Date: March 18, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland,

LUBBOCK – Prevention can be vitally important in the health care arena, but too often the value of getting early legal help is overlooked, particularly in regard to dementia, said Glen Provost, J.D., of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Provost, chief of planning and project development at the Health Sciences Center and adjunct professor of elder law at the Texas Tech School of Law, will present “Dementia and the Law: A Seminar for Families and Health Professionals” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 23) at the Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St.

The presentation, which is free of charge and open to the community, will take place in the Health Sciences Center Academic Classroom Building, Room 150.

“There are some simple, but very important, legal steps that can be taken to avoid potentially major problems, particularly on the part of dementia patients, their family caregivers and their health care providers,” Provost said.

Topics of discussion will include characteristics of dementia that pose potential legal problems, as well as a breakdown of legal issues for patients, caregivers and health professionals.

“Taking care of your legal health can often make it much easier to cope with physical and mental health concerns,” Provost said.

The presentation is part of the “Lecture Series on Healthy Aging,” a program of the Garrison Institute on Aging. Attendees should park in area D2 of the Health Sciences Center parking lot. For more information about the series, contact the Garrison Institute on Aging at (806) 743-3610, or contact Annette Boles at