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Mark your Calendar for the St. Kathryn’s Forum


September 8, 2017



by Len Lathrop

Stop by St. Kathryn’s for an important event on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the church hall at 1:30 p.m.  The more you know today, because Alzheimer’s can and will touch your life in one way or another, the better role, whatever that role is, you can have dealing with it.

Alzheimer’s disease (also termed Alzheimer disease) is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle-aged individuals, but usually occurs in individuals that are about 60 to 65 years old or older.  Early or younger onset Alzheimer’s can occur in individuals aged about 40 to 65.  The disease is due to generalized deterioration of brain function related to plaques that develop in the brain tissue.  The cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of premature senility.  About 5.4 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s and approximately 200,000 individuals have younger or early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Statisticians predict by 2050 about 13.8 to 16 million people will have Alzheimer’s disease.

With anything where the cause is unknown, the role you might be placed in is can be very undefined and changing every day.  As treatment changes and pharmaceutical options for prevention and treatment are developed and tested, it is a day-to-day battle, whether you are a patient, a caregiver, a family member, or a loved one, who will have to deal with it.

Come to St. Kathryn’s, learn from the panel of experts that the Veteran’s Organization at St. Kathryn’s Parish has put together, as Larry Pelland one of the organizers of this event put it “of the faceless and nameless (individuals) who are either caring or actual victims of the dreaded diseases of Alzheimer’s/dementia and how it has impacted the lives of millions of people across our great nation, namely here in New Hampshire.

By the grace of God we have been blessed to have a panel of experts on the disease who will conduct a forum, followed by a Q&A on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the parish hall at St. Kathryn’s beginning at 1:30 p.m.  We are committed to the success of this ever so important and meaningful topic on Alzheimer’s/dementia disease that has ravaged and turned upside down the lives of so many of our people.”

Here are brief profiles on the panelists who will be participating in the forum discussion on Sept. 30 on the Alzheimer’s/dementia disease that ravages our nation and its people, growing in intensity day by day.

Amber Evans, MA, R-DMT, CDP, previously the resident engagement director at the Arbors of Bedford, N.H., residence for people at every stage of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, Amber’s experience working with seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory issues exists both on the front lines and also alongside their families, helping them to cope with and manage their loved ones’ care.  Her future shines brightly as she continues to excel on a corporate level.

Deborah Desrosiers – In 2004 this remarkable woman decided to make a difference in the lives of seniors wishing to age at home in New Hampshire.  With the full support of her devoted husband and business partner Ron, they opened New Hampshire’s first Visiting Angels.  Since that time, Visiting Angels of Auburn, N.H., has helped thousands of families by providing non-medical homecare to seniors in the greater Manchester, Concord, and Derry areas.  In 2012, Debra received the “Outstanding Market Leadership Award” presented by Visiting Angels corporate office.  Since then, Debra has won Homecare Pulse’s “Best Homecare Award” in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with no end in sight.

Shirley Gordon – A special lady who is revered by many has focused on helping other caregivers embark on such labors of love.  She works as a caregiver coach for Easterseals in Manchester, N.H., and tells her story to lawmakers at the State House and in Washington, D.C., to raise public awareness about the challenges caregivers face.  As a caregiver, advocate, and consultant, for her husband, Shirley has helped untold people to manage whatever they are going through in life caring for their loved ones afflicted with the disease.

Woody Sponaugle – A man with a vision to assist others.  A local man from Rye, N.H., Woody started a support group in hopes of helping caregivers after their spouses are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  The idea of a group for men came to Woody after his wife was diagnosed with the disease.  One in 10 people older than 65 suffer from some form of dementia, leaving spouses who become the main caregiver without emotional support.  Woody hopes to make a difference in their lives.

Lisa Emerson – compassionate, dedicated, caring, and energized – just a few of her amazing talents.  Lisa currently serves as resident engagement director at the Arbors of Bedford.  Her goal is to “keep the dream alive” for the residents at the Arbors through varied programs that stimulate the mind, body, and spirit of the whole person.  Lisa has truly achieved the seemingly impossible.  To that end she is admired and revered as an outstanding person with unlimited talent.

Information from the National Alzheimer’s Association will available for all to pick up that afternoon.