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Free Community Dinner and Discussion on Alzheimer’s
September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
The dinner and discussion will feature a panel of local experts from across the care and service spectrum who will offer information, support and resources to help families recognize and cope when a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease.
Experts from a variety of organizations, including JGS Lifecare, the Alzheimer’s Association, Baystate Neurology and other local agencies, will discuss:
• The latest information about screening, diagnosis and treatment
• Care options, including at-home care, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing
• Community resources available for support
• Downsizing and Moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease
• Legal and financial considerations
• Personal reflections from a professional who cared for a husband with Alzheimer’s disease.
Presenters will include:
Dr. Stuart Anfang – Medical Director of the Memory Disorder Program at Baystate Medical Center, Vice Chair of Psychiatry at Baystate Health and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Dr. Anfang will speak about the medical evaluation of memory disorders.
Heather Jagodowski, CDP – Program Cordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association of Western MA and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Heather has dedicated her career to helping families and loved ones educate themselves to provide personalized and dignified care and to be qualified advocates for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
Madeline Presz, RNBSN, CHPNE – Executive Director of Spectrum Home Health & Hospice Care. Maddy will discuss home care and hospice for patients at home with Alzheimer’s and with end stage disease.
Darlene Francis, Executive Director of Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence. Darlene will talk about Assisted Living as a residential care option for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Barbara Perman, Ph. D. – President and CEO of Moving Mentors, Inc. which specializes in working with seniors and their families, guiding them through the downsizing and moving process.
Attorney Lisa Beauvais – who will discuss the necessity of estate planning for elders, specifically the importance of health care proxies and powers of attorney for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Rachel Tierney, a retired psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist who cared for her husband during his 8-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease, offering reflections and highlighting important resources available to support he care partners of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
“A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating and confusing to a family. We hope that members of the community will come and join the discussion and learn about the progression of the disease and the community resources that exist to provide answers and support,” said Darlene Frances, Executive Director of Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence at JGS Lifecare.
“Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairment disorders create many practical and emotional challenges for patients and their families,” said Susan Kimball Halpern, vice president of development and communications at JGS Lifecare. “However, there are a growing number of local resources available to families that provide support, care and guidance. This panel of experts will offer valuable insights and information for anyone who cares for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. As a founding supporter of the Dementia Friendly Longmeadow Initiative, JGS Lifecare encourages individuals, families and business owners to attend, and learn more about this disease that affects so many in our community.”
This JGS LifeEd Community Education program is free and open to the public. A dinner buffet will be offered. Register by calling Lori Payson at 413-567-6212 ext. 3105 or emailing lpayson@JGSLifecare.org.