Alzheimer’s disease, its effects and treatment featured at free Jan. 17 seminar sponsored by Alzheimer’s Alliance, UTHSCT

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

An upcoming SecureCare seminar in Tyler will tackle the difficult issues surrounding the medical and social effects of Alzheimer’s disease on persons with the disease and their families.

The free seminar, to be held from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Pirtle Hall at Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin in Tyler, is sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Northeast Texas.

“A Comprehensive Look at Alzheimer’s Disease” consists of the following presentations:

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease: One Family’s Experience,” by Dr. Richard Taylor, a psychologist who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2002 and who is the author of “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out.”
  • “Services Available in Northeast Texas for Persons with Alzheimer’s,” by Jamie Huff, community relations coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Alliance;
  • “Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care,” by Dr. Kent Davis, geriatrician and director of UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging;
  • A panel discussion with the presenters and Dr. Nirmala Bangalore, another geriatrician with the Center for Healthy Aging.

SecureCare is UTHSCT’s comprehensive program designed specifically for people age 50 plus to provide the answers and care needed in today’s health care marketplace.

Dr. Taylor, 64, has chronicled his journey with dementia in his book, “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out,” and other publications.

He is a tireless advocate for people living with dementia. Dr. Taylor also is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Early Stage Advisory Board.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in loss of memory, affecting thinking and language skills as well as behavior. It is the most common form of dementia in people 65 or older.

More than 5 million Americans – one in eight people over the age of 65 and nearly half of those over the age of 85 – are at risk of Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that about 280,000 Texans have Alzheimer’s, affecting one in three families.

Reservations are required to attend the SecureCare seminar. Free respite care will be available on-site, by reservation, along with free valet parking at the Elm Street entrance of Marvin Methodist. A free lunch also will be provided.

Lunch sponsors include All-American Home Health; Andrews Advantage, Partial Hospitalization Program; Azalea Trails Assisted Living and Memory Care Community; neurologist Dr. Robert Boyne; Forest Pharmaceuticals; Hospice of East Texas; Rehab at Home; and Sterling House of Tyler, a Brookdale Community.

Major event sponsors include the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; Debby and Kent Davis; Eisai Pharmaceutical Co.; Emerson Insurance – Wade Emerson; Mike Evans, CFP of Legacy Group; the Hamptons – A Senior Living Community; Heart to Heart Hospice; Heritage Home Health/Legacy Hospice; Pinehurst Alzheimer’s Special Care Center; The University of Texas at Tyler/ Rod and Merle Mabry; and an anonymous friend of the Alzheimer’s Alliance.

For more information about the Jan 17 morning seminar, call (903) 877-5122.

In addition to the SecureCare seminar, Dr. Taylor will hold a free seminar, “Alzheimer’s in Person,” for professionals and families from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway in Tyler.

He will offer this same seminar in Longview from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Greggton United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1101 Pine Tree Road.

Reservations are not required for these seminars; donations will be accepted.

For information about these seminars, please call the Alzheimer’s Alliance at (903) 509-8323 or (800) 789-0508.

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