Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Employment for older adults

Senior Connection

A support group for job seekers 50+


Senior Connection links older adults to:


other job seekers and job leads

career counseling

job hunting tips & hints

the latest market information

educational opportunities


The Senior Source is located at 3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75219


January 3 New Year — New Strategies for Your Job Search

Senior Employment Program Staff


January 17 Preparing for a Phone Interview

Tom Wood, Executive Recruiter, TNS Partners


February 7 SPECIAL EXTENDED SEMINAR: 10:00 am – 12 noon; resuming at 1:00 – 3:00pm - Personal Branding at its Best

Fred Shlesinger, Motivational Speaker & Financial Planner, Principal Financial Group


February 21 The 10 Basics of Networking

Jon Stotts, Chief Marketing Officer,


March 7 The New World of Work

Terri Maxwell, CEO, Succeed on Purpose, Inc.


March 21 How to Avoid Scams and Fraud/The Vulture Culture

Lynda Ender, Director, Advocacy Group for Elders

Kim Marckmann, Trainer/Job Developer, Senior Employment Program

The Senior Source is located at

3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75219


Senior Connection meets the first and third Thursdays of each month

10:00-12:00 noon. Please Be On Time!

Free parking is available in front

and at side of building.


RSVP required. Please call 214.823.5700 or email
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Did you Change Your Medicare Plan for 2013 and Need to Know How it Works?








4.      DO YOU NEED HELP IN PAYING FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS?  You may qualify for extra help.



We will have Benefits Counselors available on THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013 to work with you one-on-one.

CALL Carolyn Toliver @ 214-954-4204 to make an appointment


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APS Seminar - How is APS working with older adults

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

8:30 a.m. - Registration and Networking

Coffee and Pastries (Contribution Appreciated)


9:00 a.m. – Presentation

Lisa B. Scruggs

Community Initiatives Specialist, Adult Protective Services



Dallas Area Agency on Aging, Woodview Tower, 1st Floor Conference Center

1349 Empire Central Dr., Dallas, TX 75247



RSVP: or (214) 954-4220

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas

Announcing the opening of a Durable Medical Equipment Exchange in Dallas
We Are Licensed and Open
Tues and Thur 9-5!
Logo Shiloh 
Today we received our license as a Texas Medical Salvage Establishment.
Now we can begin the important work of distributing medical equipment to needy individuals.
Clients will must have a doctor's prescription, be a Dallas county resident and demonstrate need as uninsured or under-insured and living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Immediate need for 3 Marines

December 13, 2012


To Whom It May Concern:


Operation Care International (OCI) is preparing for the 2012 Christmas Gift. For the ninth year, on December 15, OCI will transform three halls in the Dallas Convention Center into a Center of Hope. The event has been described as the nation's largest Christmas Party for the homeless.


OCI annually hosts four seasonal outreach events to the homeless in Dallas. The largest event is the Christmas party, called "Christmas Gift," which is held at the Dallas Convention Center. This event has drawn over 10,000 homeless guests and over 3000 volunteers each year for the past three years. Christmas Gift provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the guests by providing a variety of goods and services including: medical screenings, food, and personal care items. Additionally, there are organizations at the event to assist homeless guests with housing, education, job counseling, legal services, and rehabilitation and treatment services. The Christmas Gift goes the extra mile to treat the homeless with dignity and respect by treating guests to makeovers, haircuts, entertainment, family portraits with Santa and Christmas gifts. A special area for children includes a craft area, face painting, pony rides, rock wall climbing and a petting zoo, and special children's entertainment. To find out more, please visit


Why reach out to the homeless and impoverished? Investing in people is the most enduring legacy we can make. Over 111,000 thousand lives have been reached through this organization. It is deeply gratifying to lives have been changed and becoming contributing members to their family, community and society because somebody cares like you.


We want you to be a part of this incredible life-changing experience. How can you help? We need the marines to be the saber guards to the 3 homeless vets as the 6 homeless vets are being honored on Saturday, December 15th. We need them to be there at 7:45 a.m. just to help us honor our WWII vet, Mr. Orville Rogers and 6 homeless vets. They need to hold their swords up as the homeless vets will go under it. We usually have 400 homeless vets. Thank you for caring.


Go to our web at


Together, we can make a difference in lives of these children in our community.




Susie Y. Jennings, RN
Founder and President

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free seminar on access to Apple Products

Please join us, and help us spread the word by sharing this announcement far and wide…


IPhone, iPod & iPad

Get the iNFORMATION You Need…


Come to a Free Seminar at

American Foundation for the Blind

Center on Vision Loss


Presented by

Marci Duty, Christal Vision  & Neva Fairchild, AFB

This 3 hour seminar will focus on iOS devices and the latest  built-in accessibility for people with low or no vision. Learn about Zoom and Voice Over, the gestures used with touch screens and apps to make your life easier. If you get an iDevice for Christmas, bring it with you for hands-on learning. If you're still thinking about purchasing an Apple product, come and see how an iOS device can change your life. Representatives from Verizon Wireless will have some devices for you to use, if you don't have your own. And, Freedom Scientific will have Focus Blue braille displays available to try hands-on, if you've never experienced using your iDevice with braille!


When: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 1 to 4 pm

Where: AFB Center on Vision Loss

11030 Ables Lane Dallas, TX 75229


RSVP to 214-438-5316 or as in-person seating is limited to the first 50 participants.


You can also attend this seminar using the TC Conference webinar platform.


Listed below are steps to verify that your system is capable of running the TC Conference software. Following these instructions are all the information needed for joining the presentation

itself, including the username and password. Finally, we have included some useful keystrokes for using TC Conference.


Verifying System Readiness.

If you have not used TC Conference or if it has been quite some time, please visit the following website and activate the link to "Perform the Verification"

a day or two before the presentation. If necessary, download and install the current version of Java, as well as the TC Conference plug-in. Links are provided

on the page. If you need assistance, contact us by sending an email to


System Verification

You will not be able to enter the conference room itself until one hour before the actual presentation.


For best results, using Internet Explorer is recommended. A headset with microphone makes the dialog more clear. For those who cannot or choose not to

use a microphone, text messaging is available for all participants.


Logging In for the Presentation

Here are the steps to get into the conference room. The room will be open at noon central time, one hour before the presentation begins at 1:00 Central



1. Go to


2. Activate the link to Enter the Room

3. Wait several seconds before the security alert pops up (this could take a full minute) and press OK. Those using a screen reader may only hear the words

"Security Alert." Press the Enter key to accept the OK button.

4. Enter the login credentials:

Username: [participants should enter their first and last names]

Password: free (all in lowercase letters)


Useful Keystrokes

To speak when the microphone is available, hold down the Ctrl key, release when done speaking

To send a text message to the group, press F8, type the message and press Enter

To move to the list of text messages, press F9 and arrow through them

To jump to the list of participants press F7

To find out who is speaking press alt+e

To move to various parts of the TC Conference window use Tab and shift+Tab


Another Opportunity to learn about Apple products…


Gigi Firth is a member of the Apple core of Dallas, which is a user group for Apple devices like the iPhone and Mac computer. It is primarily a group for cited users at this time, but Gigi has proposed the idea of setting up a group for people with vision loss to be part of The Apple Corps of Dallas. She is particularly interested in establishing a special interest group for Voice Over users. She would like to combine mobile users and Macintosh computer voice over users. Would you be interested in helping to establish this group? If you are, call Gigi at 214-827-7734 or email her at She needs at least 5 other Voice Over users to establish the group. This is your chance to begin something meaningful for yourself and others. Check out The Apple Core of Dallas at

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Webinar on Multi-Generational Living for anyone caring for or will be caring for older adult in their home

Webinar on Multi-Generational Living


This webinar is part of the American Society on Aging Family Caregiver Support Series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.


The webinar is designed for anyone who is currently, or will be, caring for an older adult in their home.  The information presented will introduce you to multigenerational living and outline the advantages and disadvantages.


Participants in this web seminar will:


·         Find out how to decide if multi-generational living is right for your family

·         Learn about some of the emotional issues to address, and how to enlist support

·         Get tips on how to prepare your home for an older adult's arrival




Dr. Amy D'Aprix, Executive Director of the DAI Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to meet the needs of caregivers and President of Dr. Amy Inc., a company dedicated to Family Caregiver Wellness


Mary Alexander, Director of Strategic Alliances with Home Instead Senior Care Corporation


Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET



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Year of Elder Abuse Prevention - New Resources Posted

Year of Elder Abuse Prevention--New Resources Posted


As part of the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention (YEAP), announced in September, the Administration on Aging (AoA) is pleased to provide information, tools, and resources to support federal, state and local partners in their efforts to raise public awareness about elder abuse and shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden problem.  The YEAP toolkit includes an outreach guide, event planning materials, fact sheets, a Frequently Asked Questions booklet, web banner designs, YEAP poster, as well as customizable YEAP templates for newsletters, Power Points, and event flyers.  In addition, the webpage contains information on social media outreach, including simple social media posts to help in promoting elder justice information and activities across popular social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.  YEAP webpage.

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Webinar on For Aging Network Professionals: Critical Legal Issues in Alzheimer's

Webinar on For Aging Network Professionals: Critical Legal Issues in Alzheimer's

Presented by the Administration for Community Living's Administration on Aging and the American Bar Association, this webinar is part of the Legal Resources and Alzheimer's Webinar Series, which aims to provide continuing education to develop dementia capable legal professionals.  It is open to any professional in law or aging.

Topic:  For Aging Network Professionals: Critical Legal Issues in Alzheimer's


• Common legal issues
• When to seek legal assistance
• Legal issue resources
• Finding dementia capable legal assistance



·         David Godfrey, Esq., Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

·         Troy Johnson, MSW, Director of Programs and Services, Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass

·         Jane Tilly, DrPH, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging


Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern




The Legal Resources and Alzheimer's Webinar Series covers legal issues of people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their caregivers. Persons with Alzheimer's disease are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and neglect both at home and in care facilities. These webinars, as outlined in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, will help ensure that people with AD have their dignity, safety, and rights maintained.

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Medicare Refresher





Friday, December 14, 2012

9:00am – 12:00noon

Center for Community Cooperation

Gulf/Rio Room

2900 Live Oak, Dallas 75204



RSVP to Corina Castro 214-954-4220 or

Dallas Area Agency on Aging

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Monday, December 3, 2012

10 Things that Make you Feel Old - and What to do About Them

10 Things That Make You Feel Old—and What To Do About Them,%202012
Death and taxes are understood to be the only inevitable elements of life. But, there's a third issue that many of us automatically assume is unavoidable as well—getting old.
We chalk our flagging energy levels and stiffening joints up to what Larry Matson, Ed.D, co-author of the book, "Live Young, Think Young, Be Young…at Any Age," calls the, "immutable and mysterious aging process."
But the notion of aging as an uncontrollable, unstoppable force may, in fact, be faulty.
According to Matson, once a person reaches their physical peak (somewhere between 30 and 35 years old) less than one percent of physical and mental decline each year can be attributed to the aging process alone.
"We think it's normal to be over-weight at 40, have multiple chronic diseases at 60 and be totally dependent at 70," he says. "But age is really a measure of time, not how 'old' we are."
How to avoid feeling your age
Matson provides a list of the factors that cause people to physically and mentally feel the effects of advancing years—and simple tips for reducing their impact:
  1. Absence of physical activity: Matson points to physical disuse as the number one thing that accelerates age and is associated with the vast majority of chronic diseases. Even if you can't make it to the gym every day, there are still things you can do to stay active. Pay attention to your posture—keep your shoulders back, stand and sit up taller, and don't slouch. Take deeper breaths. Always walk as if you're going to be late for a meeting or an appointment, and look for ways to insert small bouts of physical activity into your day.
  2. Meager mental stimulation: Mental neglect comes in a close second to physical disuse in the rankings of factors that make us feel older. "As we get older, we just don't realize how much less we use our mind," Matson says, "We get zoned into a particular job task and get good at it, but we don't use other parts of our brain." After a long day of caregiving, you may be just wishing for a few minutes to sit and veg out in front of your favorite television show. Instead, try adding one mentally-stimulating activity to your nightly routine. Tackle a Sudoku puzzle, knock out a few chapters of that book club book you promised you'd read, commit to learning a new hobby. Anything that forces your brain to work in a way that it normally wouldn't.
  3. Disastrous dietary decisions: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins—you've heard the balanced nutrition spiel before. Another way to optimize your eating plan is to munch more mindfully and slowly. Recognize the rule of halves: half of the pleasure of eating happens in the first bite and is then reduced by half with each subsequent mouthful.
  4. Excessive stress: Chronic stress, an epidemic among caregivers, can cause your cortisol levels to skyrocket, leading to inflammation and metabolic malfunctioning. Identify the things that stress you out, anticipate when they will occur, and take steps to manage your response. Take deep breaths, meditate, participate in a yoga class—whatever helps you feel more calm and centered.
  5. Attitude adjustment: "Most people underestimate the effect of the mind, but research in this area is very powerful," Matson says. Caregivers often feel that they should be able to do everything for their loved one. They adopt a "fix it" mentality that can lead to feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. Try to become more in-tune with the tone of your inner voice and swap negative notions with positive affirmations. Matson also suggests searching for ways to help others—such as offering support and advice to fellow caregivers.
  6. Alcohol in abundance: Research indicates that small amounts of alcohol may provide certain health benefits, but women especially should aim for imbibing no more than two drinks in a single day. Beyond that, the drawbacks of alcohol begin to outweigh the benefits.
  7. Second-hand smoke: Plain and simple—don't put up with secondhand smoke. For non-smokers, long-term exposure to second hand smoke is nearly as bad as puffing on an actual cigarette. Set boundaries. "It is the smoker's responsibility to smoke away from you and others," Matson says.
  8. Chemical contaminants: Since you don't have much control over the environment when you're outside, be sure to minimize your exposure to chemicals while in your own home. Invest in a water filter and cut down on how often you use aerosol cleaning and beauty products.
  9. Pill-popping: Poly-pharmacy is a big problem for many adults, one that only get worse with age. Medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), while helpful for managing certain conditions, may end up doing more harm than good in the long run. "Know what you're taking and why you're taking it," Matson advises. He says that many medications are prescribed for conditions that can be otherwise managed by making lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor if there's any way you can safely reduce your dosage, or go off a prescription all together.
  10. The genetic gamble: You may not be able to alter your genetic code, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of your detrimental genes. Research your family history and make the lifestyle changes necessary to accommodate your unique set of inherited vulnerabilities.
There's no magic bullet that can cure aging, no miracle restorative regimen that everyone can follow and never experience the symptoms of chronic disease.
But making small, simple lifestyle changes can improve your physical and mental wellbeing—no matter how many candles weigh down your birthday cake.
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Benefits Educational Seminars

Dallas Area Agency on Aging 

Benefits Educational Seminars


   Join us for the last meeting of the year!



                            ON THE

      2013 Medicare Updates



Friday, December 14, 2012

9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Center for Community Cooperation

2900 Live Oak; Dallas, Texas 75204


Please RSVP Corina Castro by calling (214) 954-4220 or

e-mail at

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Pearl Harbor Service

Remember Pearl Harbor

Laurel Land Memorial Park

Friday, December 7,2012 12:30 PM

Laurel Land Memorial Park, 6000 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas
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