Some 8 percent of Arlington’s population is 65 years old or older, making that demographic the smallest among those classified as adults living in the city. That said, where many local service providers are concerned, “less is more” with regards to services offered. Indeed, examples abound of local companies and organizations that cater to mature adults.
Here are some examples.
Audiology Experts co-founder Dr. Lisa B. Fell says “Celebrating seniors” means honoring and serving individuals that are advanced in years who have experienced so much more in life than she has yet to encounter.
“There are great stories to be told by the seniors of our community and lessons that we can certainly learn,” says Dr. Fell “At Audiology Experts, we recognize what this population of people has to offer. At our practice we accommodate all kinds of abilities and personalities. The accommodations are our easily accessible location and office space, friendly and helpful staff (makes scheduling easy), but also our listening ears – we are audiologists, after all.”
Dr. Fell says that because she and practice co-founder Dr. Kristin Robbins are invested in the success of their patients, they listen to their stories and feelings.
“Knowing what is important and on the minds of the people we serve allows us to personalize our recommendations and care. Since Audiology Experts is a hearing aid practice, I should clear the air and inform the readers – we do not just serve seniors. Hearing loss is affecting more than the senior population. It is a common misconception that hearing loss only affects old people. The statistics are glaring and indicate that hearing loss is being identified younger and younger. It is inconvenient and can be embarrassing to not hear well. Recognizing the seniors and individuals that do something about their hearing loss is definitely worth celebrating.”
For more: audiologyexperts.com.
What seniors gain from modern cataract surgery : Independence.
The ability to see clearly to read, drive, enjoy family and friends. These are just a few of the benefits patients describe after having cataract surgery at Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye that happens as we age. There is no way to prevent a cataract, and surgery is the only option to reverse it. Fortunately, advances have created a safer, more precise and customized procedure for today’s cataract patients.
With Kleiman|Evangelista’s NoDrop, AllLaser and LifeStyle Lens cataract procedure options, surgeons are able to customize each procedure to each patient’s individual vision needs and active lifestyles.
Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center offers modern cataract surgery backed by years of experience and the latest technology. So, whether you love to cycle, play tennis, swim or enjoy a good book, there is a cataract procedure tailor- made for you.
For more: (800) 714-2020.
YMCA’s SilverSneakers® Program
Mature adults can get fit and have fun with the SilverSneakers Program at the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults. It focuses on fitness, friends and fun – including the likes of weight training, walks with friends and improved flexibility through yoga training. The Y’s Silversneakers program offers senior citizens several “perks,” including:
• A free basic membership in a nearby fitness center.
• Access to all fitness center amenities.
• Custom-designed SilverSneakers classes taught by certified instructors, in addition to having a Senior Advisor® to help you along the way.
To find out if your Medicare health plan offers the program, visit www.silversneakers.com or call your health plan’s customer service department.
For more: Kim Bay, (817) 419-9629.
Legally speaking …
Harris Cook, LLP believes the opportunity to serve the needs of seniors carries a special sort of pride and satisfaction, says Kimberly Fitzpatrick, who serves as a partner at the practice with David Cook.
“Texas probate can be a relatively simple matter if you leave a will. That is all the more reason to take steps to document your final wishes and protect your loved ones by working with us to create documents that safeguard the things and people that are most important to you. We can lead you through the creation of your will, durable and medical powers of attorney, physician’s directives and other important documents.”
For clients with straightforward needs, Harris Cook offers these combined services for an affordable flat fee. For clients with more involved estates, especially those that may have estate tax implications, the firm seeks the assistance of a financial planner and knowledgeable CPA. “This permits us to create a comprehensive estate plan that includes wills, trusts, and succession agreements,” Fitzpatrick says.
Also, as of September 1, 2015, Texas allows you to leave real estate with transfer-on- death deeds. You sign and record the deed now, but it doesn’t take effect until after your death. You can revoke the deed or sell the property at any time; the beneficiary you name on the deed has no rights until your death. This allows your real estate to transfer without probate. “It’s so important that people take action to protect their assets and the future financial well-being of their family members,” Fitzpatrick says.
For more: harriscooklaw.com.
Home Care and Hospice Services
Tender Heart Home Health Agency is a Joint Commission accredited, licensed and certified agency committed to quality home care services. At Tender Heart, all patients and their families are treated with compassion, dignity and respect. The company provides patients with an excellent standard of care in a comfortable and familiar environment – their home – under the direct supervision of their physicians. Tender Heart’s philosophy is based on high moral integrity and professionalism.
Tender Heart PAS Private Duty is focused on helping clients maintain their independence while remaining in their place of residence. Tender Heart’s PAS Program offers a variety of non-skilled services from medication reminders to meal preparation to transportation services. Caregivers provide the assistance and support needed to relieve the stress that daily tasks can bring.
Under the direct supervision of the patient’s physician, services are provided by carefully selected professionals to assist with patients’ medical needs.
Tender Heart Hospice Care is focused on the patient and family. Hospice is about hope and living the rest of your life with comfort and dignity, and Tender Heart Hospice does that. Tender Heart Hospice Care is designed to help balance the physical, emotional and practical aspects of care giving.