Quitman Pilot Club hosting free memory care event


The Pilot Club of Quitman is hosting a free Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Conference at the First United Methodist Church of Quitman at 406 Lane St. (use parking/entrance on Goldsmith), on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. until noon.  

Open-to-the-public, the free informational seminar will feature several subject matter experts. No registration is required. The Pilot Club will provide light refreshments. Each guest will also be entered into a free drawing for a few prizes.

The seminar will include three sessions:

What is Dementia? Symptoms, testing and diagnosis Andrew Schmitt, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, psychology section chief, director of neuropsychology at UT Health East Texas. 

I’ve Been Diagnosed with dementia, now what do I do? Kathy McCabe, licensed professional counselor, Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County. 

Friends for Life. Communications Techniques & Strategies. John Zeisel, PhD, sociology, president & co-founder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to be 12.7 million, barring a medical breakthrough. More than 11 million people provide unpaid care for those with Alzheimer’s. The progression of the disease is slow, uncertain and costly. It takes a physical, financial and emotional toll on those afflicted, as well as their caregivers. 

Once diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, patients and caregivers crave information, resources and a support system to help navigate the challenges. The event is designed to provide knowledge and tactics to help meet the challenges in a more equipped way.

Quitman Pilot Chairwoman for the event, Debbie Robinson said, “This disease can be overwhelming for both anyone diagnosed, as well as for their caregivers. We believe education leads to less stress and a higher quality of life for all.” 

Quitman Pilot Club is an all-volunteer organization with the mission of educating for the prevention of traumatic brain injury and offering services to those suffering from brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, and autism.