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In partnership with the Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, College of Western Idaho is offering the certificate course, Living With Alzheimer’s, as a resource for families, professional caregivers, and/or individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia, including more than 5 million Americans. Without changes in prevention or treatment, this number could reach nearly 14 million by 2050. The disease also affects the 16 million Americans who provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. More than 80% of care provided at home is delivered by family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers.*

*Alzheimer's Association. (2019). Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia [Brochure].

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    What you will learn

    This course can be completed in 6 hours of in-person class attendance covering the three stages of Alzheimer's — early, middle, and late. 

    Early Stage

    In the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, families face new questions as they adjust. 

    • What does the diagnosis mean? 
    • What kinds of plans need to be made? 
    • What resources are available to help? 

    Learn practical answers to questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected, and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis. 

    Middle Stage

    In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective, and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

    Late Stage

    In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care, and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

    Additional Benefits

    Coursework will additionally provide you with:

    • healthy living tips
    • resources and support from trusted organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association
    • connections to members of the community experiencing similar challenges

    Respectful Community

    College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX