The Alzheimer’s Association Presents: Alzheimer’s Education Series with Royal Estates
By Dani Blackburn
WICHITA FALLS, TX, October 10, 2022 – Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join the Wichita Falls Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association at Royal Estates of Wichita Falls on Tuesday, October 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT for a complimentary education workshop, 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: When to Seek a Diagnosis – Why Get Checked?
Royal Estates is opening their doors to the public for a series of complimentary educational programs. This three-part educational series from the Alzheimer’s Association aims to educate attendees about a variety of dementia-related topics, with the first program discussing the difference between Alzheimer’s or another dementia and typical signs of aging and what to do if you see the warning signs in yourself or someone you know.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2022 Facts and Figures Special Report, “over 50 percent of all Americans say mild cognitive impairment sounds like ‘normal aging.”
“Mild cognitive impairment is often confused with ‘normal aging,’ but is not part of the typical aging process,” said Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “Distinguishing between cognitive issues resulting from normal aging, those associated with MCI and those related to MCI due to Alzheimer’s disease is critical in helping individuals, their families and physicians prepare for future treatment and care.”
The 2022 Facts and Figures report clearly outlines the burden that many Texas families are going through. “At the Alzheimer’s Association, our mission is clear – we must continue to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia with our local care and support services and continue to fund critical research,” said Alyssa Johnston, Program Coordinator, Wichita Falls Regional Office.
- 10 Warning Signs: When to Seek a Diagnosis – Why Get Checked?
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 2 – 4 p.m. | alznct.news/ROYALOCT18
- Dementia Conversations: Holiday Travel and Alzheimer’s Safety Tips
- Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 2 – 4 p.m. | alznct.news/ROYALNOV15
- Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: Tips for Visiting Your Doctor
- Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 2 – 4 p.m. | alznct.news/ROYALDEC13
These programs are being offered in partnership with Royal Estates of Wichita Falls, Healing Hands Healthcare, and Little Black Bag House Calls, LLC. Seating is limited, and registration is requested. Register today by calling Alyssa Johnston, Program Coordinator, at 940-767-8800 or visit alznct.news/ROYALOCT18, alznct.news/ROYALNOV15, and alznct.news/ROYALDEC13.
Light refreshments will be provided.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
As part of the 75 chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, the North Central Texas Chapter – Wichita Falls Regional Office provides information, education and support to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their families and caregivers. (alz.org/northcentraltexas)
The Home & Garden Issue: Create an Outdoor Oasis
As temperatures rise, home owners are ready to welcome the warmer weather by soaking up time in their outdoor living spaces, which have become more popular than ever since the pandemic forced staycations and more time at home. While budget, preference and style will determine each homeowner’s space, there are a variety of ways to transition a backyard from simple to a vacation-worthy oasis. Whether going big or small, here are some ideas for homeowners to create a reprieve right outside their own backdoor.
Extend the outdoor living space. Backyards have the ability to go beyond green grass and a few trees. They can be an extension of the living space in the home. Adding a patio or deck to the home gives more square footage and the opportunity for another space to relax or entertain. There are several options, including a sundeck, or an open deck either on the ground level or elevated. In Texas, patios are popular, and can be made with simple materials such as concrete or deluxe ones for an upscale look, including pavers, stone, or even stamped concrete.
Screened porches are a common choice. If a two story home is available, a posh outdoor living space is an elevated deck above a hardscape. Of course, adding a pergola, patio cover, or partial porch roof extends the living space of the home out into the great outdoors. To really make the outdoors feel like part of the home, owners can select outdoor furniture in the same color scheme and pattern as the interior for a cohesive space. A well-designed backyard provides a great return on investment of more than 80 percent while adding eight to 10 percent of the home’s value.
Realize the role of the garden. LiveIt contributor and garden expert, The Garden Guy, Norman Winter, encourages home owners to put effort into their gardens to create that oasis feel.
“Homeowners should take a look in their neighborhood as they drive to work or school or peer into a real estate buyer guide to see the homes for sale. It becomes woefully apparent that landscaping was put on the proverbial back burner at many homes. When you look at nice houses that have the mandatory five shrubs, two trees and little else, you get the feeling the owner never really considered it a home, but only a stopping-off place on the road of life,” Winter said.
To read more, pick up a copy of the March/April issue of LiveIt Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.
Every once in a while, a bald eagle sweeps down to give us just a glimpse of their beauty against the Texas sky. (Photo by Jon Nunneley)
Don’t Miss the Blessings
By Deborah Bachman
My little one jumped out of the truck and trotted into the yard with her new toy. Gracie, our mixed heeler puppy, frolicked through the muddy garden carrying her green squeaky alligator in her mouth. She chomped on the body, activating the squeaker, giving it a few hearty shakes. I enjoyed buying my dog a new toy at the dollar store, something I used to do for my little boys. I thought about the smiles I got from my pint-sized companions way back, running their trucks and cars across the yard just as happily as this animal. I don’t think they ever shook their toys in their teeth, however. Thank goodness!
My little sons adored me, and I, them. It was a sweet time of nurturing them with love and attention. Our new furry friend has brought much joy yet at the same time new challenges. This seems to be the course of life. We’re in a season, a stage of life, then blink. The next chapter is before you and you wonder how you got there so quick.
To read more, pick up a copy of the January/February issue of LiveIt Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.
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