Caregiver Lecture Series Returns in April


To provide additional education and support to family caregivers, AGE of Central Texas will once again host its annual Caregiver Lecture Series, featuring a series of seminars held every-other weekend in April on three Saturdays, April 1st through 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

The free seminar series will cover legal, financial, and healthcare issues that caregivers often encounter when caring for an older loved one.  Registration is now open online at

“The most frequent questions that caregivers have when contacting the AGE Caregiver Resource Center consistently center around legal and financial matters,” said Gailyn Trammell, AGE’s Community Education Coordinator.  “This year’s lecture series will again feature local experts who will address those common concerns, along with an opportunity for participants to find answers their most pressing individual concerns.”

Held at the AGE Building – located at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin – the three seminars within the series will be presented by regional experts and are scheduled to include:

mark_tarrant_pic_webApril 1st: “Five Legal Documents All Caregivers Need to Have” with Austin attorney and senior adult legal expert Mark Tarrant.  Mr. Tarrant’s law practice focuses on elder law issues, wills, estate planning, trusts and probates, VA certified aid and attendance assessments, Medicaid assessments, guardianship matters, and real estate. His past career that includes serving as a mental health therapist, hospital Chaplain in the Seton Health Care System, and in-house counsel for national corporations gives him broad insight into the emotionality all caregivers experience in times of personal turmoil.

Virginia_Sampson_headshotApril 15th: “Long-Term Care Financing and Issues” with elder law attorney and fellow caregiver Virginia Lawson.  Ms. Lawson has been an attorney for 34 years; she was a litigation attorney for most of her career, and she spent a few years as a judge.  She recently focused her practice on helping seniors, Veterans, and their families as a result of her experience helping her own aging parents. She was a was a full time caregiver to her terminally ill husband, and is currently a caregiver for her 90-year-old mother. She has written a book about her experiences and the many other challenges she has faced, and she has also authored a picture book designed to teach children to be compassionate.

VeeCee_Tami_stacked_headshotsApril 29th: “Understanding Veterans Benefits and Aid & Attendant Services” with Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits experts Vee Cee Spear and Tami Martin.  Vee Cee Spear worked for 20 years in Medicaid benefits and policy for the State of Texas. She has also worked extensively with the Veterans Administration to obtain Aid and Attendant benefits for eligible veterans. Tami Martin has worked for the past 8 years assisting her clients to obtain the maximum health insurance benefits through Medicare and private health insurance.  She assists senior adults and family caregivers reach financial security for their retirement years, and is an expert in long-term care insurance, annuities, and more.

Participants can register for each session individually, so feel free to attend one, two, or all three seminars in the Series.  Free respite for older adults will also be provided at the Austin Adult Day Health Center during each seminar session.  Caregivers can RSVP for the free respite when they register for the seminars.

Registration for the Caregiver Lecture Series is now open. Admission is free, but space is limited.  Participants can register by calling (512) 600-9275, or online at

For more information on the programs and resources provided by AGE of Central Texas, visit or call (512) 451-4611.

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