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Program to offer latest on Alzheimer's disease

By Christina Lane
June 1, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.


East Texans will have the opportunity to hear about the latest research and treatment options available for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia on June 9.

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas will present Mindshare from 9 a.m. to noon June 9 at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3800 Judson Road in Longview. The program is free to attend, but the association is asking that attendees register by calling (800) 272-3900 or going online to www.alz.org/greaterdallas.

"Mindshare is a lecture series that we've had at the Greater Dallas Chapter for quite a few years. We try to provide the most current information on Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia," said Katherine Campbell, field manager for the programs and services department of Alzheimer's Association's Dallas chapter.

Dr. Mary Quiceno will be the guest speaker. Quiceno is the core leader of the Alzheimer Disease Center at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

"She has a new curriculum out that talks about Alzheimer's disease and how to possibly prevent it through various aspects, such as physical activity and educating yourself," Campbell said. "She will present information about the basics of the disease as well as possible prevention."

The Alzheimer's Association also will provide information about services it offers, such as Caregivers Day Out, Your Brain Matters (a women's education initiative), and the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Caregivers Day Out is a program that allows caregivers to come together for an afternoon of fellowship and activities. The annual Walk to End Alzheimer's helps raise money and awareness in the fight to end Alzheimer's disease. The East Texas walk is slated for Sept. 24, Campbell said.

Information also will be presented about how the public can get involved in the fight against the disease.

"I would encourage people to attend to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia," Campbell said.

"Alzheimer's doesn't just affect people who have it. It affects everybody. Everyone either knows someone who has it or who has a parent or a sibling with it. Everybody knows someone who either has Alzheimer's or they know someone who knows someone with Alzheimer's.

"The Alzheimer's Association is one of the leading organizations funding Alzheimer's research. In order for us to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, everybody has to come together in the fight."

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