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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.


May 25th - Effective Interventions in Dementia Care - Wilkes-Barre - Register
June 8th - Moving Forward: Advances in Alzheimer's Research and Approaches to Care - State College - Register - View Conference Brochure

Past Education Conferences

Exploring New Paths on our Alzheimer's Journey - Erie Spring 2017
Spring Education Conference - Pittsburgh Spring 2017
6th Annual Early Stage Symposium - Harrisburg Spring 2017 - View Presentation
Direct Caregiver Conference - Lancaster Spring 2017
Early Stage Conference - Lock Haven Fall 2016 - View Presentations
Living Well with Alzheimer's - Wilkes-Barre Fall 2016
Unite, Excite, and Engage - Erie Fall 2016 - View Presentation
Southeast Region Fall Education Conference - York Fall 2016 - View Presentations
Southwest Region Fall Education Conference - Cranberry Fall 2016 - View Presentations

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The Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter is pleased to offer
Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum

Our Chapter’s Master Trainers present a Train the Trainer Curriculum created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide array of care settings.
In a one day session, we will provide your trainers with the tools and the knowledge to return to provide your staff with up to 13 hours of a consistent, vetted curriculum that has been taught in a variety of care settings for 20 years, and has been recently updated to incorporate feedback, group work, and handouts.





Wednesday, May 24th
St. Barnabas, Arbors III
6005 Valencia Road
Valencia, PA 16509
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To register and for more information contact Judy McClelland
(412) 261-5040 ext 3101 or jmcclelland@alz.org

Wednesday, May 31st
Moravian Manor
300 West Lemon Street
Lititz, PA 17543
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To register and for more information contact Candy Yingling
(717) 568-2595 ext 1100 or cyingling@alz.org

Thursday, June 8th
Manorcare Health Services
3805 Field Street
Erie, PA 16511
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To register and for more information contact Jill Curtis
(814) 456-9200 ext 5102 or jcurtis@alz.org

Thursday, June 15th
Country Meadows - Mechanicsburg
4905 E Trindle Road,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To register and for more information contact Janice Reisinger
(717) 651- 5020 ext 2122 or jreisinger@alz.org

Thursday, June 15th
Epworth Manor
925 S. Lincoln Ave.
Tyrone, PA 16686
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To register and for more information contact Hilary Harry
(814) 954-5990 ext 6102 or hharry@alz.org

Thursday, June 22nd
Highland Park Senior Living
874 Schecter Drive
Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To register or for more information contact Jeff Dauber
(570) 822-9915 ext 4024 or jdauber@alz.org


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Web-based training programs


Get trained. Get certified. It's essentiALZ . Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams. Click here to get certified!    

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are geared primarily to direct care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings. Topics include:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  • Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to http://www.caresprogram.com

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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.