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African-American Caregiver Seminar
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2015 African-American Caregiver Seminar
"Celebrating the Caregiver"
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Special thanks to our diamond sponsor



Download brochure here

Learn how to be a confident, educated and healthy caregiver
Get connected with valuable services and resources
Meet health providers, business professionals and other caregivers like you

Saturday, June 27, 2015
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 8:30)
Tarrant County Public Health Department
1101 South Main, Fort Worth, Texas
Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register


 9 a.m. Welcome
Cathy Young Junior from Commissioner Brooks' office

Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Masheika Jackson, DO will focus on the connection between heart health and brain health. She will discuss the factors that put African-Americans at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's and how to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's through lifestyle changes.

10:15 a.m.

A Loving Challenge

Kristin Pitt, physical therapist, will focus on her experience as a caregiver of her mother who passed away from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 70. Ms. Pitt will address the challenges of being a mom and working professional while providing hands-on care to her mother as the disease progressed.

 11 a.m.

Getting the Help You Deserve

Jenna Unsen, LBSW will educate caregivers on the many programs and services offered by local organizations and health care entities. These resources can help ease the path of the caregiver and the person for whom they provide care.

11:45 a.m.

 Jay Jackson from Congressman Marc Veasey's office


12:30 p.m.

Taking Care of You

Jaime Cobb of the James L. West Alzheimer's Center will focus on proven stress relief techniques that can be used by caregivers at home or in any setting. These techniques are known to lessen the stress of the caregiver and help enhance the caregiving experience for the and their loved ones.


Dr. Masheika Jackson: Loving the Human Body at Every Age

Dr. Jackson grew up in the great state of Texas in Wichita Falls, where she was raised until the age of 16. She then attended UNT, and later Prairie View A&M University, where she attained her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She lived in Houston, TX and worked as a school teacher for one year before relocating to Philadelphia, PA to study Medicine.

Dr. Jackson has always been enamored with the beauty in nature, both plant and animal. She has always been enthralled with the complexity of the human body, and has always had a desire to nurture and help those around her. Quite naturally she chose a profession in medicine.  She studied medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine while simultaneously earning her Master’s in Business Administration at St. John’s University. She completed her residency and fellowship training at John Peter Smith Hospital and decided to go into family medicine out of her desire to care for patients throughout their entire life, from conception until death. As a new mother of a beautiful 20 month old baby, Dr. Jackson has a new found passion for pediatric medicine.

Witnessing both her great grandmother, and grandmother battle Alzheimer’s disease and her grandfather struggle with Parkinson’s disease encouraged her to further specialize and glean more information in geriatrics. She has always held a special place in her heart for the elderly and geriatrics was the perfect addition to her educational training. Dr. Jackson feels blessed to be called a Family Medicine Physician. She often says, “The human body is a work of art, hand crafted by the great architect.  I am fortunate to be entrusted with its upkeep.”

Special thanks to our diamond sponsosr:

2015 sponsorship opportunities now available
Download a sponsorship form here.



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