Beacon Institute

As LifeSpan's educational affiliate, The Beacon Institute is the leader in education for senior care and service providers. We provide expert educational programs to professionals, caregivers and providers in support of advancing knowledge across the adult lifespan.  We train thousands annually on critical issues in our own Handelman Conference Center, offer live webinars and on-demand training opportunities, and host the largest annual senior care conference for the Mid-Atlantic region.  Beacon educational offerings cover a wide range of leadership and management, operational, clinical, financial, legal, compliance, regulatory, and best-practice topics.

Through your support, The Beacon Institute is able to support senior care providers with training and educational opportunities in order to enrich those lives they care for. Your tax-deductible donation to The Beacon Institute ensures that quality programming will continue to support providers in the field and create opportunities for new caregivers, ensuring that these programs will continue long into the future.

In-Person Seminars: Explore the Beacon event calendar to view all available educational opportunities. These face-to-face trainings provide opportunities for instructor-led interactive learning, peer support, and networking.  These in-person seminars allow opportunities for instructor-to-learner and learner-to-learner interactions, and for instructors in a small group to provide tailored approaches, answer specific questions and give immediate feedback.

E-learning Courses: The Beacon Institute, along with Innovation Horizons, is proud to offer an on-demand continuing education series on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). This four-part series provides culturally-relevant training and education to healthcare providers, primary care physicians, nursing professionals, non-clinicians, caregivers, and healthcare administrators to increase early identification and diagnosis of individuals with ADRD. We are excited to provide these free, high-quality education and training experiences for healthcare professionals, ensuring your knowledge and skills are current for working with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The courses can be taken in any order. Learners who complete all four courses are eligible to receive a digital badge that can be posted on LinkedIn as an industry-recognized skill and achievement taught through our courses. These courses were developed using grant funding provided to Beacon from the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. 


CNA/GNA Training:   The purpose of The Beacon Institute's Nursing Assistant Training program is to offer a learning environment to fully prepare students for the realities, demands, and rewards of being a certified nursing assistant while providing the technical and clinical skills required for success.  The patient-caregiver relationship is emphasized in addition to technical expertise. This program has been designed to meet the curriculum and program requirements outlined by the Maryland Board of Nursing for certified nursing assistant certification.  After completion of the program students will be prepared to apply to the Maryland Board of Nursing for the designation of certified nursing assistant (CNA). This program will  place an emphasis on patients who are seniors, so that students who successfully complete the program and become certified nursing assistants will be prepared to continue their career by becoming a geriatric nursing assistant (GNA). A GNA may work in skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. 


Meet The Beacon Institute's Board

 The Beacon Institute's Vision: To be the leader in education for care and service providers.

The Beacon Institute's Mission: To provide expert educational programs to professionals, caregivers and providers – advancing knowledge across the adult lifespan.



The Beacon Institute does not discriminate based on racecolorreligionsex (including pregnancysexual orientation, or gender identity), national origindisabilityage (40 or older) or genetic information (including family medical history).