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Forgetful? Alzheimer’s Association has a program for you

‘Effective Group Decision Making’

The nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC) will host the seminar “Effective Group Decision Making,” which is being presented for the first time in Hawaii by Randy Hirokawa, on July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hilo.

“Making its Hawaiian Islands debut, this popular full-day seminar reveals what your group can do to maximize its ability to make good decisions,” said KMC Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

Participants explore what influences group decision making, how groups make “bad” decisions, and how meetings contribute to faulty group decision making. In addition, participants learn how to make effective decisions in one’s own group.

Participants also have a chance to assess past group decision making experience and engage in a hands-on exercise in group decision making.

Hirokawa is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He is known widely for his expertise in the area of small group communication and decision-making effectiveness.

Tuition for the “Effective Group Decision Making” seminar is $125 and includes training materials, continental breakfast and lunch buffet. Group discounts are available. To register, contact Mitchell at 935-7844, ext. 116, or The location will be announced later.

Alzheimer’s programs slated

The Alzheimer’s Association will present three-part programs on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10 and 17, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1055 Kinoole St. in Hilo.

There will be a 1 p.m. lecture series on “What Is Dementia,” “Legal Affairs in Dementia” and “Challenging Behaviors in Dementia.” A 3 p.m. series of movies will include “Age Old Friends,” “A Song For Martin” and “Memories of Tomorrow.”

Following the first two segments each Saturday, there also will be a three-part series at 5 p.m. called “Living With Alzheimer’s” for anyone who is forgetful and their family members. Hilo program coordinator Chris Ridley will present all six workshops and the three movies. Admission is free but seating is limited so call 443-7360 for reservations.


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