As I have said in the Afternoon and Evening meetings, the City will decide at the City Council meeting on August 2 whether the referendum for the proposed AAC (Active Adult Center, as referred to by the City) will be on the November 8, 2016 ballot for the voters to vote for or against funding for the Center, or whether it will be delayed until the May 2017 ballot.
The Agenda which includes the update from the Director of Parks & Recreation, Lemuel Randolph, can be viewed by clicking this link http://bit.ly/2a64C5N and, of course, you're welcome to attend the City Council work session on the afternoon of August 2 or the Council Meeting that evening to hear the Q&A. I plan to attend.
In my USPS mailbox today was a flyer that WinCo Foods will soon open (SW corner of Interstate 20 @ Cooper St). They are hiring for lots of different positions. It's my understanding that WinCo pays higher than similar retailers because the corporation is owned by its employees. Benefits look good. When the Fort Worth store opened, I remember reading that the company pays for a pension plan (but I only see 401(k) listed on the flyer, so my memory might be inaccurate about that...maybe it was that the Company contributes to the 401(k) which is still better than many grocery store chains do. More info can be found and you can apply online at www.wincofoods.com .
When the Fort Worth store first opened, I drove over to see it and was impressed with the array of fresh produce, bulk foods, prices, etc. I asked two employees whether it is true that employees are treated well and paid better than other stores because the chain is "owned by the employees." Both gave an enthusiastic "Yes!" answer.
Good news. Dinh Nguyen, DDS, offers reduced rates to Ambassadors: 1119 W. Randol Mill Rd #101 (at North Davis), Arlington 76012, (817) 422-9381.
As you know, since Medicare does not cover dental care, I have been interested in finding the best options for our older Arlington residents who need dental care. It is well known that when an older person has "unattractive teeth," they stop smiling and sometimes isolate themselves due to embarrassment. I'm hoping that the new Arlington proposed Active Adult Center's wellness clinic will have some kind of dental clinic with low-cost (or free) service, but that's far off into the future without any assurance that dental service will be included (or even that the voters will vote to fund the proposed AAC).
Our new Action Team Leader, Darla Penzell, suggested that I reach out to Dinh Nguyen, DDS, because she knows Dr. Nguyen is very "community oriented" and Darla thought he might want to help.
As I was due for my six-month dental cleaning this week, I made the appointment with Dr. Nguyen instead of with my regular dentist and I had that appointment yesterday. Before Dr. Nguyen started cleaning my teeth, I explained that I was there because I wanted to talk to him about the possibility of his offering reduced rates to Ambassadors members. I explained that I was not there to negotiate rates for my own dental service and my inquiry had nothing to do with "today's visit." He listened very carefully, and then he said, "Yes! I will do that for your group. I love helping my community." And he whipped out his business card and wrote his personal cell phone number on it and said, "Any time you need help from me, just call me. If I'm with a patient, leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.")
It's impossible to list prices (retail or discounted) for all services offered in a dental office but an example of a service that Dr. Nguyen said he would discount (since I specifically told him that older adults on fixed incomes cannot afford to pay $6k for implants) is this.
He said that for people who need dentures, assuming they have enough bone to hold the post(s) for dentures to lock on to, he would insert the posts at no charge (value $1,500-$2,000) and the patient would pay just the normal cost of dentures (that they would pay without the posts). As you know, posts are very helpful for keeping dentures from slipping around or even popping out at inopportune times. Also, he mentioned some special pricing for implants and crowns that he would do, but I don't really remember what he said and it's not important because obviously prices are subject to change. Each case will have to be evaluated.
When you need dental service, I suggest that you get a quote from your regular dentist and then call Dr. Nguyen's office, remind whoever answers the phone of Dr. Nguyen's offer to Elva Roy & the Ambassadors For Aging Well, and ask about the charge for the service you need. Or if you just want to go directly to Dr. Nguyen's office, I think you would do fine there. If you want me to prepare his office before you call or visit (to remind them of what they offered our members, I will be happy to call them in advance to advise them that you will be calling to get a quote, but that's probably not even necessary).
I will be adding Dr. Nguyen's office under the tab "Local Resources" for Dental on in case you can't remember where to find this post and need the information in the future.
I learned today that the Request for Proposal which was scheduled for release last week has not yet been released, per Jim Parajon, Deputy City Manager. He repeated that he will send me an email copy when it's released. The "decision" to be made by City Council about when the matter (how to fund) will be on the ballot for voters to decide (either Nov 2016 or May 2017) certainly looks like even more likely to be May 2017. I believe the decision will be made at the Aug 2 City Council Meeting about the date. As we discussed at our July 11 meeting, the RFP will be sent to various developers to garner their ideas of what kind of commercial development should be built on City property contiguous to the new Adult Activity Center (AAC) through a private-public partnership.
1. Announcements. I gave a quick rundown of ongoing projects by our Ambassadors' Action Team Leaders:
2. Tips & Tricks. I gave some tips on what to say (in lieu of platitudes such as "I know how you feel" when you're in the presence of someone who is grieving a loss:
3. Afternoon Main Topic: End-of-Life Documentation. Space limitations prevent summarizing all that we talked about yesterday regarding certain end-of-life forms such as a Medical Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Durable Power of Attorney, Last Will & Testament, Payable-on-Death bank accounts, Transfer-on-Death deeds, Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate. Complex situations probably require the services of an attorney, but below are links to websites with Forms and more information (and if you have any questions or need any clarification about what I said, feel free to email or call me):
4. Second Speaker. Jennifer Flynn, Coordinator of Volunteer Recruitment for Meals on Wheels told us about Meals on Wheels and the great work they do for residents of Tarrant County. She mentioned that they are always looking for more drivers and there are ~6 locations in Arlington where volunteers can pick up meals to deliver. If you'd like to volunteer, Jennifer's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . We talked briefly about Meals on Wheels case managers who, upon request, can analyze a person's medications for 3+ prescriptions to ensure that there are no unexpected interactions among the drugs and that the patient is not unknowingly taking two doses of the same drug (possibly different names/trademarks) prescribed by different doctors. I also found a website on the Internet today where a person can enter their own prescriptions to check (free). Click on this website to do it yourself https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php [Note: at the next AFAW Afternoon Meeting, I intend to talk about various health matters, including some research on prescription medications which I found very interesting and I think you will too.]
5. Announcements from the Floor:
Elva Roy is the Founder & Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.