BETHEL — A program on how to communicate with those who have Alzheimer’s disease will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the West Parish Congregational Church.

It is sponsored by To Your Health of the Western Mountains Senior College.

Peter Baker, licensed clinical social worker and program director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the presenter.

“Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and families,” he said in a news release announcing the program. “For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to communicate in meaningful ways. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.”

Baker has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine and has been working in dementia care since 2008. He has worked in long-term care centers as a social services director, dementia program director and as an executive director.

He oversees the care and support services provided by the Maine Chapter.


The program is sponsored as a community service in collaboration with the Bethel Family Health Center and SAD 44/Continuing Education.

The public is invited and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.

Peter Baker

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