Hiram College

flossieThe Center for Literature and Medicine, in partnership with the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, will present the lecture “The Woman in the Mirror: Reflections on Dementia” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2015, in the Kennedy Center Ballroom.

Mary Jean Flossie, M.Ed., LPN, LNHA, of Cognitive Concepts Consulting Services, is the Center’s Margaret Clark Morgan Scholar for 2014-2015 and will deliver the lecture. Each year, the Center for Literature and Medicine’s Margaret Clark Morgan scholar discusses a topic relating to mental health.

Flossie will discuss some of the primary issues surrounding dementia that baffle and frustrate caregivers both at home and in the field. She will shine a light on the frequency of misdiagnosis and point out how little is known about the conditions that affect millions of people across the country and around the world. Misunderstanding and jumping to conclusions are natural reactions to the dementia dilemma, but Flossie will encourage guests to rise above the confusion and take a look at the 10 most common behaviors associated with cognitive loss. For those facing challenging behaviors associated with dementing disorders, these insights will dispel some common myths and help caregivers to create a more positive interpersonal dynamic with the cognitively impaired.

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