Neighborhood retirement ministry opens brain health seminar to community

Photo provided by St. Andrew Methodist Church.
The Second Act of St. Andrew Methodist Church is hosting a brain health seminar in March that is open to the community.

The Second Act of St. Andrew Methodist Church, a local retirement ministry, is hosting a Brain Health Seminar to the community.

Speakers like Steven Small, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas; Kathy Shockley, program director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Dallas and Northeast Texas; Anna Tseng, president of Neurology Consultants of Dallas; Mary Norman, geriatrician; and Alice Wong, community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain health. Mini classes focusing on body health will include balance training classes with the founder of the Chamberlain School of Ballet and a Tai Chi session with the founder of Tribe Wellness.

“What an incredible seminar our Second Act leaders have put together for the benefit of the community,” said Arthur Jones, senior pastor at St. Andrew Methodist. 

The day will begin with a light breakfast, followed by speakers and breakout rooms for personal balance and memory screenings.

The seminar will take place on March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Smith Worship Center at St. Andrew Methodist. St. Andrew Methodist is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. The seminar is free to the public, but registration is required.

The Second Act of St. Andrew Methodist Church facilitates events for those nearing retirement, newly retired or already retired. Earlier this month, the group participated in a Dueling Pianos Show social event at The Revel Grill. Participants have the opportunity to participate in regular events like estate planning workshops, crime prevention discussions and volunteer events. The group also has game days every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

“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,” said Jones. “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.”

St. Andrew Methodist Church made headlines late last year for separating from the United Methodist Church following hundreds of others due to the organization’s stance on LGBT membership, though St. Andrew’s reason for disaffiliating is unrelated, according to a statement. The church now operates as an independent Methodist church, and is known for its large congregation and megachurch-style worship services.

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