Posted by Theresa Hocker on Feb 01, 2018
       The beauty of being a Rotary member is that members can apply their volunteer efforts in those areas where they have to most interest. 
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. One of those six areas is Fighting Disease. Beyond ending polio, many members in our district also have a passion for research to find a cure for Alzheimer's and Dementia. For that reason, fellow Rotary member Theresa Hocker, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, North Central Texas Chapter is sharing this information on an Alzheimer's Symposium in Arlington. Theresa is a member of the Fort Worth South Rotary Club. Theresa is available to speak at Rotary Clubs in our district (e-mail)
An opportunity to learn the latest developments and advancements in Alzheimer’s research and caregiver practices
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 16, 2018) – The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter is hosting its 15th annual spring symposium, Dementia: Current Trends and Future Directions, Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Arlington Convention Center.
The Association’s largest education event for family caregivers and healthcare professionals offers up-to-date, useful information on a variety of topics pertaining to Alzheimer’s and dementia related care and support from experts in the field.
The morning plenary session will be presented by Laura Baker, Ph.D, associate professor of gerontology, geriatric medicine, neurology, social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Baker is most notably recognized as a primary investigator for the U.S. POINTER study.
The study, which will be discussed at the symposium, will determine if an intensive lifestyle intervention, that involves exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation, and increased medical monitoring, will protect brain health in cognitively healthy, but at risk older adults.
Presenting the afternoon plenary session is Martin Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin and author of My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Schreiber will provide practical insider practices and tips to help caregivers.
In addition, local and regional experts in Alzheimer’s disease, law, psychology, dementia care and more will offer breakout sessions on topics of interest to family members who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and for healthcare workers who specialize in dementia care. Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association and businesses serving the needs of caregivers and persons with dementia will have information available from symposium attendees.
The symposium will offer CMEs, CNEs and continuing education for a variety of other disciplines with the goal of providing timely information regarding dementia care to improve patient outcomes.
Registration fees are $75 for professionals needing continuing education credit and $50 for professionals that do not need CEs. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for family caregivers to attend. A suggested donation of $25 is appreciated to cover the costs.
The Arlington Convention Center is located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas 76011. For more information or to register, call 1.800.272.3900 or visit
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's 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