RVNA nurses earn dementia-care certification
The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association has announced that each member of its professional staff has fulfilled the requirements set by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners to earn the Certified Dementia Practitioner credential.
RVNA President and CEO Theresa Santoro said the training “was an important investment to make” because of the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of cognitive disorders typically characterized by memory impairment and disturbance of the ability to plan, organize and abstract. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Starting at age 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years. By age 85 years and older, between 25% and 50% of people will exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s. As the U.S. population lives longer, dementia will become more prevalent.
Information: 203-438-5555 or ridgefieldvna.org.