A Family’s Journey With Dementia: The Perspective of a Person Living With Dementia

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 05/14/2019 - 23:19
Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Holy Faith Church Social Hall 6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd Saline

Holy Faith Church’s  In This Together-Dementia Awareness program continues with a presentation  by a very special husband and wife team, Mark and Brenda Roberts. Before he was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia, Mark supervised Alma College’s Mechanical Department, coached Special Olympics Basketball, served backstage and on the Board of Directors of his local theatre group, and worked as a Red Cross Disaster Response volunteer. Mark’s “Life After Diagnosis” is different, but hardly less active, and is still highly focused on helping others. He continues to volunteer at his church singing in the choir, assisting with communion, and helping with the sound system. Mark has started a men’s club of persons living with, and without, dementia who socialize and work together on church maintenance projects. He serves as a dementia advocate and mentor by speaking at public forums wherever the opportunity arises, typically making a joint presentation with his wife, Brenda, who is herself a highly trained dementia care professional and accomplished dementia educator. “Dynamic,” “enthusiastic,” and “high-energy” are some of the adjectives used to describe Brenda Roberts. Join us for a unique discussion by this husband and wife team who will present a professionally-informed, but very personal and passionate story.

All are welcome. Holy Faith’s Social Hall has abundant parking, no steps, wide doors, and plenty of seating.

 

This talk is part of Holy Faith’s 11 week dementia awareness program, In This Together, which offers talks on dementia related topics every Wednesday evening at 7 through July 17. All talks are free; literature, also free, from sources such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health is available at each session, along with refreshments. The program is offered by Holy Faith as a community service with the financial support of EHM Senior Solutions. For a full schedule go to www.Holy-faith-church-org.

jim mangi