Rockridge to Host Expert on Alzheimer’s Care

NORTHAMPTON — The Gardens Neighborhood for Memory Support at Rockridge Retirement Community will host Joanne Koenig Coste, an internationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on families, on Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m.

Coste will share her knowledge, tips, and techniques to help better serve and care for loved ones afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Since 1973, she has been advocating a compassionate and common-sense approach to Alzheimer’s caregiving known as habilitation, which uses easy techniques to help people with the disease and their care partners on the journey through Alzheimer’s.

Coste has 30 years of experience working with Alzheimer’s and its effects on families. She is the author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s, which has been translated into several languages and released internationally. She was named a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by NBC Nightly News, is a recipient of the National Health Heroes Award from Reader’s Digest, and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling (413) 586-2902.