Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County to partner with TJC to offer dementia care certificate

TYLER – The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is excited to announce a joint partnership with Tyler Junior College to offer the first Dementia Care Certificate.

“Our goal for this class is to train professional and familial caregivers, so that persons living with dementia receive excellent quality of care,” said Stephanie Taylor, Alzheimer’s Alliance Executive Director. “We want to create a learning environment that fosters commitment to caregiving and creates increased quality of life for families impacted by dementia.”

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This course is designed to give caregivers an insight into the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, learn ways of communicating effectively and compassionately with a person who has dementia, introduce meaningful engagements into the day and create activities in the moment, deal with challenging behavior, and use a person’s Life Story to build happiness, reduce challenging behaviors and foster cooperation.

This 7-hour course is being offered on Wednesday, October 11th and again on Thursday, November 16th

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