February 15, Thursday, Modifying Your Home for Safety & Participation: Linda R. Struckmeyer, PhD, OTR/L, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, will provide information for persons with dementia and their caregivers (or other seniors with limitations) about home adaptations that help provide a safe and comfortable place to live. She'll describe dealing with safety hazards, the use of visual cues to facilitate participation in daily life, the effect of clutter on safety and participation, and setting up comfort zones to reduce stress.
February 22, Thursday, American Cancer Society Services and Opportunities: Most of us know someone who has experienced cancer or have experienced it ourselves. Patsy Garcia, ACS Mission Delivery Program Manager, will discuss various programs offered by the American Cancer Society. These services help patients deal with treatment and recovery, including dealing with side effects, emotions, lodging, and transportation. A volunteer will also speak about his experience with the Road to Recovery program.
March 1, Thursday, Tax Aide Tax Tips: Regina Skelly, a twenty-year Volunteer with ARRP Tax-Aide, will discuss volunteer tax program services, tax issues for the current filing season, and a look ahead to some of the tax law changes for next year. Topics will include filing status rules, deductions, tax rates, estimating taxes, resources and more.
March 8, Thursday, Independent Travel 101: Whether you are new to independent travel and want to learn how to get started, or a seasoned traveler who wants to hear how independent travelers create and manage trips on their own, come hear how someone who has traveled as an adult to over thity countries on four continents does it. We will cover the steps of trip planning and execution, go over research and booking websites, talk about useful apps to use while traveling, and get some essential packing tips. Presented by Jean Zeeb, founder of the Senior Center travel group and inveterate world traveler.
March 15, Thursday, Share your Story…, or listen to those of others: No speaker for this date, just a group of seniors sharing their experiences with the group. The topic: A Special and/or Amusing Experience in My Life. Just talk, with everyone sitting in a circle; no projector used. So, if you want to share your upbeat/positive experience with the group, you will have no less than five minutes and no more than ten minutes allocated to you, depending on how many people want to participate. If you prefer just to listen, you're definitely welcome. If we have too many volunteers show up to talk, we will draw a number for who goes first, etc. Participation is voluntary.
March 22, Thursday, Improving Physical Function in Older Adults: Dr. Anoop Balachandran, Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, MS in Exercise Physiology and in Applied Physiology, is a Postdoctoral Associate in UF's Institute on Aging. He and his co-presenter, Dr. Manini, are both NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS), specializing in personal training of senior citizens to improve and maintain physical functioning. Their main area of research involves improving body composition and physical function in older adults.
March March 29, Thursday, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Come learn from Shelley Samec, Waste Alternatives Specialist with the Department of Solid Waste & Resource Recovery, about the latest information on recycling here in Alachua County. This educational and entertaining program includes tips to optimize your personal recycling. Important information will also include how to reduce waste and reuse as much as possible to help minimize what goes into our local landfills.