Last time out, we looked at the upcoming "Staying Active and Healthy" information and assistance event coming May 28. Remember coming attractions? In case you missed it: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the United Church of Raymond, corner of 5th and Duryea.

And now (as they say) the rest of the story.

For some, the fact that it's free, transportation will be available (contact Pacific Transit at 875-9418 ahead of time for a ride) and a free lunch is provided, is enough. For those who want to know who they'll be hanging out with, the participants to date are:

? County Commissioner Clay Harwood

? Dr. David Lush

? Don Cantrell of Willapa Behavioral Health

? Todd Strozyk from the Raymond Fire Department

? Dawn Morgan of the Alzheimer's Association

? Attorney Jennifer Ammons from Northwest Justice Project

And that's just the speakers. Throughout the day, they will give short talks about various aspects of remaining active and independent. (An agenda with speaking times will be provided at the event.) In addition to these folks, there will be various workshops and information tables at the event, including fall prevention, medication management, glucose and blood pressure checks, depression screening, medical supplies, diabetic footwear, legal information, home-care resources and information ... well, you get the picture. Lots of information in a walk-through setting.

Just a note to you professional caregivers out there: one to four hours of continuing education are available. Call 866-582-1487 for more information on that.

So, are we done yet? Well, I'm not sure we ever want to be "done" getting information out into our communities, so open up your calendars to June.

On June 18 in South Bend and June 19 in Long Beach, the Alzheimer's Association will be providing training for family members and care professionals who serve folks with dementia. It's free, thanks to area sponsors. The session for care professionals is in the morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the family member session is the same afternoon, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They run the same at both ends of the county.

The north county training will be at the First Lutheran Church in South Bend. In the south, it will be held at the Peninsula Church Center.

The training is called 'Keys to Dementia Care' and flyers will soon begin popping up in our communities.

As with all these, more details to follow. Stay tuned, stay active, and stay informed.

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