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Grant to pay for dementia training at NE MI sheriff’s offices

Submitted by on October 16, 2019 – 12:30 amNo Comment

Funding is headed to northeast Michigan that will be used for dementia training at sheriff’s offices.

Police officers are often the first line of help in emergencies, or in situations of abuse or exploitation of people who suffer from dementia.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging & Adult Services Agency has awarded nearly $1 million in state funding to 12 organizations to address elder abuse and increase reporting of the crime in communities across the state.

Northeast Michigan Community Services Agency (NEMCSA) and Area Agency on Aging in Alpena have received a combined award of $73,080, which will be used for police dementia training.

The training could cover things such as the dangers of wandering, how to handle difficult situations safely, along with identifying, communication with, caring for, locating, and returning persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Anyone suspecting elder abuse, neglect or exploitation can call the statewide hotline for abuse and neglect at 855-444-3911.