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Author Michael Verde to speak on dementia care Thursday in Gainesville
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Award-winning educator, author and speaker Michael Verde will be speaking about a groundbreaking approach to dementia care at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event is free, and family, friends, caregivers, volunteers and professionals who work with people who have dementia are encouraged to attend.

Registration and resources are available from 5-6 p.m., and Verde’s presentation will run from 6-7:30 p.m. at the 800 S. Enota Drive church’s Sweetenburg Hall.

Registration is also available at or by calling Jessi Cannestraro at 770-219-8539.

Verde founded Memory Bridge, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the emotional and social isolation of elders with dementia, in 2003.

He speaks and trains people across the world about emotionally sustaining ways to communicate with people who have dementia.

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dogwood Forest Assisted Living and The Holbrook of Lake Lanier are sponsoring the event.

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