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Home Instead offers free training for businesses

Learn to interact with customers with dementia

New research shows that one in nine Americans over age 65 has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Fear based on the unpredictability of the disease can cause family caretakers to feel reluctant to take their senior loved ones out into the community. This isolation can cause depression for the seniors with dementia and the family caretakers.

Home Instead Senior Care — serving western Washington and Columbia counties — is offering local businesses an opportunity to participate in the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program, a free training that equips a business with the knowledge and tools to better serve customers with dementia.

“There is a significant rise in the senior age population, which means the likelihood of local businesses interacting with customers with dementia or the potential to have dementia is high,” said Todd Barth, owner of Home Instead Senior Care. “We want to help provide our services to businesses so they can better serve their customers.”

Home Instead Senior Care tailors the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business training for each business they work with. The training provides resources and tips that will uniquely serve the businesses culture. Upon completion of the program, the business owners and staff members will receive a certificate, acknowledging the business as Alzheimer’s Business Friendly.

For additional information about the program, visit Alzheimersfriendlybusiness.com.