Pawling Library Brings Programming to the Holmes/Whaley Lake Community

Pawling Library Brings Programming to

the Holmes/Whaley Lake Community

By Donald Partelow

Recently, a library patron shared with us that her spouse has been experiencing memory difficulties and inquired if our library might arrange for a program that dealt with this issue.  Following our conversation, we reached out to Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl from the Alzheimer’s Association and scheduled the presentation, The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, which took place on  Wednesday, August 29.

Hard to believe, but it is sadly true, that every 65 seconds a person living in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Carl’s program covered an extensive amount of information about Alzheimer’s and dementia, along with the steps one can take from diagnosis to treatment. She also discussed available services for both patients and caregivers. Ms. Carl supplied each program attendee with an information packet, and more informative leaflets were also on hand.

Following her presentation, a few people lingered to ask questions that were too sensitive to be shared with the larger group. Joan Carl was there to help anyway she could.  Ms. Carl was not only an exceptional speaker, but one with great heart ,as well. The Pawling Library thanks her for sharing her knowledge and expertise with our community, and look forward to welcoming her again.

The Pawling Library has been collaborating with the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association in presenting quality programs to our community. Another program, Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research, presented by Joan Carl, will take place on Friday, November 2, from 7:00-8:00 pm at the HWLCA. The program is free to the public and provided to us by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Author: Harlem Valley News