Elder issues discussed at weekly series of talks

WILMINGTON — Once again this summer, the Aging in Place Initiative is sponsoring a weekly, free lecture series on subjects useful and interesting not just to seniors, but to the public in general.

Town Nurse Jennifer Fitzgerald has lined up a list of speakers for this series, which will be held in the downstairs space at St. Mary's in the Mountains Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. every Thursday afternoon through Sept. 28.

July 20 is devoted to “Death and Dying 101.” It's not a subject folks love to address, but knowing the local options available both to you and to your extended family can make future end-of-life experiences more manageable.

A news release noted that Hospice “isn't just for people dying,” and that Brattleboro Area Hospice offers a free, volunteer program for support and care at home. They also have a program called Taking Steps to help get end-of-life wishes down on paper via an Advanced Directive. Bettina Berg will talk about all these services and several more at the July 20 program.

July 27 will feature Bill Schmidt talking about Cares Groups in other towns and discussing whether the Deerfield Valley needs its own version of the rural, organized response that some other towns have built to coordinate their neighbors' need for medical rides, access to nutritional food, and other kinds of help for those isolated or ill.

The August and September talks will be announced shortly. For more information, visit dvaginginplace.org.

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