We had Ginny Funk with the Alzheimer's Association come on Senior Resource Radio to tell us about World Alzheimer's Month in September.

President Reagan penned November as National Alzheimer's month. He later developed the disease. The month of November is the nation's dedicated month to honor those who have been touched by Alzheimer's or other dementia related diseases. However, September 21st has always been World Alzheimer's Day.

This is the first year that the Alzheimer's Association has dedicated the whole month of September as World Alzheimer's Month.

A few months ago, in Vancouver, the Alzheimer's Association held their annual International Conference. Over 4,000 researchers came together from around the world to share their research from clinical studies on finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leader in raising funds for Alzheimer's research, second only to the federal government. In the last 30+ years, they have raised over 250 million dollars nationally to fund clinical studies.

This past May, the first ever National Alzheimer's Plan was passed unanimously and signed into law by President Obama. This plan has been implemented to help stop the trajectory of the Alzheimer's Disease. Last year, the San Antonio Alzheimer's Association held two town hall meetings as part as a collaborative effort to help get the National Plan passed.

They are hosting another town hall meeting on Wednesday September 5th at the Pearl Studio, Suite 115 from noon to 1:30. It is an open forum where people can share their experiences. Local officials have also been invited to attend the meeting as well.

The San Antonio chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has many programs that are available to those with Alzheimer's or their caregivers. One program is their hotline that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The toll free number is 1-800-272-3900 and a real person, who is trained on the Alzheimer's Disease, is available to answer questions or to listen to those who maybe struggling with the disease. They also have a great website (www.alz.org) that has a wealth of information.

One great resource that we found on the website is a tutorial on how to have a conversation with someone with Alzheimer's Disease that may need to give up driving. The touching video shows the struggles with having this conversation and gives some real-world examples on bringing awareness to those who may have Alzheimer's Disease. You can see that video by clicking here.

To get to the San Antonio chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, go to www.alz.org/sanantonio. You can also find information on local support groups here in San Antonio. They also have a telephone support group for those who may not be able to travel to one of those groups.

The Alzheimer's Association is having a "Walk To End Alzheimer's" event on Saturday, September 22nd in San Antonio. Formerly known as the Memory Walk, this event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Alzheimer's Association. To find more information on this event, please go to www.alz.org/walk.

We can't thank Ginny enough for coming on Senior Resource Radio to tell us about all of the exciting things that the Alzheimer's Association is doing locally and nationally. We at Senior Resource Radio are going to dedicate the full month of September in honor of World Alzheimer's Month. Be sure to tune in next week.

To hear our interview with Ginny, click here.

We had Becky Lucci, Program Director for Morgan's Wonderland on our show to talk about Senior Fridays presented by Baptist Health Systems. On the second and fourth Friday of every month, Morgan's Wonderland makes special accommodations for seniors to take part in all the activities that Morgan's Wonderland has to offer.

This theme park was originally designed by Gordan Hartman for his daughter Morgan as well as for others with disabilities so that they could have a place to play together. It consists of 25 acres and 25 different attractions ranging from a train that travels around their 8-acre lake, a jeep car ride, a carousel, a fishing area, a sensory village, and many more attractions. The entire environment at Morgan's Wonderland is wheelchair accessible and special accommodations were made in the designing of the park.

Admission to the park is only $10 for each senior (62+)
10:00 in the morning Admission and they have a scheduled activity from 11:00am - 12:00pm

Upcoming Scheduled Activities at Morgan's Wonderland
Friday, September 14th - Sunset Band Concert
"Oldies Concert" live music provided by the Sunset band. The Sunset band  provides music by a variety of groups such as The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, and many others.

Friday September 28th - Chair Yoga
Chair yoga offers you the ability to improve your health through and amazing form of adaptive exercise. You are supported by a chair so you can receive yoga's healing and restorative benefits. Session will focus on low-impact movements designed to improve well-being and stimulate body and mind through enhanced breathing techniques performed in concert with yoga movements.

Friday, October 12th - Chair Volleyball
Indoor Chair Volleyball is an activity that includes physical activity, social interaction, competition and lots of laughs. Come enjoy this fun-filled game played with a beach ball. Chair volleyball is great for upper body mobility and joint flexibility. It enhances your muscle tone, reflexes, hand-to-eye coordination and endurance.

Friday, October 26th - Halloween Bingo
You already know that bingo is fun and is a great way to meet people, but did you know that playing bingo can actually stimulate the brain with more blood flow which helps you stay mentally alert? Come play with us and win some cool Morgan's Wonderland prizes.

For more information, call Becky Lucci at 210-637-3434 or email at programs@morganswonderland.com

Henry Cisneros joins Senior Resource Radio to tell us about a brand new book he edited called "Independent For Life: Homes and Neighborhoods For An Aging America." He explains to us the aging population in San Antonio and across the United States and mentions some obstacles seniors will face with regards to aging in place.

Bringing in experts from the financial, city planning, transportation, and other fields, this book tackles issues that many seniors will face in the upcoming years.

Mr. Cisneros will be on this week's show this Sunday at 9:00 am on Newstalk 930 AM KLUP.

We had Melinda Rodriguez from Access Quality Therapy Services (AQTS) Home Health on our show on Sunday, June 10th. On the show, Melinda mentioned the Home Health Compare website. We have provided a link so that if you want to compare home health agencies in your area, you can do so by going to their website.

Here are some highlights of the show:

About AQTS Home Health:  Local company in San Antonio that has been in business since 1994. AQTS is licensed and certified by Medicare and has received a JCAHO accreditation (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). They serve San Antonio and Bexar County.

What is home health?  services that can be received in the home to include nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nurse aide (personal assistance services), and medical social services.

What are the qualifications to receive home health services? First, a physician order would be required. An order can be prescribed for someone who needs medication management, a change in health condition, a recent surgery requiring therapy services.

What is homebound?  Medicare's standards are that you can leave the home for short intermittent intervals only. This could include going to church services, doctor's appointments, grocery story, or to go get one's hair cut. Usually these are seen as quality of life events.The criteria home health agencies look for is "does it take excessive energy or major effort to leave the home." If leaving the home can be a tasking event, one could qualify for home health services.  Medicare and other insurance companies may differ on the definition of "homebound".

What is your Care Transition Program?  Helps to prevent patients returning back to hospital unnecessarily. Their nurses enter the patients home within 24 hours of discharge from the hospital. The Care Transitions Coordinator meets with the patient before being discharged to go home to access that patient's needs.  They also assess patients to monitor those who may have a high risk of rehospitalization and provide "tuck In" phone calls and other programs to help keep those patients stable and at home.

What is the length of time a patient can receive home health services? The initial certification is for 60 days. A patient can be extended further with a re-certification, but a patient would need to meet criteria for extended home health services.

What does your JCAHO accreditation mean?  The Joint Commission for Accrediting Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredits companies who show quality outcomes for their patients. They look for patient safety, effectiveness, high quality of patient care, and getting the best value of home health care across a variety of settings. Customer Service satisfaction is also reviewed.

How is home health care paid for? Medicare, Insurance, and patients can also pay private pay for services.

The best things to look for when choosing a home health agency:  Medicare's Home Health Compare's website - whoever has best clinical outcomes, customer satisfaction surveys, as well as interview the company to see if they share same values

How to get in contact with AQTS Home Health:  You may call 210-349-0096 or go to their website at www.accessqualitycare.com

This week, we had Ana Kahn from Dove's Nest, a personal care home in San Antonio. She explains to us exactly what a personal care home is and how it differs from a traditional assisted living community.

During the intro, we talked about the abcnews.com article highlighting the Texas Senior Games that took place in San Antonio a few weeks ago. You can read the article by
clicking here.

Also during the intro to the show, we talked about Morningside Ministries and their Virtual Dementia Tour that they have put together to help caregivers understand exactly what it feels like to be elderly with dementia. They were featured on KSAT 12 and you can see the video by
clicking here.

Highlights From The Show:

Personal Care Homes are classified as assisted living but are housed in a typical home you would find in a neighborhood. Personal Care Homes have fewer residents than what you find at a traditional assisted living and offer very personalized care.

To find out more information about Dove's Nest:
14311 Parkhurst Drive  San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 496-0299

To hear the interview,
click here.
In the intro we talked about a town in Arkansas called "Bald Knob" where they outlawed Bingo. You can read the full article by clicking here.

Donny talked with us about the differences between Independent and Assisted Living. He also went over the top 5 things you should look for when choosing the right place for your loved one.

Highlights From The Show:

Top 5 things you should look for when choosing an Independent or Assisted Living facility for your loved one:

1) Robust Activity Program
2) Stable Management Team
3) Extra Services (Aging in Place)
4) Have a Meal
5) Go with Your Feelings (Does it feel like home?)

For more information, please visit Villa de San Antonio at:
8103 North Hollow, San Antonio, Tx 78240
To hear the interview, click here.
Dr. Dutson joined us on Senior Resource Radio on Sunday, March
11th to talk to us about an emerging field in the neurology community called
"Functional Neurology." He tells us that due to the brains neuroplasticity, our
brain's nervous system can rewire itself to relearn things that were affected by
memory loss, brain injury, and even stroke. To hear our interview with him, go
to our
Archived Shows segment of our website.

Dr. Dutson also recommended a few books if you would like more information on the subject. The first one is "Brain Rules" written by John Medina. The book explains how by applying a few principles, we can enhance the performance of our brains. From
exercising and nutrition to reducing stress, the book is filled with valuable information to help us to make best use of our brains.

The other book Dr. Dutson recommended was "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Taylor. As a professor of Neurology at Harvard University, Dr. Taylor grew in her knowledge the day she was affected by a massive stroke. In her book, she tells us how she used "functional neurology" to get back to 100%. You can
watch a video of her speaking about this here.

Dr. Dutson also introduced us to a video called "Hope Restored" and it shows a few
case studies of what "Functional Neurology" can accomplish.
See the video here.
Cathy Pottorf joins us to tell us about the Senior Games of San Antonio that begins in March. The games are for anyone 50 years of age or older. The
games in San Antonio are the place in Texas to come and qualify for Nationals in Ohio next year. The games consist of aquatics, bowling, pickleball, and more. For more information, go to the
Senior Games of San Antonio  website.

To hear our interview with Cathy about the Senior Games, click here.