A guest speaker will present “Hospice 101” at the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support meetings early next week at Woodburn Health Center and at Silverton Hospital.

The meeting is 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 17 in Woodburn and March 18 in Silverton.

Oftentimes there are misconceptions about what hospice is and, more importantly, what it is not.

This meeting will discuss the basics and how helpful it can be to families as well as to the person needing care.

A person is treated with dignity and respect and the emphasis is on pain relief and quality of remaining life, rather than curing an illness when hospice is involved. Hospice staff provides support, care and encouragement to the entire circle of family and friends.

Hospice can be provided at home or in a long term care community and the cost is provided under Medicare.

No one should have to go through the journey of Alzheimer’s or other dementia by themselves. Caregiver Support Group meetings are free and offer education, hope and support to family caregivers and anyone who wants to learn more about the disease.

For more information, contact Mary Reitan at 503-502-4509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meetings are sponsored by Willson House.

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