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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Memory Care Classes in Spring Open to Community

SBCC to Offer Memory Care Classes in Spring 2015
Informational Meeting Scheduled for November 14

Santa Barbara City College will hold an informational meeting and accept applications for two new classes in Spring 2015 geared toward compassionate caregiving for persons with dementia. The meeting will be held Friday, November 14 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at SBCC’s main campus in Administration Building Room A273.

The courses, which will begin the week of January 20 – 23, 2015, are open to all members of the community. Thanks to a grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, all associated class costs, including tuition, background screenings and textbooks, are fully covered. There are no prerequisites; however, effective verbal and written communications are required. The instructor is Michelle A. Lehne, SBCC Assistant Professor, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide.

 “The Art of Caring for the Person with Dementia-Memory Care Basics” will focus on improving the quality of life of the older adult with dementia while enhancing the life of the caregiving. It is specifically designed to provide persons new to memory care or family caregivers with essential knowledge and skills for taking care of the memory-impaired older adult.
 “Compassionate Communication for Caregivers: The Art of Connecting in a Care Giving Relationship” is designed to build the caregiver’s compassion and empathy in dealing with the memory-impaired older adult. Strategies for preventing caregiver “burnout” also will be offered.

The two courses make up the foundation for the new SBCC “Dorothy D. Rupe Memory Care Program” and count for credit toward a Skills Competency designation or the upcoming Certified Nursing Assistants’ Certificate Program. The Memory Care Program is one facet of a SBCC curriculum currently under development focusing on aspects of healthy aging with input by an advisory committee made up of college trustees, administrators, faculty and community leaders.

For more information about the November 14 meeting, please call (805) 965-0581, ext. 2236.

About Santa Barbara City College:
Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 25,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills and an additional 4,500 enroll in lifelong learning classes. In 2013, SBCC was named national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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