Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ideas for the holidays with a family member with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer families and the holidays: Tips to enjoy the season
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:

•Wrap gifts
•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

Looking for Centenarians!

The Sammons Center for the Arts is celebrating its centennial this year. They would like all available centenarians to join them at the Center (3630 Harry Hines Blvd.) on Saturday, October 10 (get it -- 10/10, which if multiplied, equals 100!), from 2 to 4 p.m.

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!

Lynda Ender

AGE Director

The Senior Source

214-823-5700 ext. 6113

3910 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219

214-823-5700/Fax 214-826-2441

Monday, August 10, 2009

Texas Medical Association Survey

What Texans Believe About Our Health Care System

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 “public option?” Should government overhaul Medicare or Medicaid? These and many more questions are on the table, and the answers affect every single Texan ― 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 “very favorable” 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 “some 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) – 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 – 35 percent statewide– 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.

Source: 2007 TMA Research

AARP North Texas Town Hall Meetings

AARP North Texas Town Hall Meetings

Please join us at any of the following locations and see what AARP is doing in your community.

Learn more about:
AARP Texas Advocacy
AARP Health Care Reform Efforts
Volunteer Opportunities
Tuesday, August 4th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lake Highlands North Recreation Center
9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas 75238
Thursday, August 6th, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Highland Springs Retirement Community - Dining Room
8000 Frankford Rd, Dallas 75252
Tuesday, August 18th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Preston Royal Branch Library
5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 75229
Friday, August 21st, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lewisville Senior Center
1950-A South Valley Parkway, Lewisville 75067
(corner of Valley Parkway & Corporate Dr)
Tuesday, August 25th, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
DeSoto Senior Activity Center
204 Lion St, DeSoto 75115
The events are free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations are necessary.
For more information you may call 1-866-227-7443, extension 4078.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Are you ready for Medicare?


Don’t Miss!!!
“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
One-on-One Counseling

RSVP to Corina Castro at (214) 954-4220

Boomer Green Team

You're Invited
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.
Dallas, 75219
Please reply to Susan Grundy by August 3rd at 214-525-6134 if you would like to participate in this initial project.

Thank you,
Susan Grundy

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Free Eye Exams!

FREE Eye Exams

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

Aging and Memory in our Diverse Community

You Don’t Want to Miss This Valuable Community Program
Saturday, September 19, 2009
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Aging and Memory in Our Diverse Community

Health and Education Conference
Featured Speaker

Monique Williams, M.D., Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Program Topics

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

Cost $10.00
Includes All Materials Lunch and Snacks

To be placed on the mailing list & for more information, call
Phyllis Cephas
Or Register Online at:

Social Work Continuing Education Credits will be offered for extra fee

A Wonderful Musical Closing Session!
Celebrate Culture: Musical Tribute to Aging, Memory & Diversity
Booker T. Washington School of the Performing Arts
Concord Praise Dancers

Monday, June 29, 2009

If you are interested in learning how to help others!

This is a great training for you to attend.

Dallas Area Agency on Aging
Benefits Counseling Program

One-on-One Benefits Counseling is available
• Medicare
• Medicaid
• Social Security
• Food Stamps

9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dallas Area Agency on Aging
Woodview Tower
1349 Empire Central, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75247
For more information
Contact 214-954-4220

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Do you need help with the digital television transition?

FYI – In case you need help with or have questions regarding the Digital Television transition scheduled to transpire on June 12th, here is a list of places where the national DTV Mobile Assistance Centers are scheduled to be in the Dallas area.

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

North Texas Expo on Aging




JUNE 15th, 2009
9AM - 3PM



OVER 80 EXHIBITORS | AARP ANNUAL ROUND UP "The Cost of Nothing" Healthcare Reform


For More information - please email

Friday, May 15, 2009

Research opportunity for women who do not have children

Volunteers Needed

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

Principal Investigator

The Copper Ridge Institute and

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Office: (410) 552-3201

Protocol #: NA_00023010

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sales Tax Holiday Set for Memorial Day Weekend!

Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Set for Memorial Day Weekend

This article was provided by the State Energy Conservation Office. For more information, visit

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)

ceiling fans



light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)

programmable thermostats

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Oprah's Mother's Day Giveaway

Apparently, Oprah is treating America for Mother's Day to lunch.  This coupon is good until 5/19/09, except 5/10/09 (Mother's Day) for a free meal.  Enjoy.


But it is not good on Mother's Day!


 Jerri Locke

Monday, May 4, 2009

News from Dallas Alzheimer's Association

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Alzheimer's Association Announces May Caregiver & Educational Opportunities Class Schedule
Press Release
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.
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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.
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Alzheimer's Association Contact
Libby Griffin
Public Relations & Community Outreach Coordinator
phone: 214.540.2415
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Two Asian Festivals this weekend

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

Benefits Counseling "Medicare" Training

  • May 28-29, 2009
    9:00am – 4:30pm
    Center for Community Cooperation – Oak Corner Room
    2900 Live Oak; Dallas, TX 75204


    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 SSI
    Ø Medicare Savings Programs
    Ø Medicare and Other Private Insurance
    Ø “Hot Stuff”

    RSVP to Corina Castro @ 214. 954-4220 or


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One more try on the career networking opportunity

Happy Earth Day with lots of free goodies!

Thank goodness someone has come up with a holiday that does not require sending a card or purchasing something new. In fact, the purpose of earth day is to teach us to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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 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

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, 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:

More Alzheimer's news

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"

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

Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

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

The Trailblazers

• 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:
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

Upcoming Economic Recovery Workshop

"The Roadmap to Recovery" workshop will help North Texans access economic recovery funding
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will hold an economic recovery workshop, titled "The Roadmap to Recovery," on Monday, April 20. The workshop is designed to bring together representatives of financial organizations and federal and state agencies, who will share information on ways for North Texans to access economic recovery funding. Three panels of agency representatives will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Agencies that have confirmed that they will be represented include:
* Internal Revenue Service
* Taxpayer Advocate Service
* Texas Department of Transportation
* U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
* U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
* U.S. Department of Labor
* U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
* U.S. General Services Administration
* U.S. Small Business Administration
* U.S. Social Security Administration
Financial organizations that are sending representatives include Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Small Business Development Center. John Podvin, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will speak about the Troubled Assets Relief Program
(TARP) and newly-created Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert will also give remarks at the workshop.
To RSVP for the workshop, please call Congresswoman Johnson's office in Dallas at (214) 922-8885 or e-mail
To submit a question to the panelists, e-mail, specifying which agency or financial organization the question is directed to.
What: "The Roadmap to Recovery" workshop
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which, includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Lawn, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, & South Oak Cliff; all of Balch Springs, DeSoto, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Ferris, Glenn Heights and Ovilla.
If you have questions, please contact the local congressional office at
(214) 922-8885.

Join us as we continue our journey of becoming a family
Resources, activities, and discounts that make these your finest years.

Electronics Recycling!

Here are two opportunities to recycle electronic items coming up soon in East Dallas. 


Click on the links for details


White Rock United Methodist Church, this Saturday, April 18


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

Are you an Artist?

Call to Artists! CC Young, the amazing retirement community here in Dallas, conveniently located by White Rock Lake, is having an art competition. The entry forms at due Friday, so if you are interested, click on the link below for more info.

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

Another great idea of what to do with your grandchildren this summer!

What a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your grandchildren this summer!
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:
Graphic Design
Emergency Administration and Planning
Generational Research
Environmental Technologies
Criminal Justice
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.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Something for you and your grandkids to do this summer!

My daughter wanted to go bowling for her birthday. Even though she had only been once, she thought it sounded like a lot of fun. And it was! We had the best time. It did not matter what the score was, it was fun to get out and do something different.

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

Half Price Books Coupons

Isn't it funny how everything old is new again? Actually Solomon commented there is nothing new under the sun back in Ecclesiastes 1:9-14.

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

Wills and Power of Attorney Clinic



9:00 A.M. TO NOON

DALLAS, TX 75246


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

RSVP Today!

This is an opportunity to learn about some of the issues being debated this 81st State Legislative Session and to do some advocacy on the issues!!! Hope to see you there!! Lynda

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
Continental Breakfast

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