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Wyoming Center on Aging and Wyoming Alzheimer’s Association to Provide Training for Community Educators

June 3, 2016

The Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA), housed in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences, and the Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are partnering to offer a class to train volunteers to take Alzheimer’s disease information back to their communities. 

“Training the Trainer: Alzheimer’s Instruction for Volunteer Community Educators” is Tuesday, June 14, at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, located at 2011 Fairgrounds Road in Casper. The free class will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Scholarships may be available to help defray travel costs.

Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to register soon at Community educators from more rural areas are especially encouraged to attend.

No prior experience is required to attend, although participants are asked to take what they learn back to their communities and present programs provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. After attending the training, attendees will be able to present classes such as “The Basics of Alzheimer’s” and “Know the 10 Signs” in their own communities. The Alzheimer’s Association programs include PowerPoint presentations, class handouts and teaching guides. 

Timing of the class coincides with National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disease without any cure. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

For more information about the class, call Jenny Wolf, WyCOA project coordinator, at (307) 766-2829 or Janet Lewis, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Wyoming chapter, at (307) 316-2892.

About the Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

The Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides educational programs, support groups, information and referral services, one-to-one consulting, and federal and state advocacy efforts in Wyoming. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading nonprofit funder of dementia research.

About WyCOA

WyCOA is a resource for the state of Wyoming, including older adults, professional and family caregivers, students and aging researchers. WyCOA seeks to be the premier source for reliable, credible information about aging, including healthy aging and health care conditions common in older adults. WyCOA’s mission is to optimize the health and well-being of Wyoming's older residents and their caregivers through interagency partnerships, basic and applied research, community education, and clinical training and services.

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