Friday brunch speaker to offer information on dealing with Alzheimer's disease

From Staff Reports

June 5, 2008 - A regional organization that helps people deal with Alzheimer's disease is holding a free brunch Friday to help educate area residents about recognizing the symptoms and what to do when it happens.

Some 20,000 East Texans are affected by Alzheimer's, including Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County residents. Alzheimer's disease is often misunderstood and can become an isolating experience for patients and the people who care for them. The Alzheimer's Alliance of Northeast Texas was organized to offer "hope, help and a hand to hold" during this difficult journey.

Jamie Huff, the alliance's community relation coordinator, will speak at a a community-wide brunch at St. James Catholic Church on Friday, June 6 at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

The focus of Huff's speech will focus on the warning signs of the disease, steps to getting a diagnosis, how to be a friend to someone facing Alzheimer's and communicating with those who have the disease.

St. James Catholic Church is located at 297 Texas St. in Sulphur Springs. For more information about the brunch or about Alzheimer's Alliance programs and services, call the church at 903-885-1222 or contact the Alzheimers' Alliance by calling 800-789-0508 or visit www.alzalliance.org.

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