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September 2011 • Vol. 4, Issue 5 • A monthly publication of the Bryan-College Station Eagle

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CONTENTS Chef Diane: Bruschetta Chicken


Financial Literacy: ‘Money Pit’ Divorce


Local News: Recognizing Senior Volunteers


Bradway: Whiplash


Cover: Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Show




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Study addresses question: can Alzheimer’s be prevented? Are you one of the 50Plus Magazine readers who live li in dread of getting Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and of subjecting your loved ones to the distress of caring for you as you deteriorate? Most likely you sweep such dark dar thoughts under your mental rug. It is just too dreadful to think about. There is no cure, and no treatment on the horizon does anything other than reduce symptoms for a few months. But, think about this: many people have ha the Alzheimer’s brain plaques and tangles (which can be seen on brain scans) but never develop symptoms bef e they die of something befor else. How do we explain that? Suppose there are things you could do to prevent the mental function decline? There is evidence that a “cognitive gniti reserve” can gnitive prevent development of clinical signs, even in people who have ha enough plaques

and tangles that they should be conspicuously impaired. The explanation is that mentally active acti people accumulate a large array of templates or automated ways of mental function that resist the rava ra ges of age. This explains, according to neurology professor Elkhonon Goldberg in his book, The Wisdom Paradox, how certain Dr. BiLL KLeMM 20th century the memory meDiC leaders maintained their personal power despite brain disease: Reagan (Alzheimer’s), Hitler (Parkinson’s ar arkinson’s , amnesia), Mao (ALS), Stalin and Lenin (brain infar inf cts), and Churchill and Thatcher (multiple strokes). What can develop this cognitive gniti reserve? Here are gnitive some known factors:

Education. One survey showed that a college education apparently helps. Support for this conclusion comes from a study by D. A. Bennett and colleagues at Rush Medical Center whose autopsy of 130 elderly elder nuns, brothers and priests revealed that the more highly-educated participants in the study did not develop AD until they had about five fi times as many plaques and tangles as the less educated participants. Nuns and brothers make a great study coherent because they all ha a similar lifestyle. have A longitudinal study of near 678 nuns by David nearly Da Snowden and colleagues disclosed the stunning result that mental skills at a younger age were an even better predictor than education level of whether

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Do something new with chicken tonight This month’s recipe is inspired by the Italian antipasti dish bruschetta. Originally bruschetta consisted of roasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oli oil. Variations have ha appeared using dif ent toppings but the most differ popular outside of Italy invo in lves basil and fresh tomato. In this recipe, chicken replaces the bread and makes a delicious weeknight dish that is special enough for company. On a side Diane Lestina note, the “ch” in Cook it Simple Italian is always www.ChefDiane.Com pronounced with a hard “k” sound and not the “sh” sound.

Bruschetta Chicken ick icken • 2 6-ounce skinless boneless chicken breasts • 2 tablespoons flour • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese • 3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs

Appetizer meets main course in this dish by Chef Diane.The chicken chick is prepared in the style of bruschetta, a popular roasted bread treat. • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 6 ounces fresh tomatoes, chopped (I like to use the Campari brand) • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1 1/2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in long, thin strips Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and grease a baking dish that is large enough to hold the chicken. Trim chicken breast of fat and remove the tenderloin tender if still

attached. Place each piece of chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty hea plastic wrap and pound chicken to even thickness. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in shallow dish. Place flour and beaten egg in 2 more separate shallow dishes. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge each chicken piece (and each tenderloin tender if using) in flour. Dip in egg and then in breadcrumb mixture. Place in baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is just done. Meanwhile combine tomatoes, garlic, olive oli oil, salt, pepper, pper and mozzarella in a pper, bowl. Remove chicken from oven and spoon tomato mixture on top. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degress and bake for 5 additional minutes until topping is heated and chicken is cooked. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil. Serves 2 – can be easily doubled.

Diane Lestina, a certified personal chef, holds cooking in classes and cooks ing for residents nt in the Brya nts Br n-College St ion area. To learn more, Stat re visit re, www hefd www.c he

clients is this: the couple must start over in litigation with a differ dif ent attorney than the one who handled the collaborative ti law effo tive ef rt. The reason behind the rule is a valid one. One of the keys to success in the collaborative ti process is honesty. tive That is not necessarily the situation with litigation. In the collaborative ti tive setting, your spouse’s attorney may learn something from you that could be used against you in the courtroom. The rules of collaborative ti law tive prevent that vulnerability and risk by disallowing attorneys to switch to their litigation hat after being in the collaborative ti process with you. tive In a recent interview with Ms. Wood, she asks her peers, “This is a growing and lucrative ti practice that tive is cost effecti effective fective and good for your client and your client’s children. If you learn to do this well, it is much less stressful on you personally. Plus it will be part of the family law specialization exam next year. Why would you not want to do this?” Why indeed? The collaborative ti tive process offers of benefits over the litigation/mediation method that last into the future. Divo Di rce is really hard on children. However, er if the parents er, opt for it, in the collaborative ti process tive they can learn how to co-parent

with minimal conflict and create a redesigned family that fosters good relationships among parents and children. They can also move forward with a cost effecti effective fective resource for helping them resolve those inevitable future parenting conflicts ranging from public school versus priva pri te school, medical decisions such as testing for ADHD and what kind of car to get the child down to piercings, tattoos, after school activities acti and cell phone rules. This resource is called a Parent Coordinator. He or she helps parents find middle ground and consensus instead of going back to court. Ms. Wood describes going back to court to resolve parenting disputes: “It often costs $7,000 per family unit to have ha your day in court. Or you can spend a few hours with the parent coordinator to get to the underly under ing emotional issue at $150 per hour.” Another aspect of collaborative ti tive di rce that reduces expenses is divo the transparency. In litigation and mediation, you have ha gone through “discovery” first. That is where each side is asked to answer questions and send over documents in an effo ef rt “just

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Senior Circle is out to expand your horizons with an exciting calendar of events scheduled around town and around the world. If you’re 50 or better, want to meet new people, learn more about your health, travel and just have fun, then Senior Circle is for you. Dues are just $15 a year. To join or for more information, call Mandy Williams at 979-764-5107 or visit Become part of the Circle. Waterways of Holland and Belgium: Tulips, Windmills & Canals March 26 – April 8, 2012 Join Senior Circle on this European river cruise and explore the majestic waterways of Holland and Belgium. Meet new friends and make memories on this exciting 14-day adventure. Northwest National Parks • July 13 – 26, 2012 Escape the blistering heat of Texas with Senior Circle as we explore magnificent Northwest National Parks such as Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and many more. This 14-day adventure takes tak us through Seattle, Montana, British Columbia and other destinations, with special visits including the Lonesome Dove Ranch and Dr. Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. Classic Christmas Markets • November 28 – December 6, 2012 Treat yourself for Christmas and join Senior Circle as we explore the classic Christmas markets in Munich, Innsbruck, Wurzburg, Nuremberg and Strasbourg. This nine-day adventure takes us to historic towns in Central Europe where we will have time to shop for handicrafts and experience delights such as a private choir performance in an 850-year-old church. Call Senior Circle for more details.

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of my work is in collaborative ti law tive di rces. All of my current cases are divo in Houston, where many attorneys ha embraced this alternative have ti way to tive di rce. I am a board member of the divo Collaborative ti Law Institute of Texas. tive I have ha experience in both traditional di rce methods divo and collaborative ti tive di rce. divo Based on my experience with clients in four communities in the lower tracY stewar ewart ewar art half of Texas, finanCial literaCy iter collaborative ti cases tive are less expensive, expensi resolve quicker, retain priva pri cy, cy create customized resolutions and foster better relationships with ex-spouses and children. But it is not perfect. You have ha to be honest. You have ha to be capable of making and sticking with decisions. If you are part of the 4 percent of worldwide couples who cannot agree on a collaborative ti tive di rce settlement, you would have divo ha to either reconcile or start over in litigation with differ dif ent attorneys. The most frequent reason divo di rce attorneys give gi for not offering of the collaborative ti law option to their tive

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Someone you know has worked diligently to try to save sa their marriage, but now the divo di rce is inevitable. They are dreading nasty tricks, money gauging and children stuck in the middle. Fortunately, that is not necessarily inevitable. If two spouses can get to a settlement agreement very quickly, they can avoid court and get through a litigated divo di rce with a few settlement meetings. Unfor Unf tunately, one person’s idea of a fair settlement is often not the same as their spouse’s definition. There is the problem. The good news is that there is an alternative ti to your traditional tive litigated divo di rce and mediation. It is this thing called collaborative ti law tive di rce. There is a real opportunity divo for Brazos Valley divo di rce attorneys who are skilled in collaborative ti law. tive “It can be a money pit to do a litigated divo di rce, which may seem una idable in this community,” unavo community says Wendy Wood, local family law attorney. “I would really like some local family law litigators to get into this. There are some really sharp, fine, knowledgeable attorneys in town who could do very well for their clients and their practices by doing collaborative ti law divo tive di rces.” In total disclosure here, most


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Senior volunteers to be recognized Every day across the Brazos Valley, lley lley, RSVP volunteers are serving to make a differ dif ence. You will find them providing respite to caregivers, distributing food to the hungry, ry raising ry, funds to care for terminally ill patients, delive deli ring meals to the homebound, being a mentor and tutor for children, transporting disabled veterans and helping our community prepare for times of disaster. The Corporation for National and Community Service has designated September 1923, 2011 as National Senior Corps week to recognize the tremendous contribution RSVP volunteers make in our country. The RSVP-Senior Corps program is sponsored locally by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments – Area Agency on Aging. In our seven-county Brazos Valley region, RSVP-Senior Corps has 1000 volunteers annually gi giving around 175,000 hours in

service through local nonprofit organizations. All RSVP volunteers are age 55 and older and contribute their lifetime of knowledge and know-how to make a differ dif ence. Carolyn Kraus, RSVP Program Manager, said while the volunteers she’s worked with are providing a great service, most insist they’re getting much more out of the work than they’re giving. gi That’s been the case for RSVP volunteer Luci Smith, who’s been working for the past 14 years with the RSVP Shir Shirley’s Senior Christmas project. This is a special outreach supported by RSVP volunteers and generous citizens in our community who donate funds and items to fill Christmas gift bags for nursing home and homebound elder throughout the Brazos elderly Valley. Luci organizes the donations and matches gift requests from 600 seniors.

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Whiplash neck injuries are the most common complaint following motor vehicle accidents. You might also see this type of injury in sports (e.g., waterskiing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding) or other collision-type sports (e.g., soccer, soccer football). It is

estimated that between 40-60 percent of cases of whiplash lead to chronic neck pain and other cognitive gniti complaints. gnitive Immediate symptoms following a whiplash injury include neck and upper back pain, neck stiffness stif , dizziness and headaches. If a person continues to have ha symptoms they may also have ha shoulder pain, TMJ, visual and auditory problems, loss of memory, memory fatigue, anxiety, anxiety insomnia and depression. Chronic signs can include reductions in strength, endurance and mobility. There are no strict clinical guidelines for treating whiplash injuries, unlike other traumatic injuries. X-rays can rule out serious issues otherwise, imaging has not proven to be overly er erly successful in identifying

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The Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild will showcase 135 quilts Sept. 9 and 10, feature vendors and offer of quilt appraisals during its annual quilt show. “Quilts come in every color and a wide range of techniques, from simple to complex,” said Jo Ann Williams, a show organizer. “Our show displays these many types of quilts – from the old traditional pieced quilt to newer art quilts.” She said the show – which has grown substantially over more than a decade – will appeal to anyone who likes quilts, including many quilters and seamstresses that do not already belong to the Guild. The Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild show will be held 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Brazos Center. Entry is $6 per person, with proceeds supporting the nonprofit Guild.

Show Categories From machine-made to hand-stitched varieties, the quilt show will feature more than 15 categories, supporting a wide variety of quilts. The theme category encourages quilters to spin off of the concept of the 2011 raffle raf quilt – a Jacobean Appliqué piece – by following any aspect of the word renaissance and quilting. Other categories include traditional pieced, appliqué, mixed piecing and appliqué, innovative ti tive and art, scrap, reproduction (designed to replicate a specific vintage era), first quilt, miniature, other techniques, youth, block of the month/kit quilts, group quilts, wearable quilts and Go-Texan entries. Dawn Merke Mer r, chairwoman of the quilt show’s organizing committee, said the raffle raf quilt will earn money for the guild’s scholarships, and the winner of the Go Texan competition will have ha an opportunity to represent Brazos County in a quilt show held at the Houston Live Li stock Show and Rodeo. Williams said the categories and other quilts that will be on display at the show are indicative ti tive of the many types, styles, and sizes of quilts. “The most familiar quilt is the pieced quilt,” she said. “These range from a very simple design, like the nine-patch, to extremely complex techniques like the mariner’s compass.” Many pieced patterns date back to the mid-19th

Century. Some were used in the Underground Railroad during the Civil Ci War, to send messages to those in hiding, Williams said. Another style is appliqué quilts,, such as the Baltimore Album style made popular in the 1870s – featuring flowers, animals, baskets and other items as part of the design. Williams said crazy quilts – a style of quilt which uses sateen and velvet fabrics with elaborate embroidery to enhance the design – became popular in the 19th Century.

Appraisals Quilt appraisals will be an added feature for the 2011 show. Nell Smith, an American Quilter’s Society-certified appraiser, praiser will serve both as a praiser, judge and offer of quilt appraisals. For a $40 fee, participants can purchase a 30-minute appraisal of any quilt. “An appraisal can help you provide proof of a quilt’s value, when buying fire or flood insurance,” said Merke Mer r. Also, it can offer of proof of a quilt’s value to individuals indi receiving cei ceiving a quilt as a gift, she said.

Vendors Vendors also are a major draw for the quilt show. “For the first time this year we will be allowing members to bring items to sell,” said Merke Mer r. Vendors will include those members, called Friends of the Guild, the Bluebonnet Store – which benefits the Guild and vendors of quiltrelated products, crafting items and weaving products. The show also will include an education stand for children. Merke Mer r said the Guild often trave tra ls to schools to talk about quilting.

Educational programs feature well-known quilters, including one or two nationally-known quilters annually, covering a wide range of techniques. “Many people grew up with quilts and ha an affection have af for the items that were part of their young life,” said Williams. “Almost everyone slept under quilts their mothers and grandmothers made.” Many quilts were made speedily for use by the family, Williams said, but most families had heir heirloom quilts that were stored and used only for special occasions. The Guild donates care quilts to Scotty’s House, Phoebe’s Home, Child Protective otecti otective Services, the prenatal unit at St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center Twin City Missions and the Cancer Center, Center and visits schools to teach children the basics of quilting, at their teacher’s request.

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Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild holding its annual quilt show

Proceeds Benefit the Guild “To qualify for tax-exempt status, we have ha to spend more than 60 percent of our funds on education or charity,” arity said Williams. “We arity,” “W use funds from our donation quilt sales for scholarships.” The non-profit guild has give gi n three scholarships annually to high school seniors of Brazos County for 20 years. The Guild also provides education for its members through lectures and workshops. “The funds we raise are used to bring wellknown quilters to our Guild to provide programs and workshops,” said Williams. “All lectures and many of the workshops are open to nonmembers as well.”


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Living Life Ed and Millie Harper decided to mo move to Waldenbrooke Estates 4 years ago when they Estat had to drive 80 miles every month and stay an entire week heree in Bryan to take care of their ir grandson. They looked at 5 other places befor bef e deciding to make Waldenbrooke their home.

When asked why they chose Waldenbrooke, Ed said, “I liked the large rooms, the friendly people and staff, and love the convenience of being near to our doctors, stores and downtown Bryan. Millie said, “We “W love that we can open our door and we’re outside. I like the light and having macular degeneration, it is very important to me to have lots of light.”

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a person would get AD later in life. In stigators examined Inve essays that the young ladies wrote as they were applying to become nuns. Those who had written the poorest essays had a very high incidence of AD when they got older. Most of the elderly elder nuns who developed AD had essays that ranked in the bottom third on the linguistic ability scale. Presumably the young nuns who wrote the best essays had already developed their mental abilities and kept up the mental stimulation as they aged. Social Interaction. Another study by Bennett’s group examined postmortem brains from 89 donors and found pathological signs of AD in many people who had not shown any behavioral beha signs of the disease befor bef e they died. The explanation is that strong social networks or orks (and the associated mental acti activity) had caused the brain to develop cognitive gniti reserve. gnitive I would add that good social networks or reduce stress. orks Stress can be devastating to memory ability because stress hormones can actually kill neurons and obviously aggrava ra te the neuronal loss rava in AD. Healthy Lifestyle. Other

apparently predisposing risk factors are depression (15 percent of cases), smoking (11 percent), hypertension (8 percent), obesity (7 percent), low education level (7 percent), and diabetes (3 percent). These risk factors may be more than additive additi for people who have ha several risk factors, but I am not aware of any research that has tested this possibility. The fact that so many older people these days are obese, have ha high blood pressure, do not get enough exercise, and may also even have ha diabetes could help explain the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Alzheimer’s Association reports an increase of 66 percent in Alzheimer deaths over the last decade. So the evidence seems clear. You may be able to forestall or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease by being mentally and socially active, acti exercising and maintaining general health. Even if those things prove not to work for you, bef e senility drags you befor down you will have ha had a healthier life.


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and verifies the validity of the infor inf mation. He or she can also advise ad on the tax and financial issues and of offer alternative ti options tive for dividing di property and meeting cash flow needs. How could this alternative ti tive method save sa money if you have ha two attorneys, a neutral Parent Coordinator and a neutral financial professional? Ms. Wood explains, “Neutrals are at a lower rate and are faster in their expertise than the attorneys. You know what your expenses are as you go along. It sounds expensi expensive, but it is not.”


from page pa 5 to figure out what someone may have ha hidden,” explains Ms. Wood, just after she has sent out three or four sets of discovery. Discovery can cost thousands of dollars in asking the questions, answering the questions, compiling, organizing and copying the documents and assessing their helpfulness in the litigated divo di rce. In a collaborative ti tive case, one set of documents and answers comes from the couple. A neutral financial professional reviews the documents

One of the ke to keys success in the collaborative process is pr honesty. nest That is not necessarily the situatio at n with atio litigatio gat n. gatio

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Luci, and all the Senior Christmas volunteers, feel great joy in bringing a smile to those who are lonely and sometimes forgotten during the Christmas season. Just this summer, summer when a terrible fire in Grimes County left over 20 families homeless, RSVP volunteers Buck and Virginia Isbell spent many hours driving dri the Grimes Health Resource Center van to provide fire victims transportation to donation sites for food, clothing and household items as well as


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Beginning and Intermediate Computer Classes offered for Senior Adults - The College Station Parks and Recreation Department is of offering a beginners class on Monday and Wednesday for 3 weeks from 9 10:30 am. An intermediate computer class is offered of on Monday and Wednesday for 3 weeks from 10:45 12:15 pm. The cost is $60 per class. Registration necessary prior to class. To register, call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at 764-3486 or on-line at parksweb.cstx. gov. For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371.

Sept 13

E-mail class for Senior Adults Learn how to setup and manage an e-mail account. The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 2:30 pm at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd.

Cost is $45. Registration necessary prior to class. To register call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at 764-3486 or on-line at

Sept 14

Rio Brazos Audubon Society Meeting - Elizabeth Daut will give a presentation on “The Parrot Trade in Peru” at 6:30 pm at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. For additional information go to: or call 776-8381.

Sept 15 - ongoing

Intro to Digital Photography - Create great pictures from your digital snapshots. Learn basic digital correction techniques. The class is of offered on Thursdays from 2 - 3 pm at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Cost of the class is $45. Registration necessary prior to class. To register call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at 764-3486 or on-line at parksweb.cstx. gov For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371.

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Senior World Passport Program “Nicaragua” - The Office of International Outreach at Texas A&M and the College Station Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come and enjoy this free program for senior adults. We will explore Nicaragua on Wednesday at 10 am at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or Kim Fox at 979-862-6700.

Sept 22

Facebook Class for SeniorAdults - Facebook is a social networking website intended to connect friends, family and business associates. Learn how to create and manage your profile. Cost is $25. The one day class is offered of on Thursday from 9 -11 am at the Southwood Community Center. Registration necessary prior to class. To register call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at 764-3486 or on-line at

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Computer Club for Seniors - The Computer Club for Seniors is free and open to everyone. The club meets from 9 - 10:30 am at the Carters Creek Training Room located at 2200 North Forest Parkway in College Station. No registration required. The topic is “Design Tips for Flyers “ with Lacey Lively. For more information, contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 7646371 or email: Senior World Passport Program “Italy” - The Office of International Outreach at Texas A&M and the College Station Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come and enjoy this free program for senior adults. We will explore Italy on Wednesday at 10 am at Southwood

Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Dept., Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or Kim Fox at 979-8626700.

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“Sit & Fit Chair Exercise” Looking for a fun way to exercise in the comfort of a chair? The group meets at Southwood Community Center every Tuesday and Thursday, noon - 12:45pm. The Center is located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Contact Southwood Community Center at 764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-6371 or Play 42 - Meet your friends every Thursday to play 42 at Southwood Community Center at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Contact Southwood Community Center at 764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-6371 or mrodgers@ Friday Bridge - Join other senior adults every Friday from 9 am - noon at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Road for a fun day of bridge. Contact Southwood Community Center at 764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-

6371 or Game Day - What’s your game? Board games, dominoes, billards, Wii bowling and more are available for your fun. Join us every Friday from 9 am - noon at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Road. Contact Southwood Community Center at 764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-6371 or



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from page pa 7 under ing problems. Research evidence underly indicates that early ear intervention is essential to full recovery following an accident. The issue is what to do and when. Doing too much too soon, can actually extend the recovery process and intensify the spasms and pain. Needless to say there are a number of misconceptions regarding whiplash injuries and the recovery process. When a person is rear-ended in a car accident, their head is thrown forward and then whips backwards causing a sprain or strain to the ligaments and the muscle. If a ligament and/or moderate to severe muscular strain occur, occur often immobilization is required (e.g., soft neck collar). This can be useful for 3-5 days. Normally, a person’s head weighs 10 percent of their body weight, and the soft collar can be helpful initially in offloading of the neck musculature and providing some rest and relaxation for those muscles. In addition, I’ve had patients see me following manipulation treatments to relieve their symptoms. Unfor Unf tunately, manipulation invo in lves a thrusting movement of the neck which can often cause even more pain and stiffness stif . I have ha found that soft tissue work using intramuscular stimulation, heat/ice, electrical stimulation, therapeutic soft tissue mobility and mild exercise is more effecti effective fective than thrust movements initially. Some whiplash patients are treated with cervical traction soon after the accident. Unf tunately, I have Unfor ha found that cervical

traction immediately following an accident does not help. While cervical traction can be very effecti effective fective when there is a spinal discogenic or nerve impingement problem, it isn’t as effecti effective fective on moderate to severe soft tissue, ligament or muscle injuries. I have ha had patients who began an aggressive ssi strengthening program for ssive the neck, early ear in their recovery only to encounter intensified spasms and pain. The reason for these negative ti results is that the tive neck must first have ha a significant reduction in pain and cervical range of motion needs to improve befor bef e even a mild strengthening program should be initiated. Introducing a vigorous strengthening program too soon can result in increased spasms and pain as the body attempts to protect itself. With a whiplash injury, injury the provider must listen carefully to the patient with each visit to ensure the program is progressing and not moving in the wrong direction. Immediately following a whiplash injury, injury there is pain and the pain should gradually subside over a 3 to 21 day period. As the program continues, the range of motion should increase. In the latter stage of recovery from whiplash, strengthening is essential. Without a postural and strengthening program, the indi individual is subject to recurrent neck pain, headache and a reduction in their quality of life. Full recovery from a whiplash injury is not just recovering from the pain but recovering a majority of your range of motion, all your strength and hopefully the elimination of pain.

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Beginning Bridge Class - Learn the game of bridge. Designed for the beginner. The class meets on Mondays from 9:30 -11:30 am at Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Cost of the class is $50. Registration necessary prior to class. To register call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at 764-3486 or on-line at For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371. Senior Advisory Committee Meeting - The Senior Advisory Committee meets on the last Monday of each month at 10 am at Southwood Community Center, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information contact College Station Parks & Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-6371 or

764-3486 or on-line at parksweb.cstx. gov. For more information contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979764-6371. A Matter of Balance Class - The class is FREE for older adults and focuses on fall prevention. The program is offered of from 1 – 3 pm on Tuesdays at the Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 to register.

Sept 30

BINGO - Please join us for Bingo on the last Friday of every month starting at 1 pm at Southwood Community Center, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Prizes provided by At Home Health Care. Refreshments served. Contact Southwood Community Center at 764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 764-6371 or

Sept 27

Genealogy Class - Beginner genealogists will be intorduced to several methods of research. The class meets on Tuesdays from 9 -11:30 am at the Southwood Community Center located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Cost of the class is $35. Registration necessary prior to class. To register call the College Station Parks and Recreation Department at

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