Individual Videos in the All About ALZ Series:
- Effectively Coping with Alzheimer's Mood and Behavioral Symptoms
- Living with Pandemic Stress: Tools for Dementia Caregivers
- Transitioning Out of Community-Based Respite Care: When and How
- Navigating a Short-Term Stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility: Key Strategies for Caregivers
- Cultivating Joy and Resilience During the Holidays: Tips for Caregivers
- Advance Care Planning 101
- Coping with Anticipatory Grief
- Selecting the Right Level of Care
- Utilizing Home Health Services
- Deciding When It's Time for Hospice or Palliative Care
- Using Validation and Reminiscence to Support People Living with Dementia
- Practicing Mindfulness - Strategies for Dementia Caregivers
- Talking to Family Members and Friends About a Dementia Diagnosis
- Benefits of Horticultural Therapy for People Living with Dementia
- Benefits of Exercise for People Living with Dementia
Alzheimer’s Texas hosted an Early Stage social engagement program called Talking Baseball.
The program served 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. The program is now closed.
Learn about other Early Stage Services we offer.
“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.
Hidden Heroes Caregiving Celebration
Thank you to all who attended our event in November, 2020 honoring Team Hamilton as caregivers of the year, as well as our 10 special caregivers, each of which won a $1,000 grant to continue their mission of going above and beyond helping Texans.
Special thanks to the Alzheimer's Texas Board, our co-chair Ross Moody from the Moody Foundation, and our special guests Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel, Mike Barnes from Mike Barnes Media, Judy Maggio from Austin PBS, Tina Grider-Cannon from the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the stars of the show: Texas caregivers telling their stories!
Interested in helping caregivers in Texas out?
Text HERO to 72572
Want to donate by check? Send it to:
7719 Wood Hollow Drive, Suite 157
Austin, TX 78731
Thank you for your support!