Loretta Downs presents “Dementia: The Long Goodbye” at Open Circle, at the Lake Chapala Society, Sunday, February 4, 10:30 a.m.
Dementia is currently the seventh leading cause of death and one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people globally. Early-onset dementia is increasing in people under 65.
By 2050, 153 million people are expected to be living with dementia worldwide, up from 57 million in 2019, largely due to an ageing population.
There is no cure for dementia, but much can be done to support both people living with the illness and those who care for them.
Downs is a gerontologist who has been working with aging and dying for over 35 years.
She will describe some important realities of this destructive disease using research studies and personal experience. She will explore ways in which having dementia or caring for someone who is losing memory can transform a stressful burden to fertile ground for personal growth.
Fire prevention fundraiser
Funds are desperately needed to create fire prevention and fighting equipment at The Ranch, a no-kill shelter for dogs. A fundraiser will be held Monday, February 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Manix Restaurant (open for events only) Ocampo 57 in Ajijic. Polanco and Steadman will entertain. An Italian buffet dinner with a vegetarian option will be served. Shared seating, make new friends, or call Manix, 331-065-0725, to reserve a table for eight. Tickets, 500 pesos, can be purchased at Its Kinda Bazar, Hidalgo 86 in W. Riberas del Pilar, The Scandinavian Bakery in Centro Laguna Mall and Blue Rose Bistro, Carretera 224 in West Ajijic.
Ranch Adoption Day
The Ranch, Lakeside’s oldest dog shelter, will be holding its monthly “Adoption Day” at the Lake Chapala Society on Wednesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. You can meet several great adoptable dogs and learn about ways to help The Ranch through fostering, sponsoring dogs or volunteering. Adoption Days are held on the first Wednesday of each month near LSC’s blue patio. They have some sweet dogs for you to meet!
Let the good times roll! Laissez le bon temps rouler!