April 2017

Amazing Place Receives National Recognition

Recently, Amazing Place was one of five faith-related dementia programs throughout the US to be profiled in a report conducted by RTI International for the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center and distributed nationally. In addition, Tracey Brown, Amazing Place Executive Director, was one of the presenters of the report at the American Society on Aging Conference in Chicago in March.

The report noted, "Each of the sponsoring organizations made distinct efforts to grow relationships with the surrounding community, and in some instances reached out to other faith communities for their program involvement and support..." In addition, they concluded, "...including faith-related components in their programs or operating from a faith-based organization was a benefit in that they were already a trusted resource that people turned to for assistance."

To read the complete report, click on this link https://nadrc.acl.gov/node/92

(L to R) ASA Convention Presenters--Erin Long, MSW, Administration on Aging; Sari B. Shuman, MPH, MSW, RTI International; Tracey Brown, Amazing Place Executive Director; Patty Mouton, Alzheimer's Orange County Interfaith Outreach Program.

Learning from an Expert about How to Navigate the Hospital

Recently, Amazing Place was fortunate to have nationally-recognized geriatrician, Carmel B. Dyer, MD, AGSF, FACP, Executive Director of the UT Health Consortium on Aging, speak to our family caregivers about tips for dealing most effectively with the hospital. Dr. Dyer is passionate about helping those over 65 get the medical attention they deserve.

While her topic was targeted to those dealing with someone with dementia in the hospital, many of her tips apply to any of us. Below are a few:

1. Ask questions when there are any changes to the treatment or medications.

For example, "What's the purpose?"; "Is there a safer alternative?" ; "Is there a more cautious or age-appropriate dose to try?"

2. Keep a file handy of all important, updated medical information,

including medications, diseases, and recent procedures. In the event of needing to go the hospital, this file will be very important.

3. If you need to go to the ER, have your Primary Care Physician call in advance when possible.

This will save time and relay important information.

4. Before agreeing to a procedure or test, always ask,

"How will this test change my/my loved one's treatment?"

5. Discharge is a risky time, often causing complications.

Make sure you understand the key points and review carefully what needs to be done at home before leaving the hospital.

Dr. Dyer provides valuable insight to caregivers at Amazing Place.

Save the Date
Wednesday, October 11

This year's Amazing Place Annual Luncheon on October 11th, 2017 at River Oaks Country Club, chaired by friends and supporters Reagan and Jim Bailey and Pam and Paul Frazier, will undoubtedly be another sell out. Featured keynote speaker is Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, whose work on brain science has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Dr. Small lectures throughout the world and frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including the best-selling The Memory Bible and his newest release, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain.

Don't miss out on this wonderful event benefitting Houston's only mild to moderate dementia day program, which also provides needed caregiver support services and community education on brain health.

Tables of ten starting at $3,000 (very limited availability). To purchase, CLICK HERE.

(l to r) Co-Chair Pam Frazier, Maureen Manning, Jennifer Gregory and Co-Chair Regan Bailey at the Luncheon Kickoff event at Amazing Place

(l to r) Co-Chairs Jim and Reagan Bailey with Executive Director Tracey Brown and husband, Frank

Board member Ron Girotto with his wife, Judy, at the kickoff event on the Amazing Place patio.

VOLUNTEER

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DONATIONS

Amazing Place appreciates any contributions and relies on the generosity of the community. For further questions, please contact Ramsey Howell at (713) 552-0420.

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