Is it Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? In direct response to this topic and having received high ratings on evaluations of last year’s programs, WMSC's To Your Health is offering two sessions on Alzheimer's disease. In the first session, to be held at the West Parish Congregational Church on Thursday, October 9, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, participants will learn the ten warning signs that may indicate whether someone has Alzheimer’s disease or one of the related dementias.
Mark Pechenik, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, will review steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know, the process of receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and reasons that early detection is critical. If it is Alzheimer’s, participants will learn the best ways to prepare for a life lived with this diagnosis. Pechenik will answer questions and will have handouts available.
Pechenik is responsible for developing essential connections between the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Maine community. He manages the Chapter’s Early Stage Social Engagement Program, which offers healthy fun and meaningful social activities that enhance the lives of those living with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
This To Your Health program is a collaboration of WMSC, Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD#44/Continuing Education, and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.
A follow-up program, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” will be held on Thursday, November 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, also at the West Parish Congregational Church. For more information, contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.
For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college