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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, counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Many of our programs offer CEUs.

Health Care Professional Training

Activities in Dementia Care

This program will help direct care providers gain a basic understanding of dementia and learn ways to engage people of various stages in meaningful activities.

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH  45203 - 3rd Floor Conference Room
Cost: There is a $15 fee for the CEU.
Registration: Reservations must be made in advance and are guaranteed only with payment. Click here for a registration form or call 800-272-3900.
Continuing Education: Approved for one (1) hour of continuing education for activity professionals, nurses and social workers in Ohio.

Family Support Group Facilitator Training 

This training is offered once a year for those interested in learning the basics of starting, facilitating or maintaining a community support group for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. This training is open to the community, however attendance at this program does not certify a participant as an affiliated Alzheimer's Association group facilitator.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 30,  9 - 12:15 p.m.
Where: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn Street, Cincinnati, OH - 3rd Floor Conference Room 
Cost: $30 per person*. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.
*There is no fee for volunteer facilitators of affiliated Alzheimer’s Association support groups in Greater Cincinnati.
Registration: Reservations must be made in advance and are guaranteed only with payment.  Click here for a registration form or call Alzheimer's Association, 800-272-3900
Continuing Education: Approved for 3 hours continuing education for Ohio social workers.

Ethical Considerations in Dementia Care

This is a special program for social workers focusing on ethical considerations in the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Topics include disclosing the diagnosis, safety concerns, decision-making ability, end-of-life care and more. This program will satisfy the 3-hour ethics requirement for social work continuing education in Ohio.

Date and Time: To be determined
Continuing Education: Approved for 3 hours of continuing education in ethics for Ohio social workers. CEUs may be transferrable to nurses. For more details contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.

Professional Lunch and Learn Series

Alzheimer's disease poses many questions, even for professional caregivers. The Alzheimer's Association is offering free dementia education to healthcare professionals through a series of quarterly programs. A free lunch is provided by Arbors at Gallipolis, Heartland, Maple Hills, and Consulate Health Care.

Date and Time
: 12 - 1 p.m. on the following days - Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 - The Basics; Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Effective Communication Strategies; Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Understanding and Responding to Dementia related Behavior; Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Activities in Dementia Care
Registration: To register contact Melissa Dever at 740-710-1821 or mdever@alz.org
Cost: Free but registration is required.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1 hours of continuing education for Ohio social workers. CEUs may be transferrable to nurses.

Foundations of Dementia Care In-service Trainings

What: As part of the Alzheimer’s Association National Campaign for Quality Residential Care, this training program provides long-term care professionals with hands-on practices based on the latest research and expert advice in the dementia care field. There are a variety of training modules including the following practice areas:

  • Learning to Lead (3 sessions)
  • About Dementia (3 sessions)
  • Enhancing Mealtime (2 sessions)
  • Reducing Pain (2 sessions)
  • Making Connections (2 sessions)
  • Preventing Falls (2 sessions)
  • Understanding Wandering (2 sessions) 
  • Encouraging Restraint-free Care (2 sessions)
  • Providing End-of-Life Care (3 sessions)

Where: On-site at health care facilities or other care providers.
Cost: $100 per one-hour session
CEUs: Call (513) 721-4284 for current information about CEU approval for these modules.
Contact: To schedule a training at your facility, call our main office at (513) 721-4284 or email: esebastian@alz.org. Dates are subject to staff availability.

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Law Enforcement & Emergency Medical Services

Tactics for Encountering a Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia

What: A free one-hour training session provided to area police and fire departments. This program includes an overview of dementia, discussion of common emergency encounters with memory-impaired persons, communication techniques, and information about the MedicAlert®+Safe Return® programa nationwide program that assists in identifying and returning memory-impaired individuals who wander or become lost.
Where: On-site at police and fire departments in the tri-state area.
When: Offered upon request. Dates subject to staff availability. 
Cost: Free. 
Contact: (513) 721-4284 or 1-800-272-3900 or e-mail esebastian@alz.org to schedule a program.

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Seminars and Conferences 

Southeastern Ohio Dementia Conference

What: Dementia Challenges in Rural America
Where: Shawnee State Park Lodge and Conference Center, 440B State Rt. 125, West Portsmouth, OH  45663
When:  October 26,   9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  $40 (includes lunch and CE credit for nurses, social workers and  nursing home administrators)
$20 (includes lunch without CE certificate)
Contact: 800-272-3900



Web-based training programs

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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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.