A New Foundation Atop the Old

July 23, 2015

Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast, wrote a book called Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a fictional memoir of his early life and spiritual growth. It turns out, the main catalyst of his spiritual journey was an attendant at an all-night gas station, appropriately called Socrates for the wisdom he provided. Dan quotes Socrates as saying, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Words to live by, folks.

At MPTF, we’re busy building the new atop a strong foundation of the old. With UCLA Health firmly in charge of providing the best primary healthcare for our entertainment community, MPTF is refocusing on the social services that impact well-being outside of the health centers. After all, health happens at home, where you’re responsible for getting your prescriptions filled and taking them as indicated, where you’re responsible for keeping a safe environment, where you’re responsible for good nutrition and sensible eating habits, where you’re responsible for keeping active and heart-healthy, and where you’re responsible for maintaining an active mind.

That’s where MPTF wants to meet you – at times literally at your home but also in your community, the home of homes. We have a team of 17 community social workers there to support you, educate you, guide you, keep you active and engaged, keep you focused on your purpose.

We can offer you Home Safety assessments and the resulting modifications; we can offer you evidence-based courses in chronic disease management, memory training, and caregiving; we can offer you a Retiree Club where you can socialize with other industry vets; volunteer support and volunteer opportunities; financial assistance to get back on your feet or take care of urgent matters; we can help you with professional advice on taking care of your aging parents; we can guide you through the labyrinth of VA benefits; we can hold your hand with palliative care in the event of a serious diagnosis. In other words, we’re interested in promoting your well-being outside of the doctor’s office.

Yes, we’re channeling our energy on creating “new,” but with the mission of old in mind.  A revised mission statement:- We support our entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need – highlights our affinity in the business of entertainment and the moral imperative to take care of each other. It also puts a spotlight on purpose. More on this in my next blog.

About Bob Beitcher

Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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