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Beginning Jan. 14, there will be a free, seven-week education course in Santa Rosa offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. The “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon and meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at the Rio Arriba Senior Center, 1122 Industrial Park Road, in Española.
This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
To register, or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 1-800-272-3900, visit alz.org/newmexico or email email@example.com.
Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. More than 31,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease receive unpaid care from 105,000 friends and family members. In the United States, one in nine people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.
With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 daily, the U.S. Alzheimer’s population projects to roughly triple by 2050 to 13 million.