Elder E-Letter: August 2018

Celebrating our 80th Newsletter!

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Lincoln and his family having fun

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Lincoln eating pizza at work in Idaho

We’re celebrating our 80th newsletter this month!

In honor of our celebration, we decided to revisit our history and re-explore past releases. What we found was cool and surprising! It turns out that half our newsletters have been published by Jody Hudspeth, current paralegal and author of the Elder Law Askit Basket. The other half were published by Lincoln Strawhun, Carol’s former associate attorney who moved to Idaho in 2013.

We decided to check back in with Lincoln to see what he’s doing now. Here’s what he had to say.

He’s now a Deputy Attorney General for the Idaho Office of the Attorney General, where he practices administrative law. He serves as an administrative judge for appeals concerning the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. August will mark his 15th year in the United States Navy Reserve. When Lincoln published the newsletters, he often included pictures of himself eating pizza on the job. So, he sent us a picture of him eating pizza while working in Boise!

He works downtown and frequently rides his bike to work, a 12-mile round-trip. His wife is a dual-language (English/Spanish) middle school teacher and also teaches Krav Maga self defense classes for kids. His daughters play soccer, dance, and love the outdoors.

Way to go, Lincoln! We miss you!

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Cody and Jody eating pizza while working on the newsletter


Come Join The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch for Some Exiciting Fall Events!


2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Join our team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

Date: October 20, 2018
Registration at 7:00am | Ceremony at 9am | Walk at 9:30am
Route Length: 2 miles
Location: Palo Alto College
1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224


2018 Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk is an event that celebrates individuals with Down syndrome and increases awareness and inclusion. This one-mile walk is a family event and will include onsite activities such as music, face painting, inflatables, a train, vendor booths, and food trucks. Activities will be from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The program will begin at 10:00 am and the walk at 10:30 am.

Date: October 20, 2018
Register online
Location: Enter Gate B: River City Community Church,
16765 Lookout Road,
Selma, TX


Caregiver’s Corner

Early Stage Suport Groups

UT Health: Caring for the Caregiver

Alzheimer’s Association

Click here for caregiver resources in Bexar County that are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.


Senior Service Shoutout


Caring Transitions

Scott Bleichwehl from Caring Transitions is someone we are proud to recommend. Caring Transitions helps older adults and their families with downsizing, rightsizing, estate sales, and online auctions.

After 32 years in the Army, Scott sees his work as an opportunity to continue to serve and give back. “We work with families who need honest, truthful, and trustworthy help. Trust is the number one value that we operate under. We understand how important that is to the clients and their families.”

Scott understands the importance of caring for people’s personal items they’ve accumulated over the years, and he knows how to liquidate them in appropriate manner. Caring Transitions has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and all of their employees are background checked.

Click here to view their website.


Featured Article of the Month

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The Blog of Bill Gates
Why diagnosing Alzheimer’s today is so difficult—and how we can do better

“When I announced that I was investing in Alzheimer’s research for the first time last fall, I thought I knew what to expect. I knew I would get to engage more deeply with the brilliant scientists and advocates working to stop Alzheimer’s—and I haven’t been disappointed. The things I’ve seen over the last seven months make me more hopeful than ever.”
Read More


Coming up

Aug. 7 / Aug. 14 – Carol will lead two classes on First Responder Training for approaching people with Alzheimer’s at the San Antonio Police Academy

August 9-10 – Carol attends UT Law’s Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference in Galveston, TX.

August 14 – Carol talks about Who decides When I Can’t – Guardianship and Powers of Attorney at OASIS

August 23 – Carol talks about the The Essentials of Caregiving: Legal and Financial Planning for UT Caring for the Caregiver




July 20 – Carol spoke about senior financial scams at Villa de San Antonio


July 20 Carol became a member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Here’s Jack Hathaway presenting her with a plaque.

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July 24 – Carol participated in a pannel discussion about how the Senior Resource Organization can help seniors in the San Antonio community for MCCI Medical Group


What’s Going on in Your World?


We appreciate your feedback. Do you have a book or a topic you’d like to see featured in our newsletter? Please email your suggestions to jhudspeth@assistingseniors.com. All ideas are welcome.