Monday, July 4, 2011

10 Tips for Keeping your Independence

10 Tips for Keeping Your Independence

Alzheimer's disease is always changing you. One day you may be able to do something, and the next day you may not. However, you can continue to live independently during the early stages of the disease by making simple adjustments, taking safety precautions and having the support of others.

1) Get help with daily tasks. Give yourself more time and less hassle by using services that can take care of everyday activities like shopping, cooking, bill paying and housekeeping. You could also ask a friend or relative to help with these tasks.
Get meals or groceries delivered to your home. Also consider stocking your freezer with microwave meals.
Use a lawn service to do yard work.
Ask your bank if they provide services to help pay bills and keep track of your accounts. Or, have bills paid directly from your checking or savings account.
Hire a cleaning service to vacuum, dust, mop and do laundry.

2) Use memory aides. Labels, lists, notebooks and sticky notes can help you cope with memory loss.
Label drawers to help you find things.
Keep important numbers by the phone.
Post reminders to lock doors or shut windows.
Have step-by-step instructions on how to work appliances (such as the computer) or complete routine tasks (such a fixing your hair).

3) Take safety measures. Make home safety improvements, such as installing grab bars in the bathroom to minimize falls. Use appliances that have an automatic shut-off feature. Enroll in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® to help protect your safety in case you cannot find your way home or if you have a medical emergency.

4) Plan for the future. At some point, it will become too difficult to live independently. Make plans now for your future care so your family can honor your wishes. A good place to start planning is with CareFinder, our online guide helping individuals and families find the right care options. Learn more about planning ahead.

5) Take your medications as prescribed. Taking your Alzheimer's meds can help minimize symptoms. Consider using a pill box to help you organize medications. Ask the pharmacist or a family member to place pills in the pill box for you. Write down the times to take your medicine on a calendar.

6) Have a plan to get around. If it is no longer safe for you to drive, there are other ways to get where you need to go. Ask family and friends for a ride. Take taxi cabs or other public transportation. Some communities offer paratransit services for seniors and those with special needs.

7) Protect yourself from solicitors and potential fraud. Do things that will limit solicitors calling you on the phone or sending you mail. Get your phone number registered on the "national do not call list." Consider getting Caller ID so you know who is calling you. Stop unwanted junk mail by taking steps to get off mailing lists.

8) Stay active. Continue doing hobbies you enjoy. Whether it's gardening, dancing, painting, volunteering, playing sports or card games, you will benefit from the mental and social stimulation.

9) Talk to friends about your memory loss. Your friends may not know how "to be with you" after you disclose your diagnosis. Put them at ease. Talk openly about your memory loss and allow them to ask questions. You will get their support and understanding.

10) Get support. Get in touch with the Alzheimer's Association for information and support. We can give you referrals to local programs and services that can help you keep your independence. You can also talk to others who know what you are going through on our message boards.

Free Cholesterol Check

VNA Nurse
July Health Screening

Total Cholesterol

For seniors 60+ and spouses

Immediate results
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TIME: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Only at these Senior Centers on the dates below

Tuesday, July 5
Garland-Carver Senior Center
222 Carver
Garland, TX 75040

Wednesday, July 6 
Desoto Senior Center
204 Lion Street
Desoto, TX 75115

Thursday, July 7
Seagoville Senior Center
304 E. Farmers
Seagoville, TX 75159

Friday, July 8
Garland -Downtown Senior Center
600 W. Avenue A,
Garland, TX 75040

Monday, July 11
Mesquite-Goodbar Senior Center
3000 Concord
Mesquite, TX 75150

Tuesday, July 12
Mesquite-Evans Senior Center
1116 Hillcrest
Mesquite, TX 75149

Wednesday, July 13
Irving-Heritage Senior Center
200 S. Jefferson
Irving, TX 75060

VNA Health Promotion Program 214-689-2230
Sponsored by Dallas Area Agency on Aging, Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services and The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA)

Free Wills Clinics

2011 Wills Clinics


Carlisle Street Legal Center
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
(A Joint Program of the Dallas Bar and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas)
Dallas Area Agency on Aging

9:00 am -12:00 pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Marillac Senior Center
2827 Lapsley
Dallas, TX 75212

Wed August 10, 2011
Martin L King Senior Center
2901 Pennsylvania
Dallas 75215

Wed September 14, 2011
Urban League of Greater Dallas
4315 S. Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

Wed October 12, 2011
Community Courts
3730 S. Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

Wed November 9, 2011
Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas
209 E. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75203



RSVP Corina Castro 214-954-4220

* Financial eligibility for most of our programs includes a family net income of not more than 200 % of the poverty level determined annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a limited amount of liquid and non-liquid assets.

Free Benefits Counseling

Dallas Area Agency on Aging Benefits Counseling Program

July – December 2011

One-on-One Counseling Schedule

July 7 & 21

Aug. 4 & 18

Sept. 1 & 16

Oct. 6 & 20

Nov. 3

Dec. 1 & 15

Eligibility: Dallas County Residents 60+ or their Caregivers OR Anyone on Medicare

Learn What Benefits You May Qualify for Through Benefits Checkup!

LOCATION: 1349 Empire Central, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75247

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon / 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Call Carolyn Toliver @ (214) 954-4204 for an appointment

The Dallas Area Agency on Aging is a project of the Community Council of Greater Dallas, sponsored in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Free Caregiving and Aging Conference

Caregiving and Aging Conference:

Resources for Caregivers and the Older Adults You Care About

Saturday, July 16, 2011

8:15 a.m. Registration & Exhibits

2:00 p.m. Conference ends

Free conference!

Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided

Complimentary Care Organizer for each registrant

Conference Location:

Irving Medical Office Building II

Conference Center

Irving, TX 75061

Register Early at 1.800.4Baylor

Family Caregiver Education and Support
PO Box 822551
6051 Davis Boulevard
North Richland Hills, TX 76180-6385