Alzheimer’s support meeting scheduled at St. Patrick’s

On Monday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. and noon, Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director Elaine Stumpo will again be at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church to offer her monthly classes for those who are caring for family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

The classes are also open to those who want to know more about how to care for those who suffer from progressive memory loss.

The class at 11 a.m. will address particular issues that those currently caring for patients must face and how to best deal with them. The class at noon will be for those who have friends with various forms of dementia and want to know how to be more supportive to them and to their caregivers, or just want to be better informed about the subject.

“This class has proven to be an immense help to those who find themselves in a position of dealing with the diminishing cognitive skills of their friends or loved ones,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “Few of us have a medical background or ready access to continual professional guidance when faced with this slowly progressive ailment. These classes not only offer support, but helpful advice and direction. Even if you are not currently faced with this issue, Elaine offers insights that will help you make appropriate decisions and be more understanding should the time come when you are.”

Anyone interested or in need of guidance in this area is welcome to attend. The classes are free and open to the public. For more information, call St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 731-5801.