Library to host Alzheimer’s information program and local author lecture next week

— The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two public programs next week: one an information program about Alzheimer’s Disease, and the other book talk and signing with local author Rob Briggs.

“Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 26, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

This presentation will provide information on the difference between normal aging and dementia as well as exploring how the brain works. Dementia and its stages will be defined and the importance of clinical trials explained. Finally, an overview of the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will be given.

Registration is required by calling 472-4201 ext. 125.

Author Ron Briggs, who spent his childhood in Perryville, will discuss and sign copies of his new book “Experience” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

In “Experience,” Briggs gives the reader a glimpse of the life he lived in Perryville as a child growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. In part one of the book, he shares some of the games and other activities in which he, his family and contemporaries participated. These illustrate some of the ways children of the time occupied themselves on a very meager budget, yet had rewarding outcomes and learned skills necessary to move into a bigger world.

Part two, entitled “What Don’t Kill Ya,” follows Briggs through some of his harrowing life experiences that may easily have resulted in tragedy, but rather, the reader is treated to the lighter side of those events. The time he nearly launched over a 150-foot waterfall after a friend snuck up on him is one example, but in each death-defying exploit, he captures the gravity of each situation and celebrates the eventual outcome.

Briggs is a retired employee of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife and range management from Texas A & I University and spent his NRCS career in Kansas.

All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public.

For more information on either event, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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