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  Upcoming and Recent Events

If you have questions, you may either email or call Jean Outler at (352) 367-8169.
LOCATION:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd. (The closest major intersection is Highway 441 and NW 34th Blvd.)
TIME:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be from 2:30 PM to 4 PM.

April 19, Thursday, Strategies for Stroke Prevention: According to the American Stroke Association, the risk of stroke increases ten percent with each decade after age 55.  This puts Seniors at especially high risk for 'brain attacks' and subsequent physical and cognitive (mental) disabilities.  Michelle Musalo, the Director of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Training for physicians at Shands UF Health Rehabilitation Center, and a specialist in Neurologic Clinical Care, will help us learn more about decreasing our stroke risk.  Some risk factors such as age, family history, and gender (higher rates in post-menopausal women) cannot be changed.  However, MANY lifestyle and medical factors can be reduced if we are aware and take actions beforehand.

April 26, Thursday, All About Food Safety: Come meet the new Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Alachua County!  Martha Maddox, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent IV, served twenty years in Sumter County before accepting the position here.  This program will cover important information on how to maintain food quality with proper storage.  She will include expected storage life of various foods and when it's appropriate to save or toss.  The newest food nutrition label changes will also be explained.

May 3, Thursday, Introduction to the Springs and Aquifer System in Florida: Emily Taylor, Florida Springs Institute Environmental Scientist, has worked at the Florida Springs Institute for over four years, beginning as an intern then as an environmental scientist after graduating from the University of Florida in 2016.  She plans and runs field trips for data collection used for monitoring springs, manages the science intern program and runs SPRINGSWATCH, a volunteer citizen science program.

May 10, Thursday, Library District Resources - Some Old, Some New: Joyce West, Public Services Administrator in charge of the branches in the Alachua County Library District, will share information about the many materials and services available in the Library's locations and online.  In addition to the traditional books and reference assistance, there are CDs, DVDs, and magazines to check out.  Libraries also offer a variety of programs and are adding MAKERspaces.  Library cardholders can search many Internet information resources not accessible to the public.  Audiobooks, eBooks, and music can be downloaded to a variety of devices.  Learn how your tax dollars are at work for you.

May 17, Thursday, Rehabilitation for Stroke Survivors: Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability, affecting approximately 795,000 people each year in the US.  Early rehabilitation can improve functions and sometimes promote remarkable recovery for someone who suffered a stroke.  Jennifer Amsinger is a physical therapist at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital and is board-certified neurologic clinical specialist.  Her presentation will provide an overview of impairments following stroke and the rehabilitation provided for stroke survivors to assist in their recovery.

May 24, Thursday, Pot Luck Picnic: Our annual end-of-year PTI picnic will be at San Felasco Park, 6400 NW 43rd Place (just north of Channel 20) at 11:30.  PTI will provide burgers and hot dogs. Sign up to bring a side dish, dessert, condiments, or other supplies at a PTI meeting or by calling Jean Outler at (248) 480-5672.  Pick up a flyer with details and a map at a meeting, or click here to open a file you can download or print.

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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