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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

welcome to medicare seminar may 23 flyer

Welcome to Medicare! Free Seminar

welcome to medicare seminar flyer

Learn the differences between types of Medicare coverage, prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, and more at the Welcome to Medicare seminar. Guest speaker is Sheryl Schroeder, Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration – Dallas Region.

If you have Medicare and are lost when it comes to your coverage, or if you are looking to enroll and don’t know where to start, this seminar is for you! The event will be held on May 23, 10 A.M. to noon, in Conference Room D9 in the Central Texas Council of Governments building, located at 2180 N. Main Street in Belton, TX.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Receives Great Reviews

powerful tools for caregivers class review

“Not in This Alone” – Caregiver Class Reviews

We wrapped up our latest Powerful Tools for Caregivers class at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights last night. It was a great class filled with sharing and eagerness to learn. Here are a few of the reviews from the class participants:

“I wish it was longer so we could have more sessions. I will continue to read the book and get more information. I am glad I attended.”

“I learned new ways to handle caregiving concerns and how to relate to the care recipient better.”

“The classes were fun.  Easy to share and laugh.”

“Every week I came home more positive and more at peace.  My family even noticed the difference.”

“Most important lesson – I need to take better care of me to be a good caregiver.”

“Class is awesome!  Thank you for caring and helping us through our difficult time.”

We’ll have new classes for caregiving, balance, diabetes self-management, and more coming soon!

Older Americans Month poster 2019 Connect Create Contribute

Older Americans Month: Connect, Create, Contribute

May 1, 2019

Every day, all around us, older adults make a positive impact in our communities. As employees, volunteers, mentors, and advocates, they are an integral part of America’s social fabric. Their experience and insights enrich and strengthen our neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.

That’s why ACL takes time each May to honor their valuable contributions and celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). People of all ages can celebrate OAM and help older adults thrive. With the 2019 theme, Connect, Create, and Contribute, ACL invites you to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others

ACL offers information about resources to assist older adults, family members, care providers, organizations, and neighbors connect, create, and contribute. We have also put together a list of suggested activities to celebrate OAM.

We encourage you to Connect, Create, and Contribute for stronger communities this month and throughout the year. Visit acl.gov/oam for ways to get started and watch our blog for upcoming posts that explore ways to connect, create, and contribute in your communities.

Follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #OAM19 and #ConnectCreateContribute.

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Older Americans Month proclamation presented to Holland, TX mayor

Older Americans Month Proclamation

Older Americans Month proclamation presented to Holland, TX mayor

Our Community Health & Wellness Programs Coordinator Susan Burchfield presented the Older Americans Month Proclamation to Stanley Koonsen, Mayor of Holland, TX on April 29, 2019.

Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, Older Americans Month (OAM) provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity. OAM has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

This year’s OAM theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! Join us in strengthening our community – this May and throughout the year. Visit the official OAM website for ideas and inspiration, and follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more about our resources and free classes to support older Americans on the health, wellness, and prevention page.

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Ombudsman Volunteer Appreciation Event

Thank You to Our Ombudsman Volunteers!

Last week we held an appreciation event where we showered our volunteers with gifts and refreshments. Thank you to all of our “All Star” Ombudsmen! If you have a heart for residents of long-term care facilities and are interested in advocating for their rights, visit our Ombudsman page or contact Ombudsman coordinator Chrystal Griggs at 254-770-2368 to learn more.

Ombudsman Volunteers Group Photo
Ombudsman from left to right:  Roxanne Flores-Achmad, Karin Villasana, Lionel Villasana, Melinda Wenzl, Millie Ogilive, and Jeanne Whorton

Ombudsman Appreciation Table Display

Ombudsman Appreciation Event

Ombudsman Appreciation Wall

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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.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Senate Finance Committee Hearing Held on Nursing Homes Abuse and Neglect

Not Forgotten:  Protecting Americans From Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

By Chrystal Griggs, Regional Ombudsman for Central Texas Council of Governments

On March 6, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Grassley, held a hearing entitled, “Not Forgotten: Protecting Americans From Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes.” After opening statements from Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden, the daughters of two nursing home residents gave heartbreaking and distressing testimony about each of their mother’s experiences – one with neglect, the other with abuse. Following their statements, five additional witnesses provided testimony:  Dr. David Gifford, American Health Care Association; Dr. David Grabowksi, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Kate Goodrich, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Antoinette Bacon, Department of Justice; and Keesha Mitchell, Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Numerous issues were raised during the hearing, among them, Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Rating System, the closing of rural nursing homes, Medicaid reimbursement rates, regulations and enforcement, and staffing. Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Robyn Grant attended the hearing. She expressed concern that there was no consumer advocate on the panel who could have testified to the resident experience nationwide and provided the consumer perspective on care, abuse, and neglect. Grant also voiced disappointment that although the title of the hearing indicated the topic would be abuse and neglect, there was not a focused discussion and examination of ways to prevent and end nursing home abuse and neglect.

View a recording of the hearing on the Senate Finance Committee’s Facebook page.