Monday, September 17, 2012

Medicare Open Enrollment Sites

If you need to shop for a Medicare health plan or a Medicare D prescription drug policy, your open enrollment period is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. Below is a list of locations where you can get one-on-one assistance.

Dallas Area Agency on Aging


• For enrollment into a Medicare Health Plan or Medicare Part D(Prescription Drug) Plan

• Bring your Medicare Card and list of your Prescriptions


October 15, October 25

Elmwood/King Senior Center Marillac Social Center

1315 Berkley, Dallas 74224 2827 Lapsley, Dallas 75212

214-330-7144 214-638-4997

October 22, October 30

Seagoville Senior Center Resource Center Dallas

304 E. Farmers Rd. Seagoville 75159 2701 Reagan St. Dallas 75219

972-287-4113 214-521-5124

October 24


Pleasant Grove Senior Center

7224 Umphress, Dallas 75217



November 1, 9:00am-4:00pm 

November 15, 9:00am-12:00noon

Dallas Area Agency on Aging Senior Source

1349 Empire Central, Suite 150 3910 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas 75219

Dallas 75247 214-823-5700


November 2, November 16

Richardson Senior Center The Summit

820 W. Arapaho Rd. Richardson 75080 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie 75052

972-744-7800 972-237-4141

November 5, November 19

Mesquite-Evans Senior Center Duncanville Senior Center

1116 Hillcrest, Mesquite 75149 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville 75116

972-285-6761 972-780-5073

November 7, November 28

Irving-Heritage Senior Center
200 S. Jefferson, Irving 75060

Hutchins Senior Center

500 W. Hickman, Hutchins 75141

972-721-2496 972-225-1032


December 6


Dallas Area Agency on Aging

1349 Empire Central, Suite 150

Dallas, TX 75247


Call 2-1-1 for weekly updates and additional locations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Top Cars for Older Drivers -

I'm sorry about the problems earlier with this post. I hope this will be better.

Some Cars Better Than Others for Older Drivers

Older adults who continue to drive into their 80s have a more than five-fold risk of getting into a fatal accident than middle-aged motorists, according to a new Consumer Reports analysis.
Age-related declines in sight, reflexes and mental acuity can make the task of driving more difficult and dangerous for an elderly person. Many states have implemented special requirements for seniors seeking to renew their driver's licenses, including additional road tests and driver's education courses.
To an aging adult, a car represents a source of much-needed mobility in a world where grocery stores, doctor's offices and shopping centers often aren't within walking distance. Most seniors are understandably reluctant to relinquish the keys to such a vital piece of freedom.
Companies are beginning to include extra features in vehicles aimed at keeping older adults behind the wheel longer. Features like large buttons, backup cameras, and programs that will notify a driver if they've veered out of their lane are becoming commonplace in many recently-made automobiles.
In their investigation, Consumer Reports included a list of cars recommended for older drivers. These automobiles were chosen based on how they scored in assessments of visibility, controls, driving position, comfort and access.
Their list of senior-friendly vehicles includes:
  • Subaru: Impreza (2012), Legacy (2010-2013), Outback (2010-2013), and Forrester (2009-2012)
  • Mercury: Sable (2008-2009)
  • Infiniti: M (2006-2010)
  • Hyundai: Azera (2006-2011) and Genesis (2009-2012)
  • Toyota: Avalon (2005-2012), Camry (2007-2012), Highlander (2004-2012), and RAV4 (2006-2012)
  • Honda: Accord V6 (2006-2007) and Accord (2008-2012)
  • Nissan: Altima (2010-2012)
  • Volkswagen: Tiguan (2009-2012)
  • Ford: Taurus (2008-2009)
  • Lexus: RX (2006-2009)
  • Acura: RDX (2013)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Veterans government benefits guidebook

Institute for Veterans & Military Families and Griffin-Hammis Associates produce government benefits guidebook for veterans with disabilities

By Jaime Winne Alvarez, • (315) 443-0177

In response to a need for more easily accessible and organized information on governmental benefits available to veterans and their families, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), in collaboration with Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC , has released the publication “Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities.”

The four-part guide details monetary, health care and employment services and support benefits, and helps outline the interaction between government benefits and employment or self-employment. The goal is to provide veterans and their families enough information to understand how work income can affect benefits. It provides tools so they can stay financially secure while remaining eligible for supports and services, and assists in transitioning away from supports when appropriate, in a planned process.

The guidebook focuses primarily on benefit programs that are the most frequently accessed by veterans and their families, such as those issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Defense (DoD) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

“The guidebook explains how benefits can support employment and provide resources to pursue self-employment, and assists in planning benefit usage,” says James Schmeling, IVMF managing director and co-founder. “Working with both veterans and those who serve them, it became clear that there was a need for clarity on benefits available to veterans, and particularly service-disabled veterans. Too many people are unaware of the benefits available to veterans and their families, and for those who are aware, there are too many myths about benefits and work. The guide helps plan interactions between employment, self-employment and benefits.”

“The promise we as a country make to veterans with disabilities must include the opportunity to make a living. Despite the folklore surrounding loss of benefits, many protections and options exist,” says Cary Griffin, senior partner, Griffin-Hammis Associates. “While government benefits programs can be confusing, this manual concisely illustrates the key decision points one faces when returning to work or starting a business. After all, there is no government program as powerful as having meaningful work.”

To download a copy of the guidebook, visit . A print publication is forthcoming.

Cary Griffin, Senior Partner

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

5582 Klements Lane

Florence, MT 59833


Non- Service related Disability benefits for veterans

Veterans can apply for non-service related disability pension by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veteran's Application for Compensation and/or Pension.

If available, applicants will be asked to attach copies of dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates) and current medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports).

Veterans apply online at

or can call 1-800-827-1000 toll-free for more information.