Health Care

August 18, 2013 12:00 AM

Dementia care instructor inspires with solid advice, upbeat attitude

Jan Merling, who works out of the University of South Carolina Office for the Study of Aging, has used her brand of no-holds-barred humor to teach and inspire nearly 20,000 graduates to go out and perform one of the most difficult jobs imaginable — dementia caregiver. “She makes what shouldn’t be a fun topic fun,” says Vicki Carty, community training coordinator at Tuomey, which has been one of several frequent stops on Merling’s statewide treks. “If they enjoy it, they’re going to retain more information.”

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