Alzheimer’s “Words of Wisdom” learning series coming to Kemptville

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by David Herman

Some of you may remember that, last Spring, Mary Campbell (Education & Support Coordinator – Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds Grenville) hosted the First Link Dementia Learning Series. Based on feedback, and the turnout at this learning series, Mary is bringing the successful Monthly Learning Series, “Words of Wisdom”, to Kemptville, starting this month. This educational series has been running in Brockville for at least a year.

These sessions are planned for Kemptville, on the third Monday of each month, in the North Grenville Public Library from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The first session topic is Community Safety. The guest speaker will be Amanda Fraser, speaking for Victims Services Leeds Grenville. She will be talking on topics such as: – Elder Abuse (physical, sexual, financial, and psychological), – Identity Theft, – Fraud.

Elder abuse is much in the news these days, and can take many forms. One surprising statistic is that a great deal of it, especially financial abuse, is perpetrated by family members, and some have been in a position of trust and power, in that they hold the POA (Power of Attorney) for a senior member of their family. Amanda has a varied background, and has considerable experience in the area Caring for Elders and Elder abuse.

October’s Words of Wisdom will be held October 21, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., again in the North Grenville Library, and the topic will be “Ambiguous Loss”. The speaker will be Celia Carter, who has a Master of Social Work. Celia works at the Royal Ottawa, and is part of the Geriatric Mental Health Community Team (GMHCT), which has been active in Brockville for the past 20 years.

The GMHCT is a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers, who provide mental health care services to people over the age of 65. Ambiguous Loss can be described as the feeling a caregiver has when their loved one is declining and is not the same person they once were, so, in effect, they are physically there, but in some ways they are disappearing.

Pre-registration is not necessary. Just show up.

Questions can be directed to Mary at mcampbell@alzllg.ca, or 1-866-576-8556.

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