Sunday, September 30, 2018

To Your Health to Present Program on Communicating with Alzheimer’s Patients

On Thursday, October 11 Peter Baker, Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will present a program that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College.

Peter Baker
Peter Baker said, “Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and families.” He added, “For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to communicate in meaningful ways. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine and has been working in dementia care since 2008. He has worked in long-term care centers as a Social Services Director, Dementia Program Director and as an Executive Director. As Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Peter oversees the care and support services provided by the Maine Chapter serving the entire state of Maine.

The program takes place on Thursday, October 11, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. It is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.