Sorority kicks off Alzheimer’s training workshop

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick Parish hosted a brunch and Alzheimers education workshop on Saturday, Jan. 17.
Sara Murphy, director of the Mississippi Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, presented the training to 50 leaders from Meridian and the surrounding area representing 17 churches of different denominations during the Meridian Martin Luther King, Jr. observance weekend.
The workshop covered how to develop a brain healthy lifestyle, healthy aging, recognizing signs of Alzheimers and resources for caregivers.
The healthy brunch program held at St. Patrick Parish Center was also the first church interdenominational outreach training workshop in Mississippi.
Dr. Rosalyn White Gambrell, DDS, organized the church training workshop by partnering the Catholic Community of Meridian (St. Joseph and St. Patrick) and with her chapter of the national sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers support programs are the health targets of community service projects of Meridian Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Stacy Winstead from Footprints Daycare shared information about the Alzheimer’s facility in Newton and about providing resources and support for participants and caregivers.
(Story and photo submitted by Martha Ross)