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A guide to good living in the Brazos Valley



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5 foods for the over 50 crowd

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Are you saving too much for retirement?

In my December 1. The total amount of column, we saw a quick household spending way to estimate how 2. The kind of goods much savings sa you need and services they are to accumulate for a buying retirement standard of 3. How much money li living that matches your they have ha to current standard spend (assuming you are not currently According racking up debt to Blanchett, to support that “households that standard). I are not spending ha since come have retirement funds across another optimally will credible analysis tend to adjust of measuring TracY STewar ewarT ewar arT them during your targeted Financial literacy iter the retirement nest egg. period.” In other words, if you are living li This concept, within your means, published in early ear you are less likely to be November 2013, comes caught in a situation from David Da Blanchett, where you need to cut CF CFP®, head of CFA, back on your spending. retirement research at If you see that your nest Morningstar Inve In stment egg is dwindling befor bef e Management. the end of your life, (Morningstar is an you will reduce your in stment research inve spending and/or change firm, which provides the goods and services data on about 433,000 you are purchasing. in stment offerings inve of On the flip side, those along with real time with higher levels of global marke mar t data on about 10 million stocks, bonds, options, futures, etc.) Blanchett used government data and an inve in sting and life expectancy model to challenge the usual assumptions for retirement cash needs.

retirement resources who begin their retirement spending at lower levels, are shown to increase spending later in their retirement because they are able to do so. Which camp do you want to be in?

This Morningstar paper concluded that using a replacement rate of 70 percent to 80 percent of preretirement spending would be a reasonable starting calculation for most couples. Also, many of the rule-of-thumb retirement funding models use a fixed period of time (such as 30 years) for an estimate of your total years in retirement. If instead, you were to carefully consider your unique life expectancy and actual spending patterns, you might conclude that your retirement nest egg can be 20 percent less than the amount calculated with one of the rule-

of-thumb retirement funding calculations. The actual goal can and does vary greatly due to the expected dif ences between your differ pre- and post-retirement spending.

We are not just talking about total spending here. We are talking about what you are spending your money on. You cannot simply assume a flat inflation rate for all postretirement expenses. If you are paying for goods and services that are predominantly high inflation items, your expenses will increase more throughout your retirement than if you are spending your money on low inflation items. Using more specific analyses to estimate

So, what should you do? If you are a do-it-yourself type, in addition to using the rule-of-thumb retirement funding estimate calculations such as the 15.9 percent method discussed in my December column, you might consider rolling up

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can’t concentrate or focus, you can’t get comf table seated, comfor standing or lying down and it can strain your relationships with others. Common causes of neck and head pain include: • Muscle tightness both in the upper back, neck, shoulders and ja area jaw • Pinching nerves from the cervical vertebrae (Cervical Radiculopathy th can thy be resolved without surgery or long-term pain medications) • Joint pain (facets (f , vertebral joints, holding head and neck positions for a prolonged period of time) • Lack of Support of

head and neck (this happens as we get older in life our neck muscles become weak – the bowling ball gets hea causing neck heavy pain)

• Poor Posture for prolonged time periods (a professional conundrum. how am I sitting, where are my hands, feet and my head, do I take breaks to stand up and stretch or walk around, relieving the stress on my muscles and joints) • Emotional and ph ical Stress (even phys if not phys ph ically stressed, we create tightness in our muscles when we are emotionally stressed, so either way wa our

muscles can get very tight in certain areas of our body, leading to headaches, neck pain and jaw ja pain… teeth grinding)

• Prior trauma to the body (past injury, injury surgery can create tight muscles and scar tissue that if not worked out, can lead to tightness in other parts of the body, causing pain and restricted movements.) Approximately 90% of all headaches, including migraines are called tension headaches and stem from stressed muscle systems. As mentioned, the cause can come from many differ dif ent daily acti activities , including,

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5 foods for the over 50 crowd

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en and women must alter their diets as they age. Portion sizes that young adults might have been able to get away with must shrink when those same men and women enter their 30s. And as thirtysomethings head into their 40s, what’s on the plate requires more careful consideration than it might have a decade ago. The same goes for men and women over 50, who must take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to

eat healthy foods. The following are five flavorful and healthy foods tailor-made for the over 50 crowd. 1. Apples: Apples definitely qualify as a superfood, helping reduce cholesterol by preventing plaque buildup in the blood vessels and, as a result cutting an individual’s risk of diabetes considerably. In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating at least two servings of apples per week can reduce a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent. Apples also make for a great source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.

2. Blueberries: Blueberries help men and women maintain healthy blood sugar levels because they are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol while slowing the body’s uptake of glucose. And despite their relatively small size, blueberries contain more fiber, vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other fruit. 3. Broccoli: Though broccoli might not have been your best friend during childhood, you may want to cozy up to this powerful green vegetable now that you have cracked the half-century mark.

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Registration deadline for Brazos Valley Senior Games Feb. 7

The City of College Station will host the 2014 Senior Games Feb. 20 through Feb. 23, and registration will be held through Feb. 7. The Senior Games promote physical and mental health and fitness among Texas seniors by encouraging them to maintain healthy lifestyles and social relationships, to participate in sports and recreational acti activities with other seniors, and to provide an envir en onment for athletic competition, according to organizers. Ages 50 and older (competition age based on age on Dec. 31, 2013) can compete in track & field, swimming, three-onthree basketball, basketball skills, cycling, horseshoes, washers, a 5k, archery, ery tennis, bowling, a ery, road race, pickleball, golf, ladies volleyball, 42 and disc golf. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each event and age group.

check payment to “Brazos Valley Senior Games,” 1000 Krenek Tap Road, College Station TX 77840. All entries must be postmarke postmar d by Feb. 7. All checks must be payable to the City of College Station.

Age categories Participants will compete in one of the following age categories for both individual indi and/or doubles sports: 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69, 70 - 74, 75 - 79, 80 - 84, 85 – 89 and 90 and over. Team sports are divided di into the following brackets: 50 - 59, 60 - 69 and 70 and over. Partner and team age groups will be determined by the age of the youngest partner/ team member. All athletes may be required to show proof of age during the Senior Games. Schedule FEB. 20 9:30 a.m.: 42 - Southwood Community Center 4-9 p.m.: Swimming - College

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Senior Dating 101 Remembertotakeitslowandkeepitcasual. Adateisameanstoanendlitisnottheend. By Holli L. Koster Special to The Eagl Ea e

Betty DuBose and Jimmy Holder had been widows for several years when they met on a Senior Circle day trip to League City. The couple – now together a year – immediately bonded over shared interests, similar family situations and values. At the end of the trip Holder, Holder 81, asked DuBose, 75 for her phone number and e-mail address. “I had not dated, and I really was not looking for anyone,” said DuBose. “I decided if it happened, it happened, and if it didn’t, it didn’t.” A widow after her husband of 50 years died suddenly of a heart attack, DuBose said she had to consider whether she was ready to date when Holder called to in invite her out to dinner, dinner following the Senior Circle trip. Among DuBose’s considerations also were whether she would find a mate with interests similar to hers and whether a date might share her outlook on relationships – including a desire not to marry

again. But DuBose did find all of those qualities in Holder and Holder says Holder, he has found important qualities in DuBose, as well. “I hoped that I would find someone who believed in the Lord and was a Christian, who had a good parental history and had raised kids and who didn’t want to stay home and look at the wall or the TV screen,” Holder said.

DuBose, many seniors seek out and value dif ent attributes in a differ relationship, compared to younger singles. “An initial relationship between younger persons may be based on ‘practical’ matters: quality mate, good provider, ider good ider, potential parent, good parent, stable, etc.,”

said Andrew Crocker, an extension program specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, who specializes in gerontology and health. “A relationship in later life probably occurs between two established people who are unconcerned with whether the other will be a good family provider and more

around a common interest, a shared vision for later life, con nience, etc.” conve Research also suggests that healthy relationships are good for seniors, reducing stress and causing them to make better health choices. “Of course, this isn’t

exclusive usi to romantic usive relationships,” Crocker said. “This could be sibling relationships, friendships, etc. And the opposite of this can also be true, with unhealthy relationships causing stress, anger, er depression er, and isolation.” In several studies addressing the health benefits of marriage,

While Holder said he and DuBose are not planning on marriage, he describes their relationship both as significant and serious. The couple also has a number of plans for the future – to experience new places for the first time together and to go on a cruise. “W are just serious “We senior citizens who want to enjoy life,” Holder said. “We “W want to enjoy life at a senior citizen age and act like senior citizens.”

Positive relationships – romantic or not – can boost your health

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the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center has shown that married couples who are in a satisfying relationship enjoy better mental health and wellbeing. Additional research shows that the older people are, the less likely they are to argue, Crocker said. Seniors also may be more af affectiona te and tolerant with one another.

Re-entering the dating world For some seniors, re-entering the dating world may be a challenge, Crocker said. “Many older adults may lack the confidence to seek or initiate a new relationship due to body changes, personality changes, changes in agility, ility mobility or ility, acti activity level, children and grandchildren, or the memory of a deceased spouse,” he said. Also, as people age, the tension between equality and autonomy may become greater. While younger couples may enter a relationship with the idea that there needs to be some give gi and take between the two parties to make the relationship work, older adults may not be so interested in changing and sharing so much as they are interested in bringing someone new into their existing set up, he said. “Change may happen gradually, if at all,” Crocker said. “Additionally, during ear earlier life, things like children and work might ha provided a buffer have ff ffer

between two people in the relationship so that the couple wasn’t ‘thrown together’ all the time.” Also, much later in life, older women outnumber older men by roughly 3:1, Crocker said. So older men often ha many choices when have seeking a relationship, while older women may face stiff stif competition for a limited pool of potential mates.

Are you ready? Gauging readiness for a relationship is highly subjecti subjective, Crocker said. “A person may need to look deeply to determine when or if they are ready for a new relationship,” Crocker said. “This might also in lve some sort of invo counseling to work through any grief, loss, depression, anger or bitterness issues that may exist.” Crocker said people need to remember to take it slow and keep it casual. A date is a means to an end; it is not the end. “Don’t look at your first date or your first series of dates as an attempt to replace a lost spouse/partner,” tner tner,” he said. “Confide your feelings to a trusted friend or family member and talk openly about fear anger, fear, er loss, etc. er, After you’ve built a relative ti ly secure tive relationship with the new person, try sharing these feelings with him or her slowly.”

Where seniors meet, upcoming events

networks or , faith orks congregations, meal sites, senior centers and mutual friends are all places where seniors can potentially meet. Research shows that more and more older adults are using the Internet, as well. Local senior centers and organizations also are holding Valentine’s Day and heart health events, where seniors can learn or potentially forge new friendships: Feb. 10 - 14 Heart Health Week Southwood Community Center 1600 Rock Prair Pr ie Road in College Colle Station Acti Activities include health checks, guest speakers, exercise sessions and cooking demonstrations. All activities acti are designed to educate and engage seniors on how to keep their hearts healthy. For more details on the events, visit cstx. gov/seniors or call 979764-6351. The week will conclude with a Senior Valentine’s Day Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 and a Senior Tea and Luncheon from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 14. Feb. 14 February Lunch with the Expert Senior Circl Cir e Building 1604 Rock Prair Pr ie Dr. Christopher Gullett from Central Texas Cardiovascular Surgery will present heart health tips to seniors at a Senior Circle luncheon. For more infor inf mation, visit www.csmedcenter. com or call 979-764-5107.

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Yoga not just for youngsters

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oga is big business, attracting more and more people each year. Designed to promote physical and mental health, yoga has helped millions of people across the globe control their stress and improve their flexibility, and studies have shown that yoga is only growing in popularity. According to a study conducted by the

Harris Interactive Service Bureau, roughly 20 million Americans practiced yoga in 2012, marking a 29 percent increase from just four years earlier. While some men and women over 50 may feel their time to take up yoga has passed, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, yoga can pay numerous dividends for the

over 50 crowd.

• Yoga can help alleviate hypertension. Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a potentially dangerous condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body. Hypertension contributes to a hardening of the arteries known as atherosclerosis, and can even contribute to the development of heart failure. A person’s risk of developing hypertension increases as he or she ages, so it’s important that men and women over 50 take steps to reduce their risk of hypertension, and yoga can help them do just that. A normal blood pressure is 120 over 80, but people with hypertension often have blood pressure readings of 140 and above over 90 and above. Studies have shown that yoga can reduce the top number, which is referred to as the systolic blood pressure. In a study published in the Journal

of Clinical Hypertension, researchers found that men and women who practiced yoga for six hours a week for 11 weeks reduced their systolic blood pressure by 33 points. The study’s authors feel that the slow, controlled breathing that’s essential to practicing yoga decreases nervous system activity, helping the body manage its blood pressure levels. • Yoga helps practitioners maintain healthy weights. While yoga may not help men and women shed weight as effectively as more vigorous activities, it can help them maintain healthy weights. Many men and women over 50 find vigorous or strenuous physical activity too demanding, and might not be able to perform such activities with the frequency necessary to prevent weight gain. But while yoga is physically demanding, those who practice yoga often find

it takes a smaller toll on their bodies than more traditional strength training. Another way yoga can help to maintain a healthy weight is through its relation to stress. Yoga can help to relieve stress, and lower stress levels reduce the likelihood that men and women will overeat, which is a common response to elevated stress levels. • Yoga promotes strong bones. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which tissue loss leads to brittle and fragile bones. Aging is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis, and women are at even greater risk than men. The National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven years after menopause, so it’s important that women (and men) take steps to strengthen their bones. The nature of yoga makes it an ideal activity to promote healthy bones.

Because it is a weightbearing exercise, yoga forces practitioners to hold the weight of their bodies up against gravity. This resistance to gravity puts mild stress on the bones, which respond by laying down new bone growth. But unlike other weightbearing activities, such as jogging or walking, yoga does not damage cartilage or put stress on the joints. The AARP notes that studies have indicated the weight-bearing activity of yoga can be especially effective at reducing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Though yoga might not have been popular when today’s men and women over 50 were in their 20s and 30s, that does not mean such men and women cannot take advantage of the numerous physical and mental benefits yoga has to offer.


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utrition is important for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for men and women over the age of 50, who can dramatically improve their quality of life by eating a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients. Though that may seem like common sense, research has shown that men and women in this age group, who are often referred to as “Baby Boomers,” are not necessarily as healthy as they may seem. While the baby boomer generation, which is generally regarded as those people born between 1946 and 1964, boasts longer life expectancies than any generation that came before them, some of that can likely be chalked up to advancements in medical care, including a booming pharmaceutical industry that seemingly has an antidote to every ailment. But a 2013 study from researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine found that baby boomers are less healthy than the generation that immediately preceded them, tending to be more likely to have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. While that news might be sobering, it’s never too late for men and women over 50 to start eating healthier diets, which can reduce their risk of a wide range of ailments, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.

balanced diet seemingly from the moment they enter a classroom for the first time, but many adults fail to heed that basic advice as they get further and further away from kindergarten. When changing your diet, be sure to include plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Protein maintains and rebuilds muscles, which is especially important for aging men and women who might find themselves unable to keep up with the physical demands of everyday life as well as they used to. Including ample low-fat protein, which can be found in fish, eggs and low-fat dairy among other foods, will aid in muscle recovery, benefitting aging athletes as well as those men and women over 50 who recently started exercising as a means to regaining their physical fitness. A diet lacking in sufficient protein can contribute to muscle deterioration, arthritis and even organ failure, so it’s important for men and women to prioritize including

The following are a few ways men and women over 50 can alter their diets so their bodies are getting what they need to live long and healthy lives well into their golden years. As is always the case, men and women should discuss any potential changes to their diets with their physicians to ensure the changes will be both effective and healthy. • Balance your diet. Kids hear of the benefits of a


protein in their diets.

Carbohydrates are also an important part of a balanced diet, as they are a great source of energy that can help men and women stay active well past the age of 50. Carbohydrates found in fruits, grains and vegetables are the most beneficial, as these contain valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

• Don’t denounce dairy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. Men and women over the age of 50 want their bones to be as strong as possible because aging is one of the strongest risk factors for osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating medical condition in which loss of tissue causes bones to become brittle and fragile. Vitamin D is necessary to effectively absorb calcium, and vitamin D can be found in certain dairy products, including pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed cow’s milk, and can be generated when men and women get

enough sunlight. Other healthy sources of vitamin D include salmon, light tuna packed in oil, sardines, and sun-grown mushrooms.

• Cut back on sodium intake. Cutting back on sodium intake can be very beneficial, especially for men and women over the age of 50, who are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. But cutting back on sodium intake takes more than just throwing the salt shaker away. Processed foods, soups, canned goods, salad dressings, condiments such as mustard and ketchup, and breakfast cereals are just a few of the many products that may contain alarming amounts of sodium. That’s important to note, as excess sodium increases blood pressure by holding excess fluid in the body. That excess fluid puts an added burden

on the heart, potentially increasing a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney disease. The problem with cutting back on sodium is that salt is so often relied on to make foods taste better, and many people find salt-free foods bland. But the rewards of reducing sodium intake are so significant that it’s worth making the

adjustment, especially for men and women over the age of 50.

No one is too old or too young to embrace a nutritious diet. But men and women over the age of 50 are in a unique position to vastly improve their quality of life by adopting a low-sodium diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.

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from page pa 6 Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C. A single 3.5 ounce serving of broccoli contains more than 150 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which can shorten the duration of the common cold. In addition, a 2013 British study published in Medical News Today found that broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone that is most common from middle age onward. A similar study from researchers at New York’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute

published in the same publication six years earlier found that just three servings of broccoli per month can decrease bladder cancer risk by as much as 40 percent. 4. Fava beans: Fava beans are cholesterolfree and low in fat. Fava beans also may provide cardiovascular benefits and help men and women maintain healthy weights. Fava beans are considered “nutrient-dense,” a term used to describe low-calorie foods that boast lots of nutrients, and are an excellent source of vitamin B1, which is important for nervous system function and energy metabolism.

5. Oatmeal: Another food that might never make youngsters’ lists of their favorite foods, oatmeal is nonetheless a healthy option at the breakfast table. Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which can reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Also low in calories, oatmeal can help men and women maintain a healthy weight. Those who find oatmeal a tad too bland for their tastes can double on their superfoods by adding some blueberries into the mix, making their breakfast more flavorful and more healthy.


from page pa 7 Lincoln Recreation Center 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Bowling - Grand Station Entertainment 6-8 p.m.: Reception - Hilton Garden Inn College Station FEB. 22 8 a.m.: 5K - TBA 9 a.m.: Cycling - 5K time trails start at Cobb Road and F.M. 2038 8 a.m.: Horsehoes - Sue Haswell Park in Bryan 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Volleyball - Lincoln Recreation Center 8 a.m.: Tennis Brian Bachmann Community Park

8 a.m.: Pickleball - Doubles - College Station Middle School 10 a.m.: Cycling -10K Time Trials start at Cobb Road and F.M. 2038 12 p.m.: Washers - Sue Haswell Park (Bryan) 11:30 a.m.: Cycling – 20K Road Race starts at Cobb Road and F.M. 2038 1 p.m.: Archery - Texas A&M PEAP Building 1 p.m.: Basketball – Free Throws and Skills - Lincoln Recreation Center 3 p.m.: Basketball – Three-on-three competition - Lincoln Recreation Center

FEB. 23 8 a.m.: Disc golf Southern Oaks Park 8 a.m.: Pickleball - Mixed - College Station Middle School 10 a.m.: Cycling 40K Road Race starts at Cobb Road and F.M. 2038 9 a.m.: Field events (rolling start) - College Station High School 11 a.m.: Track events (rolling start) - College Station High School For more inf mation, visit infor or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 979-7643486.

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lasting solutions. This ma invo may in lve gentle palpations, observed directed movements, and phys ph ical tests. The treatments should also consist of “hands on” manual therapy techniques, such as, dry needling, postural fault corrections, pressure point, manipulation, assisted stretching and prescribed exercises designed to both stretch and strengthen targeted muscles. To a lesser extent passive passi

modalities will also be used such as hot/cold packs and electrical stimulation (both of which can be done at home) and ultrasound. While you will need to do some guided exercises in the clinic setting, in order to recover completely, a commitment to doing your home exercise program consistently is essential. Muscles can quickly tighten again when overused or weakened due to lack

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CALENDAR February 4: “ Life Experienced as Nurses in Brazos County Before 1964” Please join us as we hear from retired nurses, Earnestine Jackson and Christine Matthews, at Lincoln Center starting at 10:30am. Contact Annie Williams at Lincoln Center at 979-7643779 for more information. February 4 – Zumba Join us for the latest craze in fitness exercise! Easily learn the dance steps to salsa, samba and master the Latin moves. Drop in for one of our Zumba Classes and pay just $6.00 for each class. Class meets at Southwood Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-10:00am for four weeks. Cost of class is $45.00. To register online visit rectrac. or call for more information 979-764-6351. February 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27: Sit & Fit Sit & Fit meets every Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, 12:00 - 12:45pm at Southwood Community Center. The Center is located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Contact Southwood Community Center, 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 4: Line Dancing Join other senior adults each Tuesday from 1:30 -2:30pm at Southwood Community Center for Line Dancing. The center is located at 1520 Rock Prairie Road. Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or

February 4: Bluegrass Jam Session Open to all senior adults who enjoy listening or playing Bluegrass music. Bring string instruments and invite a friend! Join us every Tuesday for a Bluegrass Jam Session at Southwood Community Center, located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. from 1:30 -3:30pm. All levels welcome including beginners! Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 5: Computer Club for Seniors “ Windows 8” The Computer Club is open to all senior adults interested in learning more about the computer world. The meetings are held at the Carter’s Creek Training Room located at 2200 North Forest Parkway in College Station from 9:00 – 10:30am. Free and no pre-registration needed. For more information

contact College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-7646371 or February 6: Dominoes - 42 Senior adults meet every Thursday to play “42” at Southwood Community Center, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. from 9:30 - 11:30 am. New players welcome! Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 6, 13, 20,27: Bible Study @ Lincoln Center Join other senior adults every Thursday morning at Lincoln Center, 1000 Eleanor Street in College Station, for Bible Study starting at 9:15 am. Contact Annie Williams at Lincoln Center at 979-7643779 or for more information

Center offers a senior friendly environment to play bridge every Friday from 9:00 am -11:30 am. Southwood Community Center is located at 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. Call 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 7, 21,28 Line Dancing (No Line Dancing on February 14th) Join other senior adults on Friday, from 10:30 -11:30am at Southwood Community Center for line dancing. The center is located at 1520 Rock Prairie Road. Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 10: AARP Driver Safety Class This class is for drivers 55 +. Cost is $15.00 for AARP members or $20.00 for non-members (pay at the door). The class is offered at Southwood Community Center from 8:30am12:30pm. Please register by calling 979-764-6371 or email, February 10: Drawing Class This beginners drawing class is designed to give students a solid foundation in the basics of drawing. We will introduce basic theory, perspective and principles for compositions. Basic drawing supplies needed. This six week class meets on Mondays from 9:00 – 11:00am at Southwood Community Center. Cost is $45.00. To register online visit or call for

more information 979-7643486. February 10: Beginning computer Class This class is designed for senior adults who would like to learn how to use the internet and email. Class meets for two weeks on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 -10:30 am at Southwood Community Center. Cost of the class is $45.00. To register online visit or call for more information 979764-3486. February 10: Microsoft word for Beginners Learn the basic steps of creating a new Word document and entering simple text. Class meets for two weeks on Monday and Wednesday from 10:4512:15pm at Southwood Community Center. Cost of the class is $45.00. To register

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online visit or call for more information 979764-3486. February 10: Watercolor class Class will focus on basic painting tools and materials, watercolor painting techniques, composition, color theory and the art of self expression. Supplies discussed during first class. Basic drawing skills needed. Class meets for six weeks on Monday at Southwood Community Center from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Cost of the class is $45.00. To register online visit or call for more information 979764-3486. February 11: “Love Your Heart, Love Your Health” Health Fair Free Health Fair offered to all seniors as part of a week of programs offered at Southwood Community Center on Heart Health. Health fair will be held from 11:00am- 1:00pm and includes screening for diabetes and pulse-oxymetry

and cooking demo. Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 12: Acrylic Painting An introduction class to painting with acrylics. Learn basic brush strokes and painting techniques. Class meets for six weeks on Wednesdays at Southwood Community Center from 9:00am- 11:00am. Cost of the class is $45.00. Supply list available at registration. To register online visit rectrac. or call for more information 979-764-3486. February 12: “Love Your Heart, Love Your Health” with Dr. Dr Rocky Bilhartz Learn the Signs of a Heart Attack with Dr. Dr Bilhartz and enjoy a light lunch with a reservation. Program begins at 11:00 am at Southwood Community Center. Please register by calling 979-764-

6351 or email, mrodgers@ February 13: -“Love Your Heart, Love Your Health” Sweetheart Dance Enjoy an evening of dancing at Southwood Community Center with DJ Tom Byer from 7:00-9:00pm at Southwood Community Center. Light refreshments served and door prizes will be given away! For more information call 979-764-6371 or email February 14: “Love Your Heart, Love Your Health” – Valentine’s Day Tea Please join us for a special Valentine’s Day Tea at Southwood Community Center starting at 1:30pm. Enjoy light refreshment, a comedy show and play Valentine Bingo. Seating is limited and a reservation is necessary. Please register by calling 979-764-6351 or email, February 18: Nutrition Education at Lincoln Center

Nutrition Education presented by Texas Agrilife Texas AgriLife presents nutrition education with Flora Williams who will demonstrate healthy cooking and recipes at Lincoln Center, 1000 Eleanor in College Station starting at 10:00am. Contact Annie Williams at Lincoln Center at 979-7643779 for more information February 19: Genealogy Computer User Group “finding ancestral places” All are welcome to join the group on the third Wednesday of the month at the Carter’s Creek Training Room located at 2200 North Forest Parkway in College Station from 9:30 – 11:00am. Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or

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, 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.

February 19: Exploring History Luncheon “Wildfire in Texas: Lost Homes and Firewise Living The College Station Historic Preservation Committee and the College Station Parks and Recreation Department present monthly lectures with lunch on the history of our community. Don Galloway with the Texas Forest Service will present at at Aldersgate Church located at 2201 Earl Rudder Fwy S. A reservation is necessary for lunch by the Friday before and the cost is $5.00. Lunch is served at 11:30 am. The speaker will begin at 12:00 noon. Please make your reservations by calling 979-764-6351 or February 20: Movie & Popcorn “Blue Jasmine” Senior Adults are invited to enjoy a free movie and popcorn at Southwood Community Center. Movie starts at 1:00 pm. Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for

more information or College Station Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Services at 979-764-6371 or February 24: Senior Advisory committee meeting The Senior Advisory Committee meets on the last Monday of each month at Southwood Community Center, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd starting at 10:00 am. Visitors welcome! For more information call 979-7646371 or email mrodgers@ February 28: Bingo & Birthday Celebration Seniors are invited to join us on the last Friday of each month as we celebrate birthdays for that month with cake and bingo! Join the fun at 1:00 pm at Southwood Community Center, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd . Contact Southwood Community Center at 979-764-6351 for more information or

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