Healthy Lives Matter spotlights Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The 7th Annual Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer’s Education Seminar, hosted by Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, shines a spotlight on an issue that is a growing problem in our community.
In Texas, the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s aged 65 and older is projected to increase from 400,000 in 2021 to 490,000 in 2025, a 22.5 percent increase. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, there were 4,778 more deaths than expected from Dementia in Texas, 25.9 percent higher than average, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We cannot ignore the toll that Alzheimer’s and Dementia takes on Tarrant County families,” Brooks said. “The mission of the Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer’s Initiative is to provide accessibility to education which will lead to improved care and services to individuals confronting Dementia, their caregivers, and families in an on-going effort to improve quality of life.”
Healthy Lives Matter will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
For this half-day event, Commissioner Brooks is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter. This seminar will provide insights into Alzheimer’s disease progression and offer practical solutions for coping with challenging situations. Nurses and social workers in attendance will earn 3.0 continuing education credits. A continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
The event will also include Dementia Live Experience, which helps elevate empathy and improve the quality of visits with family members.
This is a FREE event but registration is required at www.tarrantcounty.com/alzevent or by calling (817) 370-4500 or (817) 531-5600.
News release date: July 14, 2022