Funding to boost training for Alzheimer's care

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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.

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