Nationally-known dementia authority Dr. Laurel Coleman, backed by experts from the Alzheimer’s Association, will anchor Memory Loss: What You Need to Know, a comprehensive educational event, Friday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport.

Open to all but especially designed for adults age 55-plus, registration is required for this special event. To sign up, please call Quarry Hill at 230-6114.

Part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series, the event is cosponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter; Knox Center for Long Term Care; Knox County Community Health Coalition; Penobscot Bay YMCA; Penquis; Spectrum Generations and Senior Medicare Patrol.

Organizers describe the half-day program as a unique, one-stop opportunity to absorb the latest information on Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Multiple sessions, presented by Dr. Coleman and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, will focus on everything from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and caregiver support. An optional bonus session, during which Dr. Coleman will address the particular concerns of caregivers, will run from 1 to 2 p.m.

Program attendees will be treated to a complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Dr. Coleman is a board-certified geriatrician with special interests in Alzheimer’s disease and end-of-life care. Based at Maine Medical Center’s Geriatrics Division, she has worked closely with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Maine chapter for 12 years, formerly serving as chairman of the organization’s program committee and as president of its board. She is known both state- and nationwide for her efforts to translate dementia research into lay language for the benefit of patients and families.

For information about future Quarry Hill programs, call 230-6114 or visit