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CLC online dementia course now offered

Course offered to meet growing dementia care need

Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, now offers an online

course about dementia.

“Dementia care education is growing dramatically in popularity and is necessary for many people,” said Pamela Atwood, a Dementia Care expert. “Dementia care as a topic has grown in popularity due to the growing number of people affected with dementia. This is the only big, top 10 disease with no known effective prevention or treatment. Also, it is popular because it is more feared than dying.”

Atwood teaches Dementia Care Specialist, the online course offered through CLC.

“The online course is relevant for everyone who works with dementia patients, employees of senior centers, adult daycare centers, home care, as well as for people who design for those populations, policy makers and family caregivers,” said Rebecca Best, dean of workforce, economic and regional development at CLC.

Atwood says Alzheimer’s disease has grown 66 percent over the last decade, while Atkins disease, stroke, and cancer have declined, making this the most popular topic in healthcare today.

“The most exciting area for management of dementia care is cognitive fitness,” Atwood said. “This gives the patients an option to try to help their condition, without any side effects of medication. Just like physical fitness, the mind and memory only last as long as you continue to work out the muscle.”

The two-month online course, offered four times a year, covers a broad spectrum of essential, cutting-edge topics including: dealing with the disease, foundations, basic neurology of thinking and cognition, practical strategies of communication (management), end-of-life issues (legal and financial) and new best practices and approaches.

Participants log in to the course any time from any computer. Course content includes audio lectures by the instructor with slides, videos, online readings and ongoing discussion with the instructor and other participants.

For information about Dementia Care Specialist, or other online courses

and certificates, contact Kori Busho,, 855-8139.

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