University of Southern Indiana to train nurses in dementia care

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (June 5, 2016) — The University of Southern Indiana will use a $75,000 state grant to pay for dementia care training for nursing home staffers.

The money for the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness comes from theIndiana Department of Health. The Evansville Courier and Press reports (http://bit.ly/288Xn1P) that two people from each of 11 nursing homes will participate in the 18-month training program. They’ll then train about 360 nursing home staffers.

Officials say the goal is to help people who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Organizers say the training could impact as many as 1,000 nursing home residents in southwestern Indiana.

Katie Ehlman is director of the center. She says the training will teach caregivers how to “live in relationship with a changing brain.”

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