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‘Living With Grief’ Program May 14 to Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

GREENFIELD — Hospice of Franklin County and Baystate Franklin Medical Center will co-sponsor Hospice Foundation of America’s 22nd annual ‘Living With Grief’ program on May 14. The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, is a national presentation and panel discussion that will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Three hours of continuing education credit are available for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and others. The program is free of charge; however, registration is required due to limited seating. CEUs are available for $15. To register or for more information, contact Jayne or Emily at Hospice of Franklin County during normal business hours at (413) 774-2400. The pre-recorded presentation is moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. The program will examine losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that become a pervasive part of life for millions of patients, their families and friends. Following the presentation, a local panel of experts will lead the audience through a 30-minute discussion. Panelists include: Marcia McKenzie, M.Ed., director of Diversity Initiative, Western Region Alzheimer’s Association; Sara Roarke, MD, medical director of Baystate Medical Practices; Robin Martin, RN, certified dementia specialist and director of Nursing at New England Health Center; and Joan Roche, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, gerontological clinical nurse specialist.