Professional Education | Alzheimer’s Orange County 2017-05-17T18:08:23+00:00

Professional Training

Alzheimer’s Orange County is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care and services to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared towards professionals who care for individuals with dementia, as well as professionals who want to effectively serve clients or patients who have the disease.

Our programs and presentations are appropriate for all professionals, including facility administrators, nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, first responders, insurance agents, financial advisors, attorneys and more. Many of our programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Dementia Care:

Quarterly 3 Topic Series for Professionals

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28th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference

The Elephant in the Room: Sensitive Subjects in Dementia Care


People with Alzheimer’s disease and their families are confronted with unique psychosocial challenges that can cause a great deal of anxiety if left unaddressed. It can be difficult for families and providers to know when and how to address sensitive topics such as driving risk, intimacy, and end-of-life care. The 28th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference, “The Elephant in the Room: Sensitive Subjects in Dementia Care,” will shed light on the real challenges faced by those living with Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to reduce stigma and facilitate conversation among families and health care providers.

The Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference is hosted by the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Orange County. Reaching a diverse audience of over 400 clinicians, researchers, students, aging-services providers, and caregivers, the conference brings together nationally renowned researchers to address our nation’s progress in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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HOT TOPICS in Aging and Dementia Care

  • Keeping Older Drivers Safe: Understand the many variables that impact driving ability, how driving skills are assessed, how to talk with an older driver about driving concerns, and how to develop solutions for transportation alternatives. Presented by: Debbie Ricker, OTR/L, Certified Dementia Trainer

  • Fall Risk Reduction: Learn about the causes and risk factors for falls among older adults. Guidelines for how to reduce the liklihood of falling, techniques to safely move individuals and how to safely get up after a fall will also be covered. Presented by: Karyl Dupee, L.M.F.T

  • Understanding Wandering: Discover the reasons for wandering behaviors among people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Other topics covered include: techniques to prevent wandering, how to take precautions and plan ahead for wandering and what to do if a person is missing. Presented by: Kim Bailey, M.S. Gerontology

Three dates and locations to choose from:

Wednesday, June 14 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821

Tuesday, June 27 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairhaven Mission Viejo
27856 Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Thursday, June 29 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County
2515 McCabe Way Irvine, CA 92614


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CEU Information:
For additional information about Alzheimer’s Orange County’s continuing education policies, including accommodations for a disability, reporting a grievance, requesting a refund and certificates of completion, go to:
CAMFT/BBS: Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. AOC CE Provider # 134760.
BRN: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Alzheimer’s Orange County, Provider #CEP 14757, for 3 contact hours.
NHAP: Approved by the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for 3 hours of continuing education credit – NHAP #CEP 1776.
RCFE: Approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for 3 hours of continuing education units for RCFE administrator recertification. Course Approval Numbers: 147-0106-29653; 147-0106-29651; 147-0111-29652 . Alzheimer’s Orange County, Vendor #2000147-740-2.

Other Professional Trainings:

  • First Responder Training: First responders can learn how to enhance the effectiveness of their encounters with affected individuals. Designed for law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters, disaster relief personnel, neighborhood watch groups, and other first responders. For more information, contact Kari Walker at
  • Memories in the Making Training: Memories in the Making® classes are led by AOC trained art facilitators who provide a safe and validating environment for the artist to express themselves. Learn more here.
  • In-Person Training and Workshops: We provide in-person training classes and workshops that are tailored to meet your unique needs – from caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease to working with clients or patients who have the disease. The fee for in-person professional training is $250 per presentation hour. Specialized packages can be developed that combine free online training with fee-based live workshops. Call us to learn more about in-person training at 949-955-9000.