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Public Forum via Zoom

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, for a remote forum addressing concerns many have about people living with dementia and their caregivers, especially during this period of relative isolation due to the pandemic. The Zoom link for the meeting is at the bottom of this email. No registration is needed. Please share this announcement with those who may be interested.


For: Aging in Community Quarterly Forum Participants (anyone interested in supporting aging in our communities.)

For: UV Strong Committee on Maintaining Older Adult Health

For: Town Welfare and Service Officers



Learning Objectives:

  • Common understanding of dementia, its impact on individuals, caregivers, and their community.
  • Share things you have learned over the past 8 months and talk with peers about how we can better serve these vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Identify strategies and resources in our communities to better serve these vulnerable members of our communities.


Accessing Dementia Friendly Communities Through Understanding, with Melissa Grenier, LCSW, CDP, Regional Manager, State of NH, Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter

This presentation will provide an overview of the communication, behavioral, and physical changes that occur over the course of a person’s journey with memory loss.  A better understanding of the evolving needs of a people with memory loss will allow us to discuss and strategize how to adapt our communities to meet those needs. Dementia Friendly communities allow people with memory loss to thrive and remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. The presentation will also highlight the impact of the pandemic on caregivers and ways that communities can provide support. Melissa and Alice Ely will engage participants in a discussion of how our volunteer-based groups and supporting organizations can help build more dementia-friendly communities and support caregivers throughout the Upper Valley.


Melissa Grenier, LCSW, graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and later obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Springfield College. Melissa has worked in the areas of elder guardianship, home care, geriatric psychiatric care, and long-term care for over sixteen years.  She has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, for over nine years, and is currently the Regional Manager for the State of New Hampshire.  Her role includes overseeing the operations of the Bedford, NH, regional office, and providing the Alzheimer’s Association’s wide range of programs, services and trainings to those diagnosed with memory impairment, their loved ones and caregivers, the public, and law enforcement and first responders, across NH.


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Meeting ID: 862 3094 2059
Passcode: 325072
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