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High-Quality Senior Assistance at Central Texas Advocates for Seniors

By Courtney Clark

New Braunfels is increasingly senior-friendly thanks to the Central Texas Advocates for Seniors (CTAS). A volunteer organization, CTAS is helping the senior community by providing a wide range of goods and services. Originally founded in New Braunfels, the organization helps thousands of families in three counties.

CTAS began in 2007, officially becoming a non-profit organization two years later. Assistant Administrator and Community Liaison for Angels for Elders and current Chairman of the Board for CTAS Jerri Roberts states that from its inception, the organization's goal has been simple: "to enhance the lives of seniors in our communities." To achieve this, volunteers promote and advocate "for seniors, their families and the professionals who serve them."

Roberts notes that the three major areas CTAS focuses on are caregiver support, emergent needs, and transportation. To provide this care, the non-profit raises funds through events, donations, and member dues so that the seniors can pay as little as possible- and hopefully nothing at all. Community organizations, such as the Be Nice Express, generously donate to CTAS' cause.

CTAS hopes to help in any way possible, even down to seemingly unimportant details. One that CTAS assisted lost her recliner in a flood. Since she was only free of pain when sitting in a recliner, the organization made quick arrangements to provide a new recliner so that the senior could have some comfort. It is actions such as this that provide members with the care they need and make sure they are not overlooked.

To fund CTAS, community events are held for members and for the public. Fundraisers are common, and in 2016 the organization will host a Caregiver Symposium on February 11th. For more info visit www.ctasrs.org.

Roberts explains that this event "will feature speakers who can provide not only training but hope and support" for caregivers. During the lectures CTAS is even providing care for loved ones so attendees can fully focus on learning helpful skills.

The nonprofit enjoys holiday activities, as well, such as the Festival of Trees. Hosted by New Haven Assisted Living, the gathering will feature live music, baked goods, Santa Claus, and decorated Christmas trees available through silent auction. Proceeds will be split between the Comal Senior Center and CTAS.

CTAS constantly strives to focus on not only providing senior care, but also allowing seniors to have a voice. Members follow important news trends that affect the elderly, such as Senior Day in Austin, to, Roberts says, "ensure that seniors are being treated fairly and that their rights are protected." CTAS never stops trying to be the voice that seniors need.

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