Older Americans Month 2013: Unleashing the power of age!

Here are a few of the things we know about the older adult population:

  • The older population (65+) numbered 41.4 million in 2011, an increase of 6.3 million or 18% since 2000.
  • Over one in every eight, or 13.3%, of the population is an older American.
  • Almost 3.6 million elderly persons (8.7%) were below the poverty level in 2011.
  • The Round Rock-Austin metropolitan area had the fastest growing “pre-senior” (age 55-64) population in the country, with a 110% change.
  • Older Americans MonthGrowth of the senior (age 65+) population ranked second nationally over the same period.

In the news, most of what you hear about aging is reflects negative or worried attitudes like how the ‘silver tsunami’ is coming and how the community isn’t ready to adequately deal with the booming population of older adults. At AGE of Central Texas, our business is to face the negativity head on to meet the needs of seniors in our community and help older adults age with dignity and vitality.

Thankfully, the time is upon us to focus on the positivity of aging– May is Older Americans Month! Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. Continue reading

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

FREE Caregiver Conference: RSVP Today!

Join AGE for our upcoming FREE Caregiver’s Conference: Striking a Balance!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2525 West Anderson Lane, Northcross Mall
Norris Conference Center, Red Oak Ballroom
9 AM – 2 PM (Doors Open at 8:30 AM)
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided at this FREE conference

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2010

Click here to register, or visit the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area website.

For Questions or Assistance call 512-916-6180.

Elderhaven Adult Day Care Center of Austin & Williamson Counties will provide free respite for caregivers the day of the conference. Reservations are required: 512-458-6305.

Participants will discover local caregiver resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging.

Learn about Alzheimer’s for FREE in Central Texas

THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAPITAL OF TEXAS CHAPTER ANNOUNCES FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR CENTRAL TEXAS RESIDENTS

1st Tuesday of the month – Georgetown Public Library 402 W. 8th St. Georgetown. 6 – 7:15 p.m.

2nd Tuesday of the month
-Alzheimer’s Association Office 3429 Executive Center Dr., Ste 100 Austin 6 – 7:15 p.m.

3rd Tuesday of the month
– The Bridgemoor at Killeen 2710 Cunningham Rd. Killeen. 6 – 7:15 p.m.

4th Tuesday of the month – City of San Marcos Old Community Fish Hatchery, 204 CM Allen Parkway San Marcos Noon – 1:15 p.m.

The class titled An Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease: ALZ 101 is designed for anyone who suspects memory loss and/or is interested in learning about the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, what Alzheimer’s disease is, how it progresses, the importance of diagnosis, current treatment options, and available community resources.

At the end of the presentation, there will be time for questions and answers. The program is facilitated by Alzheimer’s Association staff and educational materials will be available. There is no charge to attend, however to reserve a space or for additional information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at (512) 241-0420 ext. 16 or e-mail TXPrograms@TXAlz.org.

Today, approximately 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 280,000 Texans. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Concurrently, every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease and by mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds. With numbers climbing at such drastic rates, ALZ 101 is an excellent way to become enlightened about Alzheimer’s disease

Check out the Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association website for more information!

Nov 14 – Free Seminar Navigating the Health Insurance Maze for Seniors

Hosted by Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE). The topic is “Navigating the Health Insurance Maze for Seniors” which will give an overview of the major medical insurance options available to seniors. The seminar will take place Nov. 14 (Saturday), from 10-11.30am in the AGE building at 3710 Cedar Street. For more info or to pre-register, please contact Bruce Kravitz, bkravitz@ageofaustin.org, (512) 451-4611.

Local Events Calendar

August 20 – Inter Agency Council on Aging meeting
“Public Benefits Program Updates”
DATE: Thursday August 20, 2009
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Senior Activity Center @ 29th and Lamar
For more information contact Eva Church with AGE Caregiver Resource Ctr @ 451-4611

Sept 12 – Free Caregivers’ Conference: Striking a Balance
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 9am-2pm
2525 West Anderson Lane, Northcross Mall
Norris Conference Center Red Oak Ballroom
Doors open at 8:30AM for registration
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided at this FREE conference. Registration Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2009. Questions or Assistance: (512) 916-6180 Austin local or 1-888-622-9111 ext 6180 Toll Free.

Sept 15 – Webinar: Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities through Illness, Grief and Loss
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Registration Now Open! To register, please click here. Register early as limited space is available!

Registration options:
• Individual registration: $25 per registration, 1 CE certificate will be granted
• Organization registration: $75 per registration, unlimited CEs will be available to your viewers
• Bulk registration: Purchase 5 or more registrations and get 10% off the price of individual registrations, 1 CE per registration will be granted (Use this option if you want individuals in your organization to access from their personal computers)
Each registration allows only one computer to access the webinar. More information on the content of the webinar can be found at http://www.hospicefoundation.org/education/webinars/.
Sept 24 – “Roaring Twenties Casino Night, Gala and Silent Auction”
Helping the Aging Needy and Disabled Inc. presents “Roaring Twenties Casino Night, Gala and Silent Auction” Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street Austin, TX 78701 from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets $55 Please contact: Karen J. Christensen Development Director (512) 477-3796 ext. 215 karen@handaustin.org http://www.handaustin.org.

Local Events Calendar

August 8 – FREE SEMINAR: Innovations in Medical Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease
Saturday, August 8, from 10AM -11:30AM
Baca Center: 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock
Presenter: Cherie Simpson, RN, PhD(c), Clinical Nurse Specialist for Senior Adult Specialty Healthcare, which provides geriatric psychiatric treatment and research in dementia and other medical conditions.

For more information or to pre-register, please call Bruce Kravitz at (512) 451-4611 or email. Respite is available nearby, by reservation only. To RSVP for respite, contact Sara Peralta at (512) 451-4611 by August 4. http://www.ageofaustin.org

Sept 15 – Webinar: Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities through Illness, Grief and Loss
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Registration Now Open! To register, please click here. Register early as limited space is available!

Registration options:
• Individual registration: $25 per registration, 1 CE certificate will be granted
• Organization registration: $75 per registration, unlimited CEs will be available to your viewers
• Bulk registration: Purchase 5 or more registrations and get 10% off the price of individual registrations, 1 CE per registration will be granted (Use this option if you want individuals in your organization to access from their personal computers)
Each registration allows only one computer to access the webinar. More information on the content of the webinar can be found at http://www.hospicefoundation.org/education/webinars/.