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CAREGIVING CHRONICLES

Information and resources that support your role in caring for a loved one.

Getting as much information is a vital element to any caregiving plan, especially when a loved one is dealing with a potential diagnosis as serious as Alzheim`s disease.

Elder law attorney Arthur Bergeron is helping to provide MetroWest caregivers with the information they need. Bergeron’s firm, Mirick O’Connell, has partnered with BayPath Elder Services, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to present an educational seminar series on Alzheimer’s disease.

The series is holding its second session this month in three area towns. This session, entitled “Spotting, and Dealing with, the Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s,” will help participants learn about:

  • distinguishing dementia from forgetfulness and delirium
  • where to go to get a diagnosis
  • dealing with denial, early depression and developing a plan
  • resources available to help, from social day models to caregiver support groups to professional advice
  • dealing with asset restructuring issues

This part of the seminar series will be held in Hopkinton on Wednesday, May 21 from 6-7 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center, in Westborough on Tuesday, May 27 from 6-7 p.m. at the Westborough Library and in Northborough on Tuesday, June 17 from 6-7 at the Northborough Library.

The third and final session of the series is entitled “Staying at Home with Serious Alzheimer’s Symptoms,” and will be offered in September. Those sessions will take place in Westborough on Wednesday, September 3 from 6-7 p.m. at the Westborough Library, in Hopkinton on Wednesday, September 10 from 6-7 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center and in Northborough on Tuesday, September 16 from 6-7 at the Northborough Library.

All three sessions, including the first seminar on “Learning about Alzheimer’s Disease,” are being filmed and will be uploaded to Bergeron’s YouTube channel, Elder Law with Frank and Mary. That title refers to the fictional couple Bergeron has created to help guide older adults and their caregivers through the various challenges facing them.

To attend any of the sessions, contact Elizabeth Bitar at 508-860-1520.

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