Category Archives: Community Involvement

Hear what Lindsey & Associates is doing in our communities to advocate on behalf of our clients.

2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kickoff!

We were pleased to enjoy such an inspiring luncheon with those who really make this annual walk such a success! Thanks to Cindy Lowery and Amy French from the local association!

One of the great things about the Alzheimer’s Association is the chance to hear the stories of such great people. This is a family with whom Gail had a wonderful conversation. The family’s matriarch, Betty Tate, cared for her husband after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She recalled going from a large world living with a man who served his country in the military and operated a large cattle ranch to the very small world of the Alzheimer’s mind. It was beautiful to see how supportive her family was in her efforts to support the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.

Betty Tate and her family.


Hillner speaks at “Sandwiched” Support Group.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with participants at the “Sandwiched” support group, facilitated by Amy Boulware. Mrs. Boulware is the Director of Social Services for the Chattanooga Jewish Community Federation of Greater Chattanooga.

“Sandwiched” refers to those who are simultaneously caring for their elderly parents while they are still contributing to or actively raising children. These special people have more on their plate than anyone should have to handle at one time and they are doing it with courage and grace.

I was pleased to share information about planning regarding their own future care. The participants were eager to ask questions and seemed excited at the possibility of their children being protected from the experience they were currently going through.

Thanks, Amy, for your great work in the community and I hope to be made available in the future!

Senior Olympics Opening!

Michelle Turner, of Alexian Brothers, recognizes Lindsey & Associates for sponsorship of the 2010 Chattanooga Senior Olympics.

Senior athletes stop by the Lindsey & Associates information booth just before the Opening Ceremony.

We are so proud and honored to be a sponsor of the 2010 Senior Olympics!

As we were setting up our information booth for the opening ceremonies, I paused as a group of senior athletes gathered around, pushing the wheelchair of a fellow athlete proudly holding the olympic torch. It was a heartening reminder of the olympic spirit that can live in us all, young and old alike.

Gail and I were pleased to share information on long term care planning with these inspiring seniors. They showed appreciation for the possibility of pursuing their athletic potential with the confidence – knowing they will be able to maintain their lifestyle and independence, regardless of their future health.

Hats off to you!

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

Jason Addresses LTC Professionals

Earlier this month, a group of long term care insurance specialists gathered in Chattanooga for a weekend of professional development.  Jason Hillner, CLTC was pleased to be asked to share his knowledge of the CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Supportive Services) provision of the Health Care Bill of 2010. 

CLASS will provide for a voluntary federal long term care insurance program.  This will allow for coverage for people below the federal poverty level to get coverage for $5/month and for those with very significant health issues to be covered, as well.   While the premium for non-indigent workers are expected to be higher than private LTC insurance, CLASS does provide an interesting opportunity for these special groups.

Jason Hillner educates long term care professionals from around the South in Chattanooga, April, 2010.

My Visit to Southern Heritage

Yesterday I visited Southern Heritage, an assisted living community in East Ridge, Tennessee, tucked away on a quiet, residential cul-de-sac.

The director, Becky Sullivan, was gracious to take me on a tour of their common areas and well-appointed apartment homes. She also told me about her twelve years with Southern Heritage, virtually unheard of among local senior care directors. I was struck by the home-like atmosphere of the community, its small size and the sociableness of its residents. I also took note of its novel pricing schedule, providing a listing of services at a single, bundled flat rate.

For more information, contact Becky at (423) 490-0119.

What’s your plan for long term care?

The era of gambling is over…

The time for planning ahead is now.

Join us for a complimentary dinner from Chef Sheldon Scott as local specialists discuss strategies that protect against the most volatile,unpredictable future expense people face as they enter retirement – long term care.

Tuesday, February 23rd,  at 6:30 p.m.

Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove, Ooltewah-Ringgold Road 

Seating is limited.

Call (423) 698-1113 or send e-mail to  

to reserve your seat and for additional information.

From East Brainerd Road: Turn left onto Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, go about 2.5 miles and turn left into Greenbriar Cove (large stone entry).  The second building on your left is Garden Plaza.

’09 Women Against MS Luncheon

Big thanks to everyone who attended the 2009 Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon this week at the Chattanoogan!  The event was a big success and raised needed money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  As always, a special recognizition is deserved for our longtime appointment setter, Lynda Tucker.  Lynda, who has also served as a speaker/presenter for the annual affair, continues to battle MS with courage and grace.  Also, big hugs to Jeanne Bice, a Lindsey & Associates client and an organizer of this fabulous event.

-Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC

Gail (far left), Jeanne (2nd from left), Lynda (seated) and friends gather at the 2009 WAMS Luncheon, December, 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.

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

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

Ceremonial Ram's Horn ca. 2001

Ceremonial Ram's Horn ca. 2001

Wishing all of our Jewish friends a sweet and happy new year.  May 5770 bring peace and prosperity to your family.  A Special “shout out” goes to my fellow choir members, Mizpah Academy students, and 5th grade students at the Chattanooga Jewish Congregational Religious school.  Shana Tova!

– Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

2009 She Expo – Downtown Fun!

Talking LTC with the gals at the '09 She Expo

Talking LTC with the gals at the '09 She Expo

I so appreciated the wonderful turnout at the She Expo for Women in July!  I think it’s great for us “local gals” to get together and chat about the topics that matter most.   I truly enjoy getting to inform my friends and neighbors about long term care because nearly everyone I speak with has been or will be affected.

No doubt about it – long term care is a women’s issue.  After a life of caring for others, we want to know that we will be looked after in the manner we deserve.  We also want to know that our spouse’s care will not rob us of our lifestyle or their dignity.
Since women, on average, tend to live longer than men and are more likely to acquire debilitating diseases (such as osteoporosis), we receive the vast majority of long term care dollars.  Also because of our longer lives, we are more likely to be placed in a caregiving role than our male counterparts.

– Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC