Dementia programs offered at Local Libraries, Church

Starts Thursday Jan. 14 in Lake Villa

Staff Report

If you have a loved one suffering from dementia, or if you would like to find out what the condition entails, you won’t want to miss this important series offered by Christine Damon, executive director of CareSmart Illinois.  Christine is a gerontologist and three-time family elder caregiver who teaches gerontology at Columbia College of Missouri.

The upcoming discussion “Introduction to Dementia:  Definition and Change” is an interactive program will help participants understand the characteristics of dementia and the ways in which dementia can change a person’s ability to perform daily activities.  Participants will learn support strategies that can encourage the retention of abilities and independence.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Lake Villa District Library –  The Dementia-Friendly Home.  This interactive program will focus on the ways in which supportive communication strategies and physical environments can enhance the quality of life for a person with dementia.

 Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Fremont Public Library in Mundelein  – Dementia 101:  What is dementia?  This one-hour interactive program will help participants understand the difference between dementia and normal memory decline, causes of dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and the four major dementias.

 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7- 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville will have a program on leaning strategies for improving communication and reducing behavioral issues that may occur. This interactive program is to help participants understand how dementia affects a person’s ability to send and receive communication to and from others. To register, contact the church at 847-362-2174.

Dementia workshops are sponsored by BrightStar Care.



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