Courses designed to help those taking care of people with dementia are being hosted by Kellogg Community College this fall.

These eight-hour courses, titled Dementia Capable Care: The Caregivers Survival Guide, are a part of KCC's Lifelong Learning Department. They are designed to help "increase understanding of dementia" will teach participants about lots of things, including:

  • The types and stages of dementia
  • Communication tools and techniques
  • The role of memory and function in terms of a person's best ability to function
  • Behavior management strategies
  • Ways to support families and caregivers

Each course costs $75, and at the end participants will have the opportunity to take a certification exam to become a Dementia Care Specialist.

These courses are taking place at KCC facilities throughout South Central Michigan, including in Battle Creek;

  • 9am to 1pm Saturday October 20 and Saturday October 27, at the Lane Thomas Building on KCC's Battle Creek Campus
  • 9am to 4pm Saturday November 10, at the Lane Thomas Building on KCC's Battle Creek Campus
  • 6 to 10pm Thursday October 11 and Thursday October 18, at KCC's Eastern Academic Center in Albion 
  • 6 to 10pm Thursday September 13 and Thursday September 20, at the KCC Grahl Center in Coldwater
  • 6pm to 10pm Saturday November 8 and Saturday November 15, at the KCC Fehsenfeld Center in Hastings

Registration can be done at kellogg.edu/lifelonginterest, or by calling KCC's Lifelong Learning Department or by visiting the Lifelong Learning Department in person.