Guest Post from Kathy Shockley, Director, Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Association Dallas & Northeast Texas Chapter.
Optimizing health for our entire community, while also eliminating disparities, is an important part of disease prevention. Education is an essential factor to consider when addressing any health-related issue facing our communities. For example, tackling the public health crisis of Alzheimer’s disease depends not only on scientific research, but also on educating communities about brain health across the lifespan. With over 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and over 11 million loved ones providing unpaid care, most everyone has some connection to the disease – or certainly knows someone who does.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers free 45-minute online e-Learning classes. With over 20 topics to choose from, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you are a caregiver seeking to increase your caregiving skills and confidence, or a friend wanting to understand how to support a neighbor living with the disease, or a life-long learner looking to expand your personal knowledge. You might even be an educator seeking opportunities for your students to earn extra credit outside the classroom. Each course provides a personal certificate of completion that may be downloaded. By increasing community awareness about brain health, we might help to shift mindsets and reduce stigmas and myths surrounding this disease.
Check out our complete catalog of classes at alz.org/training, or for more information call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.