Healthy Lives Matter shines a light on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia


Healthy Lives Matter’s 7th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education Seminar, hosted by Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, shines a light on an issue that is a growing problem in our community.

In Texas, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 400,000 in 2021 to 490,000 in 2025, an increase of 22.5%. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, there were 4,778 more than expected deaths from dementia in Texas, or 25.9% more than the average, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We cannot ignore the toll that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia take on families in Tarrant County,” Brooks said. “The mission of the Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer’s Initiative is to provide accessible education that will lead to improved care and services for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life..”

Healthy Lives Matter will be held Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 an overview of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and offer practical solutions for dealing with difficult situations. The nurses and social workers present will win 3.0 continuing education credits. A continental breakfast and lunch will also be served.

The event will also include Dementia Live Experience, which helps increase empathy and improve the quality of visits with family members.

It’s a FREE but registration is required at www.tarrantcounty.com/alzevent or by calling (817) 370-4500 or (817) 531-5600.

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