Check it out:  Alzheimer’s focus of Holyoke event 

  • Practical tips can help your loved one with Alzheimer's maintain a sense of independence and dignity. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS) Handout—TNS

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Alzheimer’s focusof Holyoke event

Proposed legislation intended to improve quality of care for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia will be the focus of discussion at a breakfast with state lawmakers and health care advocates April 27.

The free event takes place at Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke. It is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Massachusetts and New Hampshire chapter. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Bill H. 4116 won support of the state House of Representative Jan. 31 and next needs approval by the state Senate. “We hope to receive continued support as this bill makes its way to the Senate,” Dan Zotos, director of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association, said in a statement. “This event is a way to let people in the community know more about the bill while also letting our legislators hear from people in their communities impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

If passed, the bill would establish a plan addressing Alzheimer’s within the Executive Office of Elder Affairs while also creating a permanent advisory council to coordinate government efforts, require that continuing medical education programs incorporate curriculum about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, require state hospitals to implement a recognition and management plan and establish minimum training standards for elder protective services social workers.

The program at HCC will include information on the community resources and support offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. 

For more information and to register for the event, visit https://bit.ly/2quRjkq or call 617-868-6718.

Prescription drug drop off day set

Communities in Hampshire and Franklin counties will be collecting unused prescription drugs April 28 as part of this year's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Communities will have designated areas open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day with drop boxes available for safe disposal of the drugs.

Removing excess drugs from homes is a way to combat addiction and keep chemicals out of the environment, according to a statement from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

In Amherst the drop off station will be at the Wildwood Elementary School, in Belchertown, on the Town Common, in Northampton, at JFK Middle School and in Southampton, at the Town Hall. In Cummington, Deerfield, Easthampton, Goshen, Leverett, Sunderland and Williamsburg drop boxes will be located at the police stations.

For more information go to NorthwesternDA.org. 

Film in Hatfield will focus on childhood trauma

A documentary on childhood trauma, its adverse effects on health and the role the community can play in reversing them will be shown May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hatfield Elementary School, 33 Main St..

The screening of “RESILIENCE,” is being hosted by HEADS Up, a community-based volunteer group that advocates for mental health awareness.

Following the film, discussion will be led by Kristal Cleaver, LICSW, Director of Community Education for Clinical & Support Options practices. The event is free. Childcare will be provided and can be reserved by calling 413-247-5641. To see the film’s trailer, visit https://bit.ly/1N1MFNP.

Blood donationopportunities

Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., Amherst

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell St., Hadley

April 23, 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Deerfield Academy, Old Main St., Deerfield