Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Number one cause of falls for older adults

The Number One Thing That Causes Seniors to Stumble

Water-soaked bathtubs and hidden patches of black ice may be the go-to suspects when it comes to senior falls, but recent research published in "The Lancet," tells a different story about tumbles in long-term care communities.

Scientists examined video clips of hundreds of aging adults staying in long-term care and found some interesting patterns:

  • The number one cause of senior stumbles? Loss of balance. 41 percent of falls occurred when a movement unexpectedly shifted a senior's center of gravity, causing them to lose their stability and topple over.
  • Trips and stumbles accounted for 21 percent of tumbles. While slips (i.e. in the bathtub) only caused 3 percent of senior spills.
  • Most falls happened when a senior was doing one of three activities: walking forward (24 percent), standing (13 percent) or sitting (12 percent).
Caregivers can help prevent falls
Falling poses a significant threat to a senior's health.
Among the aging population, falls are the primary cause of hospitalization and death from an injury. About one out of every three elders takes a tumble each year.
There are some steps you can take to keep your loved one steady on their feet:
  1. Encourage physical activity: According to the National Institutes of Health, muscle weakness and inflexibility are two key factors that can increase an elder's risk of falling. Exercise programs that focus on increasing a loved one's strength, endurance and flexibility can cut their chances of experiencing a serious stumble.
  2. Get their medications checked: Certain medications (or medication combinations) can make a senior more prone to feelings of dizziness or disorientation. If you feel your loved one's prescriptions are upping their odds for a fall, check-in with their doctor to see what can be done.
  3. Remove obstacles: Whenever possible, make sure to clear a path for your loved one by removing tripping hazards such as area rugs, low-lying furniture and loose electrical cords.
 
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Dallas Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference

Richard J. Price Caregiver Conference

"Caring Through the Storms"

Conference Schedule

8:15 – 9:00 Registration/Breakfast/Exhibits
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks and Welcome Mike Spencer, President & CEO Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter
9:15 – 10:45 Keynote AddressDementia-Related Behaviors: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
10:45 – 11:00 Break/Exhibits
11:00 – 12:00 Care Giver Strategies for Promoting Health and Safety in the Home & Community for Persons With Dementia Regina Michael Campbell, OTR, MS, FAOTA
12:15 – 1:15 LunchR.J. Roper Caregiver Awards
1:15 – 2:00 Using Memory Books for Persons With Dementia Sharon Garst, M.S., CCC-SLP Pam Kovacs
2:00 – 2:45 Management of Dementia in the Hospital Setting Julio C. Rojas, M.D., Ph.D.

2:45 – 3:00 Break/Exhibits

3:00 – 4:00 The Palliative Care Paradigm for Serious Illness: The Special Needs of Dementia Patients Robert L. Fine, M.D.
4:00 – 4:15 Closing Remarks Debra Adams, Vice President of Programs and Services Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.Conference is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church

9200 Inwood RoadDallas, Texas 75220

Register Today! Space is Limited

General Public: $10

CEU Professionals: $60

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

You must register for respite care by October 26, 2012.

For more information, please contact 1.800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/greaterdallas

CEU approval for 5.00 hours is pending for Activity Directors, Administrators, Guardians, Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers. 5.25 Nursing CEUs will be provided through the Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Our Keynote speaker is:
Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke UniversityDirector, Duke Center for Aging Family Support Program, Durham, N.C.

Lisa Gwyther is a clinical social worker who has worked in the field of Alzheimer's care, research and education for thirty-five years. She is the education director of the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University. The author of over 130 scientific and lay publications, she was honored in 1998 as one of the founders of the national Alzheimer's Association and has won national and state awards for documentaries on Alzheimer's disease and creativity in Alzheimer's programming.

Regina Michael Campbell, OTR, MS, FAOTA
Associate Professor, Texas Woman's University,School of Occupational Therapy, T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences, Dallas, Texas

Reggie Campbell is an occupational therapist educator and practitioner who, over the tenure of her career, has worked to help older adults with neurological disorders transition from hospital to home and the community. As a professional community leader as well as a person who has a personal family experience with Alzheimer's disease, Reggie has advocated for health promotion education and environmental change that enables persons with dementia and their families "to live life to the fullest".

Diane Garst, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Faculty in Communication Disorders, UT Dallas

Diane Garst lectures in the undergraduate speech-pathology and audiology program and supervises graduate students in speech-language pathology. Her work focuses on adults with developmental disabilities as well as speech and language disorders in stroke and dementia. She is active in research of discourse production and supervises graduate students at Friends Place.

Pam Kovacs
Executive Director, Friends Place Adult Day Services, Richardson, Texas

Pam Kovacs founded Friends Place in 2005 out of her strong desire to enhance the lives of those affected by dementia as part of her belief that everyone deserves a life with meaning and purpose. She is a healthcare professional with extensive Alzheimer's knowledge, training and more than 30 years in the field of aging.

Julio C. Rojas, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Rojas received his doctorate in neuroscience at UT Austin with a dissertation on "Strategies of neuroprotection against mitochondrial dysfunction." Since then, he developed the first in vivo toxicological model of Leber's optic neuropathy, and he provided the first demonstrations of the neuroprotective effects of the antioxidant methlene blue in the brain parenchyma. Dr. Rojas has conducted pioneer work in the use of near-infrared light therapy for memory enhancement and neuroprotection. He is the co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and has received several awards, including 2004 CONACYT's Scholarship for Graduate Studies Abroad, the 2008 LLILAS E.D. Farmer Fellowship, and the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Young Research Fellowship. He is currently a senior Neurology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Robert L. Fine, M.D.
Director, Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care, Baylor Health System, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Fine received his M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1978 and completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in 1981. He has completed board certification in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine. He is the lead physician author of the Texas Advance Directives Act, including the official living will for the state of Texas, and the founder of both the Clinical Ethics Consultation Services and the Supportive and Palliative Care Services across Baylor Health Care System. He has been a member of the National Quality Forum Expert Consensus Panel on Palliative Care. Under Dr. Fine's leadership, the Supportive and Palliative Care team at Baylor University Medical Center received a Circle of Life Award in 2009 from the American Hospital Association, and in 2012, became the first palliative care program in Texas and one of the first 10 in the country to receive certification from the Joint Commission.


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Wills Clinic for older adults

DO YOU NEED A WILL…????

ARE YOU AGE 60 OR OLDER…????

 

WILLS CLINIC

 

SPONSORED BY:

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

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dallas Area Agency on Aging

1349 Empire Central Suite 400

Dallas, 75247

 

9:00 A.M. TO NOON

                                                                                                                                                           

CRITERIA:

·        *INCOME ELIGIBILITY WILL BE VERIFIED

·        MUST BE A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT (Proof Required)

 

PROCESS:

·        INTAKE CLINIC\PAPERWORK

·        REFERRAL TO ATTORNEY

·        LETTER TO CLIENT

·        EXECUTE

 

Limited Space Available

RSVP REQUIRED:  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.



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Medicare one on one appointments available for November 1

IT'S MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD!

DO YOU HAVE MEDICARE AND NEED HELP IN CHOOSING THE BEST PLAN FOR 2013?

The Dallas Area Agency on Aging have Benefits Specialists available to help you.

We still have appointment slots available.

WHEN:  Thursday, November 1, 2012

Call Carolyn Toliver @ 214-954-4204

Or

Sheila Robinson @ 214-954-4217

For an appointment

Dallas County residents only.

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Veterans Day Services at the DFW National Cemetery

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

D-FW National Cemetery

2000 Mountain Creek Parkway

Dallas, TX

NOVEMBER 11, 2012

3:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Colonel Keith Knudson

Commander 419th

Fighter Wing

Hill AFB, Utah

"Missing Man" flyby tribute provided by

USAF Reserve

917th Fighter Group - 47th Fighter Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA

"Cannon Salute" rendered by 2nd Battalion,

14th Marines

Mountain View College Community Band

Dallas Police Department Choir

The 2012 Veterans Day Program at the Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery will

begin at 3 p.m. sharp on November 11th (Sunday) at the Dallas – Fort Worth

National Cemetery. Please come early and bring a chair.


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Free Phones & Emergency Alert Buttons

Please Join us at the

American Foundation for the Blind,

11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, TX 75229

November 1, 2012 at 1:00pm

 

To Qualify for Free Phones & Emergency Alert Buttons for those who have a disability or impairment.

FREE telephones and SOS Emergency Buttons are provided under the Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services program called STAP.   The term STAP means Specialized Telecommunication AssistanceProgram, and it is available to all Texas residents if you meet the following conditions.

        1. You must live in Texas and have proof of residency

        2. You must have one of the qualifying needs.

·         Hard of hearing, or deaf.

·         Vision impaired or blind.

·         Mobility impaired

·         Cognitive impaired

·         Speech difficulties

As mentioned STAP provides telephones and equipment that meet the qualifying guidelines.  Some of the equipment is amplified telephones, big button or speakerphones and phones that can be answered remotely with a pendant or button, cell phones, and other types. In additionFree Emergency Alert Buttons are provided at no cost. ****Please bring documentation to prove you live in Texas that shows your current address****

(Drivers License, Utility bill, voter's Registration, Texas ID)

 

GayleaLunday, STAP Specialist

Vival McCarty  Phone: 940-535-8244

STAP History

In 1999, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1441, expanding the STAP to include all individuals with a disability that impairs the ability to effectively access the telephone network.
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Power of healing through intentional stillness

two Mondays at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church

5835 Penrose Avenue, Dallas   

6-7 PM

 
November 5th - Be Still

Thanksgiving blessing meditation led by Tom Lloyd, supportive touch by massage therapists Jeff Chandler and Cindy Spence.  An opportunity to center and breathe deeply as we approach the winter holidays.  Blankets, supportive props and bottle water provided.  Cost: $30.

 

 

November 19th - Sound Healing

Gong meditation uses sound vibration to sooth, invigorate, and relax the body.  Internationally-acclaimed musician Kenny Kolter will perform live for this powerful meditation.  Blankets, props and bottled water provided.  Visit www.gongmeditation.com to learn more about Kenny's work.  Cost: $25.

 

 

Registration required.  

Contact Cindy Spence at heepspence@aol.com

or 469-233-5124.



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Friday, October 26, 2012

Caregiver Support Group

To enhance the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias caregiver support group

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

Call 1 800 272 3900, or visit us at: alz.org

 To attend this support group

 To find a support group in another area

 To learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services

 To access our services day or night

 To volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease
Presented by

Location: Partner Building, 1st floor conference room Alzheimer’s Association

Facility Name: Juliette Fowler Homes Greater Dallas Chapter

Address: 1234 Abrams Road Date: 2nd Wed. of the month

Dallas, Texas 75214 Wed. November 14th

Phone contact: Shellie Wolf Time: 10 am to 11:30 am

214-515-1343

shelliew@fowlerhomes.org

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hiring Event

JCEP is hosting an American General Life & Accident (AGLA) Hiring Event


Employer Partner is hiring INSURANCE ADVISORS (YR 1 Target earning $40k-60K)

No college degreed required. Military friendly and mentors. General Manager-TX, LA, OK is a Veteran

Oct. 30th in Grand Prairie – GP-Armed Forces Reserves Center (AFRC).
TO REGISTER: contact KATTY at: katty.benson@jcep.info 817-689-9853

Hiring Event for Employer Partner:

“American General Life & Accident”

Is Hiring for

INSURANCE ADVISORS

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Center

397 Armed Forces Dr. Bldg# 8300 Grand Prairie, Texas 75051

(Located at 3200 Jefferson and 300 Camden Road )

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

(Three 1-hour recruiting sessions, by appointment)

SESSION TIME:

1 10:00 am – 11:00 am

2 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

3  12:00pm – 1:00 pm

To Register and Schedule an appointment:

Please Contact Katty Benson, JCEP Administrative Assistant, at:

Email: katty.benson@jcep.info or Business Cell # 817-689-9853.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION:

American General Life and Accident (AGLA)
Insurance Company - Career Opportunity

AGLA is seeking Sales Professionals who are self-motivated, customer service oriented individuals to sell, market, and service our superior, differentiated insurance products to existing clients and new customers. As a full time employee agent or a part time sales associate, you would help individuals, families and businesses secure their tomorrows. Entry level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply.

AGLA expects, supports and rewards performance: You earn a salary during initial training, and then your compensation is performance-based, with tremendous sales incentive opportunity.

Target earning for Year One is $40K-60K.

Sales or insurance experience is not required for this role! AGLA provides a world-class training program that prepares associates for success. AGLA assists associates in attaining their insurance license.

Job Qualifications Include:

• Excellent communication skills. Not only must you be a great listener, you must have the ability to explain complex information in a simple and concise manner.

• Exceptional time-management and organizational skills. Attention to detail.

• Basic computer skills

• High school diploma or equivalent (GED) with a valid state driver’s license and reliable insured transportation

• Ability to obtain (or current possession of) an active Life/Health license

• Self-motivated and self-disciplined, with ability to work on your own

• Outgoing personality with expertise at developing relationships with a strong network of contacts
Contact your JCEP Counselor or JCEP staff to get more details and Point of Contact (POC) information to make direct inquiries.
Efren Villanueva
JCEP Business/Site Manager, Contractor, The Paxen Group
National Guard – Job Connection Education Program (JCEP)
(817) 689-1329 efren.villanueva@jcep.info http://jcep.info

Free phones and emergency alert systems


Please Join us at the

American Foundation for the Blind,

11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, TX 75229

November 1, 2012 at 1:00pm



To Qualify for Free Phones & Emergency Alert Buttons for those who have a disability or impairment.

FREE telephones and SOS Emergency Buttons are provided under the Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services program called STAP. The term STAP means Specialized Telecommunication AssistanceProgram, and it is available to all Texas residents if you meet the following conditions.

1. You must live in Texas and have proof of residency

2. You must have one of the qualifying needs.

• Hard of hearing, or deaf.

• Vision impaired or blind.

• Mobility impaired

• Cognitive impaired

• Speech difficulties

As mentioned STAP provides telephones and equipment that meet the qualifying guidelines. Some of the equipment is amplified telephones, big button or speakerphones and phones that can be answered remotely with a pendant or button, cell phones, and other types. In additionFree Emergency Alert Buttons are provided at no cost. ****Please bring documentation to prove you live in Texas that shows your current address****

(Drivers License, Utility bill, voter’s Registration, Texas ID)



GayleaLunday, STAP Specialist

Vival McCarty Phone: 940-535-8244

STAP History

In 1999, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1441, expanding the STAP to include all individuals with a disability that impairs the ability to effectively access the telephone network.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Free Spay and Neuter Event for Dallas residents

 
 
  Free Spay & Neuter Events
only for Dallas Residents who live in the zip codes listed below
 
 

BF 2
Don't miss these amazing opportunities!


For Dallas Residents in the following zip codes:

75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211,

75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224,

75227,75232, 75233, 75236, 75237,

75241,75249, 75253


Make your appointment now to have your pet


sterilized and vaccinated!



Sunday, October 7th, 2012

&

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Dallas Animal Services
1818 Westmoreland
 (I-30 & Westmoreland)

Dallas, 75212

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Email spaydallas@yahoo.com

or call 972-498-8800


to make your appointment today!
 

If you have difficulty with the email link listed above,
please copy and paste into your email. 


 
First come, first serve. 
Includes Feral Cats, too!Puppies/kittens must weigh at least 2 pounds.

Info we need from you:
Name, address, home or cell phone, e-mail address,
Pet Name, cat/dog, male/female, breed, age, weight

If you cannot be at either of these events, please contact any
of the other partners in the Big Fix for Big D for future
events or appointments.
  Dallas Animal Services        KCAAP          MAC        SPCA of Texas
              214.670.6800                   972.472.3500    972.498.8800        214.742.SPCA
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