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Massachusetts / New Hampshire Chapter

Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease

A Habilitation Training CurriculumCaregiver

The curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide array of care settings. The 7 hour training teaches attendees the 13 hour curriculum in best Habilitation Therapy practices. Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture, and demonstration, role-play and group work.

                Co-sponsored by the Berkshire AHEC Berkshire AHEC

Nursing (5.5 Credits): This program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.

Activity Professionals (5.0 Credits): This program has been approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) for continuing education hours for activity professionals.

Social Workers (5.5 Credits): This program has been approved for Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 70033.

Nursing Home Administrators (5.5 Credits): Berkshire AHEC is recognized as an approved provider by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators to offer continuing education credits for nursing home administrators.

Successful Completion Requirements: Participants are expected to sign-in and out at each session, attend the entire program, and complete all evaluations.

Module Topics:

  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Habilitation Therapy
  • Knowing and Understanding the Individual
  • Communication Skills: We Need to Know the Language
  • Does the Physical Environment Make a Difference?
  • Our Approach to Personal Care
  • Activity and Purposeful Engagement
  • Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding
  • Understanding and Working with Families

Training Dates:

Watertown, MA
  • June 9, 2016
  • August 9, 2016
  • November 3, 2016
  • February 7, 2017
  • April 11, 2017
  • June 8, 2017
Bedford, NH
  • October 3, 2016
  • April 25, 2017
Pittsfield, MA
  • October 14, 2016
Portsmouth, NH
  • June 16, 2016  FULL
Raynham, MA
  • October 26, 2016
  • January 25, 2017
  • May 24, 2017
Springfield, MA
  • December 2, 2016
  • May 5, 2017
Worcester, MA
  • March 29, 2017

Day Of Schedule:

9:00am - 9:30am           Registration and Check-in
9:30am - 4:30pm           Training

Attendee must complete entire day or training to receive certificate of completion and CECs.


$300 for one representative ($150*)
$550 for two representatives ($275*)
$200 for each additional representative ($100*)

* The cost of the program includes CECs (offered to nurses, social workers, activity professionals and nursing home administrators). Non-profit rate available to smaller community non-profits that are town, city, or state funded. Online payment is not available at this time.

To Register

Complete the online electronic registration form or call Sarah Dias at 617.868.6718 Ext. 2019.  You will receive confirmation prior to the program.  If the class is filled, you will be informed of other available dates. After you register, you will receive information via e-mail in regards to payment. Please note online payment is not available for this class. 

Alzheimer's Association

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