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4 Letter from the Publishers Welcome to our third annual edition of the Fort Worth Seniors Guide! We are proud to feature long-time news anchor, John McCaa of WFAA-TV on our cover this year. John has invested half of his lifetime working with WFAA, and thrives on hard work; co-anchoring three news programs nightly while working on his Ph.D., which he expects to earn this year. As we enter our fifteenth year in business and our third year in Tarrant county, we are continually making changes to improve how we serve you. We recently developed a new website, making it easier for you to find the specific services you need. Visit FortWorthSeniorsGuide.com and be sure to sign up for monthly e-newsletters featuring upcoming events, articles, and recipes. To ensure that you keep receiving the Fort Worth Seniors Guide annually, or call us to be added to our permanent mailing list. We are also happy to provide extra copies of the guide should your church or civic organization request them. Sincerely, Publishers: John & Antoinette Griffin Editor: Antoinette Griffin Production: John Griffin Associate Publisher / Sales: Amy Case Graphic Design: Ruth Palao-Foster Administration: Anita Bray Cover Photography: Courtesy of WFAA (817) The materials represented in this publication constitute paid advertisements and should in no manner or form be construed as an endorsement of the services or products provided by the advertisers or vendors. Texas Seniors Guides, Inc. SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY RELATING TO OR ARISING OUT OF ANY SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY ADVERTISERS OR VENDORS HEREIN, INCLUDING ANY LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENCE. TEAS SENIORS GUIDES, INC. MAKES NO WARRANTIES EITHER EPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE AND IT SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Any trademarks represented in this publication have been reproduced and do not represent an affiliation with Texas Seniors Guides, Inc. Although great effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information appearing in the Fort Worth Seniors Guide, the publisher is not responsible for telephone numbers, services, and products that are subject to change. Entire contents Texas Seniors Guides, Inc All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Helpful Numbers On The Cover Helpful Web Sites Computers Events Senior Activity Centers Web Sites Adult Day Care Centers Estate Sales In-Home Care Realtors Resources & Support Time Share Transfer Transportation Attorneys Auto Insurance Long-Term Care Insurance Medicare Reverse Mortgages Levels of Care Locator Map Independent Living Assisted Living Memory Care Dentists Hearing Home Health Hospice Medical Equipment & Supplies Nursing & Rehabilitation Patient Adovate Programs Research Senior Health Clinics Medical Diary LEISURE SERVICES PLANNING LIVING Inside Back Cover Inside Front & Outside Back Cover, 1, Inside Front & Outside Back Cover, 1, Outside Back Cover, 1, HEALTH & MEDICAL Inside Front, Inside Front & Outside Back Cover, ADVERTISING INFORMATION How are seniors and their families finding you? Call us to discover how to get your message to 75,000 homes of seniors and baby boomers, doctors offices, case managers, churches, senior centers, etc. In addition, you ll be listed on our website with a link to your site. You ll be surprised at how affordable we are!

5 Helpful Numbers AARP Adult Protective Services Alzheimer s Association American Cancer Society American Heart Association & American Stroke Association Area Agency on Aging (Tarrant County) Arthritis Foundation Better Business Bureau Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind Jewish Family Service Legal Hotline for Older Texans Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County Medicaid Medicare MHMR Tarrant County 24-Hour Crisis Line Parkinson s Support Group of Tarrant County Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Senior Employment Program Social Security Administration Tarrant County Commission on Aging Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services Texas Senior Medicare Patrol Texas Seniors Guides The Senior Source VA Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic Veteran Services Office of Tarrant County MEDICARE

6 On The Cover - John McCaa There s something about our favorite local television newscasters and reporters that can generate a sense of comfort--whether it s their familiar faces, their calm voices, or their loyal presence whenever we watch the local news. For hundreds of thousands in the Fort Worth and Dallas metro areas, that trusted presence for thirty years has been John McCaa. John joined WFAA-8 in 1984 as a reporter at the Fort Worth bureau, and transferred to Dallas in After working as a reporter, weekend anchor John McCaa & Gloria Campos, WFAA News Photo Courtesy of WFAA and news manager, he began co-anchoring WFAA-8 s 5PM broadcast in late 1991, and now anchors all three evening broadcasts. John, who recently turned 60 years old, is proof that 60 must be the new 30, because his life is fuller than ever. In addition to his rigorous schedule at WFAA, he enjoys playing the drums, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities with a major in History of Ideas. He expects to complete his dissertation this year. John has a desire to eventually share his knowledge and experience through teaching Ethics to college students on a part-time basis. He comments, In our society, people have turned college into a trade school. An education is more than about learning a trade, it s about learning how and why to do things right. Do it the easy way, and you ll pay for it. If you do it the hard way, you appreciate it more. John is certainly role model for the rewards of hard work. Gloria Campos, who recently retired, was John s co-anchor for nearly 30 years. Gloria tells me, John is a serious journalist and a great guy. I consider him the conscience of the newsroom. Co-anchoring is a real partnership, and you get to know each others style and pacing. If you are lucky, you find that elusive thing called, chemistry. You know it when you have it. I think John and I found a great balance, and hopefully our viewers thought so, too. We had a wonderful rapport and a lot of fun, especially behind the scenes. There is so much more to John McCaa than meets the eye. It was an honor and pleasure to work with him! When asked about the most emotionally difficult stories he s covered, without hesitation, John responds, Anything having to do with children. When there is a story about a mother or father returning home from military duty and they are reunited with their kids, I have to see it before it airs. John tells me that even though his father was never in Vietnam, he had friends whose fathers were, and how emotional it can be. John has a soft spot for news stories in which someone goes out of their way to help someone else. He tells of a story that aired one Thanksgiving about a woman who volunteered with Meals on Wheels. John recalls, She was probably in worse financial shape than many of those she delivered meals to, but felt that it was her duty as a Christian to serve others. Her daughter had been killed, she didn t 4

7 On The Cover - John McCaa have a car, and she couldn t afford badly needed house repairs. She called me the day after the story aired, and told me there were people lined up outside of her house. Having watched the news story, they were there to help. A construction worker repaired her house, someone gave her a car, and others pitched in to help. As local news viewers know, it s common for newscasters to change stations or land a position in another city or state. John has enjoyed his long tenure with WFAA. I like Texas. I m from Nebraska where I loved the people, but hated the weather. I really don t mind the heat in Texas, and the people here are friendly and honest. People here get stuff done. When asked of what he s most proud of personally, John immediately responded, My wife, Nora and our relationship. We have so much in common. We love art, movies, and travel. John tells me they met at WFAA. What impressed me about her is that she walked into my office one day and noticed a book by Edmund Burke on my desk, and actually knew who Edmund Burke was. (Edmund Burke was an Irish Statesman commonly viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism). Our first date was on January 2, We went to see the movie, Life is Beautiful, and 75 days later we were married. The best moments are when we are on vacation together. John goes on to tell me about the evening before he leaves for vacation. After I ve said goodnight to my viewers and walk to the parking lot, I sit in my car for John and his wife, Nora fifteen minutes and just thank God that I m able to do this, and that I m able to spend the next weeks on vacation with my wife. They regularly vacation together in Bellagio, Italy Lake Como, and watch as little television as possible. John also tells of how proud he is of his son, Collin, who resides in Houston. My son has a good head on his shoulders. He went back to school and got a second degree, and now works for Dow Chemical. John s mother passed several years ago, and his 83 year old father lives in Colorado Springs. My father is so active, he does more pushups and sit ups every day than most people half his age can do. John comments, It s sad that our culture thinks young people have all of the fun things in life, because they don t have the wisdom. Older people have the wisdom, so they should keep themselves healthy so they can also stay young. What s one thing that John s viewers may be surprised to know about him? John responds with a laugh, I performed stand up comedy in night clubs when I was in Omaha, Nebraska. People would say, You? Mr. Serious? He tells me he performed during the time he was a reporter and weekend anchor with WOW-T TV news in Omaha. One night at the club someone recognized him as a newsman, and he knew at that moment he had to make a choice a career in comedy or a career in media. It looks like John McCaa made the right choice. 5

8 Helpful Web Sites Medical Web MD: Provides consumer-focused healthcare information. Drug Listings: Lists the names of over 1,300 drugs and their side effects and drug interactions. Cancer Information: The National Cancer Institute provides detailed information on specific types of cancer. Health Information: Lists health information and detailed information on certain illnesses. Crohn s And Colitis Information: Advocate Program gives free, personalized insights and education. Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis information: Patient Advocate program and information about psoriasis. Financial Social Security: Information on social security benefits and updates. Bank Rates: Mortgage rates, CD rates, auto loan rates, credit card rates, objective information and in-depth financial-related articles. Government Information: Provides links to grants, consumer guides, jobs, education, and more. Find out if you are due money on unclaimed property, credit union shares, and mortgage refunds. Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Nursing Home Performance: Provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Senior Living in Texas: Features retirement, assisted living communities, and nursing homes in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth with links to each property s website. Resources Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County A local agency responsible for planning and coordinating services for those age 60 and over in Tarrant County. Tarrant Area Food Bank: Provides information regarding the network of non-profits that provide food and resources to those in Fort Worth and 13 surrounding counties. Texas Senior Medicare Patrol: texassmp.org The Texas Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps Medicare beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud. Contact the SMP if you suspect fraud or believe you have been a victim of Medicare fraud. Caregiving: Educational resource for anyone who helps an older spouse, parent, relative, or friend. Alzheimer s Association of North Texas: alz.org/northcentraltexas Provides information on support groups, upcoming education sessions, care consultation, resources, etc. Insurance Medicare: Lists Medicare participating physicians and suppliers. Provides a search comparison of Medicare supplements. Insurance Premium Comparisons: Provides premium cost comparisons for home, auto and life insurance. Texas Department of Insurance: Provides information on Medicare supplement insurance, health, life, property and casualty insurance companies and agents. 6

9 Computers Technology Simplified Bigger and BeTTer Wow! A Simple to Use Computer Designed Especially for Seniors! Easy to read. Easy to see. Easy to use. Just plug it in! NEW Now comes with... Larger 22-inch hi-resolution screen easier to see 16% more viewing area Simple navigation so you never get lost Intel processor lightning fast Computer is in the monitor No bulky tower Advanced audio, Better speaker configuration easier to hear Text to Speech translation it can even read your s to you! U.S. Based Customer Service FREE Automatic Software Updates LEISURE I love this computer! It is easy to read and to use! I get photo updates from my children and grandchildren all the time. Janet F. There is finally a computer that s designed for simplicity and ease of use. It s the WOW Computer, and it was designed with you in mind. This computer is easy-to-use, worry-free and literally puts the world at your fingertips. From the moment you open the box, you ll realize how different the WOW Computer is. The components are all connected; all you do is plug it into an outlet and your high-speed Internet connection. Then you ll see the screen it s now 22 inches. This is a completely new touch screen system, without the cluttered look of the normal computer screen. The buttons on the screen are easy to see and easy to understand. All you do is touch one of them, from the Web, , Calendar to Games you name it and a new screen opens up. It s so easy to use you won t have to ask your children or grandchildren for help. Until now the very people who could benefit most from and the Internet are the ones that have had the hardest time accessing it. Now, thanks to the WOW Computer, countless older Americans are discovering the wonderful world of the Internet every day. Isn t it time you took part? Call now, and a patient, knowledgeable product expert will tell you how you can try it in your home for 30 days. If you are not totally satisfied, simply return it within 30 days for a refund of the product purchase price. Call today. Call toll free now and find out how you can get the new WOW! Computer. Mention promotional code for special introductory pricing by first STREET for Boomers and Beyond, Inc

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11 Events & Health Fairs Hurst Senior Center Bi-monthly Dances (817) nd & 4th Thursday of Each Month Dances feature a live band and light refreshments. Cost is $5 at the door. 700 Heritage Circle, Hurst. 7-9:15pm. Beastro (817) June 13, 2014 Supports the Zoo s local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts. This annual event features Fort Worth s finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo serving sample appetizers, entrées and desserts with open bars throughout the park and live music entertainment. Several animal exhibits remain open until sunset. 7:30-11:30pm Colonial Parkway. Sharing the Past Through Art (817) July 10, 2014 Designed for adults with Alzheimer s and their caregivers using art to connect to past experiences. No reservations required. Every 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:30-11:45am. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. Senior Connection (800) September 16, 2014 This free event features products and services that pertain to good health and maintenance, recreational activities and hobbies, home improvement, travel, fashion, live entertainment and just plain fun. 9:00am-1:30pm. Cendera Event Center, 3600 Benbrook Hwy, Fort Worth. Senior Spirit Awards (817) September 19, 2014 This event honoring an outstanding citizen for seniors is sponsored by Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County and will be held at the Cendera Event Center, 3600 Benbrook Hwy. Fort Worth. 11:30am - 1:00pm. Walk to End Alzheimer s Since 1989, this all-age, all-ability walk has mobilized millions to join the fight against Alzheimer s disease. Find and join a walk closest to you: The following are a few taking place around Fort Worth: Granbury, Granbury City Hall, 116 W. Bridge St., (800) , September 20, 2014 Weatherford, Weatherford College, 225 College Park Dr., (800) , September 27, 2014 Arlington, UTA Mavericks Activity Center Outdoor Basketball Courts, 500 Nedderman, (817) , October 4, 2014 Grapevine, Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Ln., (817) , October 11, 2014 Fort Worth, Farrington Field/Trinity Park, 2919 W Lancaster, (817) , October 25, 2014 LEISURE Empowering Seniors Expo (817) October 3, 2014 A health and lifestyle expo for boomers and seniors. There will be health screenings, workshops, exhibitor booths, entertainment, door prizes and lunch. 8:30am at First Baptist Church of Euless Campus West, 205 N Industrial, Bedford. Mansfield Health & Wellness Expo (817) October 10, 2014 Mansfield Senior Lifestyles invites you to participate in health screenings, exhibitor booths, class demonstrations and door prizes. Flu shots will be available. 9-11am. 106 S Wisteria St, Mansfield. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (817) January 16-February 7, 2015 Senior citizens age 65 and over will be admitted to the Stock Show grounds all day each Friday throughout the show for $ Burnett Tandy Dr., Fort Worth. 13th Annual Arlington Senior Health & Wellness Expo (817) April 24, 2015 The expo will feature spinal screenings, bone density screenings, stroke and cholesterol information, yoga and pilates demonstrations, balance tests, door prizes and much more. This free event is open to all ages. 9am-1pm. Eunice Activity Center, 1000 Eunice St., Arlington. 9

12 LEISURE Senior Activity Centers Alvarado Arlington Arlington Central Arlington Senior Recreation New York Azle Bedford Benbrook Burleson Colleyville Crowley Euless Ft Worth Barnabas House -Lunch Site Casa Como Diamond Hill Eugene McCray Center - Lunch Site Fair Oaks Fellowship Corner Forest Hill Handley Meadowbrook Jewish Family Services L O Bud Irby - Lake Worth Northside North Tri-Ethnic River Oaks Community Center Stop Six Worth Heights Grapevine Haltom City Hurst Keller Kennedale Mansfield North Richland Hills Saginaw Southlake Watauga Weatherford White Settlement 201 E College St 401 W Sanford, Suite Eunice St 1815 New York 601 Southeast Pkwy 2817 RD Hurt Pkwy 1010 Mercedes 216 SW Johnson Ave 2512 Glade Rd 900 E Glendale St 300 W Midway, Suite B 4409 Sycamore School Rd 3201 Sondra 4900 Horne St 1701 NE 36th St 4932 Wilbarger St 4401 Quail Trail 1601 New York Ave 7004 Forest Hill Dr 6201 Beaty St 4900 B Briarhaven Rd 7005 Charbonneau Rd 1100 NW 18th St 2950 Roosevelt Ave 5300 Blackstone Dr 4910 Dunbar St 3551 New York Ave 421 Church St 5000 Bernice St 700 Heritage Cir 660 Johnson Rd 420 Cory A Edwards Dr 106 S Wisteria 6000 Hawk Ave 405 S Belmont 307 Parkwood Dr 7857 Indian Springs Rd 1225 Holland Lake Dr 8211 White Settlement Rd x

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15 In-Home Care NEED HELP? HERE S WHAT WE DO... WE WILL: Sit with you in the hospital 24/7 Provide transportation home Stay with you in your home 24/7 Help you with personal care Take you to your appointments Help you with medications Prepare your food Keep your surroundings clean and safe DON T FEEL GUILTY ~ YOU CAN T DO IT ALL! Professional Caretakers 6050 Harris Parkway, Fort Worth, T (817) Serving Texas since 1988 Licensed - Bonded Non-Medicare SERVICES 2014 Fort Worth Seniors Guide 13

16 SERVICES In-Home Care When your loved ones start struggling with everyday tasks, hiring a home care aide can help them remain in their home -- and take some pressure off the rest of the family. There are many qualities and qualifications that you may want to consider when selecting your caregiver. Believe it or not, selecting the right caregiver can make or break the care that you will receive. Taking care of seniors requires patience, a gentle spirit, kindness, and emotional stability. Your caregiver should be able to follow directions, and produce effective communication at all times. You want to hire someone who can follow directions, whether it is for a fire drill or just for meal times. They need to be able to understand, remember, and follow the directions that are given to them, even in a chaotic situation. A level head and a quick mind are a very important quality that your caregiver should have. In all honesty, there will be a lot of hard and boring times as a caregiver. In that case, being able to handle slowing down and not push seniors to move beyond their pace is important. Another important trait that your caregiver should produce is having the willingness to be able to do mental tasks. This is a no-brainer; a caregiver should be helpful, above and beyond the call of duty. From sitting and talking to helping with physical movement to coming up with activities, a caregiver should always be willing to lend a hand and contribute to the care of a senior. Maintaining a clean living environment is crucial to the safety and health of your loved one. When interviewing Selecting the Right Caregiver a potential caregiver, always notify them that light housekeeping is a part of the scope of services. If he/she is hesitant to that request, then they might not be the right person for you. Being able to have that reassurance that your loved one is being loved, feeling comfortable, safe, and happy is an important quality that your caregiver is responsible for providing. Hiring a home care aide through the classifieds or word of mouth is usually the least expensive option, but you should know that it might create unexpected liabilities for your family. However, if you utilize an agency they should be able to ensure that your caregiver is trustworthy, has a clear criminal background history, and is insured. Also, because an agency has a stable staffing of caregivers, you might be able to try out a few and find just the right aide for your situation. If you live far from where the care will be needed, an agency can be a good option for your family. That s why having a caregiver who is employed by a certified, bonded and licensed agency is very important. At Home Personal Care has been providing exceptional quality care for seniors throughout the DFW area and surrounding sub-cities for over 10 years. We take pride in employing distinguished, screened caregivers to keep you At Home. Contact us today at (817) , or visit our website at See the opposite page for more information. 14

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18 In-Home Care SERVICES Caregivers Must Prepare For A Hard, But Necessary Talk One of the hardest things to do is to create an open and honest dialogue between adult children and parents regarding aging issues. Understand this type of communication is a process, not an event, so be prepared for several meetings and much discussion. The discussions should be centered on the senior s needs and emphasis placed on ways to help maintain an independent and active lifestyle as long as possible. Always respect the senior s ideas and opinions. In other words, involve them in the process. In some cases, families see a need to bring in an expert to advise them on how to proceed. Generally, it is a good practice to schedule a family meeting with only immediate family members present. You may want to begin discussing the preference of living arrangements if additional care is required. Is home care a solution or perhaps a move to a retirement, assisted-living or full-care center? Another option is to live with family. As you prepare, a good rule to follow is to always treat someone as you would want to be treated if faced with the same situation. Remember, to love one another and to maintain the ability to laugh are good ways to approach even the most challenging events in our lives. Start planning now don t wait until your need is immediate. Sue Wallace is a Certified Senior Advisor and CEO of Assisted Services Inc., providing in-home care to help your loved one age successfully. Visit or call (817)

19 Hospital to Home Transitional Care Did you know that more than 20% of patients are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge after a surgery or illness? Readmissions cost billions of dollars every year, greatly prolong recovery time, and are often completely preventable with the proper care and oversight at home. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identified the top 4 triggers for readmission as: 1. Lack of social support for the recovering person 2. Non-adherence to medication regimens 3. Lack of follow-up with primary care physician 4. Lack of understanding regarding chronic disease management The good news is, a qualified caregiver who is properly trained can identify the patient s needs, necessary safety measures, and personal attention required to assure a full In-Home Care recovery. Follow up medical appointments with reliable transportation as well as medication management and reminders, are just a few key services to keep you or your loved one on the road to recovery. And perhaps most importantly, caregivers should provide loving companionship and education based on each individual s needs to minimize the risk of returning to the hospital. Operating homecare agencies in 15 states and Canada, Assisting Hands is a nationally recognized company with nearly two decades of experience in caring for others. Call us today at (817) to discuss our Hospital to Home Transitional Care program, or whatever your specific need may be, and rest assured you will receive Quality Home Care You Can Trust! DADS License # SERVICES 2014 Fort Worth Seniors Guide 17

20 In-Home Care 24/7 Availability GIVE US A CALL. WE WANT TO SERVE YOU. Licensed Insured Bonded LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED Transferring Bathing/Grooming Light Housekeeping Light Exercise Meal Preparation Feeding Medication Reminders Transportation & Errands Laundry and Linens SERVICES If you or your spouse served in a war, you may qualify for free in-home care. Call us, we can help. Office (817) Serving Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties. We accept Private Pay and Long Term Care Insurance. We also participate in the VA Aid and Attendant Program. Now It s Our Turn Let s Do For Them As They Did For Us Caring for an elderly parent is a major concern for many people. That is when the children have to start making the decisions that the parents have always made. It is a difficult transition, but is also satisfying to be able to offer support and care for the very person that raised you. A study, done in 1988 by a Ph.D., found that two-thirds of the elderly people in his study lived independently the year that they died. Assessing early and providing assistance can help elderly parents stay in their home longer. By doing a routine assessment, you can avoid a sudden need for major help. It is very helpful if you discuss options with your aging loved one before it becomes critical. Fill out living wills and legal forms such as health, financial and durable power of attorney documents. Compile a list of all insurance, safe deposit boxes, mortgages, titles, Social Security numbers, banking, doctors contact information, medical history and medications. Talk with your aging loved one about their living situations when the time comes for extra help. Some signs they could need help include: sudden weight loss, failure to take medications properly, deterioration of personal habits, auto accidents, general forgetfulness, suspiciousness or other bizarre behavior. Most will state they want to stay in their own home. That is when Compassionate Healthcare can help. We are there for you and your family. Every one of our clients is special with their own special needs. We care. Call (817)