Aging Resources

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2019

Why Asbestos Cancer Riddles the Senior Community As our bodies and minds age, there are a number of things we start to seamlessly factor into our daily routines. Writing checklists, bringing a sweater, buying more supportive shoes, having spare glasses and the list...

Festive Fall Activities for Older Adults

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder! It is almost Fall! With the arrival of Fall comes the opportunity for wholesome & life enriching activities. Here are some ideas of activities you can enjoy this Fall! We hope you remember to have...

Memory problems

Older adults often worry about memory decline as they age. It is important to inform the doctor about changes affecting daily living. For example, tell the doctor that you are having problems with remembering short term events or thinking clearly. The doctor will most...

Advance Directives

Advance directives are specific written instructions to inform others of what type of care would be preferred if a person is critically ill or dying. There are two types of advance directives: Living Will- A living will records a person's end-of-life wishes for...

Moving to Assisted Living

One of the hardest decisions older adults face is whether to live with assistance or to continue living independently. Have a conversation with the doctor can help you make the right decision based on your current health status. Choose a doctor that you trust and are...

Safe Travel Tips for Older Adults

Prior to traveling, whether overseas or not, make sure that vaccinations stay up to date, as well as scheduling a visit with a medical provider.. Here are a few tips on traveling safety: Stay up to date on vaccinations- Some shots require to be taken up to 6 weeks...

Feeling Unhappy With the Doctor

Misunderstandings come up frequently when dealing with the doctor or the doctor's staff. The best thing to do is to be direct, but respectful. For example, if the doctor was being short with you and hurrying during the visit, and it led to hurt feelings. Say something...

Seeing a Specialist

A doctor may refer you to a specialist if a condition requires further evaluation. When visiting a specialist, it is important to ask questions if areas are left unclear. If the specialist gives a diagnosis that you are unfamiliar with, ask the doctor to explain it...

Other Helpful Links

Aging Services – Department of Health and Human Services website

Alzheimer’s Association –  National homepage

Area Agency on Aging  –  The Abilene resource through the West Central Texas Council of Governments.

Meaningful Activities  –  Explore how music, art and pet visits can improve quality of life experiences.

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature –  Advocates for Seniors through Public Policy

Age Wave – Understanding the effects of an aging population

Regrets of the Dying –  five most common regrets shared by those faced with dying