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Presented by The Second Act at St. Andrew, this free seminar will provide helpful information for those assisting aging parents as well as healthy-living tips for the brain and body

The Second Act of St. Andrew Methodist Church, a retirement ministry for those nearly, newly, and already retired in our community, invites the community to a Brain Health Seminar, featuring some of North Texas’ leading experts on the topic of brain health and aging. The seminar will take place on Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to noon, in Smith Worship Center, St. Andrew Methodist, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. There is no cost for the seminar, but registration is required.

Speakers are Steven Small, Ph.D., M.D., dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at University of Texas at Dallas and professor at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas; Kathy Shockley, M.A., L.N.H.A., program director, Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas and Northeast Texas; Anna Tseng, M.D., president of Neurology Consultants of Dallas; Mary Norman, M.D., geriatrician; and Alice Wong, community educator, Alzheimer’s Association. Topics include “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” “Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s,” “Inside the Black Box; The Neuroscience of Brain Health,” and “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body.” Additionally, mini classes focusing on body health will include a balance training class by Kathy Chamberlain, founder, Chamberlain School of Ballet, and a  Tai Chi session by Michael Braitsch, P.T., D.P.T., owner and lead therapist, Tribe Wellness.

The day will begin with a light breakfast, and there will be four breakout rooms available for personal balance and memory screenings by trained professionals.

“What an incredible seminar our Second Act leaders have put together for the benefit of the community,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, Sr. Pastor, St. Andrew Methodist. “I am so proud of our founding pastor, the late Robert Hasley, who had the vision for this new ministry. A task force worked for nine months visiting with organizations throughout North Texas, and a blueprint was put forth as the vision for this new ministry. Church members with experience in management, finance, accounting, nonprofits, law, and community volunteers lead this new ministry, and this is just one of many things the group has been doing. We are thrilled to have a community-wide event with such renowned experts in a field that is going to impact us all.  Please mark your calendar and join us on March 25.”

To register, visit, and click on Brain Health Seminar.

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St. Andrew Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people worship each weekend. The Sanctuary hosts worship in both a traditional style with the classic pipe organ and a contemporary style with an LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit; call 972-380-8001.

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