South Central

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Regional Network Coordinator | Research and Medical Centers with FTD Focus | Support Groups in this Region

Upcoming Events

Meet and Greet: Opportunity to Discuss Available Supports in the Georgetown and north-Austin areas
Saturday, September 19, 2015; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Georgetown Public Library; 402 W. 8th Street; Georgetown, TX 78626
RSVP to Susan Eissler at 512-863-2652 or [email protected]

Please join Susan Eissler (AFTD’s volunteer South Central Regional Coordinator, pictured below) for an opportunity to meet and talk with others residing in the Georgetown and north-Austin areas whose lives have been affected by FTD. This gathering may be of particular interest to those with a loved one living with bvFTD, PPA, CBD, or PSP. We plan to discuss how to help and support each other and the possibility of forming a regularly-scheduled FTD caregivers support group. Professional caregivers and other healthcare providers are welcomed to attend, both to share information about the services they offer and to learn about the resources needed to care for family and loved ones with FTD.


AFTD Regional Coordinator

AFTD’s regional coordinator volunteers are the “local” ambassadors for AFTD and the principle coordinator of volunteer activities focusing on awareness, fundraising and all other aspects of the mission in his/her region. They represent AFTD throughout their region and support the volunteers. Questions not related to volunteering should be directed to AFTD’s HelpLine at 866-507-7222 or [email protected] and an AFTD staff member will be happy to assist you.

South Central Regional Coordinator
Susan Eissler
[email protected]

Website for Texas FTD resources:

Research and Medical Centers with particular FTD Focus

Washington University, St. Louis

Memory and Aging Project
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
4488 Forest Park Ave., Suite 101
St. Louis, MO  63108

Contact: Dr. John Morris, Director – 314-286-2683

University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center

University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, MS 6002
Fairway, KS 66205

        Contact: 913-588-0555 or 913-588-6820 for the clinic appointment line

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Memory Research Unit Alzheimer’s Disease Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd. J4.140
Dallas, Texas 75390-9129

Contact: Kyle Womack, M.D. – 214-648-4565

Support Groups in this Region

Arkansas – Little Rock area

Caregiver support group for those caring for loved ones with MSA, CBD and PSP. Under the auspices of Alzheimer’s Arkansas and CurePSP.

Meeting time:
4th Thursday of the month, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas
201 Markham Center Drive
Little Rock, AR 72005

Alzheimer’s Arkansas at 501-224-0021 or Carrie Dalrymple at [email protected]

Kansas – Johnson Co.

Under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Heart of America Chapter

Meeting time:
4th Mon. the month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
621 South Lee Ave.
Olathe, KS

Michelle Niedens: [email protected]

Kansas – Kansas City area

Under the auspices of The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KU ADC)

Meeting time:
First Wednesday of the month, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

KU Clinical Research Center
Alzheimer’s Disease Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fariway, KS 66160
Meeting are held in Suite 1200

Tam Smith: 913-645-5254 or by email at [email protected]

Oklahoma – Tulsa area

Meeting time:
3rd Saturday of the month, 11am-12pm.

Maxwell Park Library
1313 N. Canton Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74115

Debbie Mangeris  918-836-3777

Texas – Austin area

Meeting time:
2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE)
3710 Cedar St.
Austin, TX 78705

AGE is on the corner of west 38th St and Cedar a few blocks west of Duval St on 38th. It is the exit for 38th St off of I35.

Susan Eissler at 512-863-2652 or [email protected] or Stephen Fenoglio at [email protected] or 512-347-9944.

Texas – Dallas area (for male caregivers)

Meeting time and location:
Dates and times may vary, but usually one time per month over lunch.  Contact facilitator for details.

Lee Danis at 972-863-3063 or [email protected]

Texas – Dallas area

Meeting time:
Second Saturday each month, except December, at 11:30 a.m.  Please contact facilitator for specific meeting dates and times.

Celebration Restaurant (
4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75209

Doris Booth at [email protected]

Texas – Fort Worth area

Meeting time
First Saturday of every month, 10:00 a.m.  Please confirm with facilitator.

Contact facilitator for details


Brenda Geeslin at [email protected] or 817-295-0858

Texas – Houston area

Meeting time:
The second Thursday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Easter Seals-Houston (located in the Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
building) 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 350, Bellaire, Texas 77401

*Please enter at the glass doors by the glass brick. Take the elevator or stairs to the 3rd floor, and follow the
signs  directing you to our meeting

Angela Kimble:   [email protected]

Chris Ward: [email protected]

Texas – N.E. Harris Co.

Meeting time: 
3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Humble Area’s First Baptist Church
Room 1106
19901 Townsen Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338

Annette Lansdowne at (832) 419-9474 or [email protected]

Texas – San Antonio area

Meeting time and location:
Meeting time and location may vary initially.  Please contact facilitator for more information.

Dionne Coston at [email protected] or 210-627-4726.
Shana Nissen at [email protected]  or 210-787-9189