Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease impacts every aspect of a caregiver’s daily life. As patients lose one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving and resiliency. Maintaining emotional and physical fitness is crucial. Preparation, understanding the experience and seeking support from others can be a big help.
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group at Aledo United Methodist Church is a place where caregivers can learn about the disease and how to better cope with the challenges that face their loved ones. Exploring common Alzheimer’s experiences can shift a caregiver’s perspective and show them they are not alone. For many, Alzheimer’s care includes not only challenges but also many rich rewards.
Providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes described as the reverse of raising a child. Caregivers can support and nourish their loved one’s independence and stability, but cognitive and physical regression will ultimately require 24-hour care. Although medical advances can slow early stage decline, Alzheimer’s remains a terminal disease.
When the patient can no longer live outside a facility, the family must face the decision of moving their loved one to a nursing home or memory care assisted living facility. This is very expensive, and Medicare does not pay for this care. If a person does not have long term care insurance and is not wealthy, they must turn to Medicaid for support.
Medicaid, for most people, seems like a complicated system. On July 11, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group in Aledo will host Jim Audet, a senior Medicaid counselor, who will discuss what to expect from Medicaid, how to plan for Medicaid care and how to apply and qualify for Medicaid. Audet is a member of the Law Offices of Michele Audet, P.C. in Weatherford, a Texas-based law office that is dedicated to assisting individuals and families throughout Texas secure financial aid for nursing home expenses or long-term care needs. This seminar will help to educate families on how to qualify for financial assistance through Medicaid and in doing so, strive to explore any and all legal means of protecting both hard earned income and assets from unnecessary spend-down.
The Medicaid seminar is at Aledo UMC at noon on July 11. Aledo UMC is located at Oak at Pecan Street in Aledo. The seminar is free and open to anyone.
The support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association trains qualified volunteers to facilitate support groups that office optimal emotional, educational and social support.
The Association can be reached at 800-272-3900.
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A Purple Heart County
County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.
Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.
Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
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