Two Alzheimer’s events planned in Wood County


During the first week of February, the Alzheimer’s Association will host two special events in Wood County.

The first will be an Alzheimer’s community forum luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Mineola at 612 N. Newsom St. Local resident and newspaper publisher Brad Blakemore will serve as moderator. 

“The Alzheimer’s Community Forum is an opportunity for community members to share their observations, insights and concerns related to the dementia care needs of Wood County,” says Blakemore. “Alzheimer’s disease forces people to make hard decisions, and the sooner they have the information to do so the better.”

Alzheimer’s Association staff members will be on hand to share additional resources with participants. Lunch will be served, so registration is required.

The second event is an Alzheimer’s caregiver education program at the First United Methodist Church in Winnsboro from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. This program will feature two educational topics: “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” and “Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors.” There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions as well as receive Alzheimer’s Association resources. A continental breakfast will be served, and registration is requested.

“As we continue to provide care, support, education and research to the residents in Wood County and East 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,” says Debra Adams, director of programs and services for the Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Both events are complimentary, but registration is required. Sign up to participate by calling the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 or by going online at