University of Arkansas Offers Tips on Caring for Sick Family Members

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — Officials with the University of Arkansas are offering help for those caring for sick family members.

A workshop this week was open to the public and people who attended had the chance to learn about what it takes to care for an adult with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Kathryn Sweetser, a Schmieding Center nurse educator,  shares why this type of education is so important.

“More and more people are being diagnosed with some form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia diagnosed. More and more elderly people are choosing to live at home, so we’re trying to equip family members in how to better care for their loved ones,” Sweetser said.

More than 450,000 family caregivers in the Natural State provide an estimated $4.7 billion in unpaid care each year while helping their loved ones.

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