I just wanted send out a short post that may be helpful to those of you with a loved one with dementia of any kind -- Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, FTD, ..... etc.
The below was sent to me from an online support group member.
Here is a link to an on-line course for caregivers of people with dementia:
https://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare (copy & paste)
It was recently mentioned in a blog post on the New York Times website: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/online-lessons-in-dementia-management/?ref=health&_r=0 (copy & paste)
The course was developed by two renowned researchers in the field, Laura Gitlin, PhD and Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN and is designed as a learning tool for a variety of caregivers, including professional and family caregivers. It is free and is a five week course, starting Oct 14, 2013.
I've also put the above link under "Resources" so if you want to find it in the future or pass on to anyone - you dont have to dig up this post.
With over 15.4 million caregivers (a/o 2012) providing more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.... thought this may be helpful to a few of you...