Free virtual conference offered from August 17 to 19 for unpaid caregivers




Conference offered to caregivers

AGE of Central Texas and the Area Agency on Aging will virtually host the 20th anniversary of the free Striking a Balance Caregiver conference August 17-19.

The annual event provides unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources to help alleviate the challenges of caring for an aging family member. Participants will discover local resources, learn skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with national and local experts on aging.

Highlights from this year’s virtual conference seminars included Bob Stephen, vice president of family and long-term care at AARP, speaking on “What the future holds. taking care ? Best-selling author and columnist Barry J. Jacobs will discuss “Compassion for Caregivers and Personal Care”.

The presentation will also include “Practical Tools for Dementia Care” with Sarah Hyde-Williams of Senior Living Advisors of Texas, “Activities Caregivers Can Share with Older Adults Living with Cognitive Issues” by dementia expert Nancy Turco and “The Ins and Outs of Long-Term Care ”by Michael Gill, President of Texas Senior Living Locators.

An in-person celebratory lunch will be held August 21 at the Norris Conference Center, Suite 365, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. The luncheon will feature special guest Chet Garner from “The Daytripper” and include an information and resource fair.

Registration is free. To register or for more information: 512-916-6182; For more information:

Courtesy of AGE Central Texas


Start of the Buy-a-Light campaign

The Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau has launched the annual Buy-A-Light Campaign, the Holiday Lights fundraising initiative for Mercer Street and the Historic District.

Each summer for the past three years, the office has asked for donations from the community to help adorn the buildings on historic Mercer Street with lights and festive decorations. Funds raised from the event are used to purchase, install and store the holiday lights and decorations that are on display during the holiday season in downtown Dripping Springs.

To make donations or to obtain information on committee membership:

Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau Courtesy


Teens 3rd at National Essay Event

The Alzheimer Foundation of America has named Austin resident Liana Chen the third winner of its 2021 Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College National Scholarship Writing Competition.

Chen received a college scholarship of $ 2,500. She was chosen from over 2,000 applications nationwide for her essay on her great-grandmother, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, and its impact on their lives.

Chen has also written about the effects of isolation and advises teens to spend more time with their grandparents, even if only through video chat.

For more information: 866-232-8484;

Courtesy of the Alzheimer Foundation



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