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

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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 ccastro@ccgd.org


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 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:

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" 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

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 recovery.ebjohnson@mail.house.gov.
To submit a question to the panelists, e-mail recovery.ebjohnson@mail.house.gov, 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.

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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


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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