MySweetWishList: The Senior Source

According to The Senior Source President and CEO Cortney M. Nicolato,

“As 2017 comes to an end and the holiday season is upon us, we take time to reflect upon our many blessings and the true meaning of the holidays.  Family, friends and togetherness are in the forefront of our minds.  For many seniors in our community, being together with those they love most is easier said than done.

Katy and husband*For example, Katy and her husband, have been married for 54 years. Now, they’re facing the challenges of their older years—together.  Shortly before she was diagnosed with dementia, Katy recognized her memory was slipping. Concerned, she asked her husband, ‘What will I do? How will I remember?’ ‘Don’t worry,’ he assured her. ‘I will be right there with you, and I will remember for the both of us.’ 

“Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. The older adult and their caregiver enter into a journey they never expected. Once diagnosed, older adults will need support and their caregivers will need help in taking care of themselves. Luckily, in Dallas, those older adults have The Senior Source to turn to.

The Senior Source*

“The Senior Source matched Katy with a trained and vetted volunteer who offers companionship and assists with daily living activities. The presence of Katy’s volunteer in their lives means her husband is less likely to neglect his own needs while caring for her, and it means they can stay in their home together. This was what they wanted, just as it is the hope of so many older adults.

“Our wish is that all seniors will have the tools they need to live the lives they deserve.  This is one of the many ways we plan to fill the homes of older adults with hope this holiday season and throughout the year. If you are able, please consider a donation to The Senior Source to ensure we can continue to assist, protect, and connect Dallas area older adults today and into the future.

“Visit to learn more and to check out ways you can make a difference.”

-By Cortney M. Nicolato, The Senior Source president and CEO

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

The Senior Source Honored 2017 Spirit Of Generations Awardees Diane And John Scovell With Some Tricks And Treats

Hyatt Regency Dallas guests probably thought that Halloween was getting an early start on Tuesday, October 31. Passing them by were a blonde in black attire topped off with a black cowboy hat and red cape, a person in oversized cowboy costume, cheerleaders and munchkins in red T-shirts reading 2027 Panthers.

Actually, all these characters were on site as part of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Luncheon honoring longtime Texas Tech loyalists Diane and John Scovell, as well as present the 2017 Molly H. Bogen Service Award to Lori Daniels.

Fred and Jan Hegi

Bob White

Carolyn Miller

As the Landmark Circle filled to capacity for the VIP reception with Gail and Gerald Turner, 2016 Spirit Awardees Jan and Fred Hegi, 2011 Spirit Awardee Carolyn Miller, 2010 Spirit Awardees Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Caren Kline, Kristen and Jim Hinton, Tucker Enthoven with her mom Julie Ford, John and Betty Crawford, Debbie Oates, Brent Christopher, Robin Robinson and Margo Goodwin, The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney Nicolato and Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White welcomed the crowd.

Diane Scovell

One or two of the group admitted that they had headed to the Anatole, where the event had been held in the past. But since John had built the Hyatt along with the world-renowned tower, it was only right to honor him in his hotel.

One guest was huffing as she arrived after parking her car in the satellite parking lot. She admitted that the lunch was just the second time that she had been to the Hyatt and climbing the hill in high heels for John was a labor of love. The next time she was gonna valet.

Alan White and John Scovell

Mary Montgomery and Kristi Hoyl

At 11:30 the Landmark Ballroom was filling with longtime friends of the Scovells like Texas Tech buddy Alan White was tableside with Pat SchenkelKristi Hoyl and Mary Montgomery spied each other across the way. They were both in similar dresses… Alan Walne was still sporting a sling due to surgery…Former Senior Source President/CEO Molly Bogen arrived to hugs from Lindalyn Adams …’nother former Senior Sourcer Betty Houser reported that after a year off for “temporary retirement,” she was considering a return to the nonprofit sector… and Pat McCallum, Barbara Stuart, County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, District Attorney Faith Johnson and Brad Cheves.

Pete Schenkel, Brad Cheves and Alan Walne

Betty Houser and Stephanie Russell

Just past noon Senior Source Board Chair John Taylor III got things started by introducing Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Rev. Matthew Ruffiner, who gave the invocation, and Luncheon Chair Carol Lupton Huckin and Diamond Underwriter Baylor Scott And White Health CEO Jim Hinton addressed the crowd as lunch was served.

In presenting the Bogen Service Award with Molly to Lori, Cortney told how Lori had served in various capacities to help the elderly. Lori even created an underwear donation drive called “The Reverse Panty Raid” and a gift drive for the holidays. That first year, “ten seniors were adopted.” Last year 200 personalized gifts were delivered to clients.

Lori Daniels, Cortney Nicolato and Molly Bogen

Lori recalled how she had joined The Senior Source after seeing a notice in The Dallas Morning News for a volunteer opportunity. That was 20 years ago. Since that time, she has involved friends, family and especially her husband, Jim Daniels.

A video was shown detailing the countless programs that The Senior Source provides. Just last year they accommodated 33,000 “older adults.”

As the lights came up, a couple of white rocking chairs were now on the left side of the stage in front of a row of faux hedges with twinkling lights. In the back of the ballroom, cheerleaders and other characters waited.

Red Raider and Masked Rider

Following the video, Cortney asked that guests visit a senior and text donations. She then explained that while the fundraiser often took place around Thanksgiving, this year “We’re just trying to mess with you today and do it on Halloween.”

As Cortney left the stage and Diane and John took their places in the rocking chairs. A voice over the PA revealed how it was a Scovell tradition at Halloween that trick or treaters must do a trick before getting a treat. In keeping with that idea, it was announced that Stage Fright Events had been hired to screen the masses who seek their 15 minutes of fame “on the Scovells’ front porch.

John and Diane Scovell

The skit provided laughs as one of the screeners proved not to be the sharpest tack in the box saying that

  • John had met Diane when she was a traveling rodeo clown. No, Diane had been a rodeo queen in Brady. And they met in college — Texas Tech, of course.
  • John’s dad, Field Scovell, had been “Mr. Spandex Bowl.” No, Field had been Mr. Cotton Bowl.
  • John had built the Eiffel Tower. No, he had built Reunion Tower.
  • In college, Diane and John were named Mr. and Miss Texas A and …. No, they were named Mr. and Miss Texas Tech.

Preston Hollow Elementary School third graders

The first to tryout were future Hillcrest Panthers/third graders from Preston Hollow Elementary, who sang “Skin and Bones.” [Editor’s note: It was pretty darn adorable.]

Next up was the Reunion Tower Ball that texted via the big screen that it and the Scovells go back 39 years. For its trick, the revolving ball displayed a lit pumpkin.

Reunion Tower

Texas Tech cheerleaders

The final tryout on stage was the Texas Tech crew including the cheerleaders shouting “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for seniors  stand up and holler.” With that the Tech fight song played, Masked Rider and Raider Red arrived on stage and the guests stood.

With the Diane and John still rocking, Underwriting Chair John Crawford replaced the Stage Fright team and told how the Scovells had made a dynamic impact on Dallas education, business, health and environment by looking “to the future with a reverence for the past.” In the Scovell world, “Success is a team sport.”

John Crawford, Carol Huckin, John and Diane Scovell and John Taylor

John Taylor and Carol joined John Crawford in presenting the award to the Scovells.

After receiving the award, John Scovell retired to his chair and Diane admitted, “I want to shut the doors and get around to everybody…We’re appreciative and so very uncomfortable. It’s kinda not our style.” She asked everyone who had been involved with any of the Scovell projects for the betterment of Dallas. It seemed like all but a handful stood. At one point she told how their sons had been such troopers even when John coached them in soccer but knew nothing about the sport.

It was now time for John to address the group by defending his soccer skills. “My father told me early on. He said, ‘Son, if you can’t use your hands, it must be a communist sport.’ That was my introduction to soccer.” He then had Diane join him at the podium. Once again he recalled something his father had told him, “He had spent a lot of time at events like this and he said, ‘Son, if you’re to speak and have a nice audience, here’s what you tell them. You stand up to be seen. You speak up to be heard. You sit down to be appreciated.”

And from the audience’s response, the Scovells were truly appreciated.

For more photos of the day’s activities, head on over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Self-Made Millionaire/”Shark Tank”‘s Barbara Corcoran To Be Guest Speaker For The Legacy Senior Communities Yes! Event In November

Barbara Corcoran*

Barbara Corcoran is a very busy, busy gal nowadays. Well, she always has been with all her real estate deals that transformed her from waitress to “self-made millionaire.” Then there’s a little TV show, called “Shark Tank,” where she has held her own with the likes of Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary and Daymond John

She’s had so many balls to juggle, it’s no wonder that the 68-year-old’s gig on “Dancing With The Stars” was just one too many, resulting in her being eliminated this past week. However, she proved her spunk and class by accepting her elimination with humor.

But leave it to the The Legacy Senior Communities Yes! Event to snag her as the guest speaker for the annual fundraising luncheon at the Meyerson on Thursday, November 2. But then what else would you expect from a committee including Carol Aaron, Dawn Aaron, Sandy Donsky, Linda Garner, Zona Pidgeon, Jody Stein and Karla Steinberg?

The plan calls for her to “share her personal story, as well as insight into what motivates her today.”

Benefiting The Legacy Senior Communities Financial Assistance Fund, the event will provide support for The Legacy Midtown Park’s rental continuing care retirement community currently under development in Dallas, to help supplement the cost of their care and provide the extra amenities that enrich the quality of their life.”

According to Carol, “A community is judged by the way it cares for its elders, and I feel it is our collective responsibility to provide a wonderful lifestyle and exemplary care to seniors in Greater Dallas. We encourage everyone to step up and help us continue to not just meet but exceed the needs of seniors and their families now and in the future.”

In addition to Barbara, The Carmen Miller Michael – Legacy Senior Communities Award will be presented to “pay tribute to a member of the Greater Dallas community who displays the special qualities which Carmen Miller Michael possessed: a pioneering spirit and an unshakeable sense of justice and compassion.”

The Legacy Senior Community Board of Trustees Chair Marc R. Stanley said, “We will honor a truly inspirational individual and trailblazer who shares our commitment to serving others, and we will hear from a motivational entrepreneur during this captivating event. We are thankful to all of our donors whose support assists us in providing thriving communities and high-quality care. We find it truly rewarding to provide seniors with dynamic and enriched lives.”

Single tickets are $200 with various levels of sponsorship available.

* Photo credit: ABC/Patrick Ecclesine

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Spirit Of Generations Award Luncheon

According to The Senior Source’s 2017 Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon Chair
Carol Huckin,

Carol Huckin*

We have some big changes happening at this year’s Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon. First of all, we will be gathering at a different venue when we present this year’s award to Diane and John Scovell, whose civic engagement, entrepreneurial vision and outstanding leadership have helped transform the Dallas landscape. For those who may not know, John is the Co-Founder/Chairman of Woodbine Development Corporation. His first project, and the one that remains his pride and joy, was the Hyatt Regency with its landmark Reunion Tower. As such, the event will be held there. The luncheon will also be held earlier than in years’ past, so mark your calendars now for Tuesday, October 31, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency.

The Scovells’ contributions—in real estate, education, the nonprofit sector and more—have had a huge impact on our community and they will continue to benefit generations to come. We are thrilled to be honoring them.”

Diane and John Scovell**

But, don’t worry. Amidst these changes, some things will certainly stay the same, like the luncheon’s trademark humor and brevity.

The Spirit luncheon is The Senior Source’s biggest event of the year—bringing together 1,000 supporters to celebrate the honorees’ universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations. Monies raised at the event are critical to The Senior Source’s operation of programs and services which are provided to more than 30,000 older adults annually through community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.

Individual patron tickets begin at $150, and tables start at $1500. For more information, please call 214. 823.5700 ext. 6120 or [email protected].”

About The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services.  The agency offers personalized assistance, protection, and connection support to all older adults in greater Dallas for these individuals to “Thrive.” A United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or visit You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource. 

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman 
** Photo provided by The Senior Source

In Addition To Naming Three New Trustees, Presbyterian Communities And Services Board Has Promoted President Tim Mallad To CEO

Was it just about a year ago that Tim Mallad joined Presbyterian Communities and Services as president? Sure was. Now, word arrives that Tim has been named CEO of the not-for-profit organization.

Tim Mallad (File photo)

According to PCS Board of Trustees Chair Phil Wentworth, “I am continuously impressed by Tim’s genuine passion for our mission and ability to lead our organization in the right direction. Mallad, much like our board, is focused on enriching the lives of seniors, making a meaningful difference and providing exemplary care and support for seniors and their families. We are focused on growth with the expansion of Presbyterian Village North, the opening of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center and the master plan which is currently underway at Grace Presbyterian Village.”

In addition to Tim’s taking on the new title, three new board members have been named — Laura Wright, Liza Lee and Allen Tilley. They will be joining current trustees Ronald J. Gafford, L. Gerald “Jerry” Bryant, Dr. Lisa H. Clark, Cornelius “Neil” Foote, Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, Douglas D. Hawthorne, Cynthia K. Hudgins, Ellen H. Masterson, Andrew Meyercord, Brad Nitschke and Michael Wright.

Phil added, “The new board members are fantastic additions to an already impressive board, and I believe together with Tim, we will expand our mission even further by growing our organization.”

Joel Allison Addressed The Future Of Healthcare At The Senior Source’s 18th Annual Charles C. Sprague Sage Society Dinner

The Senior Source‘s Charles C. Sprague Sage Society was established in 1999 with the late Charles Sprague leading the charge to help raise funds and awareness about the growing needs of the elderly. To help achieve these goals, the annual Sprague dinner has been annually held for the past 17 years. This year’s dinner was highlighted by former Baylor Scott and White Health President/CEO Joel Allison as the keynote speaker. It was just back in 2015 that Joel was the recipient of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Award. Here is a report from the field about the dinner:

On Tuesday, April 25, a crowd of 130 philanthropists committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in North Texas gathered at the Dallas Country Club for The Charles C. Sprague Sage Society’s 18th Annual Dinner and Program, hosted by Dallas non-profit organization The Senior Source. Headlining this year’s event was Joel Allison, immediate past president and CEO of Baylor Scott and White Health, speaking on a topic that’s been dominating headlines: “Health Care in America: Where Do We Go from Here.” Among Mr. Allison’s many astute observations were that much of the debate lately is focused on insurance and billing rather than health care itself, and that the doctor/patient relationship should be considered above all other relationships.

Scott and Susan Wilson, Joel Allison, Cortney Nicolato and John Taylor III*

“Joel was the perfect expert to speak about the future of health care in America,” said Scott Wilson, who co-chaired the event with his wife, Susan. “Our Sage Society members really enjoyed his perspective, his industry-wide knowledge of such a layered and complex subject, and his uncanny ability to make it understandable for those not in the health care field.”

In addition to co-chairing the event together, the Wilsons also celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary at the event. “The centerpieces on your table are for sale after the presentation, one will be in my home on the sofa table behind my couch where I will be sleeping tonight,” remarked Scott about the timing.

Leonard Riggs and Alayne Sprague*

Diane Allison*

Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Dee Collins Torbert, Carol Huckin and Pam Busbee*

Cathy and Larry Helm*

Sara and Gary Ahr*

While the subject of health care was top of mind at the event, the crowd at the The Charles C. Sprague Sage Society’s 18th Annual Dinner and Program was also very committed to The Senior Source. Guests in attendance included The Senior Source President/CEO Cortney NicolatoSusie and Jim Riley, Cher and David Jacobs, Pam Busbee, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Carol Huckin, Dee Collins Torbert, Sara and Gary Ahr, Gail and Warren Randell, Sharon and Mike McCullough, Jane and Pat Jennevein, John Taylor III, Leonard Riggs and Alayne Sprague. Keynote speaker Joel Allison was joined by his wife, Diane Allison. Atmos Energy, the presenting underwriter, and KPMG LLP, as partner underwriter, made it possible for 100 percent of the members’ contributions to directly benefit the agency’s services.

Mike and Sharon McCullough and Gail and Warren Randell*

Jim and Susie Riley and Cher and David Jacobs*

The Sage Society is a special associates program that educates members on aging issues and supports the programs of The Senior Source. It was founded in 1999 under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles Sprague, then Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Medical Foundation. Membership to the Society entitles participants to attend entertaining and educational presentations at a dinner held each spring, while supporting the Society’s two major goals: building financial support for services that improve the quality of life for older adults and educating community leaders on the challenges of the aging population.

About The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services.  The agency offers personalized assistance, protection, and connection support to all older adults in greater Dallas for these individuals to THRIVE.  As a United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers 10 comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at (214) 823-5700 or visit You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource. 

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Time Is Running Out for Laura Grace Caregiver Award Nominations

The Senior Source*

The clock is ticking for The Senior Source‘s 2nd Annual Laura Grace Caregiver Award nominations. The deadline for nominations of people “who care for, or has cared for, an aging loved one and has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care” is Friday, March 31. Yipes!


Here are the requirements for nominations:

  • The recipient must be able to attend the event on Thursday, April 13, at The Kessler Theater. (Two complimentary tickets will be provided.)
  • Neither paid, professional caregivers nor individuals who self-nominate are eligible for the award.
  • Nominee must reside within the greater Dallas area.

The award recipient will be notified on Friday, April 7, of their being selected.

The award will be presented during Jub Jam, benefiting The Senior Source and presented by Sportsradio 1310 “The Ticket.”

Submit your nomination(s) here. As for Jub Jam, it’s sold out. But you know the drill. For a nice check, sponsorship just might be yours.

*  Graphic courtesy of The Senior Source

Laura W. Bush Institute Provided A Look At The Amazing Universe Of Stem Cells Thanks To Doris Taylor And Jay Schneider

Laura Bush and Lee Ann White

Lee Ann White had had a busy 24 hours. On Tuesday, February 14, (aka Valentine’s Day), she had orchestrated a sweetie of a celebration at the Ritz-Carlton with the Hamilton Park Choir and 50 besties. Alas, Annette Simmons and husband Jerry Fronterhouse and birthday girl Gene Jones had to send regrets. Couldn’t blame them. Annette and Jerry were out of town celebrating their first anniversary and Gene was over the pond to check out her new floating getaway.

But in attendance were Lana and Barry Andrews, Toni and T. Boone Pickens and the usual multi-gillionaires plus Laura and George Bush.

Jan Rees-Jones and Lisa Troutt

Debbie Francis

Jeanne Cox

But early the next morning on Wednesday, February 15, Lee Ann, Lana, Jan Rees-Jones, Jeanne Cox and Debbie Francis were looking fresh-faced for the Laura W. Bush Institute gathering at the Dallas Country Club.  

Su-Su Meyer, Gayle Stoffel, Lana Andrew and Meredith Land

Kara Goss and Rhonda Marcus

Kimber Hartmann and Angie Kadesky

Monet and George Ball and Tiffany Divis

After the breakfast coffee that included a crash of china coffee cups from the buffet to the tile floor, the group (Tiffany Divis with daughter Monet Ball and husband Dr. George Ball, Libby Allred, Pam Busbee, Ola Fojtasek, Michael Fowler, Kimber Hartmann, Debbie Francis, Lisa Ogle, Joanne Stroud, Kara Goss, Su-Su Meyer, Al Hill Jr., Angie Kadesky, Rhonda Marcus, Diane Howard, Jane Pierce and Lisa Troutt) gathered in the ballroom for “Stem Cells: Building Blocks For Human Organs And Tools For Therapeutic Discovery” by Dr. Jay Schneider and Doris Taylor, Ph.D., introduced by emcee KXAS’s Meredith Land.

Diane Howard and Marjorie Jenkins

Al Hill Jr.

Connie Tyne, Jay Schneider and Doris Taylor

Over to the side of the ballroom stood Laura Bush with Lee Ann, the speakers and Institute hierarchy. While this presentation was Lee Ann’s swan song as president of the Laura W. Bush Institute, Institute Executive Director Connie Tyne and Institute Chief Science Officer Marjorie Jenkins kept things popping.

After Lee Ann introduced Laura, the former first lady updated the group on the Bush family — former first Lady Barbara and President George H.W. Bush both got well in time to flip the coin for the Super Bowl, and Laura’s husband former President George W. Bush has been working on portraits and a book on wounded warriors (“Buy his book because he’s living on a government pension.” Actually, proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior project).

She then discussed the various programs and developments that the Institute will be hosting in the coming months.

It was now time for the two experts to discuss the day’s topic. First up was Doris Taylor on how the body heals itself with its own stem cells. Admitting that she saw the world through stem-cell glass, she saw aging and most chronic diseases as a failure of stem cells.

Her first two points of the day were:

  • Heart disease kills more women than men. Most clinical trials on restorative therapy for heart disease are done on men. Despite more equivalent trials being undertaken involving men and women, the chances are that a woman will still receive treatments designed for a man.
  • Sex is not the same as gender. While the rule of thumb is that at the first sign of a heart attack, it is essential to get to a hospital within four hours. Men usually get there within the four-hour window. Why? Because their wives drive them there. Women, on the other hand. don’t get there within that time period but not because of biologic or sex differences. Rather because of gender-based differences. A woman will delay getting help for various reasons like “The house is dirty,” “The kids are coming home from school,” I don’t want an ambulance guy to come in here when the house is dirty,” etc.  Due to the excuses, a woman doesn’t make it to the hospital in time. It is societal gender difference, not biological. 

Doris then addressed the future of stem cells in aging. Using a simple example, she told how when a young child falls and scrapes their knee, it’s not like they are going to be scarred for life. However, an adult may not be so lucky. That is because of the stem cells that take care of the normal wear and tear of the body aren’t as available as a person ages. 

She explained how inflammation is nature’s signaling that there has been an injury, and stem cells are needed to repair. If you get the right cells there, you can eliminate the inflammation.

Doris then said that she really wanted the audience to take away two points from her talk:

  1. Inflammation for a short time is a good thing, because it tells the body that stem cells are need and those stem cells get mobilized
  2. But chronic inflammation when you don’t get stem cells is a bad thing.

The problem with aging is that we lose stem cells and their capacity to handle the inflammation over time. Through cell therapy, those aging-out stem cells can be replaced.

Regarding heart disease, it occurs in men earlier in life, but then levels off. In women it starts slower and then speeds up. But by the 70s men and women are equal in the heart disease.

During that same time period, it was interesting to note the loss of stem cells take place at the same rate.

Stem cells can self-replicate and they can come from a lot of things. The common sources of stem cells are bone marrow, blood, fat, muscle and amniotic fluid. Thanks to research, almost any cell can be turned into a stem cell.

In a research project that Doris conducted in mice regarding plaque in the heart, she discovered that female stem cells worked in both males and females. But the male stem cells only worked in male mice and they worsened the conditions of the female mice.

Ways to solve the problem of :

  • Prevention
  • Repairing the right cells
  • Finding cogent stem cell
  • Getting the right stem cells from somebody else
  • Storing your cells
  • Picking the right patients
  • Mobilizing your stem cells by reducing stress, exercising, acupuncture, meditation, etc.

Stem cells are already in use in the treatment of arthritis, sports injuries, surgeries, cosmetic applications, etc. It was on that last point that Doris warmed about the problem of medical tourism in getting overseas applications of stem cells:

  • your own doctor will not know what he/she is dealing with
  • they probably haven’t been through the clinical trials

For these reasons, she encouraged the advancement of testing and gaining access to such treatments in this country.

A couple of final points:

  1. Integrated Healthcare Association has recognized that the sexes are different and those difference need to be addressed
  2. American Heart Association published a paper last year about the difference of heart attacks in men and women

Doris then talked about building hearts in the lab. By washing the cells out of a heart and replacing those cells, the heart was able to work, plus the women’s skeletal hearts were stronger than the men’s. Similar tests are being done in other organs.

But with all the advancements, the overall results will only be successful if the differences in the genders are included.

Her final comment was to push for answers and to discuss the topic with doctors and friends.

Next up Dr. Jay Schneider, who opened with the fact that before the day’s meeting with the former first lady, his previous Texas VIP meeting had been Willie Nelson … “This is much better than that.”

 He then turned to his talk, emphasizing that in addition to gender differences, each person is totally unique in their genocode “God gave our souls, but the code determines what our cells are.”

Thanks to the modern technology — CRISPR — the genetic code can be adjusted. Jay was positively high of the development of CRISPR predicting a Noble Prize in the future for those involved in its discovery.

Back story: CRISPR was discovered thank to scientists trying to find out why yogurt went bad. It was due to bacteria.

CRISPR will go through genome — all 46 chromosomes and billions of bases — and locate the basic mistake in the makeup and “actually fix them.”

He then gave two examples of the importance. First was a young man in Dallas named “Ben,” who is suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease effects boys, but it is transmitted from the mothers, who do not have symptoms. Using CRISPR, Ben has a single mistake in his gene that causes Duchenne. With the new technology, they can go in using molecular technology, change the sequence, and cure the muscular disease.  Until clinical trials are done, the treatment cannot be done. However, thanks to cells that were made from his blood, muscles can be built.

Jay emphasized that this was being done with Ben’s own blood and not embryonic fluid. He credited the development of creating stems from means other than embryonic fluid to former President George W. Bush, who restricted funding of embryonic stem cell research in 2012, thereby forcing scientist to undertake other alternatives.

His second example was his year-old great niece Allison, who suffers from Acting Mental Myelopathy. Like Ben, she had one mistake in her gene make-up. Only one other child was born with this condition. Thanks to CRISPR, technology is being created that will go into her muscle and release her from her paralysis.

But there is an urgency to solving these genetic situations. As one gets older, it is harder to correct the error.

Jay then smoothly made a suggestion to the former first lady, who was seated nearby. In visiting the Bush Center, Jay was surprised to see barely a mention of the former president’s involvement in changing the world of genetics. His suggestion was to take a tube of blood from the former first lady and use it to demonstrate how stem cells can be created, thereby not requiring embryonic fluid.

Marjorie then held a brief Q&A for Doris and Jay with the audience that addressed the following points:

  • The life span of cells varies.
  • A stem cell circulates for various periods of time. They then go to the injured site or back to the bone marrow.
  • Donating a body to Jay’s clinic for research is invaluable.
  • Ben’s case is already advanced and it will be a challenge to get to each cell in his muscles. However, most Duchenne patients and their mothers tend to die from heart disease. Luckily, the heart is more accessible for using CRISPR.
  • Allison is still much younger and her mass is still developing and more manageable.
  • AIDs is a disease that is having positive results due to CRISPR.
  • One of the great issues facing the use of genetic management: the ethical questions being raised.

College Sweethearts And Philanthropists Jan And Fred Hegi Got A Big Thank You As Well As George Dunham From The Senior Source

Molly Bogen

The Senior Source’s annual Spirit of Generations Luncheon entered a new era on Monday, November 14, at the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom. It would be the first under the leadership of TSS President/CEO Cortney Nicolato, who had succeeded longtime TSS President/CEO Molly Bogen, who retired this past year after 40 years.

A new development was the VIP reception preceding the main event that evidently was not that important as media and official photographers weren’t put on call.

Luckily, honorees Jan and Fred Hegi provided enough of the warmth factor to shout-out the importance of the organization for the AARP-ers. Why, just having the Hegi clan there was enough to make it a true family affair: Amy and Peter Hegi and Libby and Brian Hegi with all their kids (Lila, Hunter, Mary Allison, Anna and Katherine).

Lila Hegi, Hunter Hegi, Amy Hegi, Mary Allison Hegi, Libby Hegi, Anna Hegi and Katherine Hegi

After Board Chair Kathy Helm welcomed the group including Luncheon Chair Marilyn Weber, Ruth Altshuler, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Lydia Novakov, Sarah Losinger, Connie Yates, Marsha and Craig Innes, Kelly Compton and Carolyn Miller, a touching video showcased Miss Julie, who had benefited from the The Senior Source. She told how Warren had been the champion for her having a life-changing home despite his battling pancreatic cancer. As the guests watched Miss Julie at her sewing machine tell lovingly of her gratitude for The Senior Source and Warren, it was noted that the video was in memory of Warren.

Margaret and Lester Keliher

David and Carolyn Miller

Following lunch, Cortney announced the creation of the Molly Bogen Services Award, named after her predecessor. 

George Dunham, Molly Bogen and Cortney Nicolato

The first Molly Award was presented to KTCK “The Ticket’”s George Dunham, who, despite being a jock-type guy, showed all the compassion of a loving son. Following his father’s death, he visited with Molly to see how he could help; that resulted in raising more than $200K. He addressed two of his sons who were in the audience that he hoped that they would remember their grandparents. Having lost both of his parents, George announced that he would share the award with his sister.

Then it was on to the salute to the Hegis. With Jan and Fred in easy chairs on stage, they settled down for a Jimmy Fallon “Thank you” presentation. Only this one featured Hegi longtime “friends.” With the honorees watching, the signers lined up verbalizing what they were signing.

Fred and Jan Hegi

First up were Hegi sons Brian and Peter, who recalled life with the perfect parents who had met the first week of entering SMU. One of the highlights was the boys’ recalling how they would show up at neighbors’ homes on Friday nights asking to spend the night, so they wouldn’t have to wake up to Saturday-morning chores.

Brian Hegi, Fred Hegi, Peter Hegi and Jan Hegi

Others lining up providing thanks were Mike and Marla Boone, Brad Cheves, Sherry Wilson, Highland Park Police Lt. Lance Koppa as well as other Hegi friends who got into the act.

David Miller and Fred and Jan Hegi

Even a member of the audience got into the tributes, admitting that the Hegis probably didn’t recognize him but, years ago, when he was going door-to-door selling knives, Fred talked with him for 20 minutes and Jan invited him to their annual homecoming party that weekend. Despite not attending SMU and even living out of state, he brought his wife and five kids every year, declaring it was the “greatest thing ever.” Did somebody say, “Ringer”?

After the ribbing and kidding was done, Former TSS Chair/Spirit of Generations Awardee David Miller presented the couple with the Spirit of Generations Award for their contributions in “thoughts, words and deeds to all generations of the greater Dallas community  past, present and future…who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect ages.”

MySweetWishList: The Senior Source

According to The Senior Source‘s President and CEO Cortney M. Nicolato, CPHIT,

Cortney Nicolato*

“This year, The Senior Source has assisted, protected and connected nearly 35,000 older adults in North Texas. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day in the US, our wish is to work together to raise awareness about aging issues and give all older adults here in Dallas to tools they need to not just survive, but Thrive. To do this, we must first draw attention to the struggles seniors in our community, and across the nation, are facing.

 “More than 20,000 older adults in the city of Dallas alone live below the poverty line and nearly that same amount live barely above that line. More and more older adults seek to live independently, but many do not have the means or resources to do so. Additionally, we are seeing an influx of elder abuse – emotional, physical and financial. Just last year alone, older adults lost $36 billion dollars to financial exploitation, frauds and scams.

“The Senior Source works to give seniors access to a better quality of life. A great example of this is one of our amazing clients, Ms. Julie. Ms. Julie suffered a stroke in her 50s, which required her to leave her job and therefore she lost her income. She lives in her childhood home, in West Dallas, which was in dire need of repair.  The ceilings had caved in, instances of mold were a daily sight, bursting pipes in the winter were a given, and fences were so broken that stray dogs would roam into her yard regularly. No one should live like this, but unfortunately many older adults in our community do.

“Her pastor recommended she call The Senior Source, and we immediately jumped into action. We helped Ms. Julie with her budget and finances, and we worked with the city to get her home rebuilt through the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Program. This is one of the thousands of stories that illustrates how The Senior Source has helped some of the most vulnerable in our community.  To see Ms. Julie’s full story, see our YouTube video.

“As 2016 comes to a close, and we reflect on our many blessings, we hope you will consider a gift to The Senior Source to allow us to help lift even more older adults out of poverty, to work to end elder abuse and neglect, and to ensure that everyone has access to critical services. Also, help us raise awareness by referring an older adult in need to us, introducing someone to our Agency and consider giving of your time to volunteer.  Check out the variety of ways you can give back at or call 214.823.5700.  With your support, we can make 2017 brighter for a generation who has given so much to us.”

-By Cortney M. Nicolato, CPHIT, The Senior Source’s president and CEO

C.C. Young Golf Tournament At Bent Tree Country Club Scored Funding For The Benevolence Fund

While Dallas was getting back to normal after the Red River Rivalry, golfers were hitting the Bent Tree Country Club links on Monday, October 10, to raise funds for the C. C. Young Benevolence Fund. Here’s a report from the field:

On Monday, October 10, C. C. Young hosted its 5th Annual Classic Golf Tournament presented by Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the senior care community’s Benevolence Fund, which serves as a financial safety net and ensures residents always have a place to call home, regardless of their financial position.

Golfers, sponsors and C.C. Young supporters gathered at 10 a.m. for check-in at Bent Tree Country Club and mingled while picking up boxed lunches before the shotgun start, which began promptly at 11 a.m. The Texas-themed day on the course included a photo opportunity at the 14th hole, as well as shots at a hole-in-one on the 5th, 8th, 14th and 17th holes. Prizes included: Golf vacation at French Lick Resort, a set of TaylorMade Rocket Bladez HL Irons 4-AW, a set of Adams Speedline Woods and Irons with bag, and $25,000.

George Linial and Russell Crews*

George Linial and Russell Crews*

Following the day on the course, golfers were welcomed to the awards reception by western-clad cheerleaders and proceeded to bid on silent auction items and enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet.  Participants also tried their hand at a round of blackjack and were entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch and a cash prize.


C. C. Young President and CEO Russell Crews congratulated golfers like Rich Scanlon, George Linial, Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard and talked about C.C. Young’s mission to provide a premier senior living community where each individual can grow in body, mind and spirit, no matter their life’s circumstance or limitations.

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

“This tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers throughout the year,” Crews said. “We have made the Top 25 list in Dallas Business Journal’s ‘Top Charity Tournaments’ the past two years thanks to our wonderful sponsors and donors who continue to support us, and because of events like this, we can continue to provide excellent care to seniors in our community.”

Awards were then presented to the winning teams. Ronnie Klein, Chad Dunaway, Mike Oswald and Garrett Perkins of Project Control were announced as the first place winners. Mikel Fears, Matthew Jung, Chase Tucker and Aaron Ellis of Time Warner Cable Business Class came in second place, and third place winners were Rusty Collins, David Hullet, Randy Hunnicut and Alan Magill.

Sponsors of the event included Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, D2 Architecture, Morrison Senior Living, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Time Warner Cable Business Class, CliftonLarsonAllen, Infinity Pharmacy Solutions LLC, Steve Folsom and Park Cities News and The Waters Family.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Griffin

Myrna D. Schlegel/Award Scholarship Fund Gets A Boost In Funding For Nurses Specializing In Gerontology

The Aware crowd broke a plethora of news at its meeting on Thursday, September 15, at Myrna and Bob Schlegel’s estate. But more about that in the days to come. The biggest news was the announcement of the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Established in 1999 by Aware in honor of Myrna Schlegel, it has grown over the years to more than $255,000. At the meeting it was revealed that the Schlegels were pledging a further contribution of $10,000 to kick-off the rejuvenation of the Schlegel/Award partnership, bringing the fund total to more than $265,000.

Aware President Venise Stuart and Myrna explained that the new fund with The Dallas Foundation would provide funding for nursing students.

A former nurse, Myrna thanked everyone and expressed her enthusiasm for the renewed partnership that will support the growth and scope of the nursing student scholarship award, making possible a difference in the lives of nursing students who have chosen to devote their careers to work in the field of gerontology, especially dealing with dementia.

Selection of the recipients is made through a vetting process that includes members of Aware and representatives of the Schlegel Family.

According to Venise, “Aware Dallas is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to further both organizations’ service to individuals and families of the North Texas community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Good Samaritan Society

“Who will you be when you can no longer do what you once did and your body is no longer what it once was. Maybe we need to stop being so afraid of getting old and start cherishing life for the journey that it is. When we look past the fears of getting old and begin to see seniors for who they are, there’s a friend to be made, a story to be told and wisdom to be learned from someone who deserves to be loved valued and treated with dignity even if they need help with the simplest of task.  At the Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village and Lake Forest Village it’s about living the whole of life and seeing that in Christ’s love everyone is someone whether they are an English teacher or passionate artist.



“Helen, an English professor at the University of North Texas, was tired of faculty meetings and trying to teach the younger generation the importance of the written word. So she retired. Little by little she began to do less and less, and spent most of her days in her home alone watching television.

“’I was waiting to slip gently into eternity,’ Helen said.

“Then in 2012 after double bypass surgery, she found Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village. Denton Village brought life back into Helen. She was asked to join a book club, teach a writing class, and volunteer in the community general store. She felt needed. She was asked to be a participant in life again. Denton Village made her feel like she was someone again.

“Beth, a talented artist whose father began to teach her how to paint at age five, says painting means more to her now than it ever did.  In 2011 Beth’s family moved her to Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village after she suffered a fall that caused a slight memory loss. Beth didn’t want to leave her home. She didn’t want to lose her independence. It was at Lake Forest Village though that she began to attend a monthly painting class. She went because she loved to paint but what she got was so much more. Painting helped to improve her mood, enhance her memory and it was then she was able to recall family memories, vacation destinations and the important details of life.

Painting class*

Painting class*

“’Painting just makes me feel better,’ Beth says.

“At Denton Village and Lake Forest Village, we are one family with two locations serving the community of Denton together. North Texas Giving Day is vital to our organization because it provides seniors like Helen and Beth a place to feel loved, valued and at peace as they enjoy living their life to the fullest. Over the last three years our organization has increased its support on North Texas Giving Day from $17,000 to $28,000 to benefit both campuses efforts to create a space where seniors can experience the fullness of life.

“Old age isn’t something to be celebrated with greeting cards, but with our whole hearts and souls, for there by the grace of God is each of us. Please consider helping to support The Good Samaritan Society Denton Village or Lake Forest Village communities on Thursday, September 22.  Your support will help to create peaceful spaces at Denton Village and Lake Forest Village where seniors can age well. So get up and give on September 22 to support seniors at Denton Village or Lake Forest Village by commenting which community to support in the comments portion of your gift.”

-By Laura Wells, Director of Resource Development at Lake Forest Village

* Photos provided by Good Samaritan Society

In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Good Samaritan Society by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

Journalist/Author Leslie Stahl To Be Keynote Speaker At The Legacy Senior Communities’ Yes! Event

Lesley Stahl*

Lesley Stahl*

Next month Lesley Stahl will release her new book, “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting.” According to reports, “Stahl says that becoming a grandmother has been the most vivid and transformative experience of her life.”

Whoa! This statement is not surprising for any grandparent, but it is, after all, coming from someone who has covered everything from Watergate, every president from Jimmy Carter to George H.W. Bush to such world leaders as Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin. She has traveled the world over as a correspondent for “60 Minutes” and won awards galore (Emmys, the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Award).

That’s why the timing of her being the keynote speaker at The Legacy Senior CommunitiesBehind the Scenes With Lesley Stahl Yes! Event” on Thursday, May 5, is this side of perfect. After all, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8.

Benefiting the Legacy Senior Communities, funds will support The Legacy Senior Communities Resident Financial Assistance Fund, “which provides charitable support for residents who rely on The Legacy Senior Communities for the cost of their daily care and for the extra services that enrich their lives.”

Jackie Waldman, Barbara Stein, Ruthy Rosenberg, Joey Daniel and Marilyn Fiedelman*

Jackie Waldman, Barbara Stein, Ruthy Rosenberg, Joey Daniel and Marilyn Fiedelman*

Taking place at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the event has a committee that’s made up of The Legacy Senior Communities past chair Carol Aaron and Co-Chairs Joey Daniel, Marilyn Fiedelman, Erica Robins, Ruthy Rosenberg, Barbara Stein and Jackie Waldman.

* Photos provided by The Legacy Senior Communities

Three One-Of-A-Kind Experiences Will Go On The Aging Mind Foundation Auction Bloc Saturday

Choices, choices, choices! Bid on one or all three. That’s the dilemma facing 2016 Aging Mind Foundation Gala guests this Saturday at The Joule. As if it weren’t enough that the event benefiting the Center for BrainHealth and honoring Shirley and Bob Miller wasn’t enough, Gala Chair Barbara Daseke has put together three OMG live auction packages to get hands waving.

Here’s a rundown of the three:

Sky-high Dining In The Sky Room

Have you eaten in the best restaurants in the world and now are looking for a new, one-of-a-kind cuisine experience? This package will delights your sensory system by tantalizing your tastebuds, amazing your eyes and provide the wittiest of conversations just for your ears.

High atop Museum Tower, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer with the help of architect Bill Booziotis and interior designer Barbara Daseke have created the Sky Room with floor-to-ceilings windows and balcony overlooking Dallas. Dedicated to personal entertaining by Hulshoff and Fischer, it will be made available to the winner of this package and seven of his/her friends.

The menu will be a five-course dinner curated by The Joule’s chef with “special vintage wines” provided by Pogo’s sommelier.

As for food for thought, WFAA’s Ron Corning will be the ringmaster of chat. And, oh, the tales he has to tell!

Gotta To Go To Togo Island*

Togo Island isn’t really an island. It’s actually a peninsula in the bend of the Mississippi River neatly tucked between Mississippi and Louisiana just down the road from Vicksburg

Because of its location and the abundance of vegetation on its 7,207.7 contiguous acres, it is ideal for wildlife to flourish. In addition to the turkey, waterfowl, small game and fish, Togo Island’s White-tailed Deer have become legendary with even the most demanding world-renowned hunters like Will Primos.

Limited to by-invitation-only membership, Lane Mitchell has made available a hunting package for two people to have a three-night stay in the lodge with meals included plus two days of guided duck and deer hunting. While the dates for this outing are to be mutually agreed upon, Lane suggested that the premium hunting time is January 1-15, 2017.

Run For The Roses Weekend*

While the actual Kentucky Derby run only last two minutes, true-blue Churchill Downs partying and celebration is a four-day affair. This Kentucky Derby package is far more than just attending the track the day of the race. It’s strictly VVIP, so if you win this package, you’d better buy some pretty new things to impress the Louisville locals.

If you can make time in your schedule to arrive early on Thursday, May 5, you’ll be able to take a tour of the Slugger Museum or the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Take the night off and rest. You’ll need it for what’s up ahead.

Friday, May 6, you’ll have to make another Solomon’s choice between

  • A private tour of “the most famous and successful thoroughbred horses and farms in the world.” Perhaps one of the equine runners will give you a tip on which Derby entrant to bet on. And while the ponies are munching on oats, you’ll dine at Chef Ouita Michel’s Holly Hill Inn.
  • Attend Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks, where you’ll have an afternoon of horse racing including the run of the two-year-old fillies.

Just think of the stories you’ll be able to share that evening at the barbecue hosted by Carolyn and Yum! CEO Greg Creed and other yummy folks.

When the big day comes on Saturday, May 7, you’ll start off with a brunch in the gardens of Whitehall, Louisville’s historic southern mansion. But don’t dawdle too long because even with your police escort you’ll need to get to Churchill Downs for the people watching and the horses breaking from the gate for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

After collecting your winnings, head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep because the next day it’s time to head home.

This incredible package including hotel, ground transfers to/from the airport, activities and Churchill Downs, food and beverage at all group events including Churchill Downs are provided by Yum! You’ll have to take care of the wagering and personal hotel incidentals.

But perhaps live auctions aren’t your favorite indoor sport. Thank heaven, Barbara has arranged to have a Sue Gragg ring as the galamorama raffle item with chances going for $25 per or five for $100.

* Travel to and from locations is not included in the package.

JUST IN: Jim Lehrer To Be Guest Speaker For VNA Legends And Leaders Luncheon

Jim Lehrer (File photo)

Jim Lehrer (File photo)

For oldtime locals the name Jim Lehrer brings back thoughts of the early ’70s, when he headed up KERA’s “Newsroom” surrounded by the likes of Billy Porterfield, A.C. Greene, Lee Cullum, John Anders, John Merwin, Jim Atkinson and Bob Ray Sanders. Airing weekday evenings, it was a different type of news program. Instead of a couple of anchors reading prepared scripts, it was more of a discussion-in-the-round of the day’s activities and issues.

After a couple of years, Jim headed up north to Washington D.C., where he eventually joined “Robert MacNeil for PBS’s ‘The MacNeil/Lehrer Report,’ which later evolved into ‘The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.'”

Rena Pederson (File photo)

Rena Pederson (File photo)

But over the years Jim never lost touch with his Dallas connections, which included his early reporting days for The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Times Herald.

That’s why the VNA’s Leaders And Legends Luncheon will be like a homecoming of sorts with Jim chatting on stage with former Dallas Morning News editorial page editor  Rena Pederson on Thursday, April 14, at the Hilton Anatole.

According to VNA President/CEO Katherine Krause, “We’re very proud to welcome Mr. Lehrer back to Dallas for this event. His illustrious career began in Dallas newsrooms, and he is a former member of the VNA Board of Directors, making him a perfect speaker for the Legends & Leaders Luncheon.”

Chairing the event will be Lynn and John Sears, Jacky and Bob Spears and Paula and Charles Wills with Claire Dewar serving as honorary chair.

Proceeds from the annual luncheon will provide funding for the VNA Hospice Care and Meals on Wheels programs. Ticket and sponsorship information is available here.

MySweetWishList: VNA

According to VNA’s President/CEO Katherine Krause,

Katherine Krause*

Katherine Krause*

“What is a memory?

“Sometimes it’s the most important thing we have.

“The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but for many, the emotions run much deeper. Every year at VNA, the oldest and most experienced hospice provider in North Texas, we see families facing their first holiday season without a special loved one — a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend. It’s a tremendous adjustment. The loss of a loved one can turn treasured family traditions upside-down.

“At VNA, we recommend a new family tradition to honor the one you lost. Every year, VNA hosts Light Up a Life trees at locations around North Texas. For a suggested donation of $10, you can honor the memory of your loved one with a paper dove to display on a community tree. The money raised will go to help VNA fulfill its mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care for patients, caregivers and loved ones, no matter their ability to pay. Doves can also be purchased directly through our website at

VNA Hospice Care is there when traditional medical treatments no longer offer the hope of a cure. VNA Hospice Care focuses on living life to its fullest and treating our patients and families with the dignity and respect they deserve. Our highly qualified and experienced doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement coordinators and volunteers work as a team with the patient’s current doctor to provide care that meets the medical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical needs of patients and families. Terminally ill patients often feel like they are losing control — VNA helps give them back the control they need by providing the necessary freedom to age their final days as they wish in a pain-free, loving environment.

“My wish this holiday season would be for people throughout North Texas to make their memories part of their holiday tradition, to donate to VNA by purchasing a Light Up a Life dove to honor those they have lost and help raise the funds VNA needs to provide quality, compassionate end-of-life care for all who need it.”

-By Katherine Krause, VNA president/CEO

* Photo provided by VNA

At The Spirit Of Generation’s Patron Party, Recipient Joel Allison Insisted The Honor Belongs To Others

Despite high cheekbones, perfect posture and an incredible track record, Joel Allison isn’t perfect and on Tuesday, November 10, he continued to fall short. The man can simply not accept a compliment.

Joel Allison

Joel Allison

But on this night he begrudgingly was trying his best to accept the congratulations on being named the recipient of The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Award at the event’s patron party in Barbara Hunt Crow’s marvelous residence. It’s the kind of home that one imagines would be the setting of the perfect Thanksgiving come rain, shine or snow. Barbara laughed and said it was truly lived in thanks to her kids.

Barbara Hunt Crow and Nickey and Debbie Oates

Barbara Hunt Crow and Nickey and Debbie Oates

Baylor grad/Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel sloughed off accolades saying he would be accepting the award on Monday, November 23, at the Hilton Anatole, on behalf of the Baylor Scott & White staffers with wife Diane Allison looking on.

He then told the crowd that underwriting Co-Chair/Old Baylor friends Elaine and David Nelson had told him that they really wished he would retire, so they could stop giving money.

Elaine and David Nelson

Elaine and David Nelson

Then Joel said that the organizers should have given the award to TSS President/CEO Molly Bogen, who will be relinquishing her position after 40 years in January.

Diane Allison, Robin Robinson and Molly Bergen

Diane Allison, Robin Robinson and Molly Bergen

Then TSS Chairman of the Board Gregg Ballew told the group including Luncheon Chair Elizabeth Gambrell, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Emilynn and Claude Wilson, Nancy Carter, Carolyn Miller, Sharon and Mike McCullough and Robin Robinson to enjoy the rest of the evening. While Christie Carter headed to her first Tate Lecture Series, Carolyn Rose Hunt (Barbara’s aunt) was in a sunroom. She pointed to a picture of an adorable youngster with curls and just the hint of a smile. The 92-year-old Carolyn smiled and said it was her brother Herbert Hunt (aka Barbara’s father). She then told how it crushed her mother when her father took young Herbert to the barber to cut off his curls.

Round Robin September 18: Harvest And Center For Vital Longevity Fifth Anniversary Dinner

Scrambling through the 2015 fall season requires juggling event coverage. On Friday, September 18, recruits were put into play to provide coverage of a couple of fundraisers benefiting tummies and gray matter. Here are a couple of reports from the field:


Dallas Farmers Market’s Shed 1 was once again the site for Harvest benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Event chair Blake Stephenson, with husband Tom, were joined by honorary chairs Steve and Anne Stodghill and over 400 guests for the second annual event.

As guests arrived, DJ Lucy Wrubel set the vibe as she departed from her signature music mix, choosing instead country music befitting of the open-air venue decorated with warm fall hues complete with “farm” tables, mini pumpkins and votives.

Many partygoers were delighted to see NTFB’s Jan Pruitt at the event after hearing earlier in the week that she was out of town seeking medical treatment at MD Anderson.

With the Shed’s giant fans keeping the space cool, guests headed immediately to sample the small plates featuring fare from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs and restaurants. Some highlights included Princi Italia Chef Kevin Ascolese’s south Texas wild boar tortellini, The Ritz-Carlton Chef Chris Southwick’s ahi tuna tartar with pickled jicama, sunflower seeds and cilantro chutney, Savor Gastropub Chef John Coleman’s chili braised short ribs with fall squash puree, charred apple and smoke pecan gremolata, Parigi owner and chef Janice Provost’s eggplant parmesan. A couple of chefs brought out their soups with Stocks & Bondy’s owner and chef Joanne Bondy serving burgundy beef broth with perigord truffle tartalli and The Porch’s Chef Adam West offering cucumber-buttermilk soup with pickled local vegetables. Sweets were not forgotten with Haute Sweets Patisserie’s gourmet cookie bar and Remedy’s caramelized coconut ice cream with smoked almonds and dark chocolate.

Those not dining could be found in the silent auction bidding on an array of fashion, sports, dining and beauty packages, as well as opportunities to provide meals for NTFB clients.

Around 8:30, a small stage was moved to the center of the room so Stephenson could welcome attendees and thank them for their support of HARVEST. While the open-air shed made the acoustics a bit challenging, long-time NTFB supporter and board member (and last year’s honorary co-chair) Katherine Perot Reeves then took the stage to extend her thanks to Stephenson and the Stodghills for their part in making the evening possible, as well as recognizing the chefs, sponsors and in-kind donors. She also announced that on North Texas Giving Day, which was held the day before, over 2400 donors had contributed to NTFB making 1.44 million meals possible for the clients the agency serves.

Mike Jones then took the stage to get the live auction going with “fund the need” – asking patrons to provide funds for specific programs and needs such as providing nutritious food for students for an entire year through the Food 4 Kids Program at the $500 level or providing twenty seniors with groceries, fresh produce and pet food for one year for $2,500.  Then it was time to bid on the three live auction packages — a Pinehurst Resort Golf Package; five course dinner for ten with wine pairing at the home of renowned chef Kent Rathbun and a one-of-a-kind basketball fan experience with 18 luxury suite tickets for a Mavs or Stars game as well as the opportunity for four adults and two kids to shoot baskets with former Dallas Mavs point guard Derek Harper.

As guests went back for a final round at the food stations, DJ Lucy then switched gears – keeping the party going on the dance floor for a couple more hours.

Upon leaving, everyone received a burlap NTFB goodie bag with a trio of Pendery’s Spices, Paula Lambert’s “Cheese, Glorious Cheese!” cookbook, an NTFB T-shirt and the current issue of Modern Luxury.

HARVEST guests also included Eric Reeves, Jennie and Stuart Reeves, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Barbara Buzzell, Joyce Goss, Lynn and Allan McBee, Nancy Gopez, Michelle and Bill Lockhart, Kristie Ramirez, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Heather and Malcolm Hicks, Heather Randall, Christina and Allen White and Mary Martha and John Pickens.

Center For Vital Longevity Anniversary Dinner

UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity held a five-year anniversary dinner party at the Highland Hotel that included many party-goers who have supported the Center since its inception in 2010. Just five years ago, CVL opened its doors with a kick-off that included Gov. Rick Perry as well as many Center community supporters and University officials.

Joining in the celebration of the Center’s anniversary and its national stature as a leader in the study of the aging mind was Dr. Reisa Sperling, a world-renowned researcher in Alzheimer’s Disease from Harvard University, who is leading a national study on early intervention for still-healthy individuals at high-risk for Alzheimer’s.

Denise Park, Reisa Sperling and Michael Rugg*

Denise Park, Reisa Sperling and Michael Rugg*

To thank her for her work in leading a broad-based research effort toward earlier diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Dr. Michael Rugg presented Dr. Sperling with CVL’s Award for Distinguished Research in the Science of the Aging Mind.

A cast of supporters turned out, too, to recognize the accomplishments of a Center that has quickly achieved impressive marks for scientific achievements.

Nancy Shutt and Bill Booziotis*

Nancy Shutt and Bill Booziotis*

Norm and Chela Abdallah*

Norm and Chela Abdallah*

Members of the CVL Director’s Research Circle who attended the anniversary dinner included Circle Chair Bill Booziotis with Nancy Shutt, as well as Jannah Hodges, Steve and Linda Ivy, Nancy O’Neil and Dr. John Stilwell, Mary Susan Barnhill and Norm and Chela Abdallah. UT Dallas President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal also made remarks.

To name a few of the Center’s achievements: CVL scientists have published over 126 scientific articles in the past five years and the publications of its faculty have received more than 30,000 citations in scientific literature; CVL’s faculty together have won a total of 15 highly competitive grant awards from the National Institutes of Health; and two of its postdoctoral fellows have each received a generous “Path To Independence” award in a single year, when a total of only eight awards nationally were given by the National Institute on Aging in 2014.

“The Center has achieved rapid international visibility based on a series of fantastic hires of prominent scientists – most of who are in the early stages of their career. Every single faculty member has a research program funded by competitive research grants. The fact that all share the common research goal of discovering how healthy aging minds work and discovering interventions to help maintain cognitive vitality for life adds to the Center’s impact,” said the Center’s Founding Director Dr. Denise Park, who came to Dallas from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

A team of dedicated scientists at the Center, with the help of this federal funding, is using advanced brain imaging technology to uncover how the brain can adapt and remodel its function to resist some of the inevitable neural deterioration that comes with age, which for some includes the devastating changes associated with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s in 2014, with a cost to healthcare of $226 billion. By 2050, 13.5 million are predicted to suffer from the disease as the U.S. population increases and reaches older ages.

In the spirit of giving in-the-moment, after the award was presented to Reisa, Dallasites at the Highland stepped up to potentially lower the number of future cases and defray the public health cost, by reaching into their own pockets for donations to CVL. The chairman of the advisory council, Larry Warder, retired CFO for the U.S. Education Dept., and now the COO of the O’Donnell Foundation, kicked things off with a generous gift from him and his wife, Emily.

* Photos provided by Center for Vital Longevity

Center For Vital Longevity’s 2nd Annual Jean And Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture Focused On The Oldest Old

Thursday, April 30 was slam-bang theater for the nonprofits. With summer nearing, it was pretty obvious that many were trying to squeeze in as much activity as possible before the town was abandoned for vacationing. The Center for Vital Longevity was holding the 2nd Annual Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Claudia Kawas, who spoke on the “Lessons from the Oldest Old: The 90+ Study.” If you watch “60 Minutes,” you might recall seeing her on the show.

Those folks at the Center are pretty sharp cookies. They taped the talk. If you’re interested in the determining factors associated with living to 90 and beyond, then you just might want to turn up the sound and settle back for a view of the video.