Dealing with aging parents and grandparents

As the population of Tarrant County ages – 15.7 percent in 2016 according to a presentation by County Administrator G.K. Maenius at a recent Meals on Wheels fundraiser – there is increasing concern by both the aging and their current or future care givers about the future.

Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson – a residential assisted living and memory care community – has announced that it will host a series of educational talks which will focus on different aspects of finding senior care, services and helpful information.

The series is free and open to the public, and will be held on the last two Wednesdays in April from 6 to 8 p.m., House E, at 1155 N.W. John Jones Drive, the organization said in a news release.

On April 19, Ronald Palmer, an adult geriatric nurse practitioner with nearly 30 years in the medical field will share resources and information about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory impairments. The intent is to provide better understanding of how these diseases work, treatment options, end-of-life planning and local resources available.

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On April 26, Don Stockard of Volunteer for Texas Vets will discuss with families the benefits available to senior veterans and their spouses, as well as how they can become eligible to receive financial assistance for long-term care, which can exceed $2,000 a month in benefits.

“We want those in the area – whether it be seniors themselves or their families – to have the tools they need to navigate the different aspects of preparing for long-term care,” Kevin Willmeth, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, said in the news release.

Reserve seating at one or both presentations by contacting Ben Krug, sales coordinator at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, at (817) 205-3772.