Alzheimer’s Support Group to start three-part series

LOCK HAVEN — The Alzheimer’s Support Group will host a guest speaker at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View.

Hilary Harry, education and outreach coordinator for The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter’s State College office, will present the first of the three-part series “The Stages of Alzheimer’s” beginning with “Early Stages.”

Her presentations will help caregivers recognize the signs of early-stage memory loss and learn how to deal with some of the behaviors associated with early stages.

The State College office provides services to six central Pennsylvania counties including Clinton County, and Harry has more than 17 years of experience as a home health and hospice social worker.

The cause of Alzheimer’s and related dementias has become a special area of interest to her through her work with people and families affected by these diseases and disorders. She sought out educational opportunities to better equip herself in providing social service support and began to present health talks to area senior centers on a variety of topics related to dementia. When the opportunity arose to join the Alzheimer’s Association team in its efforts to find a cure and its support and education of caregivers, she said she was thrilled to take on the challenge. She lives in Centre County, where she relocated in 1987 after earning her Bachelor of Social Work from George Mason University.

She will be available to answer questions from the group during and after the presentation.

Nancy Dennis, associate professor of Psychology at Penn State, is scheduled to speak at the Jan. 9 session of the support group. She will speak on “Memory as We Age,” discussing strategies to support and enhance memory. This session is open to both caregivers and the general public.

The support group is free and open to anyone caring for someone with memory loss as well as to those interested in learning more about these topics. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Conference Room B of Susque-View.

For more information about either group or to request sitter service for a loved one while attending the meeting, call Fran Decker, MSW, support group facilitator, at 570-748-4302.