Elva Roy welcomed the attendees and thanked Michelle Myers from Senior Living Specialists and Megan Vasquez from Jordan Home Health for today's refreshments.
Know Your Neighbor. Peggy Masters, (on the AFAW Leadership Team and one of the people responsible for starting the group) responded to Elva's invitation to come forward, draw 3 questions to answer from the deck of 300 cards. We learned a little bit more about Peggy and life with her late husband, Blaine. Maybe "you" will volunteer next time!
Senior Housing in Arlington.
Photos above show Elva with the fenced dog park behind her, the entrance to the complex, and the swimming pool.
Grants for Down Payments to Homebuyers. Elva mentioned that while she is NOT a fan of Wells Fargo bank, but in an effort to recover from the scandals of a few years ago where homebuyers were screwed over, Wells Fargo is investing some millions of dollars to help homebuyers in Arlington by providing grants of $15,000 for down payment to qualified buyers. Mayor Williams has given his support for this program. More info about the educational session to be held on Sep 20 can be found at this link www.wellsfargo.com/lift
New study underway at University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The study is meant to discover why more older women than men have high blood pressure, why it is less controlled in older females, and if lower leg heating in conjunction with medications is a more effective control measure. They are seeking hypertensive (but otherwise healthy) women 65-85 years old. If you're interested in participating in the study, you can email Stephanie Hope, RN, firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (817) 735-2088.
Ms. Mature Irving competition on Oct. 4 at the Performing Arts Center in Irving. Elva will be a judge in the Ms. Mature Irving pageant and was asked to submit 3 questions for the contestants to answer during the evening gown competition. The winner will have an opportunity to represent the City of Irving at various events during the year in order to share her wisdom and reflections about life.
Tips & Tricks.
1st: Texas Health Resources. Joy Griffin, RN, Director of Community Health Improvement Tarrant & Parker counties, and Beth Harrison, Program Mgr. for Arlington & HEB, spoke about the Community Impact and Social Determinants of Health. In 2019, Texas Health Resources offered $5.2M in grants to address social determinants of health in certain zip codes, including Arlington's 76010. It is being realized that while doctors and hospitals are being held responsible for patient health, much of a person's health is outside the control of doctors/hospitals. Things like economic stability, housing, food insecurity, and loneliness account for 80-90% of a person's physical health. So medical providers and insurance companies are trying to figure out how to tackle some of these "social determinants" in order to help residents enjoy good health for as long as possible. Beth said that THR is always looking for volunteer instructors and/or people wanting to take free classes at Arlington Memorial Hospital for (1) A Matter of Balance; and (2) Chronic Disease/Diabetes Self-Management Program.
2nd: John Peter Smith Health Network. Lee Ann Franklin, MBA, MDiv, Exec. Dir. of Spiritual Care & Ethics at JPS, spoke about self-compassion, reminding us that none of us is perfect, we all make mistakes, and it's important not to expect perfection from ourselves. She said that when we've feeling "less than" for whatever reason, that we need to pause and remember that "life is hard sometimes." But we're not alone...everyone suffers from time to time. So take it easy on yourself and talk to yourself just like you would talk to your best friend, reminding them that the mistake they made is not a "big deal," and "this, too, shall pass." Lighten up. Give yourself a little hug, forgive yourself, and know that you're a fallible human being, just like everyone else you know.
Showing up at City Council meeting on Tuesday night for the second time in a month was definitely worth the effort The rezoning of a parcel of land on West Harris Road, just east of Cooper Street, (south Arlington) from "light industrial" to "multifamily" (age restricted 55+) passed unanimously on Tuesday night. A unanimous vote was required to overturn the P&Z denial of developer Bonner Carrington's application for the zoning change, due to deadlines imposed by the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs, having to do with tax credits required to make the project economically feasible to the developer.
The Ambassadors showed up in force for two City Council meetings over the last 30 days to voice our support for the re-zoning application so that "affordable" zenior apartments will be built in Arlington.
Several Ambassadors members spoke to Mayor & City Council in support of this application and I'm sure we made a difference, so thank you to all who made the effort to don your red (or whatever) t-shirts and drag yourselves to the Council Meeting. It was worth our time. Even if none of us plans to live in the Mariposa zenior apartments, the apartment homes will be there in the future for our fellow zeniors.
SO THANK YOU!