WVU offers course on caring for dementia sufferers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — People who want to learn more about caring for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can register now for a training program.

West Virginia University Continuing & Professional Education is partnering with the state chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to offer the course starting Monday. It’s for professional and private caregivers.

Participants will learn about effective communication, nutritional challenges, safety, personal care and the behaviors of those suffering from dementia.

Laurel Kirksey of the Alzheimer’s Association says the number of West Virginians with dementia is growing. So is the need for knowledge of proper care — especially for people who are home caregivers.

The course costs $450.

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Online: http://continuinged.wvu.edu/index.php

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