Dementia Learning Series

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by David Herman

My article last week provided the wrong times for the Dementia Learning Series. These sessions will be taking place in the North Grenville Public Library in Kemptville, and will be an hour and a half long, and run from 1:00 to 2:30 in the afternoon of May 13 and 27, and on June 10 and 24. If you are looking for information about brain health, concerned about memory loss for yourself or someone you love, interested in knowing about related legal and financial aspects, what kind of community support is out there, or any other questions you may have about Dementia, these sessions are for you.

The first session on May 13 will address that question, as it is titled: “What is Dementia?”, where they will present, in a way that can be understood, the different types of Dementia and help understand the process of getting a diagnosis.

On May 27, they will discuss “Adapting to Brain Changes. This session is to allow for more understanding of changes in the brain and how they relate to the symptoms of Dementia. You will also be presented with strategies to help adapt to these changes.

On June 10, the session is entitled: “Planning ahead”, and here they will be helping you understand the risks and challenges of living with Dementia. You will gain some understanding of the need to plan ahead, both financially as well as legally. You will hear from experts on the need for a POA (Power of Attorney) for both your medical, as well as your financial future.

The last session, on June 24, is entitled: “Building a Circle of Support”. As the disease progresses, the demands on the Caregiver increase, and in this session you will hear about the signs of emotional and physical stress. You will learn about what form the available community resources take, and how to avail yourself of them, if and when needed.

This will help you understand what is going on if, someday, a family member or a friend or co-worker is diagnosed with Dementia, and allow you to more easily walk along with them, because they may seem to have faded, but they are still there and crave your understanding and support. It will not always be easy, but it is worth it, so I urge you, if possible, to attend as many of the sessions as you can.

To allow for planning, you are encouraged to pre-register (no charge). Mary can be reached at [email protected], or 1-866-576-8556.

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