November 2021 Newsletter


Essentials of Caregiving Sessions – November

November 8, 2021

Join us this month for the Essentials of Caregiving Classes The Essentials of Caregiving are classes focused on providing support to family caregivers.  Classes are hosted virtually at this time every second Thursday of the month from 2-3:30 pm.  Topics covered include: Planning for future care, What to expect after a diagnosis, Grief, and more.  […]




Policy Advancements in Family Caregiving

November 8, 2021

2021 Policy Advancements in Family Caregiving In celebration of National Family Caregiver Month, we would like to highlight some of the policy advancements that are underway to better support caregiving families. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for family caregivers, it also brought national attention to the challenges caregivers experience day-to-day. Despite enormous […]




Meet the Team

November 8, 2021

My name is Laura Novak, and I am an occupational therapist at UT Health San Antonio. I have been a practicing OT for 21 years. I entered the field in 2000, not really knowing exactly what I wanted to do. After working with several different populations, I fell in love with working with aging adults. […]




Have you heard?

November 8, 2021

Have you heard about Occupational Therapy? Do you currently care for a family member with dementia and have concerns about their safety at home?  If so we have a FREE tool that can help you. About: Graduate Research Assistant, Aleera Barrera, MOT, OTR is a team member of the Caring for the Caregiver program who […]




Engaging Caregivers – National Caregiver Month

November 8, 2021

November is National Caregiver Month Are you a caregiver? Do you currently provide unpaid assistance to someone who is unable to fully care for themselves?  This can be a family member, neighbor, or friend. Do you live with someone who can no longer live by themself because they can no longer manage their own care? […]




Dementia Friendly San Antonio City Proclomation

November 8, 2021

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 4, 2021 – With more than 400,000 Texans age 65 or older living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and expected to increase nearly 30% by 2025, there is a pressing need for inclusive communities that support families touched by the degenerative diseases. San Antonio was the third Texas city to earn the […]




Seeking Volunteers for a Focus Group Study

November 8, 2021

Seeking Volunteers for a Focus Group Study About Medication Management by Family Caregivers Managing medications for a person who lives with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) can be challenging. Combined with the effects of cognitive impairment, sensory deficits, and difficulty in completing daily living activities, complex medication regimens can cause caregiver stress. Managing medications […]




SA Amigos Memory Café ~ Cozy Conversations

September 9, 2021

Join the SA Amigos virtual Memory Cafe on Monday, November 15th from 10-11 am CT for this special online social gathering for families impacted by dementia! This program is bilingual in English and Spanish so please invite any Spanish-speaking families you know! UN EVENTO GRATIS YAMIGABLE CON LA DEMENCIA. Lunes 15 de Noviembre, 2021 | […]




Visit Our YouTube Channel

August 9, 2021

Did you know that you can find many of our presentations on video by visiting our YouTube Channel? If not that’s ok we have included a link for you to click on and visit our page.  You will find caregiver tips, videos of recorded presentations, and much more. To visit our page click on this […]




Virtual Gentle Yoga

May 7, 2021

The Biggs Institute, in collaboration with the Caring for the Caregiver program, at UT Health San Antonio is offering a new session of virtual gentle yoga for caregivers and those living with dementia. Yoga is relaxing and beneficial for people with dementia and their caregivers. Join us for free online yoga classes focused on those […]