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Dementia Dialogues On Tuesday's Access Utah

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More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease; including 30,000 in Utah who along with their 152,000 family caregivers face the highest rate per capita of the disease in the nation. In 2015, the Utah State Legislature declared Alzheimer’s a public health crisis, directing the Utah Department of Health to coordinate and implement the state’s response to this growing crisis.

As part of the State Alzheimer’s plan, the Dept of Health has been certifying instructors in “Dementia Dialogues”, a 4-session practical training course designed to educate families and individuals caring for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. Our guests this hour include Amy Anderson and Dennis Wildman, both certified Dementia Dialogue instructors through the Utah Dept of Health's State Plan on Alzheimer's, and Dr. Elizabeth Fauth, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at USU.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.