FARMINGTON – A presentation, “If You Rest, You Rust: Depression, Suicide and the Mental Health of Our Aging Citizens,” will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Franklin Memorial Hospital by the Healthy Community Coalition and the Franklin Resource Network.

Edna Tyler Rose, associate director of elder issues at Community Concepts Inc., will present the program. She is a licensed social worker with a master’s in community psychology.

She will discuss the loss of things in life as one ages, including sleep, an interest in eating and the effects of loss that leads to a failure to thrive. She will look at strategies to maintain good mental health as one ages and how to recognize and address the signs of decline that could lead to a crisis.

The presentation is the first of a four-part series of Lunch and Learns. Upcoming presentations and dates include:

“What Everyone Needs to Know about Medicare Part D” to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

“Memory, Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease” presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

“Veterans’ Benefits” offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15 with the location to be determined.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. All presentations are organized with time to answer participants’ questions. For more information, contact Lisa Park Laflin, community building coordinator, Healthy Community Coalition, at 645-3136, ext. 5103.


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