The Caring for the Caregiver program in the School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, is sponsoring a community-wide forum on aspects of dementia.
The forum, Dementia Friendly San Antonio Town Hall, is set for 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Academic Learning & Teaching Center, Room 3.304. It is free and open to the public.
Dementia, the unraveling of memory and brain function, occurs most often in those of an advanced age. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S.; 380,000 are Texans. The disease disproportionately affects women, African Americans and Hispanics.
Dementia doesn’t just impact those with a diagnosis. It can dramatically affect caregivers and be felt across a community. The town hall is for everyone, especially persons with dementia and their family caregivers.
- become familiar with what dementia friendly means for our community.
- gain understanding of how neighbors and communities can support people with dementia and their family caregivers.
While persons with dementia are welcome at the town hall, they may also take part in a Cognitive Engagement Program next door in room 3.305. This is a chance for individuals with dementia to participate in an alternative activity while their loved ones attend the town hall. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sara Masoud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-450-8487 before Sept. 27.
Light refreshments will be provided at 5:45 p.m. Parking is free.
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This free event is hosted by the Community Advisory Board of the Caring for the Caregiver program at UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing in collaboration with the Glenn Biggs Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association San Antonio and South Texas Chapter, the ACOG Alamo Area Agency on Aging, and WellMed Caregiver SOS.