Community conversation in Arlington focuses on dementia

The Sno-Isle Libraries librarians have created resource lists related to various aspects of mental health that will be the focus of Issues That Matter events:

Whether it is a mental illness or another health risk of aging, dementia can have devastating effects on those who have it and their families.

As part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ ongoing Issues That Matter series, the Arlington Library is hosting “Families and Dementia,” 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

This community conversation will include a panel discussion with Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert as moderator.

“More families are trying to cope with the issues that arise when a loved one has dementia,” Tolbert said. “The library’s Issues That Matter series is a good way for the community to talk, listen and learn more.”

Panelists will include Marilyn Enright, outreach social worker with the Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, of Homage Senior Services; Aime Fink, supervisor for the Long Term Care and Aging Administration for Snohomish County; and Hazel Borden, Snohomish outreach coordinator for the Washington chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This information is of interest to a broad spectrum of people,” Borden said. “When I give a presentation, whether it is ‘Healthy Living for the Brain’ or the 10 warning signs of dementia, people are interested in learning more.”

Borden said the Alzheimer’s Association’s helpline at 1-800-272-3900 is a good place to start. “We also offer in-home care consultations at no-charge,” Borden said.

The Arlington event is the first in the 2017-18 Issues That Matter series focusing on aspects of mental health. Issues That Matter programs are intended to encourage conversations on topics of community interest. Building civic engagement to address community issues is a priority for Sno-Isle Libraries. Issues Tha Matter events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The current schedule of Issues That Matter events includes:

Families and Dementia
Arlington Library, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at Stillaguamish Senior Center, Arlington
Panelists: Marilyn Enright, Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, Homage, Hazel Borden, Alzheimers Associaton; Aime Fink, Snohomish County. Moderator: Mayor Barbara Tolbert.

Aging and Mental Health
Sultan Library, 10 a.m. Nov. 20, at Sky Valley Senior Center
Confirmed panelist: Carol Teichgrab, Mental Health Outreach Specialist, Homage Senior Services

Living with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Snohomish Library, 2 p.m. Dec. 3
Featuring representatives of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and Delta Rehabilitation Center

Self-care as an Accepted Practice
Mountlake Terrace Library, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6
Experts and audience members will explore self-care for optimal health and its role in the ability to support others. Panelists: Sarri Gilman, family therapist and author of Transform Your Boundaries; Amber Saldivar, mental health counselor, and Saranne Moreschi, Family-to-Family instructor with National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Trauma Timeline: Breaking down barriers for community healing
Darrington Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment options, mental health of caregivers
Lynnwood Library 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018
Participating organizations: Northshore Senior Center, Homage Senior Services, Alzheimer's Association of Washington State

Youth and Mental Health
Lake Stevens Library, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018

Veterans and Mental Health
Monroe Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018

Youth Mental Health
Oak Harbor Library, January 2018

Addiction/Substance Abuse
Mariner Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018, at Mariner High School Little Theater

Self-care for Caregivers and Supportive Friends and Family
Brier Library, 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2018

Mental Health Resources in Island County
Coupeville Library, February, 2018
Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Larry Cox, Compass Health

Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency
ClintonFreeland and Langley libraries. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2018, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.
An evening with Sarri Gilman, author of Transform Your Boundaries and "Naming and Taming Overwhelm" and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker.

Veterans and Mental Health
Mill Creek Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, at  Mill Creek City Council Chambers

Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues
Granite Falls Library, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018

Teen Depression and Suicide
Edmonds Library, time and date TBA

Parenting a Troubled Teen
Camano Island Library, time and date TBA

Self-Care for Friends, Family and Caregivers
Stanwood Library, time and date TBA