Quarry Hill, Penobscot Bay YMCA, MaineHealth Care at Home (formerly Kno-Wal-Lin) and the Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital Community Health and Wellness department will offer “Dementia: Practical Guidance for Advance Care Planning,” a comprehensive learning experience for adults involved in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and for those in the early stages of dementia themselves, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at at Camden National's  Hanley Center, Fox Ridge Office Park, Route 1.

The free, information-packed half-day program will provide guidance on the most important steps to take to ensure that the affairs of an individual with dementia are in order. Experts in elder law, dementia, end-of-life care options, community resources, and the social and emotional aspects of dementia care will shed light on the uniquely challenging practical considerations involved in advance care planning for someone with dementia.

Speakers will include Dr. Lauren Michalakes, medical director of hospice and palliative care for Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital; Dr. Heidi R. Wierman, director of geriatrics at Maine Medical Partners/Maine Medical Center; Sharon Foerster, LCSW, program manager at MaineHealth Elder Care Services; Pamela Terry, Esq., attorney, McKittrick & Warren, PA; and Brenda Hamilton, LCSW, social worker, MaineHealth Care at Home.

While the program officially begins at 9 a.m., attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 8 to check in, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, and collect free literature in the resource area. Participants will be encouraged to jot down questions they hope to get answered during the day. Following the conclusion of the formal portion of the program at noon, presenters will remain available to talk with attendees until 12:30 p.m.

Advance registration for “Dementia: Practical Guidance for Advance Care Planning” is required. To sign up call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org by Tuesday, Nov. 1.