An educational ‘health fair’ was combined with US Representative Colin Allred’s Town Hall for an exciting day.

To pull this off, it took the organization skills and direction of Jenni Knutson, director at Oxford Glen Memory Care in Sachse (sack-see) Texas and Congressman Allred’s office.

The morning began with the Educational Symposium for Caregivers. A new twist from the standard health fair. It could be called a continuous education program. Dementia being the main topic, but information beneficial for all caregivers.

Each vendor had a table with chairs in front to encourage participants to stop and chat. Sharing knowledge resources and answering questions was the driving goal of the symposium.

Lori Janacek, RN was another addition to this event. Her new book, Alzheimer’s! A Caregiver’s Workbook fit right into the format of the Caregiver Symposium.

In this drop-in format each participant has time to pick and choose the topic most important to them. The idea is the ability to speak directly with someone who could help solve a problem or provide information on how to deal with future problems.

Different tables were represented by the police and fire departments, a pharmacy table, podiatry, dentistry, therapeutic massage and others.

Being the first time, it went well. There’s always room to improve and add new ideas.

After the Symposium at 3:00 pm, Colin Allred, US Representative from District 32 held an informative Town Hall. First he informed the audience about existing Alzheimer’s legislation that has passed. Next, he listened to and answered questions from local citizens about the daily problems they face dealing with this relentless disease.