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September 02, 2002

Driving and dementia seminar set


The Alzheimer's Association offers educational programs for service providers throughout Western Maryland. The next Dementia Care Consortium will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Hagerstown Community College, Valley Mall Training Center, Hagerstown. Kim Harwood-White, certified driving rehabilitation specialist, talks about the issues of driving and dementia.

People with Alzheimer's who continue to drive can be a danger to themselves, their passengers and unsuspecting fellow drivers. An individual's ability to drive can change from day to day when Alzheimer's strikes. A driver who seems able to cope one day, may be impaired the next. Professional caregivers are often called on by families to help determine if their family member is safe behind the wheel.

For details about the Dementia Care Consortium, including registration fees and directions to the workshop site, call Mona Butala, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, 301-797-4892. For information about Alzheimer's disease, go to www.alzgmd.org.

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Learn in retirement


The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Hagerstown Community College is hosting an open house Friday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 4:15 p.m., at the HCC Valley Mall Center.

Participants can learn what the institute offers, including information on the "TRAVEL!" program. There will be several instructor demonstrations, a performance by the New Horizons Band, door prizes, refreshments, and a drawing for a free computer or daytrip.

The Institute for Learning in Retirement is designed for adults 50 and older, living in the Tri-State area. It is an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network. There are no tests or academic requirements, and comments, questions and lively discussions are always welcome. For information, contact Anne Myers, coordinator, at 301-790-2800, ext. 582.

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