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NEW PRACTITIONER AT MEDICAL GROUP

Laurette Patten, nurse practitioner, has joined Amherst Medical Associates at 100 University Drive.

She joins internal medicine providers Denise Spence and Seth Kupferschmid.

Patten’s interests include women’s health; chronic illness, such as diabetes and hypertension; and preventive medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont and a master’s in family health from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, as well as a nursing certificate in geropsychiatric and mental health nursing.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 549-7080.

MEMORY AND AGING

A program on memory ang aging will be offered Sept. 20 at the Northampton Senior Center, as part of a project with the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts.

The session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. A follow-up session with free memory screenings will be held Sept. 27.

The presentation, by graduate student Tessa Lundquist, will cover memory changes that are normal for aging, symptoms of memory impairment, information about screening, and tips for maintaining healthy memory.

Call the senior center at 587-1228 for more information.

DEMENTIA CAREGIVING WORKSHOPS

A series of 10 free workshops for caregivers will be held Sept. 18 to Nov. 20 by The Dementia Initiative at Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Drive, Northampton.

Workshops run from 4 to 6 p.m.

Topics include caregiver stress; creating opportunities for pleasure, play, stimulation and satisfaction; enjoying better relationships with family members; legal planning; preventing falls; creating advance medical directives; hiring and supervising help at home; using adult day health programs; choosing and using longterm skilled nursing facilities and more. Participants may attend any or all sessions. For more information and to register, email dementia-initiative@comcast.net.

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