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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Web-based training for professionals

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Conference & Training Calendar

Education Conferences for Families and Care Professionals
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) available

Creative Arts and Dementia Symposium

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
10 am - 3 pm
3575 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Family caregivers are invited to explore how the creative arts can provide meaning, joy and connection to people living with dementia and their care partners.  Learn about local arts programs for persons living with dementia.  leave inspired and equipped with creative arts tools and techniques to implement at home.

Pre-registration is required.
For more information contact Rachel Main at 408.372.9971 or email rmain@alz.org.

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Solano County Education Conference

Friday, April 8, 2016
8 am - 4 pm
Fairfield Community Center
100 Kentucky St.
Fairfield, CA

This six-hour conference for family members and professionals (CEUs available) covers many topics relating to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  We hope you will join us for this outstanding program.

Ruth Gay, MS
Director of Advocay and Public Policy, Alzheimer's Association
Dr. Michael D. Mason, MD
TPMG Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center
Dr. DeAnne Miller, DC
Essence of Life Healing Studio

For more information contact Zack Smith at 408.372.998 or zsmith@alz.org

Registration deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016

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3rd Annual Alzheimer's Latino Conference
It's an Act of Love to Find Information and Assistance

Saturday, April 9, 2016
8 am - 2 pm
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116

This annual event is aimed at providing education and access to support families and friends caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

  • Free health screening, glucose check & Covered California enrollment
  • Connection between Alzheimer's and Diabetes
  • Planning for long-term care
  • How to live a healthier life
  • Caregiver grief and guilt
  • How to manage difficult behaviors
  • Resources available for caregivers in the community

All are welcome, this event is FREE

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3ra Conferencia Latina Annual de Alzheimer
Es Un Acto De Amor Buscar Información Y Asistencia

Sábado, Abril 09, 2016
8 am - 2 pm
Mayfair Communicty Center
2039 Kammerer Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116

  • Exámenes gratuitos de presión arterial, diabetes y registración de seguro médico con Covered California
  • La conección entre Alzheimer y Diabetes
  • Planeado el cuidado a largo plazo
  • como llevar una vida saludable
  • Como manejar sentimientos de pérdida ye culpa
  • Como controlar comportamientos dificiles
  • Recursos comunitarios disponibles para el cuidador

Evento Gratuito, todos son bienvenidos

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From Theory to Practice: Residents First

  Thursday, April 21, 2016
8 am - 4 pm Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Don’t just talk the talk, learn how to walk the walk. This six-hour conference for professional and paraprofessional staff (CEUs available) focuses on practical ways of promoting person-centered care in a residential setting.

For more information contact Zack Smith at 408.372.998 or zsmith@alz.org

Registration deadline: Monday, April 11, 2016

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19th Annual Education Conference: "A Day of Retreat and Learning"

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8 am - 4:30 pm
Mount Hermon Conference Center
37 Conference Dr.
Mount Hermon (Scotts Valley), CA 95041

Please join us for a day that is tailored to family members, care professionals, and any member of our community who would like to expand their knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease or a related Dementia. Updates on Research, Sleep, Technology, Grief and Loss and Tips on Increasing your Happiness are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.  Continuing Education Units available.


  • Research: Successful Strategies for Addressing Sleep Challenges in Dementia
    Merhdad Ayati, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Technology: What’s New and What’s Helpful?
    Christina Irving, LCSW, Family Caregiver Alliance, SF
  • Increasing Happiness & Quality of Life Despite Life’s Challenges
    Elizabeth McMahon, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

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Monterey Education Conference
Alzheimer's Disease: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
8:15 am - 4 pm
Hyatt Regency
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.  It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, the challenges and hope for the future.


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Updates on Dementia

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Crown Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404

Save the date for this Education Conference.  More information to follow.

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Sacramento Education Conference

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Save the date for this Education Conference.  More information to follow

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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

Upcoming Care Academy Training:


February 27, 2016
8:30 am - 4 pm
Lifelong Medical Marin
Adult Day Health Center
1905 Novato Blvd
Novato, CA

Fee: $85 includes lunch

This program is approved for eight (8) CEUs for CNA/HHA, RCFE, LCSW, RN and MFT. 
No credit will be given to partial attendance

Alzheimer's Care Academy
Pre-registration required. Continuing education units available.

Train for Results
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 6 hours*, covering either:

Early to Middle Stage Dementia
• 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

Middle to Late Stage Dementia
• Introduction
• Medical Concerns in Late Stage Dementia
• Special Care Needs in Late Stage Dementia
• Coping with Challenging Behaviors in Late Stage Dementia
• Connecting with the Person with Late Stage Dementia
• Touching the Spirit and Dealing with Loss

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

Trainings are available as one initial 6-hour training, two 3-hour trainings, or three 2-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, relating to early to middle-stage dementia, middle to late-stage dementia, or from the modules below:

• Enhancing Mealtime: Awareness (1 Hour)
• Enhancing Mealtime: Practice (1 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Awareness (1 Hour)
• Reducing Pain: Practice (1 Hour)
• End of Life Care (3 Hours)

Continuing Education

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

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences LCSW and LMFT(Provider #PCE1121)
  • 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 norcal-education@alz.org

Learning Objectives

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Web-based training programs

Alzheimer’s Association Learning Academy

This online curriculum makes high quality dementia care training affordable, convenient and accessible to any professional working with the elderly. Eight self-paced modules are available. The fee is $20 per module and topics include:

  • Overview of Dementia
  • Communication
  • Medications for Behavioral Problems
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Working With Families
  • Elder Abuse Reporting Laws
  • Personal Care & Special Needs
  • Activities

Ready to learn? Click here to visit the online Learning Academy.
Or, for more information contact norcal-education@alz.org or (650) 962-8111.

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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