"Lunch & Learn" to be rescheduled / February Valentines Luncheon

UTHRO will launch a new initiative a series of "Lunch and Learn” events.         


The canceled January "Lunch and Learn" to be rescheduled, 

As those of you who had RSVP'd for the January 16th "Lunch and Learn" regarding medical legal issues

know we had to cancel the event due to the ice and snow that virtually closed down the city.  We are planning

to reschedule this event as quickly as possible as there was a great deal of interest. 

Stay tuned for the reschedule date that will be communicated soon.  The following is further information about this event:         

UTHRO has invited legal expert Rebecca Lunstroth who will help us navigate the myriad of

forms and legal papers and issues we should get informed about and consider.

      Rebecca Lunstroth, JD MA is the Assistant Director of the McGovern Center where she runs the day

- to-day affairs of the Center.  She frequently lectures on the United States health care system, justice,

 and the legal and ethical issues in health care.  Rebecca is going to address advanced care plannig

 (ACP), the history of ACP, what ACP tools are available and their benefits and limitation.

      Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become

 unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your

care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved


     Since January 1, 2016, Advance Care Planning is paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems. Successful ACP programs not only ensure that

doctors, patients, and families talk about future care, but also that the content of those conversations is

documented and travels with the patient.

     Each state has its own Living Will form and in Texas a Medical Power of Attorney. A living will allow a

patient to document their end of life preferences when he/she is no longer able to express his/her wishes,

while the Medical Power of Attorney document his/her choice of a surrogate decision maker. A third form   

recommended is the Out - of - Hospital DNR which advise emergency personnel of your wishes.

     There is another incentive to attend this event - a light, healthy lunch, snacks and beverages as

part of the program.     

     Of course, we would never say no to those who want to bring desserts to liven things up.  To ensure  

we have plenty of food and drinks, please RSVP to Sherri Orioli at 281-726-1674.

Valentines Day Luncheon

Please plan to join us for a very special Valentines Day Luncheon planned on February 14th at 

Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, 2019 Post Oak Blvd.  Houston, Tx.  77056.  Appetizers and a 3 course meal will be served.  The cost is $25.00 per

person.  RSVP is required by Thursday, February 8th  RSVP to Sherri Orioli 281-726-1674 and send check to Jean Long, 12410 W. Little York #315,

Houston TX, 77041 no later than February 8th.

A Special Invitation from our President

Dear UTHRO Members,

I have spoken with many of you about an opportunity for us to travel together as a group.  I am very pleased to offer you, your family and friends that opportunity with a European River Cruise – the Danube Waltz 2018.  We will depart from Houston on November 30, 2018 for Budapest, Hungry and board the ms River Voyager.  This is an 8 day cruise with a return date of December 8, 2018.  Our ports of calls will be Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Passau, and Regensburg. You also have the opportunity to add a 3 day pre-trip visit in Budapest, Hungary and a 3 day post-trip visit Prague, Czech Republic. I have attached three flyers that explain the details and give you a full itinerary. 

I have locked in group rate cabins from as low as $2,199 per person. This price is about half of the normal price per person.  You may also book your airfare through the travel company, Vantage Travel.  Round-trip airfare from Houston is valued at $1,449 per person.  However, Vantage Travel is offering our group round trip airfare for $799.  This is a savings of $650.  Also if you book your trip and pay in full 12 months prior by E-Check, you will save up to 10%. 

It is important that you make your plans now and book early to insure that you reserve your space on the trip. I have already booked mine!   Although this trip more than a year away it is important that you book now because the cruise ship only holds 178 passengers, and this trip is one their most popular cruises.  Our Vantage group manager has informed me that many people are already booking this trip.    I would encourage you to make your plans and book your trip within the next 30 days.   Our reservation Group Number is G705400.  In order to receive these discounts, you must use the Group Number.  If you are traveling alone and would like a roommate.  Please let me know.  I can try and help you find a roommate.  You are most welcome to invite family and friends to join you on this cruise.

 If you have any questions or just want more information, please call me at 281-933-3634 or email me at kelly0127@gmail.com.  I would enjoy talking with you about this exciting adventure. 

To book your trip, you can call Vantage Travel at 1-800-322-6677 and give them our Group Number G705400.  A $500 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Looking forward to traveling with you!;;

Barbara Kelly  President, UTHRO

Further detailed information can be found by clicking on the following documents:  Danube Waltz Info; Danube Waltz FlyerPricing Danube Walt

UTHRO's Endowment Fund

The UTHRO Endowment for Healthy Aging has been established to benefit UTHealth’s patient care, education and research for the aging population and their caregivers.  

The UTHRO Endowment for Healthy Aging to date:

$36,595 have been given for our permanent endowment to benefit UTHealth’s patient care, education and research for the aging population and their caregivers.  We have reached our minimum goal; however, we look forward to significantly increasing this endowment.  Please remember, any amount is welcome from members and friends of UTHRO.  Contributions can include memorial gifts, honor gifts and more.  Please send your gift to:

c/o Mr. Michael Musters

UTHealth, Office of Development

P.O. Box 1321

Houston, TX  77251-1321

To insure your intention is met, please write “for UTHRO Endowment” on the memo line of your check.

UTHRO members, please plan to hear regularly from your Endowment Committee to celebrate our successes as we more fully fund our permanent endowment.  Through this legacy, we are “Seniors Helping Seniors”.  (Rick Bebermeyer, Endowment Committee Chair 713-966-943 

Our Founders to date (1-4-17) are:

Peggy Amante;Anonymous;Ann C. Baker; Richard Bebermeyer & Randolph Tibbits; Phyllis Bouldin; Max & Donna Buja; Rita Cammarata & Dorothy Maggio; Lily & Philip Chang; Charlotte Childress (In Memory of Lucille Childress); Henny & Yoka van Dijk; Mary Fabrizio; Herb & Judy Fred; Ina & Aaron Fried (in Memory of Helen Murphy); Les & Tricia Fullerton; Bonnie Geppert; Linda Gilbert; Sarah Granbery; Daun Gray; Janet E. Hammill; Mr. & Mrs. Berel Held; Ken Jones; Ted Jones (in Memory of Helen Murphy); Barbara Kelly (in Memory of Angie Scoggin); Frances Poole Knight (Honorary Founder); Julie Knobil; Sarah Kor; Bailey Lee; Inga-Lill Leon; Janice Levine; Patsy Lington; Jean Long (in Memory of Marvin Long); Tena Lummus; Karen Lund & Jack DeMoss; Joan Lynch; Mary McBroom; Shirley Mize; Minerva Montano; Paula O'Neill-Weedon & Waland Weedon; Peggy O’Neill (in Memory of Hally Poindexter); Sherri Orioli; Jean Osterman; Merrill & Linda Overturf; Susan & John Powers; Joyce Randolf (in Honor/Memory of Sharon Ostwald/Melvin Ostwald); John & Anne Ribble; Richard & Olive Riker; Barry & Gillian Rittman; Richard & Yvonne Ruiz; Glenn Schreyer; Angie Scoggin (Honorary Founder); Randolph Scott; Gabriel Shahwan; Barbara & Sam Skjonsby (in Memory of Max Hutchins); Malcolm & Lois Skolnick; Cheves & Polly Smythe; Sema Spigner; John & Elena Spudich; Anna Steinberger; Gladys Thomas;Mary Trolinger (in Memory of John Trolinger);Stephen & Lauren Tucker; UT Houston Retiree Organization; Steve & Linda Utterback; John & Deborah Valenza (in Memory of Elizabeth Valenza);Margaret Walker; Marcia & Ronald Waldbillig; Bob White; Dora Woodson; Brian Yeoman; Rita Zachariasen; Margaret Zambrano

Please send any corrections to Richard.D.Bebermeyer@gmail.com

 Click here to access the UTHRO Endowment Gift and Pledge Agreement form.

For information about the UTHealth Consortium on Aging, promoting healthy and meaningful aging, go to:  www.uth.edu/aging.

For information about the UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging, a primary and specialty care geriatrics clinic, go to: https://med.uth.edu/internalmedicine/geriatric-palliative-medicine/patient-care/center-for-healthy-aging/.

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