West Virginia University estimates that close to five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and are cared for by at least 15 million family members, care takers and friends.
WVU and the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association are partnering to provide the "Dementia Care Training Program" course to the public.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with basic skills in the care of those with dementia and or Alzheimer's.
The course cost is $450. The course will start August 5 and will end December, with Thanksgiving week off. A certificate of completion will be issued to students who successfully met the course requirements, according to WVU.
Participants must have a High School diploma or GED to take the course. The course consists of 17 units. Some of the units that will be covered include "Alzheimer's Disease: What Is It?"; "The Dementia Challenge of Communication"; "Actions Speak Louder Than Words - Behaviors and Dementia"; and "Joining the Professional Care Workforce".
To register, add the Dementia Care Training Program course to your cart. You can also fill out a form which can be found here.
For more information or if you have questions, call 1-800-253-2762, or email WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu.