Funding to boost training for Alzheimer’s care

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will be getting a boost thanks to $100,000 in state funding.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding Wednesday. She says the investment will triple the number of Alzheimer’s caregivers in New Mexico.

About 50 new teachers are expected to complete a seven-week course offered through the Alzheimer’s Association. The course focuses on practical strategies for caregiving and helps decrease caregiver stress.

With more teachers able to host classes, the number of caregivers receiving training is projected to expand to 1,000 by 2016.

The funding for the effort comes from the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department. It’s targeted at increasing the knowledge and skills for caregivers in New Mexico’s rural and underserved communities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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