The San Juan Island Library will offer a panel discussion presentation for people with an early diagnosis of dementia and for caregivers and family members of people with memory issues. Living Well With Dementia will take place Tuesday, July 20 in the San Juan Island Library meeting room at 2 pm. Panelists will address basic information about dementia and provide tips for safety, retaining cognitive abilities, and living an enjoyable life.
The panel will include presentations from Evan Perrollaz, the director of the Village at the Harbour and a nationally recognized trainer of caregivers who has more than 10 years of experience working with caregiving and assisted living, Mariluz Villa, a former geriatrician and current head of Hospice of San Juan, and Lainey Volk, a paramedic and educator with San Juan Emergency Medical Services
Memory Café events take place each third Tuesday of the month in the library meeting room, featuring slides shows, musical events, arts and literature, and activities that can be enjoyed by all. The library also has a diverse collection of materials about the research into how the brain and memory works, as well as information for caring for people with dementia. A bibliography of library materials is available.
Library cards are free of charge to islanders with proof of residency. In addition to its collections of materials to loan, the library also provides public access computers and WiFi. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.