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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.

January 18, Thursday, Physical Therapy Benefits for Seniors: As we age, muscle strength, endurance, and function can decline. Learn from Dr Scott Eddins and Dr Jason Candler, Physical Therapists from Kinetix, about treatments to reduce and manage chronic pain in elders and how those treatments promote greater functionality, permitting a healthier, fuller, and more active lifestyle.

January 25, Thursday, Home Care Options: Anthony Clarizio, Executive Director of ElderCare (PTI's parent organization) and Shands HomeCare, will help us understand more about services available to people needing skilled care at home rather than in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility.  Find out what the possibilities are before there's a need in your family or among your friends.

February 1, Thursday, Run, Hide, Fight: Created by the City of Houston, TX, and the Department of Homeland Security, this Active Shooter program now serves as the national protocol on what to do when an armed perpetrator enters a public or private business with the intent to kill.  Gainesville PD Officer Justin Torres, the District 1 (West Gainesville) Crime Prevention Officer, is our speaker.  He is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of programs that focus on reducing criminal activity in the district.

February 8, Thursday, Road Scholar Travel Adventures: Two PTI members, Jean Outler and Cynthia Karle, will tell us about this interesting non-profit organization (formerly known as ElderHostel) that provides educational travel tours, primarily geared for the older adult.  Each has attended a variety of programs with Road Scholar and will tell us about a few adventures, including how they arranged their trips and what they've enjoyed about their experiences.

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.

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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