“Digging Deep With Dementia” Topic For May Senior Luncheon

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MARYSVILLE – Join Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) for lunch on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, for the monthly Sterling Connection Lunch Bunch. The topic will be “Digging Deep with Dementia”, presented by Mandy Becker, co-founder and director of The Lighthouse. Becker says there are many ways to support a patient with dementia, whether you’re a caregiver, friend or family member, or even if you’re experiencing early signs yourself.

The Lighthouse is a memory support residence on the outskirts of Marysville designed to care for up to eight individuals living with cognitive impairment. Nestled into a hill on four prairie-grassland acres, The Lighthouse’s scope of work is designed to serve each individual’s physical, social, and spiritual needs. They provide 24-hour nursing services, have a caregiver-resident ratio of 1:4, are specially trained in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care, and offer reminiscence, music, pet and aroma therapies and intergenerational programs to residents.

Designed as a health and wellness program for people 50 and older, Sterling Connection members can attend the CMH Lunch Bunch, the hospital’s monthly program series that features a healthy lunch and guest speaker. The luncheon is held the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., and costs $5. Please RSVP to Ashley Kracht, director of Public Relations and Marketing, by calling 785-562-2311.

To be added to the Sterling Connection mailing list for notification of future luncheon programs, please contact Kracht at the number above, or by emailing ackracht@cmhcare.org.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.