Kaufman County residents are invited to take part in a community forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The forum will be on Thursday, May 16 at the Kaufman County Library at 3790 S. Houston St. from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The forum provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to come together to ask questions about the disease, share their personal experiences, learn about available resources and discover volunteer opportunities to support families affected by the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association believes no individual or family should navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease alone. Alzheimer’s Community Forums hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association bring together families, health care experts and community leaders to open conversation in an effort to bolster resources, programs and services to support families and professionals in their communities.
“The Alzheimer’s Community Forum helps us better understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the community,” Alzheimer’s Association Director of Programs and Services Debra Adams said. “With this information, we can put steps in place to better serve individuals in Kaufman and the surrounding areas. As we continue to provide care, support, education and research to the residents across North Texas, it is important for us to meet individuals within the community and listen to their experiences related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Collaboration with community partners and volunteers is essential in helping the Alzheimer’s Association best serve the needs of families affected by the disease. By working with community partners and volunteers, the Alzheimer’s Association can ensure families have necessary resources and information to mobilize the Kaufman community in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019. This number includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may grow to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or cure Alzheimer’s disease.
“You can help raise awareness by sharing information about the event with anyone you know who lives or works in or around the Kaufman area,” Adams said. “This complimentary forum has limited seating, so registration is required. People can sign up to participate by calling our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or by going online at alz.org/dallasnetexas.”
The Alzheimer’s Association is a leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research armed with a mission 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.