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ACL Launches Redesigned Eldercare Locator Website

The Administration for Community Living is pleased to launch our newly redesigned Eldercare Locator website. Located online at, the updated website makes it easier for older adults and their caregivers to find essential aging resources. New features include:
  • A mobile-optimized design to easily access the Eldercare Locator on a computer, phone, or tablet
  • A geographical search bar allows visitors to search for local aging resources from any page on the site
  • Caregiver Corner with answers to the most frequently asked questions the Eldercare Locator Call Center receives from caregivers
  • A new “Learn More About” section that provides information on popular topics like transportation, support services, elder rights, housing, health, and insurance and benefits
  • A centralized location that enables older adults and caregivers access Eldercare Locator brochures on topics important to their health and well-being
For more than 25 years, the Eldercare Locator Call Center and website have served as critical tools to assist older adults and those who support them in navigating the range of services and options available to seniors. In 2017, more than 470,000 visitors accessed the Eldercare Locator’s website.
The Call Center receives more than 350,000 calls every year and answered its 4 millionth call earlier this year.

We encourage you to explore the new website. We will continue to expand and update our resources to provide valuable information for older adults and their caregivers to serve our vital and ever growing aging population.

Launched in 1991, the Eldercare Locator is a national information and referral resource providing support to consumers across the spectrum of issues affecting older Americans.
Alzheimer's Day of Prayer is Sunday, November 11, 2018
Please ask your congregation to include the Alzheimer's Prayer as part of their worship services this weekend.  Imagine the comfort we can provide by lifting our collective voice in prayer and support of Alabama families living with dementia.
Alzheimer's of Central Alabama
300 Office Park Drive 
Suite 225
 Birmingham, Alabama   35223 

M4A's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based training program for older workers that provides useful community services and fosters individual economic self-sufficiency through training and placement into unsubsidized jobs.

Participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state, or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Successful participants who successfully participate in the program are able to secure employment and have a better quality of life.  

Please contact Sheila Baker, M4A at or (205) 670-5770 if you are interested in receiving more information about our SCSEP Program.

M4A Job Announcement: Case Manager
Case Manager, Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging Job Title: Case Manager for Medicaid Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver Program
Job Location: Central Region (Blount, Chilton, Shelby, St Clair and Walker counties)
Job Status: Full-time - Exempt
Job Description: Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging is seeking qualified candidates for a Medicaid Waiver Case Manager position. Potential candidates should understand ethical behavior and business practices; be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships; communicate effectively; and foster teamwork. Ability to drive an automobile, possess a valid driver’s license and maintain automobile liability insurance is required.
  • Case load of up to 40  - overseeing the service delivery of MWS programs benefits
  • Monthly face visits in clients’ homes (and hospital if client is admitted)
  • Oversee and document the service delivery of the MWS Elderly and Disable Waiver
  • Arrange for services through contractors and serve as a liaison with other social service agencies.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, program specific software, and general office procedures/equipment.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology or related field. Preferred past experience in social work, especially the geriatric population.
How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, three references and salary requirements to:

Lisa Adams, LMSW - HR and Operations Manager at  
Applicants who do not submit all requested information may not be considered.
Deadline to apply: open until filled.
M4A worked with Jan Neal, our Legal Service Provider, to produce four new Legal Guides covering very important legal matters families face daily:

1. Designing a Long-Term Care Plan;

2. Legal Authority Issues for Caregivers;

3. Dementia Friendly Caregivers & Professionals; and

4. What to do When a Loved One Dies.

The four-book legal guides are available at no cost to you.  Please contact the M4A office if you are interested in receiving them at 205-670-5770.

A special thanks to Author, Jan Neal, for making these Legal Guides available.

7 Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living

The holiday season is upon us and brings with it numerous opportunities for turning typical days at your community into seasonal experiences. Treat November as a month-long Thanksgiving celebration with regular themed activities scattered throughout. The seniors in your assisted living home can get involved by helping decorate and plan for the big day, and everyone will have plenty of incentive to think about all that’s been good in their lives past and present.

1. Set up a gratitude tree.

The whole point of Thanksgiving is to consider and share what you’re most thankful for. You can start that part of the celebration early, by setting up a tree in one of your community’s shared spaces that residents can hang notes on that say what they’re thankful about. On Thanksgiving Day, you can pull the notes down and share them with the whole group.

Thanksgiving Gourd Turkeys
2. Make gourd turkeys.

Combine two of the most popular symbols of fall with these Thanksgiving gourd turkeys that can be used to decorate your lobby and dining area. They can add some color and cuteness to the space, and the template provided makes getting the craft just right easy for any seniors that choose to participate.

3. Have a family recipe competition.

Everyone’s got their own family traditions and, while there’s probably some overlap in what your residents’ families have typically made for Thanksgiving, there are probably some unique family recipes that bring back fond memories for the individuals in the home. Let everyone submit their favorites and share them with the group to take a vote. The items that win will get made for the Thanksgiving feast on the big day.

Felt Acorn Garland
4. Make a felted acorn garland.

Colorful felted acorns can get you in the autumn spirit (especially if you stick with traditional fall colors like brown, orange, and yellow) and give your seniors something productive to work on for an afternoon. If you string them together into a garland, you have a handy decoration for any room in the assisted living facility.

5. Write thank you letters.

Musing on what you’re thankful for is one thing, letting the people in your life that have helped make it better know how much they mean to you is another. You could do this anytime in November, but it might have the most impact if you time it so the letters will likely arrive on or around Thanksgiving Day. You can add a craft component to the letter writing by encouraging your residents to make some Thanksgiving-themed homemade stationary.

6. Make Thanksgiving place cards.

Turkey Placecard
In preparation for the big day, invite your craft-inclined residents to help you make some adorable turkey placecards for everyone who will be attending the Thanksgiving meal. These can be made from a few simple materials, including apples, almonds, and peanuts (be warned, you may be tempted to do some healthy snacking while working).

7. Have a Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

Everything else on the list has been leading up to this. Use the crafts your residents have made to decorate the celebration. Prepare the recipes shared and voted on by everyone in the facility. And bring out the gratitude tree to start the discussion of things people are thankful for.

Encourage your residents to be as involved and engaged in the proceedings as possible. Invite seniors to help with cooking and setting the room up, and encourage everyone to bring an idea of 3-5 things they’re thankful for to share.

There’s no reason that being in an assisted living home should mean you have a Thanksgiving that feels any less celebratory and cozy than those spent with family over the years. By incorporating activities in keeping with the season and encouraging your residents to be involved, you can keep the beloved tradition alive for them.

Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based copywriter and lifelong student with an ongoing curiousity to learn and explore new things. 

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