Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The holidays are a time when family and friends come together and share memories, laughs and good cheer. But for families living with Alzheimer’s, the holidays can also be a difficult time.
Caregiving responsibilities layered on top of keeping up with holiday traditions can take its toll on Alzheimer families, especially the caregiver. The person with Alzheimer’s may also feel a sense of loss during the holidays.
With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can be filled with joy and magical moments to cherish forever.
Adjust your expectations
No one, including yourself, should expect you to maintain every holiday tradition or event.
•Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage
•Choose holiday activities and traditions that are most important to you
•Host a small family dinner instead of a throwing a big holiday party
•Consider serving a catered or takeout holiday meal. Many grocery stores and restaurants offer meals to go.
•Start a new tradition. Have a potluck dinner where family or friends each bring a dish
Involve the person in the festivities
There are many manageable activities the person and you can do together, such as:
•Bake favorite holiday recipes together. The person can stir batter or decorate cookies.
•Set the table. Avoid centerpieces with candles and artificial fruits and berries that could be mistaken for edible snacks.
•Talk about events to include in a holiday letter
•Prepare simple foods such as appetizers
•Read cards you receive together
•Look through photo albums or scrapbooks. Reminisce about people in the pictures and past events.
•Watch a favorite holiday movie
•Sing favorite carols or read biblical passages
When the person lives in a care facility
A holiday is still a holiday whether it is celebrated at home or at a care facility. Here are some ways to celebrate together:
•Consider joining your loved one in any facility-planned holiday activities
•Bring a favorite holiday food to share
•Sing holiday songs. Ask if other residents can join in.
•Read a favorite holiday story or poem out loud
Friday, September 25, 2009
As a good neighbor who works with seniors, we're coordinating this effort. If you know centenarians in your community, please invite them and let me know, so we can follow up and make sure they are preregistered along with up to 2 guests.
Thank you in advance for your help!
The Senior Source
214-823-5700 ext. 6113
3910 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Texas Medical Association has conducted extensive public opinion research to learn what Texans think about our health care system, what they like, and what they think needs to be changed. This data comes from focus groups held across the state and from public opinion surveys conducted with a representative sample of Texans.
Want to make your voice heard? TMA has scheduled a series of "House Calls" -- town hall meetings on health system reform -- in many cities across Texas. Physicians are inviting patients, business leaders, and national and state elected officials to attend the local community House Call on health system reform. Physicians want to learn firsthand how patients feel about the current health system reform proposals. Should there be a â€œpublic option?â€ Should government overhaul Medicare or Medicaid? These and many more questions are on the table, and the answers affect every single Texan â€• insured or uninsured, wealthy or poor.
Texans hold doctors in high esteem
- Eighty-one percent of Texans have a favorable impression of doctors, 46 percent have a â€œvery favorableâ€ impression. Doctors ranked second in public opinion only to fire fighters.
- Sixty-five percent of Texans think their area doctors are doing an excellent or good job.
- Ninety-percent of Texans said their doctor was caring and compassionate and 85 percent said their doctor is providing the best care possible.
Texans do not perceive health insurers in a positive light
- In contrast to their high opinion of doctors, Texans have an unfavorable impression of health insurance companies. Thirty-five percent of the respondents statewide say they are unfavorable toward health insurers.
Texans clearly want to see reforms of the health care system.
- Nearly two-thirds, 63 percent of Texans think the health care system needs â€œsome reform. Only 24 percent think it needs â radical change.
- More respondents without insurance (40 percent statewide) want radical change in the health care system.
- Demand for radical change across the state is also high among those working in small companies (10 employees or less) â€“ 40 percent want to see the system radically changed.
Texans blame health insurers for the problems with the health care system.
- Thirty-three percent, said health insurers are the most to blame for the broken health care system.
- Respondents feel that doctors are doing the most to fix the broken system â€“ 35 percent statewideâ€“ far larger numbers than other players in the system are.
The cost of health care is a primary concern for Texans
- Twenty-seven percent of Texans indicated that affordable health care is the most urgent health care problem facing the state.
Please join us at any of the following locations and see what AARP is doing in your community.
AARP Texas Advocacy
AARP Health Care Reform Efforts
Tuesday, August 4th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
“Medicare Exposed – Medicare Basics
For Boomers Turning 65”
Thursday, August 27, 2009
9:00a.m. – 12:00 noon
Center for Community Cooperation
2900 Live Oak; Dallas, TX 75204
Straight Talk on:
· Medicare Part A (Hospital Coverage)
· Medicare Part B (Doctor Coverage)
· Medicare Part C (Advantage Plans)
· Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)
· Medicare in Correlation to Employee Health Insurance
Benefits Counselors Available after Seminar for
RSVP to Corina Castro at (214) 954-4220
To Become a Member of
The Boomer Green Team
Help make Dallas GREEN! Team members will promote awareness and undertake projects to improve environmental health.
Click here for exciting information about the first Boomer Green Team Project
Become part of this exciting new initiative. Mark your calendars for
Saturday, August 8th
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Blvd.
Please reply to Susan Grundy by August 3rd at 214-525-6134 if you would like to participate in this initial project.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Phone # 1-800-222-3937
Over 65 years old.
Cannot afford an eye exam.
There is a network of 7000 ophthalmologists across the country to do free eye exams
And one (1) year of free follow up to eye medical problems.
It is now through August 31, 2009. Knights Templar is underwriting this.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Aging and Memory in Our Diverse Community
Health and Education Conference
Monique Williams, M.D., Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Is Memory Loss a Natural Part of Getting Older?
Diet and Exercise Tips - For Your Brain!
Caregiving Connections –Knowledge is Understanding
How to Make the Most out of Your Doctor Visit
End of Life Issues – Hospice for the Family
Plus, a chance to Ask Questions of the Experts - and Get Answers!
Concord Baptist Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Drive, Dallas, TX 75237
Presented by the Together We Can Partnership
* Concord Baptist Church * Friendship West Baptist Church
* Alzheimer’s Association of Dallas * Alzheimer’s Disease Center of UT Southwestern
* Dallas Area Agency on Aging * DART
* City of Dallas Office of Senior Affairs * The Senior Source
* University of North Texas, Dallas Campus
* Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
Program Registration Begins Aug.15, 2009
Includes All Materials Lunch and Snacks
To be placed on the mailing list & for more information, call
Or Register Online at:
Social Work Continuing Education Credits will be offered for extra fee
Celebrate Culture: Musical Tribute to Aging, Memory & Diversity
Booker T. Washington School of the Performing Arts
Concord Praise Dancers
Monday, June 29, 2009
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
Benefits Counseling Program
One-on-One Benefits Counseling is available
• Social Security
• Food Stamps
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
1349 Empire Central, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75247
For more information
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
HEB Store - Ennis 107
101 S. Clay St.
Ennis, Texas 75119
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
HEB Store – Waxahachie
800 N. Hwy. 77
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
Friday, June 12, 2009, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Wal-Mart Store #3432
951 West Belt Line Rd.
Desoto, Texas 75115
Monday, June 8, 2009
THE NORTH TEXAS EXPO ON AGING
"CELEBRATING LIFE 2009"
BABY BOOMER & SENIOR EXPO
JUNE 15th, 2009
9AM - 3PM
LONE STAR PARK
1000 LONE STAR PARKWAY
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX 75052
ENJOY FOOD, PRIZES, GIVE-A-WAYS, HEALTH SCREENINGS AND LIVE MUSIC
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Friday, May 15, 2009
Women, Age 65 to 80
who do not have children
and are willing to share their
experiences and views on later life
We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in a research project about lifestyles of childless older women. Many people wrongly assume that most women have children. However, we know that as many as 20% of adult women do not, either by choice or by circumstances.
We are interested in talking with women age 65 to 80 who have never had children or who have lost an only child to learn more about what they see as some of the joys and challenges of later life. Participation would involve three interviews in a place of the volunteer’s choosing, such as at her home, a restaurant, a senior center, a library – whatever is most convenient for the volunteer. All information will be kept confidential. This project is being sponsored by the National Institute of Aging. Participants will be eligible to receive an honorarium for completing the interviews.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kate de Medeiros
The Copper Ridge Institute and
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Office: (410) 552-3201
Protocol #: NA_00023010
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This article was provided by the State Energy Conservation Office. For more information, visit www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/.
During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products.
The 2009 Energy Star sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 25.
The products qualifying for the exemption are:
air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units)
clothes washers (but not clothes dryers - because most dryers use similar amounts of energy, Energy Star does not label clothes dryers)
light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)
refrigerators priced under $2,000
Qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo, which may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Earning the Energy Star means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by these two federal agencies.
There is no limit on the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday, and an exemption certificate is not required.
For more information on the sales tax holiday, including policies regarding layaways and delivery and installation charges, visit www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alzheimer's Association Announces May Caregiver & Educational Opportunities Class Schedule
Learning to Live with Alzheimer's Disease
Free Caregiver Classes Train Family Members to Care for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's
Dallas,Texas April 23, 2009 The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter has released its schedule of Caregiver classes & Educational opportunities for the month of May. Caregiver classes are designed to provide beneficial and crucial information in dealing with Alzheimer's, along with proper guidance and training to assist a person living with Alzheimer's disease. Two examples of educational opportunities available are: Maintain Your Brain that covers the most up-to-date information to help you make the best decisions concerning your health and Understanding Alzheimer's disease, an introduction to the disease and what is currently known about it.
Caregiver classes address an overview of Alzheimer's disease- meeting daily challenges,communication, safety, managing difficult behaviors, and caring for the caregiver. The classes are free for family members. Caregiver classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless told otherwise. A $30 fee is required for professional caregivers. Maintain Your Brain is a one hour class and is $5. Lunch and beverages are provided for caregiver classes. To register please contact the Greater Dallas Chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
Class ScheduleMaintain Your BrainFriday, May 19:00 a.m. Class held in SpanishFarmers Branch Senior Center14055 Dennis LnFarmers Branch, TX 75234Cost: $5.00 per person Call 1-800-272-3900 for registration
Caregiver Class for FamiliesSaturday, May 2Alzheimer's Association Office4144 North Central Expressway, Ste. 750Dallas, TX 75204Free for family caregiversCall 1-800-272-3900
Caregiver Class for FamiliesTuesday, May 5Methodist DallasWeatherford Confernce Room1441 N. BeckleyDallas, TX 75203 Call 1-800-272-3900
Caregiver Mini-ConferencebrThursday, May 79:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Good Samaritan Village2500 Hinkle Dr.Denton, TX 76201To Register call 940-383-6347
Caregivie & Aging Conference Friday, May 88:00 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center17360 Coit RoadDallas, TX 75252CEU's ProvidedTo Register call 1-800-3921 ext.1193
Caregiver Class for FamiliesSaturday, May 9Charlton Methodist Hopsital2nd Floor Conference Room 33500 W. Wheatland RoadDallas, TX 75232Free for family caregiversCall 1-800-272-3900
Caregiver Mini-ConferenceThursday, May 129:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Good Samaritan Village2500 Hinkle Dr.Denton, TX 76201To Register call 940-383-6347
Understanding Alzheimer's DiseaseSaturday, May 1210:00 a.m.Alzheimer's Association Office4144 North Central Expy, Ste. 750Dallas, TX 75240Call 1-800-272-3900
Understanding Alzheimer's DiseaseThursday, May 1412:30 p.m.Cimarron Recreation Center201 Red River TrailIrving, TX 75060Call 1-800-272-3900
Caregiver Class for FamiliesSaturday, May 16Class held in Spanish3316 Sylvan AveDallas, TX 75212Call 1-800-272-3900
The Emerging Voice of Alzheimer's: Town Hall MeetingSaturday, May 16Presbyterian Hospital,Haggar Hall8200 Walnut Hill LnDallas, TX 752318:30 a.m. Registration9:00-11:30 a.m. ProgramCall 1-800-272-3900
Maintain Your Brain Monday, May 1811:00 a.m. Leonard SNAP Center118 W. CollinsLeonard, TXCost $5.00 per personCall 1-800-272-3900 for registration
Partnering with Your DoctorTuesday, May 1910:00 a.m.Class held in SpanishLa Voz del Anciano3316 Sylvan Ave.Dallas, TX 75212Cost $5.00 per personCall 1-800-272-3900
Understanding Alzheimer's DiseaseWednesday, May 209: 30 a.m.Heritage Senior Center200 S. Jefferson St.Irving, TX 75060Call 1-800-272-3900
Understanding Alzheimer's DiseaseThursday, May 2111:00 a.m. Whitewright SNAP Center123 W. GrandWhiteright, TX Call 1-800-272-3900
Maintain Your Brain Tuesday, May 2612:00 p.m.Alzheimer's Assocation Office4144 North Central Expressway, Ste. 750Dallas, TX 75204Cost $5.00 per personCall 1-800-272-3900
Professional Careiver's ClassWednesday, May 279:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.Alzheimer's Association Office4144 North Central Expressway, Ste. 750Dallas, TX 75204Cost $30.00 per personCall 1-800-272-3900
Making Sense of Memory Loss, Part 1 Thursday, May 2811:00 a.m.North Texas Medical Center1900 Hospital BlvdGainesville, TX Call 1-800-272-3900
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association offers support and assistance for the more than 70,000 North Texans with Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association staff is available for interviews on this and other issues regarding Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. For more information on the Alzheimer's Association please visit our website.
Log on to http://www.alz.org/greaterdallas/
Looking for a Support Group?
The Alzheimer's Association holds over 50 support groups across our service area every month. Support groups are open to caregivers, families, and anyone interested in learning more about dealing with people with Alzheimer's Disease. The most current support group schedule is always available on our website.
Support Group Schedule http://www.alz.org/greaterdallas/in_my_community_support.asp
Alzheimer's Association Contact
Public Relations & Community Outreach Coordinator
This email was sent to email@example.com by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Marketing by
Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas Chapter 4144 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 750 Dallas TX 75204
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Two Asian Festivals this weekend.
Plano Asian American Heritage Festival
19th Annual State Farm Asian Festival in Downtown Dallas
Join us as we continue our journey of becoming a family
Resources, activities, and discounts that make these your finest years.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
- May 28-29, 2009
9:00am – 4:30pm
Center for Community Cooperation – Oak Corner Room
2900 Live Oak; Dallas, TX 75204
UNCOMPLICATED UNDERSTANDABLE UNTROUBLESOME
Persons completing this training will increase their knowledge of Medicare Health Insurance and the professional social worker will have knowledge to better serve their client population.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Overview of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and the Benefits Counseling Programs.
- Eligibility for Medicare
- Medicare Part A
- Medicare Part B
- Decide How To Get Your Medicare
- Original Medicare
- Medicare Advantage Plans
- Medicare Supplement Insurance Policies
- Medicare Part D (Prescription Coverage)
- Medicare Enrollment Periods
Friday, May 29, 2009
Ø Social Security
Ø Medicare Savings Programs
Ø Medicare and Other Private Insurance
Ø “Hot Stuff”
RSVP to Corina Castro @ 214. 954-4220 or email@example.com
SOCIAL WORK CEUs 1.0
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
My experiences with older adults show that they were way ahead on this plan! A generation taught not to waste, taught to reuse, and taught to recycle was way ahead of the curve.
But to help you celebrate, some companies want to give you something free!
Like Reynolds Aluminum. Click here http://www.reynoldsrecycled.com/print-rebate.html for a coupon for a rebate on a roll of recycled aluminum foil!
Make sure you go by Walgreens today for your free reusable shopping bag and print a coupon for 15% off your eligible store items and 20% off Walgreen and W brand products. To get the coupon, click here http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/onlineoffers/default.html?ec=hn1016rs_getcoupon
At Central Market on Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, bring in at least 5 plastic bags to their bag recycling unit and you will get one of their signature, striped reusable bags. They're made from recycled plastic bottles, are surprisingly strong and can be used over and over again, promoting more eco-friendly future trips. Limit one free bag per customer, while supplies last.
Disney Stores "Recycling is Magic" Water BottleThe Disney Store has a cool freebie that will probably be very popular. If you bring in 3 empty plastic bottles on Wednesday, April 22, they will give you a free commemorative Earth Day 2009 water bottle. It is while supplies last, so you have to be on top of it for this one. For more details on the giveaway, check here.
Spend $30 or more on green and natural products on Drugstore.com, and you’ll get a free Seventh Generation tote bag that’s filled with $40 worth of samples.
Whole Earth Provision has a variety of specials for Earth Day. Check them out here
Gold Metal Recyclers will pay you an extra $.50 per pound for aluminum cans through the end of April. Follow this link for more info:
Alzheimer's has become a diagnosis that most seem to fear.
To help understand the disease, HBO has prepared a documentary called "The Alzheimer's Project". It looks not only from the perspective of the patient, but the family, and into the advances that are being made to produce a "cure" for this illness.
I am also including at the end the differences between the signs of Alzheimer's and other age-related changes, as well as the link to the Alzheimer's Association.
Alzheimer's from their point of view
HBO's groundbreaking, multi-platform documentary "The Alzheimer's Project," airing May 10-12, examines the effects Alzheimer's has on people with the disease and their families and discusses the advances made by the country's leading scientists. The first episode, "The Memory Loss Tapes" (May 10, 9 p.m. Eastern), takes an intimate look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer's, showing the devastating experience of memory loss from their point of view.
Learn more about "The Alzheimer's Project" http://alz.org/news_and_events_16202.asp
The difference between Alzheimer's and typical age-related changes
Signs of Alzheimer's
Poor judgment and decision making
Inability to manage a budget
Losing track of the date or the season
Difficulty having a conversation
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them
Typical age-related changes
Making a bad decision once in a while
Missing a monthly payment
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Losing things from time to time
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Did you hear about the 83 year old woman who talked herself out of a speeding ticket by telling the young officer that she had to get there before she forgot where she was going?
It's funny, unless it is happening to you. Recently I have been going through a spell of losing important papers, files, and even 2 pairs of pants! It has been very frustrating and a lot of people confuse these kind of lapses with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. While I am not a clinical person, I have relied on excellent speakers and resources to help me learn considerably more about dementia.
Two key points I want you to know:
1. There is help available for early signs of dementia.
2. Everything that affects your body, also affects your brain. A healthy diet and exercise make a difference in how your brain functions. More on this another time.
Right now I want to focus on receiving help during the early stages of Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association has a new program, called Trailblazers. I am including the information below and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity or share with someone else.
Having Memory Problems?
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new program for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders.
Central Dallas Trailblazer Group
Starting in June 2009
• Educational and support group for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
to promote understanding of and coping with the illness in a caring and
supportive environment. Groups will be held at various locations.
• Care partners are invited to participate.
• The initial program will consist of 8 weekly meetings focusing on a specific topic that will
be addressed by guest speakers who are knowledgeable on the subject. The eight week
sessions will be followed by the “Trailblazers Graduates “ with members determining
frequency of meetings, focus, and goals.
• Facilitators will be qualified professionals experienced in working with people with
Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Participants must have a physician’s diagnosis of dementia. They have been told of and at least occasionally acknowledge the illness, have good communication and social skills, and have a desire to participate in the group. Participants must be willing to have a brief interview to assess for appropriateness for the group and be able to arrange their own transportation.
Potential participants (and/or family members, referral sources): Please call Sydney Farrier at 214-540-2407 to set up an assessment interview.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, please take a minute to check out this resource:
WEBSITE TO VISIT
This company produces videos and DVD’s that ‘interact’ with a dementia patient by talking to them, sharing stories and memories, and singing. The shows can give a caregiver time for a few minutes alone.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here are two opportunities to recycle electronic items coming up soon in
Click on the links for details
White Rock United
Green Living, Saturday, May 2
Join us as we continue our journey of becoming a family
Resources, activities, and discounts that make these your finest years.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Entry forms due by Friday, April 3 at 5:00 pm!
And if you are not interested in submitting your art, you might want to attend their Art is Ageless 2009 program on April 25, with guest speaker, Ebby Halliday.
Art is Ageless 2009
Saturday, April 25th
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Featured speaker, Ebby Halliday, 98, will give a ukulele performance and sign copies of her new book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the 10th Annual Art is Ageless event. Art is Ageless is an intergenerational celebration of creativity showcasing the talents of artists and writers aged 55 and older. The art contest, exhibit and program will be at The Point – Center for Arts & Education on the campus of C. C. Young retirement community.
Phone Contact: 214.841.2834 or 214.841.2831
Monday, March 30, 2009
A fun-filled learning adventure is coming to the University of North Texas June 25-26, 2009. Grandparents University® features fun for all participants, according to Dr. Michael McPherson, program dean.During their time on campus, grandchildren (ages 7-12), along with their granpdarents, may choose from a variety of “majors” on topics, including:
Emergency Administration and Planning
Participants have a one of a kind chance to live on-campus and explore UNT. Students will engage child-friendly, hands-on learning that results in a Grandparents University® “degree.”
The cost to attend for a grandparent/ grandchild combination is $260 without housing and $295 with housing.
For more info on any topic listed above, click here to be directed to the summaries page.
To view the schedule for June 25-26, 2009, click here.
To register, click here.
Grandparents University® gives multi-generational families the opportunity to experience college life together during the summer. It is also an optimal time to help alumni and other adults supportive of the UNT mission to become re-acquainted with the campus and to introduce their grandchildren to the many learning opportunities available at UNT.
The term Grandparents University® is a registered trademark of the United States Patent Office and is used with permission. Grandparents University® at the University of North Texas is based on the program which originated in 2001 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a bowling alley in what is now our fashionably trendy area known as Bishop Arts. My parents, aunts and uncles, and all of us kids were regulars. It seemed like so much fun to compete as a group and against yourself.
Today I found a great website that is offering 2 free games of bowling EVERY DAY all summer long!
And to accommodate parents, and I am guessing grandparents, you can take advantage of this offer:
In order to accommodate parents and older children in your family that may like to bowl, the participating bowling centers are offering a Family Pass. The Family Pass provides the same great "2 games a day" package for up to 4 adult family members for a one-time payment of $23.95.
Our trip to the lanes cost $9.00 for one game and shoe rental, each, so you can see what a bargain this is.
If you are keeping your darlings this summer and wondering what ever can you do to fill up their time, check this out. There aren't too many in the Dallas area yet, but it says to keep checking. And they are all over the US.
Click on this link and it will show you all the details.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
But for many of my older adults, recycling is the way they have always lived.
My grandmother would wash foil. She saw no sense in using it just one time and a quick rinse and it was good to go again. As a child, you can imagine how backward I thought she was. But today the emphasis is on using things over and over, trying to avoid filling the earth with waste so there is room for all of us.
One of the best places to save money and take advantage of someone else paying full price, is Half Price Books. I'm not sure they are the best to sell your books to, but you can definitely get almost anything you want for half the cover price. Sometimes even more.
I received an email from them today for coupons discounting their books even more. You might want to get on their mailing list and join so you can enjoy the extra savings.
Here is a link to their website. Just click on mailing list.
Monday, March 23, 2009
DO YOU HAVE A MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY OR LIVING WILL/ADVANCED DIRECTIVES?
GET YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR “FREE”*
NOTARY SERVICE PROVIDED
AND SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A “FREE”* WILL
SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2009
9:00 A.M. TO NOON
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
4105 JUNIUS AT HASKELL
DALLAS, TX 75246
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers -
Elder Law Committee
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
(A Joint Program of the Dallas Bar and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas)
* Subject to the Federal Poverty Guidelines
Health & Housing Advocacy Forum
Learn about important health and housing issues that are being
debated by the Texas Legislature. The 81st State Legislative Session
will end June 1st, so your help is needed now!!
Speakers will introduce you to specific bills and
explain why they are important.
When: Friday, March 27, 8:00-10:00am
Where: Visiting Nurse Association
1440 W. Mockingbird, Dallas
Parking available behind building
Anita Bradberry, Executive Director, Texas Association for Home Care
Dave Hogan, Manager, Dallas City Crisis Intervention Unit
Albert Martin, Executive Director, North Texas Housing Coalition
David Thomason, Chairman, Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition and
Vice President of the Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to
Sheryl Pollard at 214-689-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org