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High quality training drives the transformation of quality care. Research, as highlighted in the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations shows that high-quality dementia care training can lead to an improvement in communication between caregivers and individuals living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors and an increase in job satisfaction for staff.

Through Alzheimer’s Association curriculum review and essentiALZ certification, residential and community-based provider organizations have the opportunity to ensure their professional training programs reflect current evidence-based quality care practices outlined in the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Providers who train their staff with a training program recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ certification, an exam which tests knowledge of dementia care.

Curriculum review

Care providers and training companies have the opportunity to submit their professional training programs for review in relation to the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, the benchmark for quality care across the disease spectrum.

The following five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are included as part of this review:
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Person-centered care.
  • Assessment and care planning.
  • Activities of daily living.
  • Dementia-related behaviors and communication.
Curriculum review recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association is valid for two years from the date of issue.
Once an organization’s curriculum is recognized they are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ certification exam for staff.

How can an organization differentiate themselves from other care providers?

Provider training programs that are recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association through curriculum review can celebrate this accomplishment with an approved statement from the Alzheimer’s Association to use when referencing the training program in internal and external communications. Organizations that purchase essentiALZ will also be recognized for the opportunity for staff to become certified.

essentiALZ certification

Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in accordance with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, essentiALZ is an exam for any staff working in residential or community-based care which tests knowledge of evidence-based and person-centered care for individuals living with dementia.

Professional care workers that complete the exam are certified in essentiALZ for two years from date of certification. 


Recognized trainings

The following dementia care training programs have been recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for reflecting the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Providers that utilize a recognized training program to train their staff are also eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification exam. 

Organization Name Training Program Name Recognition Expiration Date
Training Company*: Please contact training company directly for more information.
HealthCare Interactive® CARES® Dementia Basics™ 1/1/2021
In the Know Alzheimer's Disease Specialist Training 6/23/2022
Welderly Care Dementia Professionals A Practical & Innovative Approach to Dementia Care 1/21/2022
Provider Organization*: Only available to staff at participating organizations.
Arden Courts Memory Care Communities Memory Care Support Training 1/6/2022
Astrum Care A Person-Centered Approach to Care 2/20/2022
ComForCare DementiaWise 10/4/2021
Discovery Senior Living SHINE® Dementia Care Training 7/10/2022
Genesis HealthCare Dementia Care Basics 4/17/2022
Otterbein SeniorLife Milestones at Otterbein: A Guided Journey in Memory Support 5/8/2022
Right at Home The RightCare Approach to Dementia & Cognitive Support 11/13/2021
Sunrise Senior Living Orientation Training 3/5/2022
Alzheimer’s Association Chapter: To learn more about the availability of the following programs, please contact the chapter directly.
Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter Quality Dementia Care 12/1/2021
Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum 4/1/2021
Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter Alzheimer’s Care Academy 12/1/2021
Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter Best Practices in Dementia Care 12/1/2021

*Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association is not an endorsement of the professional training or evaluation of the care provided by the facility.

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