Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community

More than 200,000 Spanish-speaking people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number could potentially increase to 1.3 million by 2050 – a growth rate of 600 percent.

Alzheimer’s presents its own set of problems in the general population, but it seems to affect the Latino population at a higher rate. Latinos, studies suggest, possess more risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure) for developing dementia than other groups and exhibit Alzheimer’s symptoms at an earlier age than non-Hispanics. In addition, surveys indicate Latinos’ reluctance to see doctors may result from financial and language barriers or because they mistake dementia symptoms for normal aging, thereby delaying the diagnosis.

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KLRU presents Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community on Friday, July 24th at 8pm on V-Me; Sunday, July 26th at 1 pm on KLRU; Monday, July 27th at 6 pm on KLRU Q. Taped in Spanish in front of an audience—and subtitled in English—this program focuses on the human stories of the caregiving crisis in a town-hall style format. Hosted by Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, a Telemundo news anchor and reporter, this program features a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with experts including Dr. Maria Carrillo, Ph.D from the National Alzheimer’s Association and clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Marla Marquine, Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego.

One of the Hispanic community’s strengths—the strong cultural value of family responsibility and the desire to care for elders and loved ones in the home—make the need for accurate information and access to care giving resources all the more critical. This educational program addresses these issues and others in a linguistically and culturally sensitive manner. Although geared specifically to the Hispanic community, much of the information presented is universal and applicable to most Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community airs:
Friday, July 24th at 8 pm on V-Me
Sunday, July 26th at 1 pm on KLRU
Monday, July 27th at 6 pm on KLRU Q

Vme Holiday Programs 2014

Sing We Now of Christmas with Gladys Knight
Wednesday, December 24 at 9 pm
For decades Gladys Knight has thrilled audiences around the world, singing gospel, pop, Motown and spiritual tunes. Don’t miss “Sing We Now of Christmas” as she performs seasonal favorites with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. You won’t want to miss this night of traditional carols, spirituals, Tchaikovsky and more.

Durante décadas Gladys Knight ha fascinado al público por todo el mundo, cantando música gospel, pop, Motown y canciones espirituales. No te pierdas “Sing We Now of Christmas” donde ella interpreta con el reconocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón y la Orquesta de Temple Square los villancicos favoritos de la temporada. No querrás perder esta noche de villancicos tradicionales, espirituales, Tchaikovsky y más.

Carols Then and Now with Natalie Cole
Wednesday, December 24 at 9:30pm
Join internationally renowned recording artist Natalie Cole in “Carols Then and Now”, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as they celebrate the enchanting music of Christmas.

Acompaña a la internacionalmente reconocida cantante Natalie Cole junto con el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, en “Villancicos Entonces y Ahora”, en la celebración de la encantadora música Navideña.

A Wondrous Christmas with David Archuleta/Una Navidad Maravillosa con David Archuleta
Wednesday, December 24 at 10:00pm
Join international singing sensation David Archuleta and the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they perform the enchantingly beautiful music of the season in, A Wondrous Christmas, a Music and the Spoken Word special program.

Únete a la sensación musical internacional, David Archuleta y al mundialmente conocido, el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón en su interpretación musical de una encantadora selección de villancicos navideños en Una Navidad Maravillosa. Este programa cuenta con música encantadora de la época y el programa especial de la Palabra Hablada.

A Tradition of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24 at 10:30pm
Performances of “Joy to the World” – “O, Come All Ye Faithful” – “Angels from the Realms of Glory” – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and other traditional favorites from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.

“Alegría al Mundo” – “¡Oh, Vengan Todos Los Fieles” – “Los ángeles de los reinos de la gloria” – “Escuche campanas en el día de Navidad” y más.

My Friend Bernard/Mi Amigo Bernard
Thursday, December 25 at 11 am
Sam is a shy boy who’s afraid of almost everything: those strange shadows in his room at night, that noisy street he has to cross on the way to the school, or to meet a small fierce dog. However, one day a mysterious man gives him a magic pendant with the best solution to his problems: meet Bernard and lose any fear of flying, extreme snowboarding… or facing up the worst monsters with comedy and humor! Sam and Bernard are going to live the funniest adventure of their life.

Sam es un chico tímido que le tiene miedo a casi todo: extrañas sombras nocturnas en su habitación, una calle muy ruidosa que tiene que cruzar camino a la escuela, o peor aún, conocer un pequeño perro muy feroz. ¡Todo le parece demasiado peligroso! Pero para su sorpresa, un día un hombre misterioso le da un collar mágico con la solución a todos sus problemas: conocer a un oso polar llamado Bernard y perder todos sus miedos como volar, practicar snowboard o afrontar los peores monstruos con comedia y humor! Sam y Bernard vivirán la aventura más divertida de sus vidas.

Handel’s Messiah: A United States Naval Academy Tradition / Mesías de Handel: Una tradición de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos
Thursday, December 25 at 11 pm
Presented by Maryland Public Television, The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists, create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. This amazing event was recorded inside the spectacular Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

El coro de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos e integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Annapolis se unen junto a solistas mundialmente reconocidos para crear un espectáculo único de musica coral occidental. Este maravilloso evento se gravo dentro de la espectacular capilla de la Academia Naval en Annapolis en el estado de Maryland.

A Decade of Christmas
Thursday, December 25 at midnight
Celebrate the past decade of Christmas music on Temple Square with special guest artists Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta and many more, as they join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square for “A Decade of Christmas,” a special Music and the Spoken Word Christmas program featuring the best performances of the last 10 years. 

Celebre la última década de la música navideña en Temple Square con artistas especiales invitados como Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta y muchos más. Estos se unen al mundialmente conocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, la Orquesta Temple Square y las campanas del Temple Square para presentar “Una década de Navidad”, un programa especial de villancicos y música navideña con la colaboración de la Palabra Hablada de Navidad y las mejores interpretaciones musicales de los últimos 10 años.

Holiday Programming for Vme


Great Performances Sting: Winter’s Night
December 22 at 8 pm and 11 pm
December 24 at 10 pm and midnight

Composer, singer, actor, activist – Sting has won universal acclaim in all of these roles, but he defies easy labeling. Recorded on location at the magnificent Durham Cathedral near his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, Sting: A Winter’s Night… conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries.

A Wonderous Christmas with David Archuleta
December 24 at 11 pm
Christmas carols are interpreted by David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

A Decade of Christmas
December 24 at 11:30 pm
A selection of Christmas carols are played by artists such as David Archuleta, Natalie Cole and Renée Fleming among others, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Celebrate Vme in Austin through Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

This summer, we brought Vme to Austin in an effort to provide rich content and Spanish programming for Hispanics in Central Texas. Now, join KLRU and Vme as we celebrate Latinos’ contributions to American culture during Hispanic Heritage Month at Barton Creek Square Mall.

Enjoy a preview of Vme programming throughout the week and special festivities planned on select weekends beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, through Oct.15. Children and their families are invited to participate in several fun activities, including taking part in arts-and-crafts, learning new songs, meeting popular PBS characters, and joining in on puppet shows, face painting and balloon sculptures.

Schedule of Events

September 24th • 12:30pm-3:30pm

Join Vme and Mexic-Arte in creating Papel Picado, a traditional form of Mexican folk art that children can create and bring home.

September 25th • 1:00pm-2:30pm

Sing and learn Spanish words and songs through “Aprende Cantando” a 45-minute music class hosted by Heartsong Music. Two sessions will be available starting at 1:00pm and 1:45pm.

October 8th • 11:00am-3:00pm

Meet and greet the popular PBS characters Maya and Miguel.

October 15th • 12:00pm-2:00pm

Enjoy a bilingual puppet show, balloon sculpturing & more with Fonzie the Clown.

* All activities will take place at the ground level of Barton Creek Square Mall by the Macy’s entrance.

About Vme:
Vme is the newest Spanish-language addition to Austin’s KLRU lineup and features drama, sports, current affairs, documentary, food, educational preschool content and lifestyle programming. Austin viewers can watch Vme shows on KLRU channel 18.4 and Time Warner Cable channel 610.

For more information about KLRU and Vme, please visit

Vme Brings Worlds Most Beloved Characters to Hispanic Kids

Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™, Barney™, and Bob the Builder™ Premiere on Vme’s Extensive Kids Line-up in June 2011

Four of the world’s most beloved kids programs will arrive for the first time on Spanish television. Beginning this week, national Spanish network Vme will be the exclusive Spanish-language home for Thomas y Sus Amigos (Thomas & Friends™), Bob El Constructor (Bob the Builder™), Barney y sus amigos (Barney & Friends™) and Angelina Ballerina™ and all from HIT Entertainment. With the addition of these shows to its extraordinary line-up that includes Plaza Sesamo, LazyTown and many others, Vme now airs the six most popular children’s franchises in the world.

The four new series will air during Vme’s daily preschool block, Vme Niños, and on its 24/7 cable channel Vme Kids. Vme is the only Hispanic network that dedicates more than four hours a day, six days a week to preschool programming.

“The appeal of these global characters within the Latino community is huge. Each of these programs captures the hearts and minds of kids and inspires the next generation through the characters they already know and love,” said Carmen DiRienzo. “As the undisputed leader of Spanish content for kids, Vme offers the programs that consistently earn the love of kids and the trust of parents. The addition of these four shows only underscores our ongoing commitment to deliver empowering and inspiring content for all members of the Latino family – even the youngest.”
With Thomas y Sus Amigos — Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00am there is a rich world to discover and explore. Through the adventures of Thomas and his friends, children learn important life lessons about the value of friendship, fair play, team work and what it means to be a Really Useful Engine. Thomas y Sus Amigos inspires children to believe that little engineers – like little engines – can do big things.

Bob El Constructor — Saturdays 7:00am and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is In Getting It Done!
Barney y sus amigos – Tues. & Thurs. 7:00am — Purple, fun-loving and happy, Barney is not your typical dinosaur. He’s a huggable, lovable 200 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex. Barney, and his DINO-mite friends BJ and Baby Bop, help parents give their children the range of skills they need to grow, and always do it with lots of fun, music and laughs.

Angelina Ballerina – Mon, Wed, Fri at 7:00am and Tues & Thurs 9:00am  — a beloved publishing property for close to three decades, is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goals and along the way, and always learns from her mistakes. When little kids share in Angelina’s experiences, they’re inspired to go after their big dreams too.

Vme begins airing June 1 on 18.4

Starting June 1, KLRU offers a new channel on 18.4. Vme, from the Spanish veme meaning “see me,” is a 24-hour digital broadcast service that is the fastest-growing Hispanic TV network in the U.S. Rescan your television after 6 a.m. June 1 to find this new alternative to traditional Spanish-language media.

Smart, engaging and empowering entertainment for America’s Latino families, Vme presents original productions, specially-adapted public TV hits and programs exclusive to Vme in the United States. With news, documentaries, music, entertainment, kids shows and sport, you can get the daily schedule here.

Vme has made the promise to be Contigo to Hispanic families delivering drama, music, sports, news, current affairs, Latin cinema, food, lifestyle, nature and educational preschool content. The 24-hour Spanish network, partnered with public television stations, is currently available in more than 10 million Hispanic homes. Vme is the first venture of the media production and distribution company, Vme Media Inc. To find out more please visit