As a member of the Arlington Parks & Rec EngAGE social group (thank you Kelly Geer and Susie Traylor for coordinating this), I attended a brunch ($10) this morning prepared by the culinary students at the new high school "career center" located on Browning @ Pioneer Parkway. Very impressive. The objective is for every student walking out the door as they graduate to be "work force ready" (qualified and employable from day one).
A student from each program told us about what they're studying and what they hope to do career-wise after graduation.
I was blown away by all the career options they train for. Here are the ones I can recall and I know I won't remember them all:
THANK YOU DAN AND LINDA DIPERT FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. YOU GAVE US NOT ONLY THIS FABULOUS FACILITY BUT ALSO THE UTA DAN DIPERT WELCOME CENTER, LINDA BROUGHT THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET HERE, AND I'M SURE THERE IS MUCH MORE THAT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT. YOUR GENEROSITY IS ASTOUNDING AND THE RIPPLES OF YOUR LEGACY WILL ENDURE FOR EONS. I AM ONLY ONE OF 400 THOUSAND ARLINGTON RESIDENTS WHO BENEFIT FROM YOUR EXTREME KINDNESS.
A new law signed on October 10, 2018, makes so-called "gag orders" common in contracts between pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) illegal. PBMs are the powerful middle men between drug manufacturers and pharmacists and until now, many PBM contracts forbade pharmacists from informing customers when it would be less expensive to pay the cash price for a prescription, in lieu of paying the deductible, co-pay, and/or co-insurance required by the customer's insurance. This resulted in the customer frequently overpaying for prescriptions and PBMs pocketed the difference.
Bear in mind that pharmacists are not "required" to tell customers whether a lower price is available UNLESS THE CUSTOMER ASKS.
So don't forget to ask!
The final 2018 Ambassadors For Aging Well meeting was held on October 8. We will continue meetings starting on January 14, 2019.
Elva Roy made a few announcements:
The Ambassadors for Aging Well will meet on Monday, October 8, 1:00-3:00 pm, at 700 E. Abram St., 1st floor Meeting Room, Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse.
At the Ambassadors For Aging Well September meeting, we had Angelina Tucker, DPharm (doctorate in pharmacy) provide flu shots for members, and then Steven Morris from Theatre Arlington (and his marketing director) provided information about the upcoming season.
Elva Roy is the Founder & Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.