Free Course For Families Facing Alzheimer's Disease

Dec 23, 2013

Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Deming offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.  Beginning Wednesday, January 15th, the “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at the Deming Senior Center, 800 South Granite, Deming NM, 88030 from 10:00am to noon. This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.  To register, or for further information, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 1-800-272-3900, visit or email Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. More than 31,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease receive unpaid care from 105,000 friends and family members. In the United States, one in nine people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 daily, the U.S. Alzheimer’s population projects to roughly triple by 2050 to 13 million people.