Category: Tips

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Transfer on Death Deed Workshop

transfer on death deed workshop flyer

Transfer property to your heirs and avoid the probate process by filing a Transfer on Death Deed. Join us for this free workshop and learn information and requirements from Paul J. Zambie with the Texas Legal Services Center. This workshop will be held at the CTCOG building, 2180 N. Main Street in Belton, on June 27 at 10 A.M. to noon. Please RSVP by calling 254-770-2330 or 254-770-2342.

apply for weatherization assistance

Weatherization Assistance Available for Low-Income Families

Reduce Energy Costs with Help from Hill Country Community Action, Inc.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), VA Means-Tested Program Income, or otherwise qualify for assistance, you could receive free installation of weatherization materials and education. Services you may qualify for include:

  • Ceiling, wall, and floor insulation
  • Caulking/weather stripping
  • Duct sealing/air infiltration measures
  • Tune up or replacement of inefficient heating & cooling systems/appliances
  • Refrigerator
  • Energy Star Windows
  • Water heater insulation
  • Water heater pipe insulation
  • LED bulbs
  • Low-flow showerheads

The Hill Country Coummunity Action, Inc. is accepting applications to help control energy costs. Find your nearest location below to apply today.

Hill Country Community Action Centers Directory

tips to reduce stress

10 Tips for Managing Stress with Alzheimer’s

Living with Alzheimer’s or caring for loved ones with dementia brings demands and may feel overwhelming. Too much stress affects your health and ability to function. Follow these 10 tips shared by the Alzheimer’s Association to reduce stress and improve concentration and decision-making:

  1. Maintain a positive attitude.
  2. Acceptance is key–all you can control is how you react and adjust.
  3. People can’t help if they don’t know there is a problem–be honest and open with your feelings.
  4. Relax–taking time to breathe is so important.
  5. Get moving–exercise can help reduce stress.
  6. Take it one day at a time–if it’s not an emergency situation, do not turn it into one.
  7. Sleep is important–a good night’s rest keeps us functioning at our best.
  8. Incorporate stress management techniques into your life–be social and have fun!
  9. Eat a balanced, healthful diet full of fruits, vegetables, and water.
  10. Set realistic goals and go slow–life is not a race, rather, it is a journey.

Finding ways to reduce caregiver stress will help lessen the long-term emotional and physical toll of caregiving. If you need help, contact us for more resources. More tips and symptoms of stress are available at alz.org/help-support.

TDT article Alzheimers Caregiver Workshop

Alzheimer’s Caregiving Workshop in the News

TDT article Alzheimers Caregiver Workshop
Read the complete article at http://www.tdtnews.com.

Caregiving Tips for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Thanks again to Delia Jervier from the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for visiting AAACT at Central Texas Council of Governments this past week. Jervier shared great insight on caregiving for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. One point she discussed was that as loved ones digress, there is a tendency to revert to their native language, making communication with facility staff difficult. One example she gave was a Korean woman in Austin who had reverted to her native language and diet, making it impossible to find a care center for her.

Jervier also mentioned that although training is necessary for caregiving, it requires more hours of training to learn how to groom pets that it does to learn how to work with dementia patients.

“People who care for people with dementia don’t get an adequate amount of training for the type care needed by individuals with Alzheimer’s,” Jervier said.

Jervier also stressed that early diagnosis will help the individual with the disease to become more involved in the decision-making process. The 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s she shared include:

  1. Difficulty remembering things that just happened
  2. Inability to plan or solve problems
  3. Losing track of dates, seasons, and time
  4. Misplacing things
  5. Mood and personality changes
  6. Poor decision-making
  7. Struggling with conversations
  8. Trouble completing familiar tasks
  9. Vision problems
  10. Withdrawal from social or work activities

Thank you to Temple Daily Telegram for covering this workshop. To read the complete article, visit tdtnews.com.

AARP HomeFit Guide

Home Fit Modifications Guide

Reduce Fall Risks for Seniors with Home Modifications

From DailyCaring.com

Hazards in the home can add up over time, increasing the risk for falls–a top reason why seniors loss independence and mobility. Check out a room-by-room modification guide from AARP that takes you through the entire house explaining specific changes that are necessary to keep seniors safe. Some highlights include:

  • Good lighting, essential for seniors because aging eyes need much more light than younger ones
  • Visual shopping guide with pictures of recommended home safety modification items
  • Keeping things within reach, making it easier for those who are frail or weak
  • Evaluating outdoor hazards as well as indoor ones
  • Simple to-do lists that separate the tasks you can do yourself from those that may require a handyman or contractor
  • Other helpful online resources to learn about home modifications for older adults

Download the entire HomeFit Guide from AARP below:

AARP HomeFit Guide
Smart solutions for making your home comfortable, safe and a great fit