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Dementia, Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Courses Offered

Submitted by on December 16, 2014 – 6:44 pm

Alzheimers Concept HorizontalDo you care for an individual with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease? Northern Essex Community College is offering two noncredit courses, “An In-Depth Look at Dementia and Alzheimer’s” and “Daily Care for People with Dementia”. These courses are designed for both professional and family caregivers of patients with either diagnosis. They will be held at the NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, this spring.

“An In-Depth Look at Dementia and Alzheimer’s” will review the warning signs, stages, physiological and cognitive changes, care choices and community resources plus address communication, maintaining independence and the impact on the family.

This course is offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for six weeks, January 28 through March 4. The cost is $285. It will be offered again on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three weeks beginning April 4 through April 18.

“Daily Care for People with Dementiaexplores special considerations in providing daily care, including safety, adapting the environment, leisure activities and stimulation, educating and involving family and friends more. Participants must have completed “An In-Depth Look at Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease”

This course is offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. from March 18 to April 22 and also on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 2 to May 16. The fee is $285.

Both courses are taught by K. Ryan Krippendorf, an experienced adult educator with certification from the American Alzheimer’s Association plus professional and personal experience dealing with dementia.

Please see the NECC noncredit website at http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/courses-programs/non-credit/ or contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu for more information.