Resources - online course for caregivers

Hi all,

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: (copy & paste)

It was recently mentioned in a blog post on the New York Times website: (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.

Some highlights from the article:
"The point is to help people understand Alzheimer’s disease from a comprehensive perspective that encompasses not only its medical implications but social, psychological and environmental considerations,” Dr. Gitlin told me in an interview.

She’s especially focused on what she calls the “lived experience” of people with dementia. Caregivers and professionals “need to know about the different stages of this disease and how a person is functioning during these stages in their home, their family and their community,” she said. Only then does it become possible “to develop a supportive environment that allows the person to use the capabilities he or she still has.”

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...


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