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Ninety Morningside Ministries Staff Members Complete Certified Dementia Practitioners Program
San Antonio, TX (April 4, 2017) - In response to the growing number of seniors living with dementia in the San Antonio community, 90 employees at Morningside Ministries Senior Living Communities have been awarded status as Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).
45 of the 90 graduates will be honored during a special ceremony at Morningside Ministries at The Manor-Kaulbach (630 Babcock, San Antonio, Texas 78201) on Thursday, April 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The CDP certification is one of several certifications offered by NCCDP, an organization formed in 2001 to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer's Disease education for practitioners and other caregivers who provide services to those living with dementia.
Throughout the month of March, Vice President of Corporate Training for Morningside Ministries Maria Wellisch, who is also a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), coordinated training seminars for frontline staff at two Morningside communities. This staff included certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses and activity coordinators who work daily with residents affected by dementia.
"Morningside Ministries is committed to maintaining and promoting quality of care. This employee certification is just one more way we do this to support our residents and their families," expressed Wellisch.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47.5 million and is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. The Texas Department of State Health Services estimates that in the state of Texas alone, 350,000 individuals are living with dementia. Programs like those offered by the NCCDP help health care professionals better understand how to provide compassionate care to those living with dementia.
For more information on the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, visit their website at www.nccdp.org. Learn more about Morningside Ministries by visiting www.mmliving.org.
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