Over 100 people attended the recent Panel Discussion “Dementia: A Primer for Families and Caregivers”, co-sponsored by The Alliance of Business Professionals, Staying Put, New Canaan and the New Canaan Library. Held in the Library’s Lamb Room, the program targeted not only families – spouses, adult children and caregivers of those with dementia – but also others interested in learning more about the disease.

Panelists included Dr. Stephen Jones, gerontologist and Director of Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging and Tania Paparazzo, LMSW, Southwest Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, plus two members of the Alliance of Business Professionals: Kathleen Toombs, LMFT, Family Therapist, and Michelle Lee Beltrano, JD, RN, Attorney, Areas of Practice: Health, Elder Law and Probate. As a group, they brought several perspectives to the discussion, from a clinical description of the disease, current research and medications, to ways to communicate with those who have memory loss, how dementia affects the entire family, support for caregivers and the legal issues to consider.

For more information, see contact information for Alliance members on the website.

Shown in photo: Tania Paparazzo, Director, Southwest Region, Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter; Kathy Toombs, Family Therapist of New Canaan ; Michelle Beltrano, Attorney, Health, Elder Law, Probate, Greenwich, and Barb Achenbaum, Director, Staying Put, New Canaan, a non-profit which helps seniors stay independent and connected in their home town.



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