Online Dementia Care classes offered by WVU

Being a caregiver doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but there are resources available to help. The online Dementia Care Training Certificate program from West Virginia University Continuing and Professional Education is open to all professionals, family caregivers, or anyone interested in learning more about caring for those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Explore the intricacies of Alzheimer’s and dementia focusing on a broad spectrum of caregiving and family issues such as safety, abuse, and care goals in WVU’s three-course Dementia Care Training Certificate program. Providing specialized care to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementias can be quite challenging for those not properly trained since the needs of an individual change throughout the course of the disease, with the patient eventually needing 24/7 care. Our goal is to greatly increase the quality of life among those suffering from dementia by expanding your knowledge of high quality care practices that meet the unique needs of those faced with this devastating disease.
The dementia care program instructor, Amy Ernst, is the retired training and education director for the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter. When discussing the benefits of taking the Dementia Care Training Program, Ernst said, “The primary benefit of this course is the opportunity to participate in a quality online course, structured to accommodate the need for flexibility in learning. Individuals trained in dementia care provide better quality of life for individuals living with dementia and have increased confidence in their abilities to continue to support that level of care.”
The dementia care certificate program is open enrollment. The fall term ends Dec. 15.
See the complete catalog and register online at WVU Continuing and Professional Education provides professional and personal enrichment for the lifelong learner. For additional information, call 1-800-253-2762.


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