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Were hosting a new event, and wed love to see you there. Join us for Seasoned Conversations| THE TRUTH ABOUT AGING IN PLACE, November 10, 2022, at 10:00 AM.Register soon because space is limited.REGISTER HEREYouve decided to stay in your home now what? Are you prepared? Have you taken steps to equip yourself and your residence for the long haul? Learn the pros and cons of aging in place during this 1 hour lively and informative panel discussion. Our expert panelists will share with you some of the most effective strategies and resources available for living safely and independently in your home as you age.Learn about precautions you can take to ensure that YOU remain in control of your lifestyle choices and decisions.NOTE: Please use the double glass doors to the left of the library doors. Enter the elevator, and the event is on the third floor.
Register to see Teepa Snow in Dallas on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022. Her full day conference A Holiday Affair with Teepa Snow will focus on Intergenerational Dementia Care. NPRA of Texas will sponsor an engaging panel discussion during the lunch hour. The conference will also be available on Zoom, if you are unable to attend in-person. The conference will offer continuing education for professionals but will also have valuable information for family caregivers. Please help us share the news about this opportunity to learn from Teepa face-to-face, especially with family caregivers.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER) at the University of Texas at San Antonio invite you to share your preferences for receiving information about TxDOT projects, providing feedback, and attending TxDOT engagement events through the online survey. They reached out to us directly because they wish to ensure that the opinions and preferences of our members are included in this important statewide survey. It takes about 5 minutes to complete, and you can access the survey using the link or the QR code below:Online survey link: (https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xK9uDiyY7etpb0
Happy Holidays, Senior Care Professionals!Please mark your calendars. Our next Senior Care Networking Group will be on Tuesday, December 6th at 8:30am. We will be meeting at Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living, and the address is below and in the attached flyer. Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Divya Javvaji with Prime MD Plus, and she will be presenting The Secret to Aging Gracefully. This will be a meeting you will not want to miss, and as always, breakfast and door prizes will be provided.Please help spread the word, and I look forward to seeing everyone there!Questions? Call Kevin Jones at (214) 878-5425
The Forum at Park Lane is an elegant full-service senior living community with30 floor plans ranging from 650-1600 square feet for independent living and assisted living apartments. We have a Healthcare Center for skilled nursing and rehabilitation. We are located on seven beautifully landscaped acres across Park Lane from North Park Mall, on a quiet street lined with stately oak trees.
Everything you love and need.At The Forum at Park Lane, youll find beautifully appointed assisted living apartments with services tailored to what you need most. Looking for a year-round home? Were here. Youll find restaurant-style dining, a spacious activity center, numerous social and recreational events, even a full-service barber and beauty salon. Everything you need meets everything you love at The Forum at Park Lane.
Experience the convenience of a carefree lock and go lifestyle on our beautiful 20-acre campus nestled within a residential neighborhood across from White Rock Lake. Explore new opportunities - fun events, interesting groups and clubs, and wellness classes on campus. Not to mention, making new friends. We invite you visit and experience CC Young.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit helps you explore North Texas - from work and healthcare destinations to shopping and entertainment - with our extensive network of rail lines, newly redesigned bus network, 31 GoLink zones, and paratransit services. DART's Senior Citizen Annual Pass lets riders 65 of age and older to get around town at a reduced rate. Reduced daily fares are also available. Learn more at DART.org/fares.Applications, Eligibility, & Program Information214-828-6717Reservations & Where's My Ride?214-515-7272General DART Information214-979-1111
Same person, different abilitiesThis topic is very personal for me. My mother, who lived an extraordinarily active and healthy life until age 75, suddenly found herself using a wheelchair for mobility after a car accident. While driving one day, she experienced a mini-stroke and lost control of her car, hitting a large stone wall head on. Thankfully, she survived, but her recovery required months in the hospital, followed by years of rehabilitation.Mom accepted her limitations with a usual positive attitude, but it wasnt easy. She hated having to rely on others because, in the past, she was always the helper, not the person needing assistance. She learned to graciously accept help when needed, though she continued to do whatever she could on her own.Life in a wheelchair was difficult for mom, but she coped well with her new normal. What bothered her more than her physical limitations was the way people looked at her once in the wheelchair. If they looked at her at all, that is. She was the same person, but treated very differently. Why do people make negative assumptions about people with disabilities?Why are people uncomfortable around people using a wheelchair?When out and about, I noticed strangers avoided making eye contact with Mom and looked over her head. If one of us happened to be nearby, they sometimes spoke to usabout heras if she were invisible.Occasionally someone spoke directly to her, but talked loudly and slowly as though she had a hearing impairment or possible dementia. Mom was sharper at her advanced age than most people 30 years younger. There was nothing wrong with her brain and she was not deaf. She simply could no longer walk easily.At a wedding, I saw people looking at Mom with pity, something she did not want or need. Very few people other than immediate family took the time to sit down and keep her company.I know people are sometimes uncomfortable with situations with which they are unfamiliar. Or perhaps theyre afraid of saying the wrong thing and unintentionally offending the other person. Plus, we are taught early on not to stare, so avoidance is often the knee-jerk reaction. I get it. I just wish it were different.So how do you treat someone in a wheelchair?The best way to talk to someone in a wheelchair is to talk to them as you would anyone else. Ignore the disability and look at the person in front of you. Here are some basic tips that might help:Speak directly to themDo not ignore the person in the wheelchair and talk only to the able-bodied person with them. This behavior is frustrating to the individual in the wheelchair. Let them know you are interested in what they have to say.Make eye contactDon't look over their head, look at their eyes. If you expect the conversation to last more than a couple of minutes, pull over a chair so you can more easily converse eye to eye.Do not touch the wheelchairTo a wheelchair user, the wheelchair is part of their personal space. Some consider it an extension of their body. Do not touch or move a person's wheelchair unless invited to do so.Ask before you helpYou might want to help if you observe someone with a disability experiencing difficulty, but always ask before helping. The person with the disability may want to try to do whatever they can on their own first, even if difficult for them. Most people prefer to try to be as independent as possible, and if it turns out they do need help, your assistance will likely be very much appreciated.Challenging the negative disability stereotypesSadly, my mom passed away four years ago at age 83. As one of her caregivers, I learned a lot over the eight years she used a wheelchair. As a result of this experience, I became a passionate advocate for disability rights.As the Publisher of 50PlusToday, an online senior lifestyle magazine, I have a platform where I can educate people about all aspects of aging, including accessibility. I work diligently to help people live their best lives as long as possible, as safely as possible. I also try to educate the general population about ways to be more inclusive. Below are some of my favorite articles from the 50PlusToday online magazine related to accessibility.Want to Age in Place? How to Make Your Home Work Long TermLets Call It VisitabilityKitchen Modifications To Make NOW (Before You Need Them!)8 Reasons Modern Bidets Are Becoming A Must-Have Bathroom Accessory: Do You Need One?Four Most Commonly Googled Questions About Grab BarsLooking for a Grab Bar That Doesnt Look Like a Grab Bar?Planning To Age in Place? Consider Universal Design Concepts6 Innovative Products/Services That Make Life Easier For Family CaregiversApproximately 20 percent of the American population lives with some sort of disability, according to the latest US Census data. Statistically, about 10% live with a visible physical disability or some type of mobility impairment. More than three million people in the U.S. use a wheelchair full-time.These are not small numbers! To effect change, we each need to do our small part to help make the world a better place for those who need a little extra help.I challenge you to start today. When you next encounter a person in a wheelchair, stop and say hello. No need to even offer to help or comment on their situation; simply make eye contact and greet them as a regular person. Because they are a regular person. People with disabilities have full lives with interesting stories and experiences to share. The hardest part of disability is being ignored.Try to see the person, not the disability.Written by Leslie Farin, Publisher 50Plus-Today, Online Senior Lifestyle MagazineRead More
Toward A More Age-Friendly DallasJust as the human body needs a good diet and exercise to thrive, the places we live, work and play our communities grow stronger with a plan for getting better with age.In Dallas, an effort is underway to make this a more livable city for everyone, whether you are eight years old, 80 or older. And what's great about this effort is that we all have the opportunity to help and to shape the future of Dallas.Public discussions about how to improve our community will come about as the City of Dallas Senior Services Program and community groups develop a five-year strategy on how to improve the livability of the city for people of all ages.To build awareness of what's happening, AARP and a popular social networking group, IACT (Innovation in Aging, Caregiving and Technology, a meetup.com group), will hold monthly in-person meetings about big issues facing Dallas.Only a few months ago, Dallas took a big step toward becoming a more age-friendly place when it entered the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities. The nationwide network involves dozens of communities, including other major Texas cities like Fort Worth, and seeks to help towns and cities find ways to strengthen the quality of neighborhoods. The work entails devising safer, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and finding opportunities for all residents to engage in their community.As I see it, Dallas leaders now have new opportunities to discuss and invest in community essentials like outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, and housing. There's also room for conversations about the other things that make for a great community like social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community and health services.Dallas is a healthy and vibrant community. Now, as the city crafts a strategy for becoming more age-friendly, we have the opportunity to set the standard for what it means to be a world-class community for people of all ages.Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Susan Williams. Susan is an associate state director with AARP Texas and can be reached at 1-866-551-5377.Read More
WHEN IS OVERNIGHT CARE NEEDED FOR SENIORS? Overnight care becomes very important for seniors and their families when comprehensive care is needed. Many seniors require help with daily activities such as bathing, eating, and grocery shopping. However, a greater benefit is seen with seniors who suffer from progressive conditions such as Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. What is Overnight Care & Who Can BenefitOvernight care is when a caregiver provides care through the night. For example, they help with using the restroom at night, provide fluids and snacks, and assists the senior with getting ready for bed. Some seniors receive help with transfer assistance and changing positions in bed throughout the night. Overnight caregivers also prepare breakfast and offer morning care such as personal hygiene and home care.Overnight care is best for those seniors who have trouble sleeping at night or who wander due to dementia. Having a caregiver available at night gives them assurance, relieves anxiety and disorientation due to disrupted sleep. Benefits of Overnight CareOvernight care gives peace of mind to your family, as you can rest assured that a highly qualified individual is providing constant care to their loved one. NIGHTTIME SUPERVISION Many seniors can wander at night due to dementia or similar conditions as they tend to experience disrupted sleep and disorientation. Frequent wakefulness that leads to wandering at night and can be dangerous. Not only can the senior be at risk for falling, but in general, seniors with these conditions should not be alone at night. An overnight caregiver can monitor them and help as needed. MEDICAL CARE In the case that a senior has epilepsy or other medical conditions and needs constant supervision, an overnight caregiver who is qualified for the specific type of care needed can help them deal with any medical condition if it gets worse. Family members can rest assured that their loved one is getting the best care possible in the case that their condition flairs up, or they face an emergency. MOBILITY ASSISTANCE Many seniors can wander at night due to dementia or similar cIf the senor must use the restroom at night, the overnight caregiver can help. This way the senior can get to the restroom safely with the help of the caregiver. ERATIC BEHAVIOR Dementia can cause a change in personality and emotional outbursts. Leaving a senior with dementia at home at night can be dangerous, so having an overnight caregiver can help prevent the seniors with these conditions from facing dangerous situations. MEDICATION SCHEDULES Forgetting to take medications is common behavior for the elderly, especially if they are alone. Some medications such as the ones for blood pressure, must be taken regularly to avoid bad consequences. An overnight caregiver can remind the senior to take the medication before bed. FORGETFULNESS For those seniors that are extremely forgetful, it can be very beneficial to have an overnight caregiver. Seniors who are forgetful can leave the stove on and even leave their doors open. A highly qualified overnight caregiver can monitor their environment and help keep them safe. DEPRESSION As seniors get older, they can have depressive thoughts. An overnight caregiver can help support them emotionally and provide companionship to help prevent them from harming themselves while they are in a depressed state. Article submitted by Robbie McCullough with Assisting Hands Home Care | www.assistinghands.com/38/texas/prestonhollow/Read More
Osteoporosis Breaking NewsOsteoporosis is a bone condition that makes bones thinner and more fragile secondary to loss of bone density. There are 40 million people affected by osteoporosis, women more often then men. Half of all postmenopausal women will have an osteoporosis related fracture during their lifetime. Fractures occur most frequently in the spine, hip and wrist. Taking measures to avoid falls is important in the prevention of fractures for those already diagnosed with the disease.Risk factors are numerous, some modifiable and others unchangeable. Non-modifiable risk factors include race (Caucasian and Asian), age, previous low-energy fracture, small bone structure and a family history of osteoporosis. More important are the modifiable risk fractures including tobacco smoking, excessive alcohol intake, inactivity, reduced calcium and vitamin D intake and reduced sex hormones. Taking medications such as prednisone, heparin and excessive thyroid replacement can also affect bone density negatively.Diagnosis is made by measuring bone mineral density with DXA scanner. There are no symptoms of osteoporosis other than fracture. A score on the DXA below -2.5 is diagnostic for osteoporosis. A score between -1.0 & -2.5 is indicative of osteopenia which represents mild bone loss.Treatment involves lifestyle changes including getting 1200 mg of calcium daily thru diet and supplementation. Getting adequate vitamin D approximately 800iu thru diet, sunlight and supplementation. Weight bearing exercise daily. Quit smoking and drink alcohol in moderation only. Additionally, establish a fall prevention program including night lights, wear sensible shoes, de-clutter space in your home, and use assistive devices like canes and walkers as needed. Also review medications that cause sedation or lightheadedness with their physician.There are numerous medical treatments for osteoporosis. Most drugs like Fosamax block resorption of bone. Drugs like Evista effect the hormone estrogen and can reduce spine fractures. Forteo is the only drug I am aware of that increases bone formation. The newest treatment is a form of immune therapy called Xgeva.There are several options you can discuss with your physician; ultimately combination therapy may be the most effective. Don't let osteoporosis get snappy with you; knowledge and prevention are your allies.Read More
Many families are unaware of an important benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs to which their loved ones may be entitled. It is a pension program often referred to as Aid and Attendance, and it can help defray the costs of care for qualified veterans and their surviving spouses. Some key things to know about the Aid and Attendance benefit:Aid and Attendance is a pension benefit and is not dependent upon service-related injuries.Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses may be eligible.Certain medical and financial requirements must be met.Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility.Watch this webinar to learn about assistance available to veterans and their families from JOHN MCNAIR, Certified Elder Law Attorney with McNair Dallas Law. Learn the latest numbers for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and VA Pension, as well as new rules and regulations!Handout Links:2022 Texas Medicaid Guide2022 VA Pension Rules
Lori Williams shares information on how senior living advisors assist families to navigate the senior housing options.Three questions she will answer:1) What service does your business provide?2) How is it a free service?3) How is your podcast used as an educational tool and where can it be found?Finding senior housing for yourself or for a loved one can be a time-consuming and stressful process. You can search google and find a senior community that sounds perfect, only to find out later that its way beyond your budget...or not the right fit for your loved ones care needs. We are here to help. Lori Williams Senior Services is a completely free senior living advisement service. Our senior experts are locally based, know the senior living options in the area, and are dedicated to helping you find the right solution for yourself or your family member.Lori's Podcast is called Aging in Style
Tavis Schriefer with teleCalm shares information to help families and caregivers about using a telephone when you have Alzheimer's or dementia. The topics he covers include: Common Issues Using a Phone With Dementia Common Caregiver Frustrations Best Dementia Phone SolutionsteleCalm stops problem calls for families living with Alzheimers & other cognitive challenges at home and in senior living communities.Our landline and cell phone service empowers family caregivers tostop unwanted incoming/outgoing calls, including late-night calls, repeated calls, 911 abuse, and deliberate/targeted fraud -- while reducing social isolation and family stress.For a great home phone solution, there's teleCalm Caregiver. This service works with regular home telephones, and replaces the existing landline service provider. If false 9-1-1 calling is an issue, teleCalm has solutions for that -- just give us a call to discuss.Our teleCalm Mobile service works with your loved ones existing smartphone and current carrier. The service includes the teleCalm Dialer app, which installs directly on their smart phone, replacing the default dialer.Both services are managed remotely by the family caregiver using the teleCalm Caregiver app.Checkout our website or give us a call using the links above to learn more and see how we can help solve your phone-related challenges.teleCalm is a veteran and woman owned company, rated A+ by BBB. All of our support team is US-based and have been family caregivers themselves.