Professional Education

These workshops are designed for professionals serving people living with dementia. CEUs are not available unless otherwise stated. Interested in dementia training for your business or organization? Click here to fill out the request form >>


We also offer trainings for businesses that do not directly serve people with dementia, but whose employees may interact with older adults, such as cashiers or utility workers.
Click here to learn more about this free “Dementia Gatekeeper” training >>

Upcoming Events:

Managing Dementia-Related Behaviors in the Home: Ensuring Quality of Life and Caregiver Safety
Wednesday, December 1st | 9-10:30 AM

Working with clients who exhibit dementia-related behaviors such as wandering, agitation, or disinhibition can present physical and emotional risks to professionals, in-home caregivers, and family members alike. If you serve aging clients or people with cognitive impairment living at home, we invite you to join us for this live webinar with Amy Abrams, Director of Education at Alzheimer’s San Diego, and Susan Valoff, Vice President at Windward Life Care. During the program we will discuss:

  • Behavioral strategies for addressing agitation in clients with dementia
  • Strategies for creating safe and positive work environments for in-home caregivers
  • Resources for supporting clients living with dementia

This online training is available at no cost, thanks to support from the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center, and Windward Life Care.

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Past Events:

Supporting People With Dementia Who Live Alone

Learn about the unique needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias who live alone, best practices in reaching and supporting this vulnerable population, and the local resources and services available to support you and your clients. Presented by Amy Abrams, Director of Education and Adrianna McCollum, Director of Social Programs & Volunteers. Download handouts from the webinar here >>

This free workshop for professionals was made possible by support from the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center.

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NACCM AV Club: Who is In Charge Anyway? An Exploration of Personal Empowerment and the Film “I Care a Lot”
Presented by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers

Grab some popcorn, queue up the Netflix, and then make plans to join us for a timely and informative discussion about one of this year’s big hits. “I Care a Lot” left many viewers wondering: Could this really happen? We’ll use this stylish drama about a corrupt legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly and disabled wards as a starting point to talk about basics of estate planning, conservatorship, and guardianship, and how we can support clients in remaining in control of their lives and livelihoods. This informative webinar will include lecture and live facilitated dialogue with presenter Marguerite Lorenz, a Master Trustee and Managing Partner at Lorenz Private Trustees.

The webinar, the fourth installment of the NACCM AV Club Webinar series, will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Alzheimer’s San Diego Director of Education Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, CMC-Ret.

Tools for Dementia Care Management

In this evidence-informed training, you’ll get the tools you need to provide family-centered care to individuals living with dementia – and to support their care partners. Live interactive learning modules will cover:

  • The fundamentals of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Communication techniques
  • The IDEA! behavioral management approach

All attendees will receive a digital workbook filled with materials, assessment templates, informational tip sheets, and more.

This webinar will be held using Zoom, and is available at no charge to local professionals, thanks to the support of the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.


Lighten Up: The Uses of Laughter in Dementia Care

Join Alzheimer’s San Diego for a fun and informative look at the physiological benefits of laughter, and how to use it as a tool to connect with people living with dementia, support care partners, and care for yourself as a professional. Presented by Alzheimer’s San Diego Director of Education Amy Abrams and Clinical Care Coach Jean Alton. This free workshop for professionals was made possible by support from the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center.

Click here to download slides from this program >>


NACCM AV Club: ‘Crip Camp’ & Disability Then & Now

Presented by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers

For this third installment of the NACCM book club webinar series, we bring you: a movie! Grab some popcorn, queue up the Netflix, and then make plans to join us for a timely and informative discussion. What is “disability” and what is it not? The Netflix original documentary “Crip Camp” follows the lives of several young campers with disabilities, who became leaders in the U.S. disability rights movement of the 1970s. Disability services expert Abby Kovalsky, LCSW will help us view disability from a historical perspective, and review the laws and language of the current paradigms. Learn what is needed to work effectively with individuals and families who live with disability related issues, and how aging with a disability is different from aging into a disability.
The goal of this event is to help Care Managers understand what disability is in the context of our current society and to be better able to work with people with disabilities. After this presentation, attendees will be able to:
  • Define disability
  • State the 3 models of disability and what each means
  • State the defining legislation affecting this population
  • State at least 3 ways people with disabilities are discriminated against
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Alzheimer’s San Diego Director of Education Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH.

Tools for Dementia Care Management
A free, 2-part webinar for professionals

In this evidence-informed training, you’ll get the tools you need to provide family-centered care to individuals living with dementia – and to support their care partners. Live, interactive learning modules will cover:

  • The fundamentals of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Communication techniques
  • The IDEA! behavioral management approach

All attendees will receive a digital workbook filled with materials, assessment templates, informational tip sheets, and more.

This training is available at no charge to local professionals, thanks to the support of the County of San Diego and a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.

Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ+ People Living With Dementia
Online Webinar via Zoom
Presented by Windward Life Care

People in the LGBTQ+ community who have dementia or who are caregivers to friends, family, or chosen family members with dementia, have unique needs. If you are a member of the community or a professional concerned with diversity and inclusion, we invite you to join us for this live webinar with Dr. Daniel Sewell, Associate Vice Chair, Geriatric Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, Director of Education at Alzheimer’s San Diego.

This webinar, moderated by Katie Powers, Director of Business Development of Windward Life Care, will explore:

  • The prevalence and impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia in San Diego County’s LGBTQ+ community
  • The dementia caregiving experience in the LGBTQ+ community
  • Providing culturally sensitive care to LGBTQ+ people and their caregivers
  • Local resources for dementia diagnosis, symptom management, and caregiver support

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The Hearing & Cognition Connection
Online webinar using Zoom

Hearing loss affects one in three older adults in the U.S. today, impacting personal safety, social connection, and quality of life for many. Join us to learn the primary causes of hearing loss, its relationship to dementia risk and other health conditions, and recent treatment innovations.

Presented by Alzheimer’s San Diego and Professional Hearing Associates, Inc., with support from the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center.

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Dementia & Gun Safety

Learn from Alzheimer’s San Diego and federally-licensed gun experts. This workshop will cover:

  • How dementia impacts the safe use of firearms
  • What you need to know about firearms
  • How to talk to clients about guns
  • Understanding gun laws
  • Options for securing & transferring firearms
  • And more…

Presented by Jeff Brooker, Deputy City Attorney; John Phillips, Poway Weapons & Gear; and Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, Alzheimer’s San Diego.

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life
A webinar with author Katy Butler

A live conversation with award-winning journalist and bestselling author Katy Butler as she discusses her research and findings about the step by step preparations – practical, communal, physical, medical, and spiritual – that make a “good decline” and a “good death” more likely.

Presented by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and moderated by Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

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Quacks or Facts? Making sense of the latest “Alzheimer’s breakthroughs”  

In this modern information age, it can be difficult to tell pseudoscience from the real deal in Alzheimer’s research. At this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate the credibility of sources (scholarly versus popular publications)
  • Separate anecdotal from empirical evidence
  • Understand online search results & the limits of Google
  • Identify what to share (and what not to share)
  • Best support the health literacy of your clients

Presented by Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, Alzheimer’s San Diego & Kathy Quinn, MLS, Herrick Community Health Care Library.