Caregiving essentiALZ: A new Alzheimer’s Association training and certification program

A caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease wants to be prepared, have knowledge and feel confident in the care they are providing. There are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and 14.9 million unpaid family, friends and neighbors caring for them.

Essential AlzAs Americans continue to live longer and prevalence of Alzheimer’s continues to grow, it is critical to ensure quality care for those living with this fatal and progressive brain disease.

Launched November 1, the new Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZTM training and certification program will recognize professional caregivers as well as family and friends who provide unpaid care for learning quality dementia care practices.

The first step to obtaining an essentiALZ certificate of knowledge is to complete a select HealthCare Interactive CARES®online dementia care training course. After finishing the CARES®Dementia Basicsâ„¢ or Advanced Careâ„¢ training, the essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of the evidence-based and nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which are supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations.

For more information about the CARES Dementia online training and the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ exam, visit


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1 Response

  1. Barbara Thiry says:

    I am wondering if there are any nursing home or ALF paid staff included in the forum, or as advocates (aside from “family” care givers? Thanks

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