Monthly Archives: October 2009

Talking with Residents and Families at Morning Pointe — Greenbriar Cove

Jason Hillner, CLTC, answers questions from the audience at Morning Pointe -- Greenbriar Cove, October 6, 2009

Jason Hillner, CLTC, answers questions from the audience at Morning Pointe -- Greenbriar Cove, October 6, 2009

(L to R) Jason Hillner, Morning Pointe at Greenbriar Cove Executive Director Shari McQuistan, and Gail Lindsey at Fall Educational Series October 6, 2009

(L to R) Jason Hillner, Morning Pointe at Greenbriar Cove Executive Director Shari McQuistan, and Gail Lindsey at Fall Educational Series October 6, 2009

I was pleased to accept an invitation to speak at Morning Pointe of Greenbriar Cove’s Fall Educational Series.  I spoke briefly to the residents of this beautiful facility and their families about changing attitudes toward long term care planning.

The residents were very engaged, sharing their stories about what prompted them to need extended care and their high satisfaction with their quality of care.  They also expressed their concern about the financial viability of their care, should their need outlast theirs or their chilrens resources. 

Not surprisingly, nearly all of the resident attendees affirmed that they had lived longer than at least one of their parents.  Very few had a parent or sibling that had ever required care. 

I feel privileged to have spent time with these remarkable people — answering their questions, learning about their lives, and sharing some punch and cookies.  I also look forward to meeting with the children of residents who requested a complimentary overview of their long term care planning options. 

If you would like to schedule a lunch and learn, question and answer session or lecture about long term care planning for a long term care facility, trade group, non-profit or church, please contact us at (423) 698-1113.

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Memory Walk 2009

Jason Hillner with Amy French, local director for the Alzheimer's Association at the 2009 Cleveland Memory Walk, October 3rd.

Jason Hillner with Amy French, local director for the Alzheimer's Association at the 2009 Cleveland Memory Walk, October 3rd.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the major causes of extended care needs in the United States.  By their 85th birthday, half of all people will be living with some form of dementia.  As Baby Boomers retire and American life spans continue to lengthen, the looming threat posed by Alzheimer’s becomes palpable. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I have seen three of our grandparents struggle with dementia.  So on a personal and family level, I can tell you that Alzheimer’s is not just a disease – it’s a tragedy. 

This heartbreaking sentiment is best expressed by those who are on the “front lines” – the caretakers. When speaking to an Alzheimer’s support group in Cleveland, TN, a woman remarked to me that, “I lost my husband five years ago, but I’m still taking care of him.”

Luckily, there is hope.  Amy French, local director of the Alzheimer’s Association, told me that she believes we are less than ten years from treamtents that may prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms.  The annual Memory Walks are fighting to make this dream a reality.

All of us at Lindsey and Associates is sincerely grateful to those who donated to our 2009 Memory Walk team!   You have helped to bring us closer to our personal goal – and to making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!  We are proud to help fund the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

If you’re interested in taking one more step, please sign up to be an Alzheimer advocate! Find out how you can send a message to Congress at http://actionalz.org/write_congress.asp/.

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

L&A Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Jason Hillner, CLTC with his mom, Susan, and wife, Jennifer Van Kirk, in Pacific Beach, CA, January 2009.
Jason Hillner, CLTC, with mom, Susan, and wife, Jennifer Van Kirk, in Pacific Beach, CA, January 2009.

Like so many diseases, breast cancer is a malady that most families never expect to encounter until they suddenly meet it face-to-face.  Such was the case for my family when my mom, Susan, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcnoma in October, 2007.  While the shock to our family was tempered by both an excellent prognosis and my mother’s ever-positive outlook, one is never prepared to hear that a loved one is living with “The Big ‘C'”.  We are fortunate to have the life-saving technology that enables women like my mother to place cancer where it belongs – life’s rearview mirror.  My family, and the Lindsey and Associates family, salutes the millions of women around the world affected by breast cancer, their families, and the valiant men and women who treat them.

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC