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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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


Preparing for the Changing Horizon:
Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults from Diverse Communities

Date:  Friday, February 20, 2014
Time:  8:30 am – 4 pm
The Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco

This education conference is designed for diverse Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender caregivers and professionals interested in learning about the issues of dementia care in the LGBT community.
Featured Topics:

  • Health Equity and Aging Among LGBT Older Adults, Addressing Dementia Awareness and Priority Needs in Diverse Communities
  • Dementia Care: Considerations for LGBT Affirming Assessments, Support and Resource Provision
  • Living with Alzheimer’s – A Personal Perspective
  • Integrating Cultural Values, Beliefs and Practices into Dementia Care of LGBT Older Adults
  • Something for Your Wellness Toolkit

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View the complete conference agenda here.

This event is cosponsored by Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Family Caregiver Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter, UCSF Northern California Geriatric Education Center/Institute on Aging Consortium, and the County and City of San Francisco, Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias:
Innovative Approaches in Therapy, Care and Diagnostics

This is a 6 hour interdisciplinary (CEU) conference on major issues and challenges related to Alzheimer's and other dementias for community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, Alzheimer's families and caregivers.  The conference recognizes the need for health professionals, Alzheimer's family members, and caregivers to acquire additional knowledge, skills and competencies to improve the treatment, care and diagnosis of dementia.  The 6 hour conference is comprised of three (3) plenary sessions addressing major topics of interest to all participants and six (6) breakout sessions.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  It is estimated that as many as 5.2 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.  The incidence of the disease is rising in line with the aging population.  Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with advanced age.  Current research from the National Institute of Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.  As our population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of Americans.

The conference is a collaboration of the Alzheimer's Association (Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, Monterey County Office), and Monterey Bay Geriatric Resource Center (MBayGRC).

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
1441 Canyon Del Rey Boulevard
Seaside, CA  93955

Funded in Part by:

Harden Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pro-Am



Northern California Geriatric Education Center

Platinum Sponsors: 
R.O.S. Center Northern California
Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center of Salinas
Windsor Monterey Care Center
Windsor Skyline Care Center

Gold Sponsors:
Ambassadors Providing Amazing Care, Inc.
Carmel Villa Residential Care
Kindred Nursing & Transitional Care – Pacific Coast
Peggy’s Home Care  

Silver Sponsors:
Carmel Valley Guest Home
Coastal Care Home
Dr. Trish McKeon, Memory/Dementia and Elder Care Consultation
Elizabeth A. Helfrich
Episcopal Senior Communities – Senior Resources
La Casa Adult Day Health Care

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Understanding Memory Loss: Navigating Your Course

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families and professionals caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI).   Learn more about the diseases, the latest research findings and tips/tools for care. 

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Registration begins at 8 am
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Event Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:
Brookdale Senior Living
Vitas Healthcare

Silver Sponsors:
Bristol Hospice Sacramento LLC
Home Care Assistance
Oakmont Senior Living

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Alzheimer's Care Academy™

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 education@alznorcal.org

Learning Objectives

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 education@alznorcal.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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