900, or amorris@alz.org 

Learning Objectives

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Web-based training programs

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ®

Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® is an online individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.
The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification program combines approved dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association online certification exams. EssentiALZ offers two levels of certification— essentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus.

The essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices that are promoted in the nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.

EssentiALZ Plus requires more in-depth knowledge of Alzheimer’s care techniques and specialties. Individuals must be certified in essentiALZ prior to taking any of the essentiALZ Plus exams.

Visit www.alz.org/essentialz  to learn more.

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Back to topTuesday, August 29, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523**Pleasant Hill**
From Theory to Practice : Mindful Care Choices - Pleasant Hill Education Conference for Professionals
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

* NOTE: We encourage our fellow colleagues and professionals to help spread the word about this event to families and care partners.  We will no longer be providing CEUs at Circle of Care, and instead encourage professionals to attend our 'Updates on Dementia' conference in the Spring. 


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.