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SANDWICH GENERATION: Arkansas hospital provides extra staff training to care for Dementia patients

Hospital staff prepare for the increasing number of vulnerable patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), in Little Rock , is sharpening its safety measures to help protect vulnerable patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. "Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in Arkansas so we just really want everyone to be aware of Alzheimer's and Dementia," said Laura Spradeley, with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Institute on Aging. “It's very important for our first responders and really anyone here, but we are focusing right now on training first responders so they have a better idea of what to expect."

The UAMS Police Department has already begun Alzheimer's and Dementia training. "It's becoming more frequent that our officers are coming in contact with those individuals who are suffering," said Robert Barrentine, UAMS Police chief. Barrentine hopes UAMS makes the additional training a requirement for every hospital employee.

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