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, or by calling KCC's Lifelong Learning Department or by visiting the Lifelong Learning Department in person.

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