How Orientation and Mobility Training Can Improve Quality of Life for People Living with Vision Loss
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training—a specialized vision rehabilitation service—can make a big difference when it comes to safety, independence, and quality of life for adults with significant vision loss—including blindness and low vision.
How the Aging Brain Affects Thinking
The brain controls many aspects of thinking — remembering, planning and organizing, making decisions, and much more. These cognitive abilities affect how well we do everyday tasks and whether we can live independently.
Aging may also bring positive cognitive changes. For example, many studies have shown that older adults have larger vocabularies and greater knowledge of the depth of meaning of words than younger adults.
Grandfamilies and Kinship Families: Caring for Young Relatives
Many older adults are caregivers for their grandchildren or other young relatives. In the United States, more than 2.7 million children are currently being raised by older family members. These kinds of families are often called grandfamilies, in the case of grandparents and grandchildren, or kinship families more generally.
If you’re an older adult raising a young relative, it may feel overwhelming at times. This article provides suggestions for taking care of yourself as well as ways to find help and support.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
HELPING HARDWORKING PEOPLE GET THE MOST OUT OF EVERY PAYCHECK
United Way of Tarrant County provides free income tax preparation at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) centers. Families and individuals with household incomes of $64,000 or less can visit one of multiple locations across the county to get a better understanding of what they owe – or to get the largest return possible. Our volunteers can also help clients enroll in financial education, coaching and workforce skills training.
Flu and Older Adults
Each year, millions of people suffer from seasonal influenza, which is often called the flu. Flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.
Flu is a mild illness for some people. But for others, including older adults and those with chronic (long-lasting) health conditions, the flu can be very serious and even life-threatening. Getting a flu vaccine every year can help prevent the flu. The vaccine is safe, effective, and available for little to no cost to you.
The 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held its Membership Development Session
The 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held its Membership Development Session at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Nov. 12 – 15.
The session focused on the history and mission of the TSHL, organizational structure, the legislative process, researching and writing resolutions, and working with the Texas Legislature. A mock TSHL Legislative Session highlighted the conference.
Social Security Announces 3.2 Percent Benefit Increase for 2024
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 71 million Americans will increase 3.2 percent in 2024, the Social Security Administration announced today. On average, Social Security retirement benefits will increase by more than $50 per month starting in January.
Trinity Metro Offers Free Fares the Month of November
Celebrate with Trinity Metro and enjoy free rides during the Month of November!
Getting Your Annual Flu Shot is Important
How Treating Hearing Loss Can Change Your Life For The Better
Hearing loss often happens gradually over time. You may not even realize at ﬁrst that you’re not hearing sounds the way you used to. Or you may think that while your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, it’s not bad enough to warrant a visit to a health-care professional. You’re not alone if that’s the case.
However, treating hearing loss means so much more than im-proving your hearing. It can have a signiﬁcant impact on many aspects of your life, including your relationships, mental health, and overall quality of life.
Drop Off Unused Medication at Empowering Seniors Expo
Empowering Seniors Expo is fast approaching! The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has organized a take-back program for any unused medications. This program provides an exceptional opportunity to safely dispose of medicines you no longer require and help prevent misuse.
9:30 a.m. Session of Ask the Doctor/Provider Workshop at Empowering Seniors Expo
Join us at Empowering Seniors and attend this informative workshop where professionals can answer your questions. The “Ask the Doctor/Provider Workshop” Session 1 Panel will cover specialties in Interventional Cardiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Neurosurgery. Read more to learn about our Professional Panelists and register for this workshop.
We look forward to seeing you at the Empowering Seniors Health and Wellness Expo at the Hurst Conference Center on September 28, 2023.
Aging and Health
People worldwide are living longer. Today most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. Every country in the world is experiencing growth in both the size and the proportion of older persons in the population.
20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature
(Pictured: Mike Taylor, Kay Sanders, Pat Gleason-Wynn, Charles Scoma)
Charles Scoma, Pat Gleason-Wynn, Mike Taylor and Kay Sanders were sworn in as members of the 20th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) on July 17, 2023. They are four of the 71 delegates representing 23 of the 28 Area Agency on Aging regions in Texas who were sworn in at the Texas State Capitol for a two-year term by the Honorable Gary VanDeaver, member of the Texas House of Representatives from New Boston, Texas.
Wally Funk - Special Guest at the Empowering Seniors EXPO on September 28!
Wally Funk will join us at the Empowering Seniors Health & Wellness EXPO this year! With a lifelong passion for aeronautics, at age 82, this American aviator traveled aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space tourism rocket on June 20, 2021. Be sure to register to attend this year's event at our new venue, the Hurst Conference Center, on September 28!
Hot Weather Safety for Older Adults
Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or have health problems. It is important to be cautious and get relief quickly when you are overheated. Otherwise, you might start to feel sick or risk a heat-related illness that could cause serious health issues.
Silver Bulletin 19th TSHL 3Q2023
On behalf of Speaker Rhonda Rogers, the officers, and members of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, we are pleased to provide the 3rd Quarter Silver Bulletin. The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Texas Legislature on behalf of older Texans. We look forward to being at the Capitol on Monday, July 17, for our delegates' official beginning and swearing-in for the 20th Session of TSHL.
The Tarrant County BIG GIVE Blood Drive - Friday, June 9
This Friday is the 8th Annual Tarrant County Big Give Blood Drive. Carter BloodCare will be at the Northeast Courthouse, 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. June 9. There is a great need, so we encourage you to donate at one of the many locations throughout Tarrant County. Please read more for location and reservation information.
Office of the Attorney General Issues Consumer Alert Warning Texans of Companies that May Appear to Be Government Agencies
AUSTIN – The Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) issues this consumer alert to help ensure that Texans are not deceived by companies appearing as though they may be government agencies.
Men’s Health and Wellness: It’s More than Just Physical Health
While June is the month reserved for talking about men’s health, older men need to be focused on their health year-round. According to a long-term study conducted by the MacArthur Foundation, 70% of physical aging, and approximately 50% of mental aging, is determined by the lifestyle choices we make every day. That means what you do is the most important factor in determining aging men’s health and not your genetics.