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Dementia Care Training and Certification
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Online Training & Certification
Apply to have Professional Dementia Care Training Reviewed
Currently Recognized Curricula

Online Training & Certification

The Alzheimer’s Association offers online certification for professional care providers through Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ®, an online dementia care certification program for individuals that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices. Studies show staff trained specifically in dementia care are able to provide better quality of life for residents and have increased confidence, productivity and job satisfaction. The essentiALZ exam tests understanding 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.

Apply to have Professional Dementia Care Training Reviewed

You Can Now Submit Your Curricula for Review by the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association encourages companies to submit their curricula for review against the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations as the basis for recognizing quality dementia care. A formal report as well as a statement of recognition for approved categories will be issued by the Alzheimer’s Association. Companies may submit curricula for any or all of the following categories:

  1. Alzheimer’s & Dementia® Disease Awareness
  2. Strategies for Caring for the Person with Dementia
  3. Communication and Understanding Behavior
  4. Social Needs and Activities
  5. Eating Well
  6. Reducing Pain
  7. Falls
  8. Wandering
  9. Restraint-Free Care
  10. End-of-Life Care

Cost is $250.00 per curriculum plus $300.00 per topic module submitted. The number of modules to be reviewed will be finalized after receipt of the Dementia Care Education Curriculum Review Application. If you have specific questions about the review application, please contact qualitycare@alz.org.

Currently Recognized Curricula

The following companies have submitted their curricula and meet select topics of the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

I. Professional Curricula Eligible for essentiALZ Certification

CARES® online dementia trainings offered by HealthCare Interactive®

Healthcare Interactive

CARES Complete Catalog - 10 topics recognized

Healthcare Interactive

CARES Dementia Basics - 3 topics recognized

Healthcare Interactive

CARES Dementia Advanced Care - 8 topics recognized

Healthcare Interactive

CARES Activities of Daily Living - 4 topics recognized

Healthcare Interactive

CARES Dementia-Related Behaviors - 3 topics recognized

Healthcare Interactive

CARES End-of-Life Care - 1 topic recognized

II. Professional Public Training Curricula


Training Curricula


Alzheimer's Program and Dementia Overview – 1 topic recognized

Dementia Care Specialists

Dementia Capable Care: Foundations – 10 topics recognized

Dementia Capable Care: Care Partner Applications – 7 topics recognized

Dementia Capable Care: Dementia Therapy Applications – 10 topics recognized

Memories Alive

Foundation Course – 5 topics recognized

III. Professional In-House Care Staff
Training Curricula

Brandywine Senior Living

Reflections Certification Program – 2 topics recognized

Care Visions

Care Visions 5 Senses Plus Dementia Care Program5 topics recognized

ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care

DementiaWise – 5 topics recognized

Home Instead

CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education – 8 topics recognized

Texas Health & Human Services

Dementia Quality Monitoring Program for high school students in a health care track – 4 topics recognized

Contact Us

To learn more about educational and training programs in your community or online, contact your local Alzheimer's Association or call 1.800.272.3900.

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.