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While the Senior Recreation Center is closed due to the COVID-10 pandemic, all our programs will be presented through online webinars.  To participate, you can log in on your Internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone as the program gets underway.  Advance registration is required.  Please send an email request to with your name and email address.  You will receive a confirmation message and a link to click on so you can join in at the appropriate time.  No camera or microphone is needed to see and hear the presentation.

We appreciate the speakers who provide free programs for our seniors; however, please understand that PTI does not endorse any company, product, or service.

If you have questions, you may either email or call Jean Outler at (248) 480-5672.

DAY and TIME:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be Thursday afternoons from 2:30 PM to 4 PM.

April 29th, Who Will Speak for You?:  April is National Healthcare Decisions Month.  Learn more about the importance of advanced care planning from an interdisciplinary panel of experts featuring: Dr. Sherri Kittelson; Cathy Silloway, LCSW; Marylin Bloom, Certified ACP Facilitator Trainer; William Allen, Bioethicist; Billie Adkins, Nurse; and Kathleen Geary, Life Quest.  This team will assist you in considering what you want to happen if you become unable to make your own medical decisions.

May 6th, A Roadmap for Solo Agers:  Millions of solo agers find themselves facing the challenges that come with aging alone.  Whether they have become single, chose to be single, never had children, or have children they cannot depend on, the challenges are real and can be daunting.  This presentation by Star Bradbury, a senior living strategist, will focus on what attendees can do now to be prepared as a solo ager and how to build a flexible plan that will help you age successfully.

May 13th, Mental Health Awareness Month - How to Help Yourself and Others in Times of Crisis:  In this presentation, Laura Holley, Prevention Director for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, will go over the signs and symptoms to look for in ourselves and others that may indicate the presence of a mental health crisis.  We will talk about anxiety, depression, and the increased risk of suicide in older adults.  You should leave this session with an increased knowledge of how to help someone you suspect could be at risk (How do I know?  What do I say?) and of all the different ways to get help if and when needed.

May 20th, Step Up to Stop Falls:  Our presenter, Jodie Lindsey, EMT-P, CCP, is a Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for UF Health.  She will be discussing fall prevention in the home and what to look for as far as risk is involved.  Information will be provided regarding resources available to help improve strength, balance, and self-confidence when it comes to fall prevention.  You can register directly with UF Health for this webinar at:   Any requests received at primetime.inst@gmail,com will be forwarded.

May 27th, Summer Vacation Ideas Close to Home - Be a Tourist in Your Hometown:  Jessica Hurov, Tourism Program Manager for Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, will provide many suggestions for things to see and do while staying in our own local area.  This will include ways to keep cool this summer, as well as fall activities to plan ahead for.  She'll introduce us to the "What's Good Event Guide," an online compilation of activities within a fifty mile radius of Gainesville, Lake City, and Ocala that you can receive weekly in email or on Facebook.

REMEMBER that you must register for the webinars you want to participate in.  Send your name, email address, and the date or title for each to . *Please check in August for future programs.

Recent Events

Strolling to the River Sink

Outing to O'Leno State Park
Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River, the park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, and sandhills.  As the river courses through the park, it disappears underground and reemerges over three miles away in the River Rise State Preserve.  One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.  The suspension bridge built by the CCC still spans the river.  During our visit, park staff gave a fascinating presentation on the exploration of the underground portion of the Santa Fe.
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