Upcoming events from the Capital Area Alzheimer’s Association

If you’re caring for an older loved one, please take note of the short calendar of events below, all sponsored by our friends at the Alzheimer’s Association of the Capital Area. If you want additional information on events, please check out their website. -SP

A Look Ahead: 2011 Programs & Events

Happy New Year from the Capital of Texas Chapter! We are excited to share information on programs and events coming up in 2011. As always, the best place for information on what we have going on is this newsletter. Contact Christian Wells with questions about a specific program or event. All programs are free of charge.

ALZ 101: Introduction to Alzheimer’s
Class intended for families with a recently diagnosed loved one and the general public. Topics covered include: What is dementia, What is AD include stages, Diagnosis & Treatment, Risk & Prevention, Things to know and do when coping with a diagnosis. Three standing classes are offered:

Austin: 2nd Tuesday at the Chapter Office at 6 pm

San Marcos: 3rd Wednesday at the Community Fish Hatchery Bldg. at 10:45 am

Round Rock: 4th Wednesday at the Baca Senior Center at10 am

Lunch N’ Learns
The centerpiece of our non-urban education and awareness outreach features presentations on a variety of topics in all counties served, except Travis. Lunch is provided to participants. Events are held at local restaurants, libraries, and community centers. Spring 2011 calendar includes the following:
January 14 in Copperas Cove, TX
February 11 in Lampasas, TX
February 25 in Giddings, TX
March 11 in Taylor, TX
March 25 in La Grange, TX
April 8 in Bastrop, TX
May 13 in Llano, TX
May 27 in Lockhart, TX

Facing the Challenge Caregiver Education Series
FTC is a four part series that educates family caregivers on disease and caregiving tips and techniques. The series takes place on Tuesdays and will be offered in February, April, June, August, and November.
Part 1 – ALZ 101: Introduction to Alzheimer’s
Part 2 – Behaviors & Communication
Part 3 – Assisting with Activities of Daily Living
Part 4 – Care for the Caregiver

Brown Bag Information Sessions
Beginning February 2011, the Chapter will host Brown Bag Information Sessions at the Chapter office (3429 Executive Center Drive, #100, Austin, TX). The educational events will feature a speaker on a variety of topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. The sessions will be conveniently held during lunch and participants are encouraged to bring their meal. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Call (512) 241-0420 or email TXPrograms@TXAlz.org to reserve your spot. Mark your calendar for the February class:
Friday, February 4
Selecting, Interviewing, Screening, Hiring and Managing a Caregiver
Presented by Edwin Young of Right at Home – Austin (West)
11:30 – 12:30 pm

Jan 5 – Days Gone By Education Series in Sun City
Hosted at the Cowan Creek Amenities Center (Florence Room) from 10:00 – 11:00 am by Scott & White Healthcare, Tiffin House and the Chapter. Join author, Deanna Lueckenotte, for this free monthly education series. Call (254) 535-7584 to register.

Jan 11 – ALZ 101 in Austin
Held every 2nd Tuesday at the Chapter office (3429 Executive Center Drive, #100, Austin, TX 78731) from 6 – 7:15, this class covers disease information, diagnosis, treatments, stages, coping tips and more. Reserve your spot at TXPrograms@TXAlz.org or (512) 241-0420.

Jan 14 – Lunch N’ Learn: Behaviors & Communication in Copperas Cove
Come learn about behaviors and communications associated with
Alzheimer’s disease and enjoy a complimentary lunch at Casa Olé, 2730 E. Hwy. 190, Copperas Cove, TX 76522 from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Call (512) 241-0420 or email TXPrograms@TXAlz.org to register.

Jan 15 – Wimberley Health Fair in Wimberley
Hosted by the Mayor’s Fitness Council from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the
Community Center on RR 12. Safety and fitness information and health screenings will be available. For more information, please call the Chapter office at (512) 241-0420. This event is free of charge.

Jan 19 – ALZ 101 in San Marcos
Held every 3rd Wednesday at the Fish Hatchery Building behind the Chamber offices at Hopkins and CM Allen Parkway from 11 – 12:15 pm, this class covers disease information, diagnosis, treatments, stages, coping tips and more. Reserve your spot at TXPrograms@TXAlz.org or (512) 241-0420.

Jan 25 – Respite Care Stakeholder Forum in Waco
Come learn more about respite services for caregivers caring for individuals of all ages, disabilities and health conditions. Share stories, ideas and resources with other caregiving experts and providers of respite care services. This forum will be held from 9:00 am – Noon at the Heart of Texas Area Agency on Aging (1514 S. New Road, Waco, TX 76711) & is presented by the Texas Respite Coordination Center, the Texas Respite Coalition and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. RSVP to trcc@txregionalcouncil.org. For more information, please call (512) 478-4715.

Jan 26 – ALZ 101 in Round Rock
Held every 4th Wednesday at the Allen Baca Center (301 W. Bagdad, Bldg. 2, Round Rock, 78664) in the Arts & Crafts Room from 10 – 11:15 am, this class covers disease information, diagnosis, treatments, stages, coping tips and more. Reserve your spot at TXPrograms@TXAlz.org or (512) 241-0420.

Feb 4 – Brown Bag Information Session in Austin 11:30 – 12:30 Selecting, Interviewing, Screening, Hiring and Managing a Caregiver. Presented by Edwin Young, Director of Right at Home – Austin (West). Call (512) 241-0420 or email TXPrograms@TXAlz.org to reserve your spot.

Feb 8 – Senior Day at the Capitol in Austin at 10:30 am

Coming soon to a health care plan near you: The Health-Care Law Provisions Taking Effect in 2011

Change is scary but knowing what to expect helps. Check out the changes to our nation’s healthcare that will be in effect starting in 2011. Please note that most of the big stuff is happening in 2014. -SP

By Katherine Hobson
Parts of the uncatchily named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka the health-care overhaul law, began to kick in earlier this year. But in 2011, other provisions will roll out — some as soon as January 1.

The Kaiser Family Foundation counts 21 provisions taking effect next year. Among them:

-The requirement that the proportion of premium dollars spent on medical care must amount to at least 80% for small business plans and 85% for large group plans will kick in. The so-called medical loss ratio was the subject of discussion and lobbying this year as insurers jockeyed to meet the requirements — and to avoid paying consumers rebates if they don’t.
It’s the beginning of the end for the Medicare prescription-drug “doughnut hole.” Next year drug makers will provide a 50% discount on brand-name medications that fall into that coverage gap. Federal subsidies for generics will also begin.

-For Medicare beneficiaries, there will be no cost-sharing for certain preventive health services that receive an A or B rating from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

-You won’t be able to pay for OTC drugs out of your flexible spending account, unless those drugs have been prescribed by a physician. (There are some exceptions.) We wrote recently about the change and how to figure out what’s eligible. The same applies to health reimbursement accounts.

-Calorie counts and other nutritional information will be posted on chain-restaurant menus and on food sold via vending machines.
The health-care overhaul law’s major provisions — such as the mandate that almost everyone purchase insurance, the requirement that insurers accept all comers and the establishment of state-based insurance exchanges — don’t take effect until 2014.

Click here to read the full article and the many helpful links at the Wall Street Journal online.