Judiciary Committee approves training for those seeking guardianship of individuals with dementia

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 16:50

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa, won approval Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee for her legislation to better prepare individuals stepping into the role of guardian of an individual with dementia. Senate Bill 1751 would require training specific to dementia, including understanding the disease, communication techniques, and information about resources for caregivers.

Dossett said the legislation was requested by the Alzheimer’s Association to better prepare caregivers, such as guardians, and help reduce caregiver stress and depressive symptoms.

“It’s projected that from 2020 to 2025, we’re going to see an increase of 13.4 percent in Oklahomans with Alzheimer’s, which is the most common of about 100 types of dementia. These are illnesses that can take an unbelievably heavy toll on caregivers, and that includes guardians,” Dossett said. “Helping those guardians better understand the disease’s unique challenges, how to better communicate with someone with a dementia diagnosis, and where to turn for support is vital. That’s what my legislation will do.”

Dossett said the training would be provided at no cost through the Alzheimer’s Association and would cover all topics specified in the bill in about an hour. Training would be available online and would provide those completing the training with a certificate of completion.

SB 1751 now moves to the full Senate for a vote.

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