PrimeTime Institute /  ElderCare of Alachua County
  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.

November 16, Thursday, Cardiovascular Function and Aging: Speaker Dr. Richard Mankowski is a faculty member (Assistant Professor) in UF's Department of Aging and Geriatric Research.  His focus is on studying cardiovascular function in normal aging and disease (e.g. inflammatory diseases like sepsis).  He will discuss his work in designing interventions (e.g. natural supplements) to improve cardiovascular function and potentially reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

November Nov. 30, Thursday, Tooth Wisdom: The Tooth Wisdom Project of the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center is designed to empower participants with knowledge and confidence to take care of their oral health.  Dr. Olga Luaces, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the UF College of Dentistry, will cover the basics of daily care and take a "symptoms first" approach to help elders understand what to do if and when they experience certain health problems.  She will explain why oral health is important, including the many reasons to take good care of our mouths, the value of tooth brushing, how to make brushing easier, and more.

December 7, Thursday, Mental Health Response Training: For the last decade, GPD and other area law enforcement agencies have been working with numerous community mental health providers to provide training and resource information to police officers regarding mental illness.  The program is called Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and is a nationally recognized law enforcement program.  The goal is to reduce incidents of police use of force and incarceration that may result from mental illness or a mental health issue.  Lt. Whitney Stout of the Gainesville Police Department and Laura Nesbit from the Alachua County Crisis Center will describe how CIT is being implemented in our community.

December 14, Thursday, Why Zoos Matter: Join the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo's Conservation Education Specialist, Jade Salamone, in a discussion on the role of zoos in the conservation of wild animals and wild places.  Learn how zoos impact local and international communities and how YOU can make a difference in saving animals.

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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