Saturday, August 27, 2022
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
FUMC Mabank Family Life Center
Event is free. Pre-registration requested.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas & Northeast Texas Chapter, in collaboration with Mabank First United Methodist Church is hosting an upcoming Caregiver Seminar. The in-person event will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Mabank. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the event, but pre-registration is requested.
“It is so important for our community to have reliable information about Alzheimer’s,” states Cindy Crawley, who currently volunteers to facilitate the caregiver support group at FUMC Mabank. “In our small group meetings, we share experiences and helpful suggestions, but the more solid information we can get from the professionals, the better equipped we are [as caregivers] to deal with the reality of the disease.”
According to the 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, with 400,000 in Texas. This number is expected to increase to 490,000 by the year 2025. Alzheimer’s disease is often mistaken as a normal part of the aging process, but it is not. Kathy Shockley, Director of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association states, “We know that Alzheimer’s disease can be very isolating. Caregivers are hesitant to accept help, they feel that they can do it all themselves. We hope this event not only provides attendees [with] a better understanding of the disease but also equips them to feel more confident as caregivers. We also invite the general public to come and learn more about how they can support friends, neighbors, and maybe other church members who are dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia.” The importance of raising awareness of the resources available to the community.
Topics for the program include:
- Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Effective Communication Tips for Caregivers
- Understanding Dementia-Related Behaviors
- Estate Planning
- Navigating Medicaid
There is no fee to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. You may register by calling the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 or online at www.tinyurl.com/MabankCares2022.
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
Kathy Shockley is the Director of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer’s Association and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.