As I have mentioned a few times at our Ambassadors' meetings, I am doing some temporary paid contract work for Dr. Bill Thomas, a renowned geriatrician and innovator in "senior" care. Some of you even went to Dallas with me last October to catch his live performance. I met him for the first time that day in October at lunch and the next week, he called to offer me the contract job which was quite unexpected but welcome because I earn money doing something I'm passionate about (trying to do my bit to make life good for "olders"). By the way, "olders" is a word I stole from author Ashton Applewhite (This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism). I can't think of a better word to replace "seniors" and "elders" which many older people find objectionable. "Olders" used as a "noun instead of an adjective just infers that someone is "older" than something else. I like it.
Back to the subject at hand...because of the contract work I'm doing for Dr. Thomas, I get to talk on the phone to lots of people who work in and around the subject of "aging."
I first learned of the split among some of the local Alzheimer's chapters from the national organization in December 2015 when I spoke to executives of the Orange County and San Diego Alzheimer's groups and they told me their organization's name was changing because they were now independent from the national organization. The new names weren't that different...for instance, the new name is "Alzheimer's Orange County" instead of "Orange County chapter of the Alzheimer's Association."
I also had read about the New York City and Austin, TX chapters breaking away. In February, I called the Dallas chapter and the North Central Texas (located in Fort Worth) chapter to inquire whether they had or intended to break away and the answer was "No."
I learned about some of the reasons which precipitated the break from people I spoke to on the phone, but today I learned more when I read the article at the link below. I thought some of you would be interested so I'm sharing the link.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.