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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.

October 18, Thursday, Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery: A Rehab Therapist's Perspective:  Meghan Hollen is a speech-language pathologist at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital and clinical guest lecturer for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She will describe her services for patients that have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, and spinal cord injuries, including evaluation and management of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and aphasia (loss of ability to understand or express speech).

October 25, Thursday, Field Trip to the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo:  The Santa Fe College Zoo is one of only two teaching zoos in the U.S. Our tour guide will be a student in the college's Zoo Animal Technology Program.  Tour of the shaded 10-acre property begins at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one-hour.  This student-maintained zoo is home to over 75 different species and includes a new walk-through aviary.  Arrive by 10:15 a.m., cost $5 cash. Sign-up required at a PTI program by October 18 where more details are provided.  You may bring a bag lunch and join us at the picnic tables after the tour.

November 1, Thursday, Are We Ready for Disaster? Florida's History of Hurricanes, Public Policy, and Public Preparedness:  Craig Fugate started his career in Emergency Management right here in Alachua County.  He went on to become Florida Governor Jeb Bush's Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009, serving with great distinction through the 2004-05 string of major hurricanes that impacted Florida.  He then served as President Barack Obama's FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017, leading FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years, and oversaw the Federal Government's response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding.  Fugate refocused priorities for FEMA and drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors.  He has now returned to the area and will share some of what he has learned with us.

November 8, Thursday, Independent Travel 102:  Have you always wanted to travel independently but you're not sure how to get started?  Jean Zeeb (founder of the Senior Center travel group and presenter of the 101 session for PTI last spring) will share more of her tips for independent and semi-independent travel.  This time, she will include resources for pre-trip planning, useful apps to use while traveling, and tips for packing light and mobile.  Even if you are going on an organized tour, you can learn ways to maximize your free time according to your personal tastes.  Jean is about to embark on a three-month tour of Southeast Asia that she planned herself.  Share your own travel resources in the discussion that follows.

November 15, Thursday, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring:  Do you ever wonder if your snoring is a sign of something more dangerous?  Do you never seem to get enough rest, despite sleeping 7-8 hours every night?  Sleep apnea, a very common - and undertreated - condition affects millions of people every year.  It can impair your sleep and your overall health, as well as increase risk of cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.  Dr. Jeff Phillips, sleep specialist, will discuss snoring and sleep apnea, and ways to diagnosis and treat this condition

November 22, Thursday, Thanksgiving:  Enjoy your holiday!

November 29, Thursday, Less Stress During the Holidays:  The holidays should be a time of great joy, but sometimes it is hard to enjoy them when we are experiencing a lot of stress!  Dr. Heidi Radunovich, a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida, will provide information on stress and how to manage it, as well as several of the stress-related issues that come up during the holidays and strategies for managing and avoiding holiday stressors.

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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