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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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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