Go, do learn 2/25

February 25, 2002

Alzheimer's family conference set

The Alzheimer's Association, Western Maryland Chapter, a member agency of the United Way of Washington County, along with the Washington County Commission on Aging, is sponsoring a daylong Alzheimer family conference Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Paramount Brethren in Christ Church, 19106 Longmeadow Road in Hagerstown.

The conference is for those who have a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, whether the family member is living in the same house or hundreds of miles away.

Registration and a light continental breakfast will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Presenters are Janice Herron, Ph.D., neuropsychologist, Frederick Neurology Associates, who will speak on "Managing Difficult Behavior"; Elizabeth Damazo, SLP/CCC, speech therapist, Washington County Hospital, who will speak on "Dysphagia, Dementia and Quality of Life"; Pastor Reg Rice, chaplain, Homewood at Williamsport, who will speak on "Spirituality and Caregiving"; Gail Snyder, CTRS/ACC, activities director and volunteer coordinator, Avalon Manor Health Care Center in Hagerstown, who will speak on "Activities in the Home" and Edwina Stewart, LCSW-C, Counseling Services for Older Adults in Frederick, Md., who will speak on "Caring for the Caregiver."


Fees for the workshop are $10 per person or $20 maximum per family and include handouts and lunch.

For information or to register, call Mona Butala at 301-797-4892. Information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and other services of the Alzheimer's Association is available at

Program on asthma offered

Partners in Pediatrics near City Park in Hagerstown is sponsoring a free educational program for parents and day care providers of children diagnosed with asthma. The program will be offered Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Dr. Bruce E. Weneck and Melissa Jadick, D.O., will present "Asthma Made Easy," a symposium on new medications used in the treatment of asthma, as well as ways to "asthma proof" your home for less than $20.

The seminar is free to the public; however, participants are encouraged to register by calling 301-791-7060.

Info for arthritis sufferers

Call the Arthritis Foundation of Western Maryland for a free copy of "Managing Your Activities." This 12-page brochure offers advice on how to use your body wisely and how to make everyday activities easier.

Call 1-800-750-9078 or 1-301-663-0303 for a free copy.

Diabetes health fair slated

RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital will host a diabetes health fair Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor conference room of Jefferson Memorial Hospital. 300 S. Preston St.

March is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the hospital will offer free glucose screenings, as well as other health screenings.

Participants will be given a "Passport to Wellness" and are encouraged to have the passport stamped at each educational table throughout the event. A prize will be given to those who complete the wellness tour and have their passport stamped.

For information, call Val Penick in the education department of Jefferson Memorial Hospital at


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