December 26, 2012
James Herbert Shives, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at NMS Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimers. Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Amaranth, Pa., he was the son of the late Ernest W. and M. Louise Sowers Shives. He graduated in 1952 from Warfordsburg High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1954 to 1957. He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1996. He was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church, and served as chairman of the trustees for many years.
December 18, 2012
Mrs. Lou Anna Seamone Flegal, 87, entered peacefully into her final rest with our Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Mrs. Flegal was a very brave and compassionate woman. She was one of a kind! Mrs. Flegal was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Philippi, W.Va. She was a cheerleader and an excellent student in high school. Mrs. Flegal went to New York City after graduation to tap dance, but ended up in Hagerstown, Md., where her older sister had settled, and went to work at Fairchild Aircraft.
December 12, 2012
Alzheimer's Association offers hope to families To the editor: While not always the first word that comes to mind with Alzheimer's disease, “hopeful” describes encouraging information that continually develops from ongoing clinical trials and research, offering much-needed hope for families living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. There are 5.4 million people nationwide living with Alzheimer's disease and 15 million caregivers. In Washington County, more than 3,000 residents are diagnosed, and a projected jump of 72 percent from 2000 to 2030 will most certainly create community demand for dementia education, a strain on family resources and hope for a better future.
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.
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.
August 18, 2012
The Alzheimer's Association is offering a three-week education course in Hagerstown beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. The course, “Living with Alzheimer's” is at Somerford House at 10116 Sharpsburg Pike in Hagers-town. This free course is open to individuals diagnosed with early-stage memory impairment or currently in the early stage of Alzheimer's. Family members are welcome to attend. Course dates are Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, and the class will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To register, call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.
February 2, 2012
John David Magaha Sr. 72, of Welty Road, Waynesboro, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born Nov. 26, 1939, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Dallas and Marguerite Eleanor (Mackereth) Magaha. He was employed by the U.S. Social Security Administration in Baltimore for 35 years, retiring in 1997. He was a life member of South Mountain Rod and Gun Club of Smithsburg, Md., and North American Rod and Gun Club of Hagerstown, Md., and a member of Eagles Inc. of Waynesboro, Goodwill Athletic Club of Hagerstown, Past Sachem's Association of Maryland, The Degree of Pocahontas of Williamsport, Md., Raven's Roost 7 of Hagerstown, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Loyal Order of Moose, and Improved order of Redmen Tribe 108 of Baltimore and Tribe 84 of Williamsport for more than 50 years, holding a national office as the Great Incohonee.
October 7, 2011
Forgetfulness is a natural part of aging. But when the occasional memory lapse regresses to getting lost in your home or failing to recognize the name of a loved one, it very well could be the onset of Alzheimer's disease. On Friday, the Alzheimer's Association and about 40 other vendors associated with senior-citizen wellness gathered at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center as part of the Wisdom Expo. The event was co-sponsored by The Herald-Mail Co. and Washington County CARES - a local group of health care professionals who provide information and support to seniors and their caregivers.
September 27, 2011
A free, educational program, "Alzheimer's and Dementia: What's a Person to do?," will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 4, at the Western Maryland Hospital Center Auditorium, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. The speaker will be Mary Ann Farr from the Alzheimer's Association. The program is sponsored by TRIAD, a senior citizen advocacy organization. For more information, call William Baschke Jr. at 301-582-0692.
September 21, 2011
Ben Nelson of Hagerstown was at the city's public square Wednesday afternoon gathering fliers and brochures for information about Alzheimer's disease. He said his stepfather's mother has the disease. "This is the wrong way for her to go out," he said. "She was always serving other people. " The Alzheimer's Association set up a tent on the square at the intersection of South Potomac and East Washington streets to raise awareness about the disease. Nelson, 28, said he wanted to understand more about it. "More research on this disease can only be a good thing," he said.