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Caregivers to learn, connect, grow at Alzheimer’s symposium

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Special to the Journal

On Friday, April 24 caregivers from across Central Texas will gather at the Mayborn Convention Center for the 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Symposium, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter and Sodalis Elder Living.
Taking on the responsibility of caring for a loved one often requires new skills, like managing day-to-day care, and new knowledge, like understanding the treatment options for your loved one’s illness. The Alzheimer’s Symposium brings together experts from across the spectrum of elder and dementia care to share their knowledge with Central Texas Caregivers.

This year’s keynote speaker, Jim Comer, can personally identify with the frustrations and the joys of caring for a parent with dementia. Following his father’s massive stroke and his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Jim quit his job and moved across the country to become his parents’ full-time caregiver. After 15 years of caregiving, Comer has become an expert in not only the practical concerns of dementia care, but also in how to lovingly and respectfully manage the role reversal of becoming your parents’ caregiver.

“Choosing to come back to Texas and care for my parents was the most difficult and the best decision I’ve ever made. I get enormous joy from sharing my journey – ups and downs, lessons learned, laughter and tears – with caregivers and those who will soon begin their journey.”

Attendees will also learn about Alzheimer’s treatments from a clinical scientist, about grieving the living from a pastor and family counselor, about planning for long-term care from an elder care attorney, and much more. There will also be opportunities to connect with local resources at our vendor fair, and, most importantly, for caregivers to connect with one another.

“Our organization is so fortunate to bring a full day conference with quality speakers to Central Texas at no charge to participants,” says Christian Wells, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter. “Our goal is to increase the knowledge and understanding of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and related disorders to help them be successful in their journey.”

The Alzheimer’s Symposium is co-hosted annually by the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter and Sodalis Elder Living. The event will be held from 9:30am – 3:30pm on April 30th at the Mayborn Civic Center (3303 N. 3rd Street, Temple, TX). Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required. Contact the Capital of Texas Chapter at (800) 367-2132 or rsmith@txalz.org to register or for more information.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please call Amelia Frank at 512-241-0420, ext. 11 or e-mail Amelia at afrank@txalz.org.