Today was just about perfect...in fact, it was a perfect day. Our very own Ambassador, Susan Musfeldt, was honored at a big celebration in Fort Worth for her selection as "2016 Outstanding Advocate for Older Americans" (for all of Tarrant County). The selection committee of the Area Agency on Aging chose Susan for her work in establishing the very first "Memory Cafe" in Tarrant County and for other achievements. A Memory Cafe is a place where people with a diagnosis of dementia (early/moderate stage) and their care partners can get together with others who are in similar circumstances. They can just be themselves without worrying about being judged and they can learn from each other.
I was the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for the Celebration and enjoyed doing that. Dr. Janice Kneble (renowned Fort Worth geriatrician with tons of achievements) was the keynote speaker). Mostly, I was happy for Susan for winning this award and happy that someone from the Ambassadors group was chosen (a long shot since I was selected last year for this honor and I didn't think the selection committee would give it to someone from the same organization). Susan had her family and friends from the Grace Memory Cafe attend and I must say that the food served was out of this world...very fancy finger foods! Brookdale at Ridgmar hosted the event in their large dining hall. Live music was provided by the Marcus Rockwell Trio (great jazz musicians! and available to hire out to play for events).
Tonight, I attended a meeting hosted by State Representative Chris Turner for his Task Force. The special guest was Arlington's Mayor Jeff Williams. The four topics for discussion (as agreed beforehand) were: Health care, Transportation, Payday Lending, and Jobs/Economy. From Mayor Williams, I learned about a local company called "Blue Apron" that I need to look into. Supposedly they deliver freshly-cooked meals to people's homes in Arlington.
I learned that Mayor Williams is about to appoint a 30-member advisory committee on the subject of "transportation." Our Ambassador action team leader, Peggy Masters, will be appointed to the committee. A company called HDR Engineering has been retained the city as a transportation consultant.
Mayor Williams mentioned a company called Straumann, located in the Great Southwest industrial area of Arlington, which makes dental implants which require precision manufacturing and therefore, high tech, and high paying jobs. The company is a Swiss company. If you know anybody looking for a good manufacturing job, more info is available by clicking this link http://bit.ly/24z0Lk2
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.