Does your loved one have dementia? Understand what's happening

Those whose loved ones are suffering from dementia can learn more about the affliction and ways to cope during a lecture offered this week and next at Jackson County libraries.

Dr. John Forsyth and Molly Tinsley, author of "Entering the Blue Stone — One Family's Journey Through Dementia," will talk about dementia from a personal perspective at the following times:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: 2 to 4 p.m., Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St., Eagle Point.
  • Friday, Oct. 18: 2 to 4 p.m., Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St., Central Point.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: Noon to 2 p.m., Jacksonville Library, 340 W. "C" St., Jacksonville.
  • Monday, Oct. 21: 7 to 9 p.m., Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The presentations will elaborate on four themes from Tinsley's memoir: denial of the signs of cognitive impairment, leading to crisis decision-making; agitation: the dismissive, catch-all term for any perceived problem with an elderly person; chemical restraints and their availability for use to curtail agitation; humanity: the heroic compassion of the many caregivers responsible for those afflicted.

The events are free.

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