Misericordia University Lunch & Learn Series announces two programs

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DALLAS TWP. — The Office of Service Learning at Misericordia University is launching a free “Lunch and Learn Community Education Lecture Series” designed to expand awareness and deepen the understanding of critical community issues and the work-dedicated organizations in the region are doing to tackle those issues.

Jeffrey Dauber, education and outreach coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, will presnt the inaugural lecture, “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program will explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s and dementia, risk factors and general stages of the disease, and what happens to the brain affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as current treatments and the future of Alzheimer’s research.

Dauber holds a certificate in Elder Care Services and is an Alzheimer’s Association Certified Master Trainer. He has been in his current position with the Alzheimer’s Association for five years helping to provide care and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Luzerne County Community College, he is a past member of the Pennsylvania State Subcommittee on Organ and Tissue Donation. He currently serves on the Allied Health Education Advisory Board of the McCann School.

“Myths, Miracles, and Everyday Heroes: How Organ Donation Saves Lives in Our Community,” will be the title of a lecture presented by Susan Koomar, community relations coordinator of the Gift of Life Donor Program, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall. The program will address the myths and realities of organ donation, what can be donated, the organ donation process, the ethics and decisions involved, and how organ donation is saving lives in the local community. Koomar’s talk will feature personal stories from local organ recipients and organ donor families.

In her role with the Gift of Life Donor Program, Koomar leads a team of volunteers, including transplant recipients, donor families and living donors. Her work focuses on outreach throughout the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania to promote and educate the community on organ and tissue donation. A native of Nesquehoning, Koomar is also an award-winning writer who has worked extensively in community journalism and innovative online media.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, please contact Louise Keller, service-learning specialist, at lkeller@misericordia.edu, or 570-674-6203.