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    Three Event Series Offers Education and New Ways of Thinking about Dementia
    While an increasing number of people are dealing with conditions like Alzheimer’s, the negative stigma prevents many people from acknowledging or talking about it. To address this stigma around dementia and memory loss, the Westside Mission Advancement Council, a collaboration of Hopkins Area Community Partners, has put together a three-event series.
    “Let’s Talk About Memory Loss: Why Are We So Afraid” is a presentation by Patty Crawford (Program Manager at Open Circle Adult Day). Crawford will talk about how our perceptions of older generations and the stigma surrounding dementia-related conditions does more harm than the disease itself. The event will be held Sunday, October 23 at 9:40 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Road in Hopkins. The presentation will be repeated on October 23 at 1 p.m. at Augustana Open Circle, 34 10th Avenue South in Hopkins. Please call 952-697-3871 to reserve a seat.
    The renowned film His Neighbor Phil deftly conveys the life of a family facing younger-onset Alzheimer’s. The movie realistically shows the ups and downs millions of families face every day and will be followed by a conversation with Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks. You can see the film Sunday, October 30 at 1 p.m. at Hopkins High School Theatre, 2400 Lindbergh Drive in Minnetonka. Please reserve seating by calling 952-697-3871.
    The third event in the series is called “Dementia LIVE Experience.” Participants will be placed in small groups of three to four people, and then guided through everyday tasks and exercises while their senses are altered in a way that mirrors what it’s like to have dementia. Participants should prepare for an hour-long immersive experience. The event will be offered on Thursdays, November 10 and 17 by appointment at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Road in Hopkins. Call 952-856-7521 for appointments and information.
    Sponsors of the events include Augustana Care Chapel View, Augustana Open Circle, Emerald Crest by Augustana Care, The City of Hopkins, Alzheimers Speaks, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the Hopkins Elks, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, and Zion Lutheran Church. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are preferred for all three events.
    About Augustana Care Based in Minneapolis, the non-profit Augustana Care provides senior housing, health care and community-based services to older generations and others in need—and helps residents live the lives that most inspire them. The principles that guide its work are as follows:  To value older generations’ talents and experience  To provide the care residents need, when and where they need it  To connect residents to the people and things that mean the most to them  To support residents and families with spiritual care that speaks to who they are
    Learn more about Augustana Care at www.augustanacare.org.
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