BETHEL — Western Mountains Senior College’s To Your Health program will host Mark Pechenik of the Maine Alzheimer’s Association from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St.

This program will help people expand their knowledge about how dementia affects family members and friends. Those who already have a family member or close friend beginning to experience these conditions may find the program especially helpful.

Pechenik will offer tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

“It’s very important to plan ahead and connect with helpful resources, which will enhance the quality of life for everyone involved,” said Pechenik.

Pechenik has served with the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter for the past three years. In this role, he develops essential connections between the Maine Chapter and the Maine community. He manages the Chapter’s Early Stage Social Engagement Program, which offers healthy fun and meaningful social activities that enhance the lives of those living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The program is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.

FMI: 207-824-2053.

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