This past Tuesday, I attended a “Get Acquainted with AGE” meeting at Austin Groups for the Elderly. The group toured the 104-year old historical building to see the different programs that this non-profit organization oversees in an effort to “empower[ing] caregivers, the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, resources and support.” They have an abundance of useful information on the many aspects of caregiving, as well as one-on-one attention to your particular caregiving situation. Truly, this is what every caregiver needs!
I was impressed! Be it art, photography, crocheting, parties or games, the seniors attending its Elderhaven Adult Day Center have plenty of mindful, social and physical stimulation to keep them engaged and active with a purpose.
Through its Caregiver Resource Center, AGE provides family caregivers with information on a variety of local programs, services and resources, a lending library of books and videos, support groups and lends out durable medical equipment such as walkers, canes and bath chairs, among other things.
Technology-savvy senior volunteers teach seniors how to use computers, from beginners to advanced levels. These classes are offered at a nominal cost.
“For current class schedules and information on registration, please visit the Austin Computer Learning Center website at www.austincomputer.org or call our ACLC Administrator in the AGE Office at (512) 451-4611 ext 232.”
To help non-profit organizations put their money into their business, AGE offers them low-cost rental of office space.
“For information on the historic AGE Building or to learn more about becoming a tenant, contact Christopher Leto at (512) 451-4611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .”
As part of their continuing support of the family caregiver, AGE offers free seminars throughout the year to provide guidance and information on how to better deal with their caregiving journey. Upcoming seminars are listed below. Please click on the links for more information.
- Care Options: Sat., Feb. 25 10am – 12pm
- “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers”: Sat., April 28 10am – 12pm Talk, sale & book signing by Barry Jacobs, PsyD
There often comes a time when a senior may need more care than a family member can personally provide. This panel discussion will inform participants about additional care options including the benefits of attending an adult day care program, hiring an in-home caregiver, or moving to a residential living facility. Family caregivers can use the information presented at this event to create a plan that anticipates future care needs rather than reacting to a crisis. There will also be time to answer questions from the audience.
AGE, a local non-profit organization that serves seniors and their family caregivers, invites you to join us for this FREE educational seminar exploring various care options on Saturday, February 25, from 10am until noon. This seminar will take place in the Dining Room of the AGE building at 3710 Cedar Street, which is just north of the UT campus. Seating space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to Bruce Kravitz at email@example.com or (512) 451-4611.
During the seminar, AGE will also provide free respite care in a separate room at the AGE building. If you are interested in requesting respite care, please call Carla at (512) 458-6305 no later than February 22.
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers”
Interested in attending other kinds of FREE classes for family caregivers and seniors?? For information about the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes and other classes near you, visit www.CaregiverUcentx.org .
For more information about AGE, visit www.ageofaustin.org .
3710 Cedar Street, Austin, TX 78705