Caring Ministries Presents

Understanding Dementia
Presented by
Esther Corcoran
North Central Region
Program Director

Alzheimer’s Association
Connecticut Chapter

A two-part series:
Saturdays, March 10 & 24

The Basics
Saturday, March 10
10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Keith Jones Hall
Subtitled Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease, this educational program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts.

Effective Communication Strategies
Saturday, March 24
10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Keith Jones Hall
Communication is more than just talking and listening—it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language.  As people with dementia progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.  Explore how communication takes place for those with dementia, learn to decode their verbal and behavioral messages, and identify strategies that help you connect in meaningful ways.

For details or to register:
Contact Caring Ministries
860.529.1575 x210
First Church of Christ
250 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Esther Corcoran holds an MS in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University, and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Professionally, she has spent her career educating others in the fields of higher education, financial issues, and career services.

She was unexpectedly thrust into the world of Alzheimer’s when her then 57-year-old husband, Mark, was diagnosed with atypical early onset of the disease. They found themselves facing many hurdles navigating the world of Alzheimer’s, compounded by age and work status. Esther joined the Alzheimer’s Association as Program Director to honor her husband and their joint commitment to fight this debilitating disease, and she will share her experiences and insights in these sessions.