Announcements at Meeting:
Corey Callaway, Callaway Financial Services, www.callawayfinancial.com/ gave the group an update on what's happening with interest rates, stock markets, bond markets, etc., and his opinion about what to expect in the near term. He also talked about the importance of keeping your end-of-life documentation current, informing your spouse about where all of the online accounts are and how to access them. Corey told us that Texas enacted its version of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA) on June 1, 2017. This helps an executor/personal representative (named in a Will) or an agent (Power of Attorney) to gain access to a decedent's digital assets such as social media accounts, emails, etc. provided that the Will or POA specifically confers that intent with explicit language. We appreciated the updated education on financial matters.
Will Callans and Annabel Luna from John Peter Smith Health Network's "Geriatric Service Line" introduced us to services at JPS which are specifically geared for older adults. Many of us "active seniors" who attend the Ambassadors meetings are not yet needing some of the services described but it's comforting to know that when and if they are needed, JPS has "thought ahead" and is providing services especially planned and innovated for older people who are frail or who may have a neurocognitive disorder such as Alzheimer's disease. A special part of the Emergency Department is reserved for older people in order to reduce confusion and distraction and fear. Signage in the hospital has been improved to help elders find their way through the hospital. JPS has a geriatric clinic called the "Magnolia Clinic" which is age-restricted and uses specialists to serve older people. We learned about JPS being the only Trauma One (highest level of trauma expertise) Emergency Department in Tarrant County. And we learned that the Joint Commission has certified JPS as a NICHE hospital (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) and for SEPSIS infection (meaning they have taken every possible step to avoid patients picking up a "nosocomial" aka "hospital-acquired" sepsis infection. [Note: Elva has read that nearly 50% of all deaths occurring in U.S. hospitals are due to sepsis, so this is an urgent threat and JPS took action when others have not.].
LATE NOTES FROM ELVA:
Service. This week Elva completed her two-year term as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging and also completed her service on the Board of Directors of United Way of Tarrant County.
Lonestar Solutions Org (for autistic children). On 6/20, Elva was invited by Kathleen Lively, Executive Director, to attend a "parents meeting" of the autistic students who attend therapy dayschool for early intervention at Lonestar Solutions in Arlington. Elva is always interested in neurodiversity and enjoyed meeting and listening to the experiences of the parents. The parents at the meeting were interested in hearing about the "Take Me Home" program that the Ambassadors team has brought forward and which is being worked on by Commissioner Andy Nguyen's office. Lonestar Solutions is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, one of the premiere health systems in the country. More info at www.lonestarsolutions.org
Elva Roy is the Founder & Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.