NM Alzheimer’s group offering Spanish classes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Alzheimer’s Association in New Mexico is holding Spanish-language classes for people who are caring for loved ones with the Alzheimer’s disease.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://goo.gl/oBdhyc) that the group is offering classes Friday and Saturday at the San Isidro Catholic Church in Santa Fe.

Annabelle Montoya says the organization is hosting the Spanish courses because of the growing demand from the state’s immigrant community. She says the point of the course is to teach caregivers to stay calm in a high-stress situation.

Velma Arellano, the executive director of Sierra Vista, an assisted living residence, says she has encouraged employees to take the Spanish-language course because some residents whose native language is Spanish have forgotten English.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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