Elder E-Letter October 2016 Congratulations, Carol!     The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch Celebrates 20 Years! Last week, The The Law Offices of C


Elder E-Letter October 2016

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Congratulations, Carol!


The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch Celebrates 20 Years!

Last week, The The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a wonderful party at Morgan's Wonderland. When I asked Carol for some celebratory thoughts, here's what she shared:

Back in 1996 when I started my practice I never thought about whether I’d still be going strong 20 years later. That I am is a testament to the fantastic people who’ve helped me along the way. I’m grateful to all the clients who trusted me with their matters through the years, to the colleagues and employees who worked with me to accomplish the clients’ goals, and to my wonderful husband and fabulous family for their love and support. I’m allowed to spend my days doing work that is gratifying and rewarding. Not everyone gets that opportunity in life and I know I’m lucky and blessed. To everyone reading this newsletter, thank you for the part you’ve played in making my life wonderful.


10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's


One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What's a typical age-related change?
Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.


Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

What's a typical age-related change?
Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.


People with Alzheimer's often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

What's a typical age-related change?
Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.


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In recent years I’ve come across a number of instances in which students have developed devices and apps to help older adults and the disabled. But I was genuinely impressed by the creation of 12-year-old Emma Yang, one of the recipients of the “Ten Under Twenty” innovation awards announced at this year’s CE Week conference in New York. Her creation, called Timeless, is an app that serves to help Alzheimer’s patients, their caregivers and their families.

My idea is simple: an app that helps Alzheimer’s patients recognize their loved ones, remember events and stay connected and engaged with the people around them.

— Emma Yang

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2016 Caregiver Summit: Facing the Challenge


Courtesy of the WellMed Charitable Foundation.

Expert Speakers are:

Lynn Friss Feinberg (Keynote)--Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute. Lynn is the co-author of AARP's Valuing the Invaluable series and Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care
Rundy Purdy-- author of The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving.
Dr. Jamie Huysman--James D. Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, aka Dr. Jamie, is an author, dynamic speaker and thought leader on compassion fatigue, health care reform, caregiving, addictions and co addictions.
Dr. Harry Croft--Chief of Nervous System Research at Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc.

This event is especially designed for family caregivers and professionals/community agencies who serve them. Free CEU's are offered for social workers and nurses. The event is free, but you must register.

The WellMed Charitable Foundation is inviting businesses and organizations to participate as sponsors or exhibitors. Last year, they had 250 attendees, and this year they are hoping to increase participation. Click here for more information.

If you have questions or need more information--please email Jennifer Kretzschmar , or call (210)871-7720.


Sept 5 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC observed Labor Day.

Sept 15 Carol presented Special Needs Trusts, Wills, and Guardianships to Northeast Independent School District.

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Sept 26 Carol presented Medical Decision Making to students at The University of Incarnate Word’s Feik school of Pharmacy.

Sept 28 Carol delivered What's so Special about POAs? to The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.

Sept 29 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a party at Morgan's Wonderland.

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Coming Up

Oct 4 Carol presents a seminar on Elder Law at Westover Hills Church.

Oct 12 Carol records Super Powers of Attorney video for mmLearn.org.

Oct 20 Carol gives a presentation for The Alzheimers Association at Community Bible Church.

Oct 23 Jody and Jennifer honor the paralegal profession for Texas Paralegal Day.

Oct 25 Our office celebrates paralegal Jennifer's birthday.

Book of the Month: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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Senior of the Month: Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem was born March 25, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. She became a freelance writer after college and grew more and more engaged in the women's movement and feminism. She helped create both New York and Ms. magazines, helped form the National Women's Political Caucus, and is the author of many books and essays. A breast cancer survivor, Steinem celebrated her 80th birthday in 2014.

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What’s Going on in Your World?

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