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A Ramble in the Woods

A Ramble in the Woods

Schedule: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 10:00a-11:30a

Location: Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall CT (in Middlefield)
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Facilitators: Brian Connolly & Erica DeFrancesco
Cost: $0
Designed for: Individuals experiencing mild to moderate dementia,  care partners, family and friends.
Open to: This event is open to anyone.
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To gather with others who appreciate walking in nature and gathering with like-minded
friends. Tom Tella of the CFPA will be our guide for this one – two mile walk through the woods on
dirt trails that are level and fairly easy. Bring your favorite picnic lunch and beverages, folding
chairs, appropriate walking footwear, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. We will gather to eat back at the association patio after our walk.

Facilitator Biography

Brian Connolly | Community Engagement Partner
Brian has been passionate about community education, advocacy, and empowerment for the past 40 years. Through a diversity of roles; Chair of the Hartford Hospital Stroke and Family Advisory Council, Director of Marketing and Communication, elected member of the Farmington Town Council, and pioneer member of the LiveWell Resilient Living Center Faculty leading Social Café’s, Meet-Up’s and cognitive programming, Brian focuses his attention on understanding what’s needed to create situations where we can all grow into our highest potential.

Brian’s superpower is being present and creating the perfect moment to make anyone smile. He lives with his wife in Farmington.

Erica DeFrancesco MA, OTD/L| Director of Community Education
Erica demonstrates her career long passion and excitement for collaborating and supporting older adults in every project she is involved in. As a master’s level occupational therapist and former professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University, Erica creates innovative compensatory strategies to continually identify and respond to each individual’s learning strengths.  As a pioneer member of The LiveWell Institute, and Director of Community Education, she facilitates and mentors other professionals for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), designs educational opportunities and partnerships for community awareness regarding dementia, champions Dementia Friendly communities and leads the developing LiveWell initiative, The Empowering Partnerships Network. 

Erica is a foodie, an avid reader, and lives with her husband and daughter. 

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall CT, CT  06481

Additional Info:
Resource Coordinator(s):
Peggy Johns
860.628.3004 (p)
Kristina Tighe
860.628.3053 (p)
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