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Talk will focus on what a family can do when dementia impairs a loved one's ability to manage finances

The lifting of pandemic-created cancellations from recent years could not be more welcome than when it helps families deal with grave issues and realities, such as those from dementia.

With that backdrop, an important lecture series returns in Mount Angel.COURTESY PHOTO: PHIL MCCORKLE - Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel will be the venue when the Sr. Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture returns Sept. 27.

Following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions, the annual Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture returns from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S. Main St.

This year's lecture marks the 24th in the series, and its weighty topic is: "What's a Family to Do When Dementia Impairs a Loved One's Ability to Manage Finances." On hand will be expert presenters that include Janell Neufeld, a licensed clinical social worker at Providence Medical Group and Jennifer Smith, an elder law attorney with Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt.

"A surprising number of families, at some point, have parents or other loved ones impacted by dementia that impairs their ability to make decisions," said Phil McCorkle, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation director.

"(People) experiencing dementia can become vulnerable to scammers and can have a difficult time saying no to aggressive salesman. They may even spend the very resources they need to cover the costs of their care in their elder years," he said.

"This year's Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture is being offered to give families important options under these difficult circumstances," McCorkle said.

Consistent with tradition, the lecture is offered as a cooperative effort of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel and Providence Benedictine Nursing Center as a gift back to a community that has supported these two nonprofits for so many years. Therefore, admission is free.

McCorkle noted that the costs of putting on the lecture — including informational handouts, refreshments and light snacks — have been covered through a deeply appreciated sponsorship by Maps Community Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Maps Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative with 73,000 members and 10 full-service branches serving the Mid-Willamette Valley region.

The annual Schwab Memorial Lecture highlights Sister Schwab's legacy of innovation, inspiration and wellness. Under her leadership, the Benedictine Nursing Center (now Providence Benedictine Nursing Center) became a national leader in long-term care, renowned for progressive and compassionate care. Schwab also served as prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, and left a rich legacy of loving service to her community and to others.

Lecture organizers ask those who plan to attend to RSVP by calling 503-845-6841.

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