Alzheimer's Association - North Central Texas
The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group of East Parker County is sponsoring a special speaker, Tam Cummings, to speak on "Untangling Dementia.” She is a gerontologist PhD with a passion for helping families dealing with the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. She helps to take the fear and mystery out of Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson's, Huntinton Disease and other forms of dementia. What she has to say will make this complex and often overwhelming disease process understandable to anyone dealing with the disease. Whether a first-time family caregiver or a professional care partner, Untangling Dementia will change your life.
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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will host Delilah Bergen to speak about methods to resolve family disagreements on the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. She spoke at the February meeting and covered only part of the information, so she has graciously agreed to come back and continue her presentation. What she has to say is also applicable to any family disagreement regarding finding a care solution for a family member. The support group meets from 1-3 p.m. at Aledo United Methodist Church Thursday, April 9. The mission is Caring for the Caregiver and meetings are open to anyone.
The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group of Parker County welcomes
anyone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease or some other form of dementia. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 1-3 p.m. at Aledo United Methodist Church.
On Feb. 12, Delilah Bergen will speak on "Resolving Disagreements
within the Family Over the Care of a Loved One with Dementia.” She is a retired elder attorney and works as an elder mediator. She will
provide suggestions on how families can resolve challenges regarding the care of their loved one while maintaining healthy family relationships.
There will also be a respite program, Kaleidoscope, during the support
group meeting, where a loved one with dementia can come and enjoy a safe, loving and stimulating environment.
Join Clark Gardens to support Alzheimer's Disease research and education Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Alzheimer's disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it, or even slow its progression. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. One of nine Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's, one of three age 85 or greater. Every 68 seconds another American develops this disease.
If you or someone you know is caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease or some other form of dementia, this group may be of interest. The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Aledo United Methodist Church. This month, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m., there will be a time of sharing and questions with special information regarding preparing for an emergency room trip.
The next meeting of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group of Parker County will have an important speaker and an important addition to its program.
The group meets the second Thursday monthly from 1-3 p.m. at the Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Dr.
Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers can suffer from stress and depression, especially during the holidays. A licensed counselor from the Texas Area Agency on Aging will address Stress Busters, which are actions that can offset the pressures of caregiving.
It also can be difficult for the caregiver to attend support groups. The Kaleidoscope program provides a social program for the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia with pleasant and enjoyable activities in an adjacent location that is loving and safe.
The Alzheimer’s Association invites area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 27. The two-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies at Roger Williams Ballpark at 312 College Park Drive led by this year’s honorary chairs, Linda and Gary Snow. Before beginning their trek, walkers will join in a beautiful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Emcee for the event will be Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement at Weatherford College.
The walk will take place on the college campus. Walkers will return to a festive atmosphere with refreshments, door prizes and the music of Savage Company.
Anyone interested in participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s must register by going online to www.alz.org/northcentraltexas or calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. Those who raise $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt.
A special screening of Angel’s Perch, an independent film that depicts one family’s plight with Alzheimer’s disease, will be presented free of charge at City Lights Theatre in Hudson Oaks Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Angel’s Perch is being shown to promote participation in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, according to Linda Snow. Linda and her husband, Gary, are serving as honorary chairs of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 27 at Weatherford College. Movie attendees will be encouraged to sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the largest annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Reservations for Angel’s Perch are required, and may be made by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at (817) 336-4949 or 1-800-272-3900.
Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:00am
Growth in collaborative efforts among researchers across the globe is finally making a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, says Meharvan Singh, PhD.
“Collaboration is the key to tackling any complex disease,” Singh said recently. “Alzheimer’s researchers today are so eager and willing to collaborate because we know it is the recipe for success. You can’t do it by yourself and meet the needs. You can’t be the Lone Ranger.”
Singh is dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and president-elect of the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter. He will discuss progress being made in Alzheimer’s research laboratories all over the world at a free public seminar 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 24 at Clark Gardens, near Mineral Wells.
There is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested. To reserve your spot, call Shelly Young at 800-272-3900.
Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:00am
A dementia care expert will be at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford Tuesday, May 27, to help professional and family caregivers struggling with the everyday challenges of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Heather McKay will present a free half-day seminar on “Becoming a Confident Caregiver,” beginning at 10 a.m. and including lunch. The program is sponsored by the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
McKay says she is on a mission to help caregivers understand the science behind degenerative brain diseases and recognize behaviors that are typical of people with dementia-related conditions so the caregivers can better deal with day-to-day challenges.
The goal is to improve patient outcomes through caregiver education. McKay says she especially wants caregivers to better understand why their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease say the things they say and do the things they do.
She will discuss in simple terms the changes that take place in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and how these changes manifest themselves in specific behaviors and language.
She will outline strategies for communicating with people at various stages of dementia and teach seminar participants to recognize different levels of ability so that they may offer the appropriate type and amount of assistance needed.