Refreshments. Elva Roy thanked Melissa Chamberlin and Acapella In-Home Care acappellainhomecare.com/ for providing refreshments for today's meeting.
Kennedale. Sara Cotton, a zenior from Kennedale (who is working to establish a group similar to the Ambassadors group in Kennedale), invited Elva to attend a concert-in-the-park performed for Kennedale zeniors by the Kennedale High School Jazz Band on May 10. Elva was amazed by the talent displayed by these h.s. students when one after another stood to play a completely unrehearsed solo "riff" which they just "made up on the spot." Many kudos belong to Mr. Erol Oktay, Kennedale's band director for the last 17 years. How did a small town come up with so many talented youngsters? Mr. Oktay is the obvious answer.
DFW Friendship Coalition - New. AFAW, AARP, and City of Dallas Senior Affairs Commission will work together with other partners throughout DFW to play a small part in alleviating loneliness, and supporting intergenerational "mingling." Two ways we will do this is by donating free tickets to various local events and/or restaurants for distribution by doctors/hospitals to patients who could benefit by being more social. While "you" might not be lonely, there are plenty of people around us who are (and they are not always easily identifiable). And it's not only "older" people who are lonely, as you will see if you care to click on this link called "The Loneliness Project." tinyurl.com/y56ho2f4 Or Google "social determinants of health." The second project to be undertaken is to create "Friendship Tables" to be placed around DFW which would be identifiable by the "design" with "signs" also explaining what a "Friendship Table" is meant to be. The idea is that anybody and everybody is welcome to sit down if there is an open seat at a Friendship Table. Nobody has to ask, "Do you mind if I sit down?" because "you" are NOT intruding, and you are welcome to sit down without asking and to participate in anything happening at that table (conversation, sharing of Girl Scout cookies, or whatever). Our intent is to bring people out of their silos and get people to know others who are NOT "just like me." This goes along with Arlington's Mayor's "Kindness" initiative and we'll place "This is a kindness zone" sign near the Friendship Tables (at least in Arlington). Hopefully, these tables will be installed on the property of hospitals, clinics, shopping centers, churches, walkable commercial areas, arts districts, etc. Elva's initial vision for the table top design to be something like shown in this YouTube video using "acrylic pour" technique (but on a concrete table top, not wood).
Caregiver Teleconnection. For caregivers (paid or unpaid), Elva recommends tuning into the free telephone conferences hosted by WellMed. While Elva no longer cares for her mother (dementia, died in 2006), she still tries to tune in to these telephone conferences and finds them interesting. AFAW members can get on the email list to get a list of the weekly calls from WellMed by calling (866) 390-6491 or going to the website www.caregiverteleconnection.org
Neighbors of Randol Mill Park--Shout Out to Joanne Stewart. Joanne Stewart does such a great service for her neighborhood (and people like Elva who aren't in her immediate neighborhood) with her newsletters and more. Elva always learns something about Arlington she didn't know when she receives an emailed "NORMP" newsletter. If you want to be on the email list, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in current activity or crime statistics published by the Arlington Police Department? These websites were mentioned in NORMP's latest newsletter which Elva found interesting! https://arlingtonpd.org/webapps/policeincidents and
crime statistics here arlingtonpd.org/WebApps/CrimeData
Joanne's newsletter also had a link to a video of how you can get a real time reading of your Arlington water meter. tinyurl.com/y42pydk8
Roommates? Considerations when thinking of sharing a home with a roommate are discussed in a free 42-page "HomeShare Toolkit" which is is available at this site if you think you might ever consider living with a roommate. burlingtonagefriendly.ca/publications
Sixty & Better Event. Healthy Aging Symposium. June 4, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College. Jeff Harsh from Sixty and Better assured me that parking will be a breeze for this event so don't let that stop you. More info and registration here https://www.sixtyandbetter.org/
GUEST SPEAKERS FOR OUR MEETING
1. Lori Varnell, Assistant District Attorney, Chief of Elder Financial Fraud division, and Michael Gresham, Detective, Arlington Police Department. Michael and Lori explained to our members the kinds of cases which are prevalent in Tarrant County and which prey on zeniors (roaming scammers who promise to do work, collect upfront money, and then disappear; sweetheart swindlers; one ring calls to get you to call back; grandson is in jail--send bond money; IRS scare; jury duty scare, etc.). It was distressing to hear about our neighbors who have been scammed out of their life savings. Lori's and Michael's recommendation is never to hire someone who knocks on your door, and if you don't recognize the number on your caller ID, don't answer your phone. If you pick up a call and it's someone claiming to want to "help" you and you didn't ask them to call you, don't engage--HANG UP. And never, ever wire money anywhere or buy/send gift cards...such a request is a dead giveaway that it's a scam. If you suspect a scam (perpetrated on yourself or another zenior), you are urged to report it to the Financial Exploitation Prevention Center of Tarrant County, phone number (817) 720-6556. If you suspect physical abuse or neglect of a zenior, please report that to Adult Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400.
Tracey Willingham, LMSW, Senior Program Director, Cancer Care Services. cancercareservices.org/ Tracey explained that the mission of Cancer Care Services is to support Tarrant County (and nearby counties) residents of any age who are living with a cancer diagnosis, survivors of cancer, and the unheralded, heroic care partners who care for their sick loved ones. The organization does not charge cancer patients for services and provides lots of opportunities for people with the same diagnosis to meet and talk, opportunities to socialize, summer kids' camp, etc. A big event coming up on Sunday, June 2, 2:00-4:00 pm is "The Greatest Life on Earth," which is a free event for cancer survivors, family, and caregivers. Food, fun, games, Survivor Stroll, photos, and more. Location: Resource Connection of Tarrant County Gymnasium, 2300 Circle Dr., Fort Worth 76119. Registration was to end by May 17, but if you call Megan at (817) 921-0653, it might still be possible to RSVP.
SPEAKERS FOR JUNE 10 MEETING
1:00 Corey Callaway, Callaway Financial Services, will speak on "Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving Today's Big Disruptions."
2:00 Alicia Hoang, Don't Forget to Feed Me, will speak about services available and how to ensure that our pets are well cared for.
See you at the June 10 meeting, 700 E. Abram St., 1:00 sharp.