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Dementia Care Training and Certification
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Online Training & Certification
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.

Currently Recognized Curricula

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

Environment & Health Group Chinese Dementia Care Course: Creating a Safe Environment: Fall Prevention – 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

Institute for Excellence in Memory Care Dementia Care with HEART – 10 topics recognized

Memories Alive

Foundation Course – 5 topics recognized

III. Professional In-House Care Staff
Training Curricula

American Senior Communities Memory Care – 4 topics recognized

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

Encompass Home Health and Hospice Memory Care – 4 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 our curriculum process, contact us at qualitycare@alz.org.

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