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March 9, 2012
The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring a new education series, “Living with Alzheimer's” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, March 15 through May 10, at Somerford House & Place, 10116 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. This free course is open to both professional and family caregivers. “Living with Alzheimer's” will assist caregivers in understanding the journey of Alzheimer's disease throughout the early, middle and late stages of the illness. In addition, for the first three weeks of the program, a course will also be provided for individuals diagnosed with the disease who are in the early stage of Alzheimer's.
NEWS
June 15, 2011
Hagerstown police Wednesday night were looking for a vulnerable 75-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia who went missing from his home.   John Douglas Harris of 644 N. Prospect St. was last seen Wednesday at about 11:45 a.m. walking westbound in the area of Terrace Liquors on Pennsylvania Avenue, police said. Harris was described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants described as short and above the ankle. Anyone with information about Harris should notify police immediately at 301-790-3700.
LIFESTYLE
July 26, 2013
 Alzheimer's Association will host “Making Sense of Memory Loss” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Edenton Retirement Community Library, 5800 Genesis Lane, Frederick. The program is for anyone concerned about memory problems or who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.  Cathy Hanson, program coordinator for Alzheimer's Association, will lead the discussion. Admission is free and is open to the public. To RSVP, call Hannah Wilson, chaplain at Edenton Retirement Community, 301-694-3100
NEWS
May 28, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for an Alzheimer's patient who walked away from NMS Healthcare on Marsh Pike, police said Tuesday. Eugene James Brown, who also suffers from depression and dementia, was last seen at NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Residents in the Reidtown Road area said they saw Brown walking in the neighborhood at about 11 a.m. and that he was headed toward Pennsylvania. Brown is described as a black male who has short hair or is bald.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | October 22, 2000
Alzheimer's walk raises awareness Karen Pryor knows first hand the devastating effect Alzheimer's can have on a family. Her late grandfather, Russell Perdew suffered for years with the disease, slowly losing his physical and mental capabilities, she said. His deteriorated condition became apparent on a drive to a family member's funeral a few years ago, she said. "He saw the flags on the car and thought he was going to vote," said Pryor of Hagerstown. To honor her grandfather's memory, Pryor and other family members put on their sneakers to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2000 at Hagerstown Community College Sunday afternoon.
NEWS
January 20, 2003
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 59-year-old Greencastle man who was struck and killed by a car on Social Island Road while riding his bicycle Thursday night was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the Franklin County coroner said Friday. Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Marvin Samuel Shlein had been known for wandering off on previous occasions. Conner said Shlein died instantly. Greencastle Police Chief Terry Sanders said a woman called the station around 5:30 Thursday to report Shlein was missing.
NEWS
October 9, 2000
Alzheimer's destroys couple's lives By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer Fred and Aileen Stouffer wove a 56-year marriage with vivid threads of love and laughter. "It was just always them two devoted to each other their whole lives. They did everything together," said Fred's sister, Barbara Ridenour. In July, they died in each other's arms. Police discovered Aileen, 75, and Fred, 76, in their Oldsmobile, parked behind a communications tower off Old Forge Road northeast of Hagerstown.
NEWS
April 14, 1997
The Alzheimer Association of Western Maryland, one of 220 nonprofit chapters in the United States, helps caregivers in the Tri-State area. The association offers three support groups in Washington County, according to the association's Washington County Branch Office Coordinator Linda Iseminger. One support group meets in the nursing center of Homewood of Williamsport on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Another group is for anyone caring for an elderly loved one, not just for Alzheimer's caregivers.
NEWS
By ANDREA ROWLAND | November 28, 2000
Alzheimer's therapy has positive results An innovative therapy method has produced positive results for Alzheimer's disease patients at an assisted living center in Hagerstown. The Snoezelen concept, which promotes relaxation and prompts memory recall through the use of sensory stimulants, has consistently helped calm confused and agitated residents in Ravenwood Lutheran Village's Assisted Living center since the Snoezelen room was established there in March 1999, Activities Director Mary Chaney said.
NEWS
March 10, 2001
Pa. care center opens Alzheimer's wing By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer FAYETTEVILE, Pa. - Caledonia Manor will open a 20-bed wing later this month for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that results in memory loss, personality changes and a decline in thinking abilities," said Ronald Lyons, executive director of Caledonia Manor nursing home. Patients suffering from the disease are constantly on the move during their waking hours, Lyons said.
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July 26, 2013
 Alzheimer's Association will host “Making Sense of Memory Loss” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Edenton Retirement Community Library, 5800 Genesis Lane, Frederick. The program is for anyone concerned about memory problems or who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.  Cathy Hanson, program coordinator for Alzheimer's Association, will lead the discussion. Admission is free and is open to the public. To RSVP, call Hannah Wilson, chaplain at Edenton Retirement Community, 301-694-3100
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OBITUARIES
June 29, 2013
Barbara Ruth (Schultz) Amt, 75, of Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, ending a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Sept. 22, 1937, in Racine, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lydia (Krenzke) Schultz. Barbara is survived by her daughters, Martha Amt (Joseph Fitzhugh) of Frederick, Md., Jennifer Amt Walsh (Kendall) of Walton, Ky., and Paula Amt of Washington, D.C.; sisters, Elizabeth Amt (Richard) of Chambersburg, Pa., Helen Miller of Franksville, Wis., and Karen Balke of Racine; and brothers, John Schultz (Carolyn)
OBITUARIES
June 14, 2013
Gary Lee DeWeerd, 64, of 60 Broadway, Hagerstown, Md., lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md. Born April 7, 1949, in Holland, Mich., he was the son of Donna Mae VanWiernan DeWeerd and the late Gerald Frederick DeWeerd. He graduated from Holland High School in 1967. He received his bachelor's degree in human resources from St. Leo's College, and a master's degree in psychology from Hood College. Capt. Gary DeWeerd retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years of service.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for an Alzheimer's patient who walked away from NMS Healthcare on Marsh Pike, police said Tuesday. Eugene James Brown, who also suffers from depression and dementia, was last seen at NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Residents in the Reidtown Road area said they saw Brown walking in the neighborhood at about 11 a.m. and that he was headed toward Pennsylvania. Brown is described as a black male who has short hair or is bald.
LIFESTYLE
November 2, 2012
A program, "Caregivers Tool Box: Is it Normal Aging or Alzheimer's Disease?", is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at  Homewood Retirement Center, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call 301-469-3152.
NEWS
October 15, 2012
The annual Walk to End Alzheimer's is Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Maryland School for the Deaf, 101 Clarke Place in downtown Frederick, for the walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Go to act.alz.org/westernmdwalk to start a team, join a team or register for the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
LIFESTYLE
September 10, 2012
The Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is offering a three-week education course in Hagerstown beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. The course, titled "Living with Alzheimer's" will be offered at Somerford House, 10116 Sharpsburg Pike. This free course is open to individuals diagnosed with early stage memory impairment or in the early stage of Alzheimer's. Family members are welcome to attend. Course dates are Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, and 26, and the classes will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To register for the "Living with Alzheimer's" course, call the Alzheimer's Association, Hagerstown office at 301-797-4892 or 800-272-3900.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2012
The attorney for the owner of an assisted-living home where a resident fell through the floor argued that the felony charges against his client should be dismissed, but a Washington County District Court judge on Thursday found there was probable cause to send the case to circuit court. Dickson Oben Tabi, 53, of 7701 National Pike, Boonsboro, had his preliminary hearing Thursday on two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult resulting in physical injury and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
In an attempt to be more efficient in the struggling economy, the Alzheimer's Association will close its Hagerstown office at 5 Public Square on Sept. 1 and will run its Western Maryland operations from its Frederick, Md., office, the executive director of the organization's Maryland chapter said Monday. Like other businesses in the tough economy, the Alzheimer's Association is faced with doing “more and more with less and less,” Cass Naugle said. While doing more, the organization has put off investments in technology and other needs, and closing the Hagerstown office will save the organization about $6,400 a year, Naugle said.
LIFESTYLE
August 18, 2012
Alzheimer's Action Day is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Frederick Community College Conference Center, 7932 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick. Wear purple, learn from professionals and teach elected representatives about the impact this disease has on lives. The conference features leaders from the Alzheimer's Association, audience feedback and questions, responses from elected officials, and a panel presentation. For more information, call 800-272-3900.
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