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.
April 5, Thursday, Eye of the Eagle Field Trip: Since 2008, Dawn Miller, DVM, has worked with the US Department of Agriculture and the Florida Wildlife Commission to house and treat confiscated wildlife. After rehabilitation is complete, the animals are released back into their natural habitats if that is possible to do safely. The sanctuary has lions, tigers, tropical birds, owls, leopards, tortoises, and panthers, among others. No admission charge, but donations are much appreciated to fund animal care. Sign up required by Thurs., March 29th, at a PTI meeting or by calling Susan Williams at 376-4353. Flyer with more details and directions available at PTI meetings or at this link, transportation on your own, tour begins at 1 PM - 15114 NW 32nd Ave., Newberry, FL.
April 12, Thursday, Therapeutic Horticulture at Wilmot Gardens: The Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens on the UF Campus is dedicated to therapeutic horticulture programming for groups with special needs. The program is based on the belief that an active connection with plants and nature can be a restorative experience and have a profound effect on quality of life. Within a greenhouse and garden environment, the program seeks to decrease stress, boost self-esteem, and provide community, creativity, and optimism. Program participation is also extended to caregivers in many groups. Leah Diehl, Program Director, is our speaker.
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.