Living Well Committee News

Pam Gutierrez and associate (photo by Marcia Elving)

Wes Upton (photo by Claudia J. Caporale)

Claudia J. Caporale

Spring officially arrived on March 20, with clocks springing ahead on March 11. I’m already smiling at the blossoming trees and shrubs, blessed by the extra rain we’ve had. Now it’s time to plant (if you haven’t already), spend more time outdoors, and enjoy the birds and greenery that abounds at Robson Ranch—let’s get out and play!

In spite of the cold mornings, rain, and storms on most Fridays, our dedicated vendors have maintained their stations, bundled up in parkas and raincoats, never complaining, ready to meet and serve you. Let’s rally around them as “spring” and warmer mornings roll in. They offer a multitude of good, fresh products right here in our own backyard. And if you haven’t met our new vendors, please go out and view their offerings. All of our vendors and their offerings are listed on our fabulous website,, and all or most of them will take your order and deliver or have it ready for pick-up on the following Friday.

The storm and heavy winds on March 2 kept many residents away from the valuable presentation on Depression and Mental Health issues, presented by Pam Gutierrez, executive director of the Denton MHMR Center. The good news is that our website guru Marcia videoed the presentation, so you can find it on our website,, in the video section. Residents who attended said the information was invaluable. Luckily, everyone had the opportunity to attend the Robson Ranch annual Health Fair on March 25, with over 100 healthcare providers and professionals available to answer any and all of your questions. I hope you took advantage of that incredible event.

It was so great to chat with old and new residents at our annual Robson Ranch Open House on March 11. We appreciated your feedback, suggestions, and thanks, for all the events we offer. The annual Open House is always a wonderful opportunity to learn about all clubs, organizations, and sport events offered and to meet some of the many residents already involved.

We had a wonderful turnout on March 16. Wes Upton, MS, LPC, counselor and current resident, spoke on “Healthy Mental Awareness, Generativity vs. Stagnation.” If you missed his encouraging presentation, you’ll find it on our website,, in the video section. Although most of us are retired, it’s important to find a healthy balance between club involvement and time for oneself. Productivity is important, especially when we give back—as we do—to so many organizations.

Many residents requested the return of Dr. David Shau, orthopedic surgeon, so he returned on April 4 to speak on Joint Health Care. On Thursday, April 20, at 1 p.m., Doni Green, director of aging programs at North Texas Council of Governments, will present “Senior Care.” This is a broad subject for all of us, so bring your questions and concerns for resolutions.

On Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m., Vicky Whitington of Heaven at Home Senior Care will present “Home Care for Seniors.” I think that’s most of us! It’s also a question we ask ourselves: “What do we do when we can’t?” Let’s find out.

On Thursday, May 18, at 1 p.m., Dr. Anthony Rios of Vascular Health & Wellness will present “Vascular Health & Wellness” information and how that affects our bodies.

Presenters will be taking a break during the summer months. Start thinking about joining the Robson Ranch annual Olympics in September. Registration will begin in August. Check our website,, for the exact day and times. Hundreds of our residents get involved and have fun. Don’t be left out! You’ll be hearing more about it in the coming months. Stay tuned!