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Alzheimer’s Texas has an Early Stage social engagement program called Talking Baseball.
The program is open to anyone who would benefit from a supportive group setting, such as those challenged by feelings of isolation, loneliness, or early-stage dementia are welcome to join. The group meets and takes a trip down memory lane, offering fond recollections that start with baseball then move on to old movies/television, news, culture, and anything else that our participants want to share.
“Is it Alzheimer’s and Why Does it Matter?” by Cherie Simpson
Dr. Simpson has presented on topics regarding dementia caregiving, Alzheimer’s research and topics on the care of older adults with mental health disorders at the national, state, and the local level.
“Home Modifications & Aging-In-Place” by Lynne Wilkinson
Lynne Wilkinson is an award winning Nationally Certified and Registered Interior Designer and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist for the National Home Builders Association.
“Financial Risks” by Leah Cohen, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, CNG, CTXG, ArrangeCare and Michael Curran, Attorney, MBA, BBA, Guide Change
Leah is a co-founder of Guide Change, a platform that empowers families with aging family members to improve financial care and mitigate risk.
Michael Curran is a Texas attorney and entrepreneur focused using legal technologies to address today’s largest social issues.
“Forgiveness” by Reg Larkin, Counselor and Pastor
Reg is a counselor and pastor with over 35 years’ experience in caregiving.
"Differences in Long-Term Care Facilities" By Mike Gill, Owner, Texas Senior Living Locators
Mike has the honor and responsibility to oversee client care. He has personally visited and established relationships with nearly all the major assisted living, independent living and memory care communities in Travis and Williamson counties.
“Effective Communication” By Stephen Catoe, Alzheimer’s Texas Education Specialist
Stephen has trained personally with two of the most respected dementia educators whose work is known not only within the U.S., but also internationally.
“Unraveling Home Health and Hospice” By Kristin McNell, LMSW, Kindred Hospice
Kristen McNeel, LMSW, CCM is a Hospice Specialist with Kindred Hospice, dedicated to educating and connecting the Austin community with the gift of hospice.
“Planning and Legal Documents” By Ron Greening, Elder Law Attorney, Greening Law Firm
Ronald Greening, attorney and counselor at law, is the founder of The Greening Law Firm. Ron advocates the education of the public and financial planning professionals to help people make informed decisions relating to their estate planning.
“A Physician’s Personal Connection”
by Dr. Dewayne Nash
Dr. Nash's mother, father and brothers were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. And now Dewayne has been diagnosed with precursor conditions to Alzheimer's. Here is his personal account journeying with a disease that is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
“Practical Tips for Caregivers”
by Director Jennifer A. Scott, B.S.R.A., C.A.L.M.
Jennifer Scott, Director of Aging Programs, discussed practical tips for caregivers including:
- Review how the frontal lobe affects the person's abilities to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).
- Identify how to assist with ADL's in a more successful manner.
- Discuss what triggers behavioral issues and ways to reduce the frequency and use of medications.
- Discuss communication techniques.
“The 3 M’s of Healthcare Insurance”
by Mary Koffend, President Accountable Aging Care Management
Learn about dealing with two of the biggest challenges related to aging: navigating the benefits maze and understanding healthcare options. Medicaid, Medicare, and Medigap will be discussed.
“Faith, Celebration and Grief in Caregiving”
by Reginald Larkin, M.A.
Reginald is a counselor and pastor with over thirty years experience with the field of caregiving.