Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free Art This Weekend At The Dallas Museum Of Art « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Free Art This Weekend At The Dallas Museum Of Art « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The best things in life are free, and that’ll certainly be the case this weekend at the Dallas Museum of Art.
The museum will be honoring director Bonnie Pitman, who is retiring after working for the DMA since 2000, with a free weekend October 1 & 2.
The two day celebration of Pitman begins Saturday morning at 10:00, which is also the opening day of The Dallas Arts District’s month-long Art in October event.
The museum will be open Saturday from 10-5, and then on Sunday from 11-5.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Caregiver Conference, Dallas, Texas

Caregiver Conference:  Caring for Those You Care About


Saturday, October 8, 2011

First Presbyterian Church

Community Activity Center

408 Park Avenue

Dallas, TX

Park in the parking garage and follow the signs

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Registration and Exhibits are open at 8:00 a.m. with complimentary breakfast.

A sponsored lunch will also be served.


See attached flyer


How do caregivers cope with the challenges of caregiving? Learn from each other during an interactive discussion.Speakers will address the importance of medical assessment, home care, frequently asked legal questions, paying for care, and residential options to help older adults maintain their highest level of independence.


The conference is sponsored by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and Avalon Alzheimer's Care.

Community partners include The Senior Source and Alzheimer's Association.


These companies helped make this conference possible - Alert Response, AP Housecalls, Dougherty's Pharmacy, Faith Hospice, Silverado Senior Living, and United Healthcare - Evercare


Exhibitors also include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others.

To register: Call (214) 954-4220 or email


Although there is no fee, registration is requested to plan for food and materials.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alzheimer's Association Conference, Dallas

Save The Date

Richard J. Price Caregiver Conference

"Road Maps for the Journey"

Dr. Denise Park, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Park is a renowned neuroscientist who has published more than 150 articles and six books on the brain and aging. She is one of the world's leading experts on how the mind ages and what humans can do to maintain cognitive vitality throughout life.

Gary Glazner
Founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Internationally recognized speaker and expert on using poetry with people living with Alzheimer's disease. Glazner's work has been featured on NBC's Today Show, CNN and NPR.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

First United Methodist Church Richardson

503 N. Central Expressway

Richardson, TX 75080

Registration Begins Now- Space is Limited

Free for General Public

CEU Professionals: $60

Respite care will be provided during the conference free of charge.

You must register for respite care by October 3, 2011.

For more information, please contact 1.800.272.3900 or visit

CEU approval for 5.25 hours is pending for Activity Directors, Administrators, Guardians, Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers. Nursing CEUs will be provided through Baylor College of Nursing.
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Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they're not.

Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.
Reality: Many people think, "It won't happen to me." But the truth is that 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.
Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won't fall.
Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. Not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.

Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.
Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

Myth 5: Muscle strength and flexibility can't be regained.
Reality: While we do lose muscle as we age, exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Even if you've been a "couch potato" your whole life, becoming active now will benefit you in many ways—including protection from falls.

Myth 6: Taking medication doesn't increase my risk of falling.
Reality: Taking any medication may increase your risk of falling. Medications affect people in many different ways and can sometimes make you dizzy or sleepy. Be careful when starting a new medication. Talk to your health care provider about potential side effects or interactions of your medications.

Myth 7: I don't need to get my vision checked every year.
Reality: Vision is another key risk factor for falls. Aging is associated with some forms of vision loss that increase risk of falling and injury. People with vision problems are more than twice as likely to fall as those without visual impairment. Have your eyes checked at least once a year and update your eyeglasses. For those with low vision there are programs and assistive devices that can help. Ask your optometrist for a referral.

Myth 8: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.
Reality: Walking aids are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve their mobility. However, make sure you use these devices safely. Have a physical therapist fit the walker or cane to you and instruct you in its safe use.

Myth 9: I don’t need to talk to family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.
Reality: Fall prevention is a team effort. Bring it up with your doctor, family, and anyone else who is in a position to help. They want to help you maintain your mobility and reduce your risk of falling.

Myth 10: I don't need to talk to my parent, spouse, or other older adult if I’m concerned about their risk of falling. It will hurt their feelings, and it's none of my business.
Reality: Let them know about your concerns and offer support to help them maintain the highest degree of independence possible. There are many things you can do, including removing hazards in the home, finding a fall prevention program in the community, or setting up a vision exam.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A little humor

$5.37! That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the hardest thing anyone has ever said to me. He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount."

I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me. "Only $4.68" he said cheerfully.

I stood there stupefied. I am 56, not even 60 yet? A mere child! Senior citizen?

I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me?

I'll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted! What am I now? A toddler?

"Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, eh?" I stared with utter disdain at the keys. I began to rationalize in my mind!

"Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to anyone!"

I turned and headed back to the truck. I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn. What now? I checked my keys and tried another. Still nothing.

That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror. I had no purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus: 

The car seat in the back seat.

Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard.

A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.

Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.

Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.

I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time. There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"

All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here"? At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.

Elmo had no clue. I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding up a drink and a bag. His mother explained, "I think you left this in my truck by mistake."

I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

She offered these kind words: "It's OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time."

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40 mph zone. Yessss, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And no, I told the officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was I had successfully found my way home.

Pass this on to the other "old fogies" on your list (so they can have fun laughing, too).

Notice the larger type? That's for those of us who have trouble reading.

P.S. Save the earth...... It's the only planet with chocolate!!!!!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% In 2012 - Kaiser Health News

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% In 2012 - Kaiser Health News

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% In 2012
Topics: Medicare, Health Reform
Sep 16, 2011
As premium costs fell, enrollment rose – despite dire predictions from opponents of the 2010 health law that the overhaul would cause enrollment to drop while forcing the cost of premiums to increase.
USA Today: Medicare Premiums Drop, Enrollment Rises In Health Care LawMedicare Advantage premiums fell while enrollment rose this year, despite predictions from opponents of last year's federal health care law that it would drive down enrollment and force up premiums. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials said Thursday that enrollment will rise another 10 percent more in 2012 and that premiums will fall 4 percent. Extra benefits in some Medicare Advantage plans, such as for vision or hearing, also are expected to remain the same (Kennedy, 9/16).
The Associated Press: Medicare Advantage Premiums Dip, Enrollment RisingTurning a usually routine announcement into a pointed rebuttal of its GOP critics, the Obama administration said Thursday that premiums for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans will drop for 2012, while enrollment is expected to rise. That's welcome news for President Barack Obama and Democrats, who are struggling with older voters ahead of a hard-fought election looming next year. Democrats have accused Obama of undermining Medicare to finance his health care overhaul. Indeed, during this week's GOP presidential debate, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed the president "stole" from Medicare to pay for his plan (Alonso-Zaldivar, 9/15).
Kaiser Health News: Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% Next YearKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "Dire predictions by insurers and Republicans that the 2010 health law would cause private Medicare health plans to raise prices and lower benefits on beneficiaries have turned out to be a false alarm — at least for now. The Obama administration on Thursday said the nearly 12 million senior citizens enrolled in Medicare health plans will see their monthly premiums drop by an average of 4 percent while benefits remain stable next year. In addition, they said, premiums fell by an average of 7 percent, much higher than the 1 percent the government projected a year ago" (Galewitz, 9/15).
Modern Healthcare: Advantage Premiums Fall; Enrollment Seen Rising Medicare Advantage premiums will decline slightly next year and enrollment is expected to increase by 10 percent, according to HHS. Premiums for Medicare Advantage, which HHS says is available to 99.7 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, will be 4 percent lower in 2012 compared with 2011, according to an agency news release. HHS also said that it is the second year in a row that premiums for Medicare Advantage plans have declined (Lee, 9/15).
CQ HealthBeat: HHS Officials: 2012 Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall, Enrollment Will RiseFederal officials say the fact that Medicare Advantage premiums will go down on average by 4 percent next year and that enrollment is projected to go up by 10 percent proves that the naysayers were wrong when they said the health care overhaul would mean the end of these managed-care plans. "We can say with complete accuracy that despite projections in 2010 that the program will decline, that this year the program has grown," Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a conference call with reporters (Bunis, 9/15).
Politico Pro: HHS: MA Premiums To Decline 4 PercentMedicare Advantage premiums will decline 4 percent on average in 2012, while Part D premiums will decline slightly, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum announced in a call with reporters Thursday morning. In addition, Blum said that they are expecting a 10 percent enrollment increase in the Medicare Advantage plan — boosting its enrollment to the highest level ever. That projection is based on bids CMS has already received from plan issuers (Feder, 9/15).
The Hill: Enrollment Jumps, Easing Fears Health Care Would Kill Private PlansThe new projections offer the clearest evidence yet that concerns that the health care reform law would destroy private Medicare plans might have been premature. The Congressional Budget Office projected two years ago that the law's $200 billion in cuts to the program would cause enrollment to drop from more than 11 million to 7.5 million by 2018 (Pecquet, 9/15).
This is part of Kaiser Health News' Daily Report - a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day's news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Services in support of Grandparents raising Granchildren

"Services in Support of Grandparents RaisingGrandchildren"



Date:  9-24-2011


Time: 8:30am (registration begins at 8:00am) until 2:00pm


Site:   Stonebriar Community Church, Room 242, 4801 Legendary Drive, Frisco. 


Preregistration for this event is requested and can be done at:


Our presenter for this month's training will be:


·         Dr. Bert Hayslip, Professor of Psychology- University of North Texas

·         Andy Crocker, Extension Program Specialist II/Gerontology and Health – Texas AgriLife Extension Services

·         Angela Powell, Case Manager – North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging

·         Angie Estes, Service Navigation Coordinator – North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging

·         Delia Parker, Staff Attorney – Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

·         Lisa Roach, Enrollment Solutions Outreach Specialist – Catholic Charities of Dallas

·         Linda Christianson, Site Coordinator – Catholic Charities of Dallas


A light lunch will be available with a suggestion donation of $5 per person


For additional information on this and other important events, please visit our website at


Contact: Mr. Marty Mascari   Phone (940) 390-8087



North Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Centers:

Serving: Collin, Denton, Hood and Somervell Counties

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Caregiver Conference

Caregiver Conference: Caring for Those You Care About

Caregiver Conference: Caring for Those You Care About


Saturday, October 8, 2011


First Presbyterian Church

Community Activity Center

408 Park Avenue

Dallas, TX

Park in the parking garage and follow the signs


8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration and Exhibits are open at 8:00 a.m. with complimentary breakfast

A sponsored lunch will also be served


How do other caregivers cope with the challenges of caregiving? Learn from each other during an interactive discussion.


Speakers will talk about the importance of medical assessment, home care, frequently asked legal questions, paying for care, and residential options to help older adults maintain their highest level of independence.


The conference is sponsored by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, the Senior Source, Alzheimer's Association and Avalon Alzheimer's Care which will have exhibit tables to provide information.


Exhibitors also include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Alert Response, AP Housecalls, Doughherty's Pharmacy, and others.


To register: Call (214) 954-4220 or email caregiver Although there is no fee, registration is requested to plan for food and materials.

If you need someone to stay with the older adult that you care for in Dallas County, respite care may be available. Call Corina at (214) 954-4220 no later than Friday, September 23.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Ticket to work webinar

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar
Ticket to Work: Support Services for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work 
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST 
If you have a disability, it is possible for you to work and continue receiving your disability benefits. Social Security's Ticket to Work and Work Incentives can provide the employment supports you need to succeed on the job. 
The September 14th national WISE webinar, Ticket to Work: Support Services for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work, will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you because of your medical condition. You will learn from Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Projects staff and Employment Network representatives about the Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives including: 
  • Information on Ticket to Work and Work Incentives
  • Answers to frequently asked questions and concerns
  • Where to find more information and assistance 
Register online or call toll free 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY)
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Housing 4 Texas Heroes information

Gov. Perry Announces New Housing4TexasHeroes Program
Gov. Perry: Veterans' Experiences, Skills are Valuable to Our Workforce Gov. Rick Perry announced Housing4TexasHeroes, a new $3 million grant program to help veterans buy, build, rehabilitate or rent a home. The governor spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 112th National Convention, where he also thanked our nation's veterans for their sacrifices, courage and leadership to protect freedom around the world.
"The freedoms we all enjoy are the direct result of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, who valued their country and their communities, above themselves," Gov. Perry said. "Housing4TexasHeroes will help ensure veterans and their families have adequate housing as they ease back into civilian life and enjoy the blessings of liberty they have earned with their own valor and sacrifice. The men and women of the United States Military are the greatest ambassadors of freedom this nation has ever sent abroad. That's why, when we send them to war, we must give them every weapon and every resource to help them succeed. And when those heroes come home, many physically scarred, others emotionally, we must devote whatever resources are needed to help them heal and live fulfilling lives."
Administered by the Texas Veterans Commission, Housing4TexasHeroes will issue grants to help veterans buy or repair their home, or renovate a home to meet special needs caused by service-related disabilities.
"The sacrifices made by the veterans and their families who will benefit from these housing grants are nothing short of extraordinary," Thomas Palladino, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission, said.
Gov. Perry is committed to ensuring our service men and women receive the opportunities and benefits they deserve, and appreciates the efforts of leaders, like Sen. Williams and Sen. Van De Putte, who make the welfare of our veterans and service members a top priority. Following the 82nd Legislative Session, Gov. Perry signed legislation establishing the College Credit for Heroes program, helping veterans graduate college more quickly and save money on tuition. He also signed legislation that ensures the votes of active-duty military members overseas will be counted, extends the property tax exemption for fully disabled veterans to their surviving spouse, and ensures the property tax exemption follows disabled veterans to a new property if they move.
For more information about the governor's veterans' initiatives, please visit
For more information on Housing4TexasHeroes, please visit
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Hoarding resources

Clutterer's Anonymous                                           1800-871-9012  access code 6705172#

Telephone support groups


ADD Adult Support Group of Dallas                                972-664-0035

Coordinator:  Cyndi Sweet                         

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Thursday

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Dallas Presbyterian Hospital

8200 Walnut Hill


International OCD Foundation                 


OCD Support Groups

Sponsor: Peggy McMahon, PhD                                                Lisa Buchanan,,

2nd Monday of each month,                                        (214) 906-1692 or

7:45 to 9:00 p.m. (No mtg in Aug or Dec)        Peggy McMahon (214) 923-6778

Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Medical Plaza I - Conference Center
403 W. Campbell Road (west of I-75)
Open to:  Parents of children with OCD, adults with OCD, family members/friends of people with OCD, teens with OCD.
Fee:  Free


Institute for Challenging Disorganization


Hoarding Cleanup

AAA Scene Cleaners                                                       817-773-3330



Anubis Specialty Clening                                               972-322-2506


Dallas Hoarding Cleanup                                               1-866-376-4872



USA Decon                                                                         214-350-8100




 Sheryl R. Jackson, PhD                                                  Phone: (817).909.7995
Colleyville, TX 76034  US                                                Email:


Nancy McWaters                                                             972-918-0170

Richardson, TX 75080                                            


Miles I. Morrison, LCSW, DCSW, SAP                                     972.964.3214


Peggy McMahon, PhD - BTI Graduate                                     (214).923.6778
Plano, TX 75093  


M. Kathleen Norris, MA, LPC - BTI Graduate                       (817).239.9889
Answers for Anxiety Counseling                                                     

Bedford, TX 76022  US

Kim Rockwell-Evans, PhD                                                            (214) 368-6999
Richardson, TX 75080                                                            

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Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group, Dallas




Do you think you could have a hoarding and

cluttering problem?

Does your excess stuff pose a health, safety, or fire hazard?




Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group


Every Month on the 4th Tuesday

10 – 11:15 am

624 N. Good-Latimer Dallas, TX 75204

214-871-2420 ext. 118

Brought to you by the

Hoarding Task Force of Greater Dallas

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Job Fair for Individuals 50+, Dallas area

Put Experience To Work 2011

A Job Fair For Individuals 50+



Whether you are actively looking for a new job, planning a career change or wanting to return to the workforce after retirement, if you are age 50+, you are encouraged to attend this job fair.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Skillman Church of Christ

3014 Skillman Street

Dallas, Texas  75206


9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


¨ Bring Multiple Copies of Your Resume.

¨ Be Prepared to Discuss Your Skills And Strengths.

¨ Dress For Success.


Attendees will be able to meet with employers seeking applicants for both part-time and full-time opportunities and from entry-level positions to highly skilled professional positions. 



For more information, contact The Senior Source, Senior Employment Program staff at 214.823.5700 or visit our website at           


Hosted by the Dallas Senior Employment Council, a coalition of community organizations and businesses interested in promoting employment opportunities for older adults including AARP Foundation Worksearch, Skillman Church of Christ, City of Dallas Senior Services, Avalon Residential Care Homes, Inc., and The Senior Source, Senior Employment Program.

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