Tonight, the Ambassadors accommodated a request for some research from UTA student Karina Rendon for the first part of the meeting.
Elva Roy shared tales of her recent camping trip with her brother/sister-in-law at Lake LBJ near Marble Falls. Good experience. Met high school friend of sister-in-law whose wife has frontotemporal dementia. Elva took charge of the wife so the husband could play guitar with Elva's brother and be relieved of his 24x7 duties as a caregiver. Elva really enjoyed interacting with the wife and trying various forms of communication because the wife's communication skills were a major deficit area.
Elva shared that she attended a meeting today in Fort Worth called "New Ways of Thinking: Supporting Mental Health and Wellness of Children with Disabilities." While Elva is mostly interested in issues faced by older adults, she is serving on an interdisciplinary committee of 15 PhD's at UT Arlington where she is the only external member. The group is interested in seeking innovations in assistive technologies for disabled persons (regardless of age). Today's seminar was hosted by two experts from Austin and part of the seminar was about "trauma" experienced by children. Elva has been researching "post traumatic growth" which is a new branch of psychology (to help/replace PTSD), so that was Elva's particular interest..
Elva also mentioned that her "pole dancing" friend (that's a side story that you might not have heard yet) invited her to attend a seminar on Wednesday on the subject of stem cell therapy (especially for arthritis) at an Arlington motel (Marriott Residence Inn). OMG. Elva's friend (female firefighter who recently retired after 20 years of firefighting) was interested because while she is in great shape (beautiful woman), she has been combating rheumatoid arthritis since she was ten years old (no deformities in her hands/feet though, so no obvious signs). But this presentation at the motel...talk about snake oil salesman! This was a classic example. People do your own research before you just believe anything that a "supposed" medical expert tells you! The main speaker was flown in to do a sales talk about the miracle of stem cell therapy. He started out by saying that "this is proprietary information so no recording/videograph is allowed." Then his next disclaimer was that "this is an education seminar, not a medical seminar" (legal disclaimer). Elva's antennae were raised. He proceeded to say that that stem cell therapy can repair your knee, shoulder, back, neck...all of your joints. "There is no downside, no side effects." Elva knew that on 3/15/17 the New York Times ran an article entitled "Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells are Injected Into Their Eyes." This is a very controversial area of bioscience and you need to do your own research about whatever malady you might suffer from. It's "possible" that stem cell therapy could help but for Elva, personally, she would need to see some double-blind clinical trials, etc before she would ever consider this therapy. It's a controversial subject about whether the FDA has jurisdiction because sometimes the stem cells are retrieved from the patient's own body (so there is no pharmacological drug that needs to be proved). Do your research. I was amazed at the % of people who were suckered into signing up for a consultation yesterday ($5,500 per knee, shoulder, more for back/neck, insurance never covers this, why? because it's not proven to be beneficial).
Elva showed the Arlington Convention & Visitor's Bureau list of "Another 21 Cool Things to do in Arlington You might Not Know About" and we talked about each of these things. We were fortunate to have Kay and Ron Reynolds with us tonight who are so knowledgeable about Arlington landmarks and lots of other facts. In the parking lot after the meeting, Jan Houchin said "Who WAS that man who knew everything about Arlington? Our one-hour meeting was over way too soon!
You can see the list of "21 cool things in Arlington" at
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.