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Stages of Dementia Discussion at Freeman Caregiver Support Group

August 17, 2021

Learn About the Joplin Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Joplin, Mo – The Freeman Health System Caregiver Support Group will host a guest speaker from College View Manor and the Joplin Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Thursday, August 19.

Participants will learn about the different stages of dementia and how to navigate essential care needs for a loved one. Carey Prater, Chair of the Joplin Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, is a social worker who will discuss how the walk benefits the community and the different levels of care for dementia patients at College View Manor. Prater will also take questions from caregivers.

Facilitated by Freeman Geriatric Center social worker Jennifer Berry, MSW, LCSW, the support group meets from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Freeman East conference rooms. Physical distancing and mask wearing will be practiced.


RSVP to Kathy Mason at or call 417.347.8463.



About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020-2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit