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Index Silver Stars, p 3 Lifelong Learning Corner, p 14 Upcoming Events, p 15 Health & Fitness, p 16 Lunch & Learns, p 18 Senior Games: Going for Gold, p 10 and 11 Adventure, p 13 Senior Center for the Arts, p 12 Resources, p 17 Tallahassee Senior Foundation, p 19 Senior Center Calendar, p 20 Leon County Senior Outreach, p 6 Grandparents as Parents, p 8 It’s poetry in motion as Jocelyn Lowthel takes Tea Time at Hospice, p 7 her long jump. See more on Senior Games on AARP Driver Safety, p 6 Pages 10 and 11.
‘Misty Buffalo’ by Robert Westwood is artist’s favorite Robert Westwood started drawing at the Senior Center eight years ago. Two years ago he developed a new twist — building three-dimensional levels. Closer to his heart is his painting displayed in the first floor lobbythat features a sculpture made by his mother, Vera Gentry. When she moved here from Chickasha, Okla., she joined Capital Carvers (a group that meets at TSC). The buffalo carving is one of Robert’s favorites and his painting creates a setting around it in tribute to his mother.
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Senior Center introduces 2013’s shining Silver Stars Eight volunteers will be honored for extraordinary work on May 23 By Drew Piers
Eunice Bragg, 83 Eunice Bragg shines as an example of an involved and active senior. Originally from Whigam, Ga., she extends her Southern hospitality and compassion to everyone she meets. After moving to Tallahassee in 1982, she secured a job as a licensed practical nurse at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH). She worked there for 10 years, but left to take care of her husband. She remains very much involved with TMH and serves on their board for retired employees. Bragg also currently does part-time nursing for Ness and Kelch, a medical practice here in Tallahassee. She is an active member of Morningside Bap-
tist — her church since moving to Tallahassee. She goes out of her way to take care of senior parishioners and coordinates the Silver Saints — organizing service projects for mission areas and in our community. Big Bend Hospice credits Bragg’s efforts for the Silver Saints Ensure drive that she created and continues with persistence and commitment. “Eunice is one of the hardest working women I know,” said Judy Morris, member of Morningside Baptist Church. “She loves her seniors and is always willing to lend a helping hand.” She doesn’t just help seniors though, her kindness really does extend to everyone she meets. She even keeps a dollar bill in her car to give out to people in need. “There is always some-
There is always something you can do. That’s why I help the people I help. I can’t imagine people not having someone to care for them. I hope I’ve made a difference. EUNICE BRAGG
Eunice Bragg, 83: “There is always something you can do.”
thing you can do,” said Bragg. “That’s why I help the people I help. I can’t imagine people not having someone to care for them. I hope I’ve made a difference.”
Dot Carroll, 86 Originally from Jacksonville, Dot Carroll came to Tallahassee to study accounting at Florida State University. At the time, Florida State was a women’s college and the University of Florida was an all men’s college. Since UF did not have cheerleaders for their football team, they enlisted the help of a few FSU women to cheer them on — Carroll was one of the selected few. Now that FSU has a football team of its own, she proudly wears garnet and gold at games to support her Seminoles. After graduation, Carroll went to work at the WTAL radio and TV stations. She stayed five years before moving on to See STARS » Page 4
Dot Carroll, 86: “The Senior Center is a place where people can really come together and form strong relationships.”
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ing of volunteers who provide caring support to their patients every day. He’s a friendly face to all he meets. The staff at the Cancer Center says that Mr. Jimmy is a joy to work with and he inspires seniors to shine at every age. When asked what his secret to positive aging and longevity is, he responded by saying that, “My relationship with God, family and friends is my secret and I also encourage everyone to get involved with helping people in any way they can.”
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work with the Sergeant of Arms in the Florida Legislature, and then on to consumer affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Since retirement, Carroll’s been intertwined with many local charities and organizations. She served as president for both the Junior Women’s Club, where she would organize fashion shows to raise money for children, and the TallyHo Club — an organization that introduces new people to the community. In addition, she served as chairman on the board of trustees for her church, St. Paul’s United Methodist. Although Carroll is still actively involved in many local charities, she now devotes much of her time to the Tallahassee Senior Center. “The Senior Center is a place where people can really come together and form strong relationships,” said Carroll. “It’s the place where your investments of time and money see the greatest returns.” Besides volunteering and raising money for TSC, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. One of the things she is most proud of is the fact that all her children and grandchildren completed their higher education.
Myrtle Edwards “M. E.” Williams, 86 Myrtle “M. E.” Williams is a seventh generation Tallahassee native with a passion for education. After graduating from Lincoln High, she went on to study Home Economics at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College, before it was a university. From there she taught school in just about every setting one can imagine.
Mattie Mobley, 99
Myrtle Edwards Williams, 86: “I always have students who recognize me in town.”
After teaching for many years, she continued her education by receiving a master’s in Elementary Education. Throughout her career she taught at every level from preschool Head Start programs to university classes. “It is amazing the progress students make between August and June,” comments Williams. “I always have students who recognize me in town, give me a hug and thank me. My students all know me as “M. E.,” she says with a chuckle. M. E. has been nominated as an Outstanding Educator in Leon County. When she isn’t teaching health education to young adolescents, you can find Williams volunteering at Dr. B.L. Perry Jr. Library or Bond Elementary as a math and reading tutor. She’s active in her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha) and is a leader of her Sunday school at St. Mary Primi-
James Fortner, 93: He coordinates training and scheduling of volunteers at TMH Cancer Center.
“All the years I worked, and all my volunteer experience, it just comes together at the center. This place engages people.” PATTY PARKHURST
tive Baptist Church. Williams also shares health tips with seniors at Jake Gaither Community Center. The avid gardener has made her home a beautiful sanctuary. She loves beauty in all things and finds incredible splendor in her family. When asked what she is most proud of, she proudly says, “all my children chose to pursue higher education.” Her children and grandchildren are now lawyers and
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educators across the country – one even works in the White House.
James Fortner, 93 James Fortner, or “Mr. Jimmy,” as many call him, is a man who has dedicated his life to serving others. Born in Live Oak, he served in the National Guard throughout his youth until he joined the Air Force. There he spent two years before deciding to go back to the National
Guard, this time as a Lieutenant. After his military service, Fortner joined on with the Florida Department of Agriculture as an Assistant Bureau Chief. There, he directed more than 125 employees in the assessment of food quality and quantity. Additionally, he was also contracted by the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that businesses were in compliance with all regulations. When he retired from the state in 1992, Fortner continued making a difference in the lives of others. He lovingly cared for his wife during her illness, and then at age 88, began volunteering at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center. At the TMH Cancer Center, he sits on the Auxiliary Board as a director and chairs the Radiation Therapy Committee assigned to the center. He coordinates the training, placement and schedul-
The charismatic Mattie Mobley comes from a long line of Tallahassee natives. Although she turns 100 next year, she hasn’t slowed down one bit. In fact, she is actively looking for more work to do and more people to help. After graduating from Lincoln High, Mattie Mobley continued her education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College and studied cosmetology. She opened her own beauty salon and became an independent business owner for more than 30 years. She retired from the salon at age 75. Until very recently she provided home and health care services for mentally and physically challenged individuals. Mobley started the Pretty Hat Tea organization which raises funds for charitable causes. She serves as president of the Capital City Garden Club and helps direct their mission to “make Tallahassee one of the most beautiful places in the state” by supplying the city with flowers. Church plays an important role for Mobley. As a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, she has chaired and served on many boards and organizations within the church. See STARS » Page 5
Mattie Mobley, 99: Secret to positive aging is “live quite, work hard and get to bed early.”
Patty Parkhurst, 81: “I like leadership roles.”
Tallahassee, working in Gov. Bob Graham’s Office of Policy and Budget. Even though she worked in the Office of Policy and Budget, Parkhurst said that she was always the people person — not the numbers person. She’s found that everyone has a story and it takes her little time to get to the adventurous part of the conversation. Her energy is contagious to those with whom she speaks. She’s a testament to positive aging. Volunteering is a career for Parkhurst. She’s volunteered at WFSU radio station as a fundraiser, serves as an officer with the Children’s Home Society in Tallahassee, and found her true niche at the Senior Center. “All the years I worked, and all my volunteer experience, it just comes together at the center,” said Parkhurst. “This place engages people.”
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She’s still active in the community, with her most recent endeavor being the organization of the Rev. Charles Kenzie Steele Scholarship and Awards Luncheon. The 99 year-old serves as president of the C. K. Steele Foundation. She’s also the recipient of more than 100 awards, including the NAACP’s Martin Luther King award, the Capital City Garden Club award and now a Silver Star! When asked what her secret to positive aging is, she said “live quiet, work hard and get to bed early.”
Patty Parkhurst, 81 “I like leadership roles,” says Patty Parkhurst matter-of-factly. The petite dynamo thrives on customer interaction and satisfaction.
She is chair of the Tallahassee Senior Advisory council, created the Tallahassee Senior Center’s greeter program, and champions lifelong learning for seniors. She bubbles with enthusiasm, and chatting with her for even just a few minutes brightens any day. This Minnesota native has a long list of impressive accomplishments, but what people immediately notice most about her is not her accomplishments, but her love for others. In 1955 she fell in love with a Florida boy and ended up moving to Fort Lauderdale. There she began working with the Children’s Home Society (CHS), an organization that advocates for adoption, as a volunteer coordinator and took her commitment even further when she adopted a son and daughter through CHS. In 1975 she moved from Fort Lauderdale to
Joannie, 76, and Britt Poulson, 78: “We strive to leave this world a better place than we found it,” says Joannie.
Joannie, 76, and Britt Poulson, 78 When Joannie first met Britt, he was on the green at Allegheny College playing guitar for everyone who would listen. She paid little attention to him but he definitely took notice of her. He later asked her dancing and, after a little convincing, she agreed. Britt graduated from Allegheny College and decided to join the army while Joannie finished her degree. Joannie went on to teach school in Connecticut. They married when Britt returned. The Poulsons spent time teaching in Washington, D.C., and later moved back to Pennsylvania to rear their three boys. In Pennsylvania, Britt became a principal in Fox Chapel where he stayed for many years. In 1971, the Poulsons moved to Tallahassee so Britt could teach at Florida State University. Joannie stayed
active and involved too. She became the executive secretary of the Florida Adult Education Association and helped organize conferences for more than a decade. In 1990, Joannie was diagnosed with breast cancer and joined the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. There, and with Britt always at her side, she found the help and support she needed to overcome. She now uses her story to help others. Both stay active and involved in a variety of different ways. Joannie volunteers at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and the couple stays involved
at St. Paul’s United Methodist; Britt remains very involved in education. He is frequently a judge for local spelling bees, history fairs and science fairs. He also is part of a group that does re-enactments of historical figures and often dresses up as the famous John Wesley. Britt is also former president of the Faculty and Friends of FSU, a club that allows people to share their experiences together. “I’ve always felt strongly that we need to give back because people have always been so generous to us,” said Joannie. “We strive to leave this world a better place than we found it.”
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Leon County Senior Outreach Woodville Lunch & Learn draws interested crowd Leon County Senior Outreach, a program of the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation funded by the county commission, now offers six monthly Lunch & Learn events at neighborhood community centers. Please see a complete listing of those events on page 18. Melissa Hasel, music therapist with Big Bend Hospice, was guest speaker at a recent Woodville Lunch & Learn. Hasel serenaded the audience with songs typical of what a hospice patient might hear during a visit. She explained that music therapists tailor selections to the wishes of the hospice patient and are often reminiscent of tunes from an earlier and happier time in their lives. The therapy, for
ADDITIONAL LCSO SERVICES at Miccosukee Community Center Get on the bus! Bus Trip to WalMart Fri., June 7 & July 5 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $2 round-trip Computer Class for Beginners Wed., May 15 & 22 10 a.m. – noon $2 per class.
many patients, relieves pain, lessens agitation and comforts both the patient and patient’s loved ones.
Melissa Hasel treats Woodville Lunch & Learn participants to a bit of musical therapy.
Happy Birthday, Mary Johnson! Johnson celebrates with Lunch & Learn friends.
AARP driver safety classes AARP Driver Safety classes for Seniors to be held at the following locations. Locations in Tallahassee:
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Leon County School Board May 14 8:30 a.m. June 11 8:30 a.m. Cherry Laurel May 18 8:30 a.m.
June 15 8:30 a.m. Location: Crawfordville Wakulla Public Library May 28 9:30 a.m. Taking a class will get you a discount on your au-
to insurance for three years. For more information and to sign up for a class, please contact Michael Bates @ 850-7657910
Tuesday tea time at Big Bend Hospice
A simple act of kindness, like presenting a plate of pretty goodies and a cup of hot tea to a worried family member, can give them the boost they need.
By Sharon D. Davidson
Busy women in pastel aprons scurry in and out of the building in late afternoon. Soft music pours gently from the polished piano. Beautiful treats on tiered platters cover the tabletop. And then it’s Tea Time. At exactly 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday, since July 2009, Tuesday Tea Time has been a greatly anticipated and much appreciated weekly event at Big Bend Hospice’s Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House. Family members, visitors and any patients who are able to take part gather and enjoy sweets, savory sandwiches and snacks, iced tea and hot tea, all presented in lovely and inviting displays. Initially created to enhance the services of the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House through community outreach, Tuesday Tea Time was publicized in local news articles which asked for donations of teapots and teacups and invited community members to take part as bakers or servers. Within a couple of weeks there were a wide array of decorative teapots displayed, and several Tea Time teams had formed, each dedicated to cooking and serving once a month. And then came the music. Local musicians came forward to play the piano during Tea Time, to play classical guitar or flute or cello or hammer dulcimer. One connection led to another and soon a series of Florida State University music students were rotating through on Tea Time Tuesdays, providing soothing sounds to accompany the voices of comforting conversations among Hospice House visitors, volunteers and staff members. For a while a 92-year-old pianist shared her repertoire of beloved standards from the ‘30s and ’40s.
Every Tuesday at Big Bend Hospice family members, visitors and patients can gather for tea time at 3:30 p.m.
One of the earliest Tea Time volunteers was Dee Hansen, a patient-family volunteer who visited Hospice House patients on Tuesdays and saw how much joy flowed through the building on those special afternoons. She started bringing baked treats and then quickly evolved as a leader. By 2011 Dee had agreed to serve as Volunteer Tea Time Coordinator. After a time of struggling to maintain weekly coverage and the high quality all had become accustomed to, Dee asked for help from the Volunteer Department in recruiting more servers and cooks. A mass plea to all Big Bend Hospice volunteers yielded a large roster of willing participants, so that the workload is shared among BBH volunteers, BBH staff and community
members. Over the years more than 30 individuals have prepared treats and/ or served Tea Time guests. Dee and the others are diligent in providing different types of foods to maintain balance (even using a few Weight Watcher-friendly recipes since the agency has started a WW group), and bring in seasonal themes to keep it special week after week. Valentine napkins, shamrock cookies, Easter baskets and Mardi Gras beads have all graced the Tea Time table. If it isn’t beautiful as well as delicious, Tea Time is not special enough for those who bring this weekly gift to the patients and families, and to the Big Bend Hospice staff. Dee and the others she coordinates donate everything they cook, as well as all decorations and table ware. If
not for their generosity we, and other hospices our size, would probably not be able to sustain the cost of this special weekly program. Most patients who are in the Hospice House are experiencing acute medical needs or are rapidly approaching death, and their family members and friends are stressed, tired and emotional. Tea Time every Tuesday afternoon provides a chance for them to pause, take a breath and a break from it all. It is a collaborative gift that cannot be given by the clinical staff members who focus all their time and attention on direct patient and family care. “Much more than the tea and coffee and snacks, it’s a time for patients’ families, and some patients, to step away from the process of dying and get back into activ-
ities of living,” says Tinu Agboola, Manager of 24Hour Services. “They socialize with other families who are going through the same thing and they support each other.” In the midst of death, Tea Time brings life to the patients and their families and staff members. A simple act of kindness, like presenting a plate of pretty goodies and a cup of hot tea to a worried family member, can give them the boost they need to go back into their loved one’s room and continue facing the tough emotions. Hospice House staff and other Big Bend Hospice staff members also look forward with eagerness to Tuesday afternoons and the respite they find at Tea Time. An unintended consequence, which other hospice programs may also enjoy if
establishing this tradition, has been increased bonding among Hospice House staff, field staff and administrative staff members. All come together with smiles around the Tea Time table. “The workers step away from the hustle and bustle and are able to relax and socialize, if only for a brief moment,” says Manager Tinu Agboola. “When they walk back to their jobs, they are rejuvenated. Tea Time not only feeds the body, it feeds the soul.” And Tea Time actually provided the motivation for one Southern lady to agree to Hospice House care for her loved one. Unfamiliar with the facility she was reluctant until she heard there was a butterfly garden on the grounds and a weekly Tea Time. That’s the power of people working together — smiling people with a plate of goodies, a bit of music and a spot of tea. Big Bend Hospice has been serving our community since 1983 with compassionate end- of- life care along with grief and loss counselors available to provide information and support to anyone in Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin or Wakulla county. If you would like additional information about services, please call 850878-5310 or visit www.bigbendhospice.org.
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Weekly Studio Classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center Ongoing studio classes meet on a weekly basis and do not require pre-registration, just pay days you attend. Instructors work with individual students, and students assist and critique one another in a rewarding collaborative environment. It is recommended you visit the class and talk to the instructor before joining the class; the instructor will provide an individualized supply list. Studio Artists have the opportunity to exhibit in the center’s gallery spaces. All classes are located at TSC unless otherwise noted. Call 891-4016 or email Leslie.Puckett@talgov.com for more information. $8 per class (55+) $10 others
noon; instructor: Linda Pelc Drawing & Painting Studio at Allegro, Tue., 6 – 8:30 p.m.; instructor Audrey Peaty Beginning Painting in Oil & Acrylic, Wed., 9:30 a.m. – noon; instructor Charles Hazelip Oil and Acrylic Painting – Intermediate, Wed., 1- 4 p.m.; instructor Charles Hazelip Watercolor, Thur., 9 a.m. – noon; instructor Rosemary Ferguson Drawing Etcetera, Thur., 1-4 p.m.; instructor: Bart Frost
On-Going Studio Labs Portrait Studio Lab, Mon., 9 – 11:30 a.m., $4
Artistry in Clay: Handbuilding, Mon., 10 a.m. – noon; instructor Mark Fletcher Watercolor, Tue., 9 a.m. -
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Springtime brought sunshine and smiles to the annual Grandparents as Parent spring picnic as John and Tammy Levingston (GaP grandparents) with grandchildren Tyrah, 10, and Amber, 1, find picnic goodies to their liking.
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Wed., May 29 & June 26, noon – 1:30 pm Leon County Public Library 200 W Park, Program room A. Complimentary lunch provided for grandparents and other relative caregivers. Reservations required for all attending. Call or email Karen Boebinger at 891-4027 or email@example.com for information or to RSVP for events above. GaP is co-sponsored by United Healthcare.
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Martha Coppins with Leon County Senior Outreach joins Grace Mathis, a GaP grandmother, and Carolyn Faust, GaP Advisory Council member to enjoy the festive occasion. Ron Mathis, a GaP grandfather, is in background.
Karen Boebinger is all smiles after receiving a $10,000 grant for the Grandparents as Parents program from the Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) Coalition, funded by Florida Blue Foundation. “This grant money will be used for nutrition education and outreach for GaP,” says Boebinger, GaP program coordinator.
Seniors go for gold 217 joined in Capital City Senior Games By Michael Molter
Ken and Robin Walters take home some gold!
The Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Affairs Department recently hosted the 4th annual Capital City Senior Games. The games were held at13 venues and took place over the course of seven days, starting with a Road Race 5K and ending with an18hole golf tournament. This year, the Capital City Senior Games saw a record-high 217 participants whose ages ranged from 50 to 88. Cindy Mead, PRNA games organizer, exclaimed, “I am so excited about the increasing number of athletes registered each year!” Athletes of all abilities, novice to expert, competed on the same stage. Each game is broken into five-year age divisions with no limit on the number of games in which a senior can compete. This allowed more seniors the opportunity to medal in various events and, as a result, 266 gold medals now adorn our champions’ trophy walls and cabinets. Golf, track & field, bowling and table tennis proved immensely popular events. Forty-five golfers entered this year’s completion held at Hilaman Golf Course. Athlete Dennis Culligan, at age 53, shot +3, 75, on the course to register the event’s best score. Pickelball also experienced a huge growth in participation over previous games. The game with the funny name, (a cross between tennis and badminton, played with a whiffle ball and a paddle on a lowered net), enjoyed an increase from two participants last year to 21 this year. The pickleball contingent showed up with raving, contagious enthusiasm at the opening ceremony! One of the
best rewards of orchestrating the games and making sure everything runs smoothly, according to Mead, “is watching all the athletes enjoy the fun of competition. “ Many of the sports contained different event categories. Track and field, for instance, offered the javelin throw and a 400m run, among other events. Athlete Carl Maus, an eight sport athlete, competed in the javelin throw though never seeing a javelin before. When asked why, he responded, “When am I ever going to have a chance to throw a javelin in my life.” This attitude was the force that kept the games strong and thriving. Other notable athletes, who competed in more than ten events, included Bob Keller, Terry Presnell, Yvonne Gsteiger, Jocelyn Lowthel, and Barney Myers. Mead is quick to credit and give accolades to the entire PRNA team that worked so diligently to ensure success of games and now that planning is underway for the 2014 event, Mead says, “I’m hopeful that we will break the 300 mark for our 5th Annual Capital City Senior Games next year.” The City of Tallahassee recognizes the sponsors who made it all possible: Capital Health Plan, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Audiology Associates of North Florida, Friends of Our Parks, the Tallahassee Sports Council, and the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. Also we would like to thank our non-city venues who hosted a sport making the games possible: Beau Turner Facility, Premier Health and Fitness Center, Killearn United Methodist Church, Capital Lanes, and Amos P. Godby High School. Results and further information can be found on the web at www.visittallahassee.com/seniorgames.
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FUN AND GAMES
The Senior Games golf event breaks a record with 45 entrants. Here,Becky Stark putts.
Discus and javelin, butterfly and golf: Seniors master their events
he 2013 Capital City Senior Games attracted a record number of participants who ranged in age from 50 to 88. Determination can be seen, even felt, in photos capturing the competition. Planning is already underway for 2014 games next spring. Get ready!
John Hall (left) takes aim with other archers at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.
The Senior Games golf event breaks a record with 45 entrants. Here, Don Vaughn swings.
Rick Ashton rides like the wind.
Anna Johnson shares a laugh with Ron Pease, a games’ winner in basketball. Pease “worked” the welcome reception crowd with some humorous antidotes of his attempts on the court.
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The javelin belongs to Charles Williams as he prepares his throw.
Watch this lady throw! Christine Frier gets ready with the discus.
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Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts The galleries at TSC are open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Receptions free and open to the public. Current Exhibits Receptions are free and open to the public. Current Art Exhibit Art Potpourri NOW – May 17 Drawings, pastels and mixed media artwork by TSC artists. Drawings, pastels, clay and mixed media artworks by Senior Center artists adorn the auditorium. Awards selected by Bev Rae Glazer, owner of Nomads Art Gallery were announced: First place – Robert Westwood; second place – Roger Owen; third place – Margaret Hamilton; fourth place – Hank Fleck; honorable mentions: Maria Balingit, Nancy Juster Johnson, Sue Leadem, and Jan Bland. The audience selected the People’s Choice awards: Best Use of Color & Favorite Animal Portrayal – Margaret Hamilton; Most Creative – Robert Westwood; Best Portrayal of People – Roger Owen; and Favorite Landscape – Doris Patrick.
pre-registration and payment one week before the first class meeting. Most meet once a week with a beginning and end date. They are at the Tallahassee Senior Center unless otherwise indicated. Enjoying Art at Cherry Laurel Instructor: Michael Harrell Mondays, 10 a.m. – noon, June 24 – July 29 (six weeks) Learn about art and develop basic drawing and painting techniques.
Personal Expressions in Watercolor May 24 – July 15
Skill Level: Beginners – intermediate.
Instructor: Millie Ruffles-Smith
Instructor: Linda Pelc
Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 6, 20, 27 (three class meetings, skip June 13) TSC Clay Studio
Structured classes with step-by-step watercolor technique for continuing beginners. Skill Level: Not for first time watercolor beginners. $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 28
Instructor: Bart Frost
TSC First Floor Dining Room
Learn to use soft pastels. Study technique, composition and color development while creating beautiful landscapes.
Following the Master Painters — Miro
Artists include Carole Robertson, George Burton, and Lois and Neil Hostnick.
Fri. 6-8 p.m.
noon, June 6 – July 18 (six weeks)
$48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 28.
TSC Classical Figure Drawing
NOW – July 19
Art can help us look at ourselves in a new way. Sandy Delopez poses with her self-portrait painting ‘a la Picasso. Delopez, a student in Millie Ruffles-Smith’s “Following the Master Painters” class, found it fun to get in the spirit of Picasso’s breaking-loose style.
$48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 29.
“Florida Nature Photography”
Art Reception June 7,
ON THE COVER
Skill Level: Beginners & Continuing Beginners
Tuesdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 4 – July 9 (six weeks)
Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m., June 4 – July 9 (six weeks) Learn fundamental tools and techniques for drawing the human figure in pencil and charcoal; demonstrations, one-on-one instruction. Male and female models provide classical figure poses. Class fee includes cost of the model.
Art Reception June 7, Fri. 6 – 8 p.m.
Skill Level: Some drawing experience prior to taking class.
Watercolor paintings by TSC artists.
$85 (55+) $95 others. Register by May 28.
TSC Second Floor Auditorium
Instructor: Wendy Devarieux
Art workshops require
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. -
New! Connecting to your Creativity
Learn about a famous artist and experiment with painting in that style. This is not a traditional painting class; it is an opportunity to explore your creative side in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Skill Level: Beginners – intermediate. $24 (55+) $30 others, plus materials fee $9. Register by May 29. Oil Painting with Eluster at TSC Instructor: Eluster Richardson Fridays, 9 – 11:30 a.m., June 7 – July 12 (six weeks)
skip June 14) TSC Clay Studio Learn and develop basic drawing techniques. Skill Level: Beginners & Intermediate $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 29. Enjoying Watercolor Instructor: Michael J. Harrell Fridays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 7 – July 19 (six classes, skip June 14) Structured classes with step-by-step watercolor technique for new and continuing beginners. $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 29. New! Funky Fibers Instructor: Ginny Jones Fridays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 7 – July 12 (six weeks) in TSC Clay Studio This class explores ideas and techniques for designing small non-traditional art quilts andoptions to embellish them. Can be sewn by hand or machine. All skill levels. Fee: $48 (age 55+) $60 others. Register by May 30.
Instructor – Millie Ruffles-Smith Mondays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 10, 24, July 1 (3 class meetings, skip June 17), TSC Clay Studio. Fun workshop will help you create meaningful works of art where the emphasis is on abstraction and introspection. Non-traditional drawing and painting exercises. All skill levels. $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by June 3. Oil Painting with Eluster at Bradfordville Historic Schoolhouse Instructor: Eluster Richardson Fridays 1:30 – 4 p.m., June 21 – July 26 (six class meetings) Oil paint is most revered medium by painting masters, learn why. Eluster helps develop skills and insight intocomposition and subject matter. Skill level: Intermediate — some experience with oil painting required $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by June 12. Watercolor Painting at Lake Jackson Community Center Instructor: Linda Pelc Mondays, 1 – 3:30 p.m., June 24 – Aug. 5 (six class meetings, skip July 15)
Learn five basic techniques that all watercolor painters use. Skill Level: Continuing Beginners $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by June 17. Acrylic Painting/Landscapes for Beginners at Lake Jackson Community Center at Huntington Oaks Plaza Instructor: Janice McCatskill Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - noon, June 25 – July 30 (six class meetings- skip July 15) Learn basics of painting with this versatile medium while painting landscapes. Skill Level: Beginners $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by June 18. Painting with Oils - Fort Braden Community Center Instructor: Robert DeWitt Smith Thursdays 2 – 5 p.m., June 27 – August 8 (six class meetings, skip July 4) Each session provides both a demonstration and the opportunity to paint. Students can explore representational or abstract painting. Skill Level: Some experience with oil painting preferable. $48 (55+) $60 others. Register by June 19.
Oil painting technique, style, color theory and composition with various subject matter.
Senior Artist Showcase 2013
Skill level: Intermediate – some experience with oil painting required.
The Showcase is an annual juried fine art exhibition highlighting talented, mature artists residing in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. Join us in celebrating the creative talents of senior artists with your own piece of art. Artworks will be selected from submitted entries and exhibited in the Old Armory Galleries at the Sen-
$48 (55+) $60 others. Register by May 29 Drawing Together Instructor: Michael Harrell Fridays, 9:30 – noon, June 7 – July 19 (six weeks,
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ior Center and at the Leon County Public Library during August and September. All media accepted except video. Award ceremony with cash prizes Friday, September 6, 2013. Contact Leslie Puckett at 891-4016 or Leslie.Puckett@talgov.com to request a prospectus. Walk-in deadline May 14. Entry fee $15.
Adventure! Book a travel tour and take in parks, islands and canyons or Machu Picchu 2013 – 2014 Tours TALLAHASSEE SENIOR CENTER Tours open to all travelers and all benefit TSC Call 891-4004.
LEARN ABOUT TRIPS Join us for a TRAVEL PRESENTATION @ Allegro, 4501 Shannon Lakes Dr W (668-4004) Learn about 2013 and 2014 adventure and leisure opportunities Thur., May 30, 4 – 6 p.m. Representatives from Collette Vacations and Travel Leaders will be available to preview new offerings and to answer your questions. Reservations are not required but encouraged. 891-4004.
COACH TOURS with Travel Leaders
The following tours include airfare from Tallahassee Municipal Airport:
Call Joanie at 701-3745 or Rosetta at 891-4004
Costa Rica offering 2 tours (includes air from Tallahassee)
Alhambra Dinner Theater Summer Series:
June 6 – 16 and Oct 12 - 20
June 1, Murder Among Friends stars Loretta Swit (full payment due NOW) July 6, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (full payment due by June 6) August 31, Dixie Swim Club (full payment due July 30) Each day tour $108 pp. SAN ANTONIO Christmas December 2 – 6, 2013 Walking tour of New Orleans French Quarter » cruise on the San Antonio River » the Alamo and Mission San Jose » Houston’s Museum of Natural Science » Cajun Christmas Supper at Prejean’s $758 pp double; $994 single INTERNATIONAL and National Park tours with Collette Vacations. Note: TSC can book you on any Collette Vacations tour. Visit www. collettevacations.com and pick your destination, then call us at 891-4004 to help with the booking. You will benefit senior programming and get a tax deduction too.
Price begins at $2199 pp/double. San Jose » Coffee Plantation » Guanacaste Monteverde Cloud Forest » Arenal Volcano » Lake Arenal Curise » Hanging Bridges » Zarcero Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu (tour departs Tallahassee airport or other major gateways – invite your friends) July 9 -22, 2013 Cruise & Land $8,799 pp/double. 14 days, 27 meals. Quito » 5-day Galapagos Cruise » Guayaquil » Lima » Sacred Valley of the Incas » Machu Picchu » Cuzco » and more
pp/double. London » London Theatre Performance » Cambridge » York » Edinburgh Castle » Lake District » North Wales » Stratford-upon-Avon » Cotswolds » Stonehenge Scotland and Northern Ireland April 23 – May 4, 2014 Price begins at $3799 pp/double. Edinburgh » Palace of Holyroodhouse » Glamis Castle » Inverness » Loch Ness » Fort William » cruise Loch Lomond »
From left: Dee Shepherd and Mary Beth Seay on tour in Ireland. The two ladies traveled the Emerald Isle on a TSC benefit tour with Collette Vacations. Upon her return, Seay commented that, “Ireland’s beauty and warm welcome to visitors made me feel as though we had stepped back a moment in time. It is so peaceful there. What a wonderful tour — expertly planned and organized. Very nice!” The widely traveled adventurer went on to say, “I would definitely travel with TSC on a getaway again.” So, we’re offering a NEW tour to Scotland and Northern Ireland! Cumbernauld » Ferry Crossing to Belfast, Northern Ireland »
Glens of Antrim » Giant's Causeway to Derry » County
Donegal » Glenveagh National Park » Ulster Dublin
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TALLAHASSEE SENIOR CENTER For questions or more information on the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation activities and 14 neighborhood venues, please contact 850-8914000 or visit www.talgov.com/seniors. Find and “Like” us at Facebook.com/TallahasseeSeniorCenter. For Leon County Senior Outreach (a program of the TSC & F) and the LCSO Gazette, visit http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/home/departments/senioroutreach or phone 891-4065.
ABOUT PUBLICATION Active Living is a bi-monthly publication of the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303. 850-891-4000. Sheila Salyer, Senior Services Manager, City of Tallahassee; Executive Director, Tallahassee Senior Foundation; Editor, Rosetta Stone Land, Managing Editor TSC staff, Contributors Martha Gruender, Design coordinator, copy editor The mission of Tallahassee Senior Services is to enhance the independence and quality of life for seniors and caregivers through educational, social, recreational and wellness opportunities. Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by Tallahassee Senior Services or the Tallahassee Senior Foundation.
LIFELONG LEISURE LEARNING LifeLong Learning Corner Classes $2 (55+), $3 (others) unless otherwise noted. Call 891-4008 to reserve. NEW Tai Chi Classes Join in NOW Wed. and Fri., 10 – 11 a.m. Tai-Chi focuses on health enhancement — slow, graceful movements that stretch and strengthen the entire body. UKULELE HOUR Fridays, May 3 – 24, 11 – noon Bring your ukulele and play with other beginning uke players! Class is designed for fun, playing together at your own skill level, and learning in the process. Review basic uke chords and learn a variety of strumming and picking patterns, new chords, and an assortment of ukulele tips. No reservation needed. DIGITAL CAMERA CLASSES Wed, May 15, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Travel Photography with Dr. Mike. Advanced registration requested; space limited. Call 891-4008. $5 MS WORD class May 16 – June 4 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab Instructor: Peter Piper Registration required, call 891-4008; space limited. $10 (55+) $15 others for the entire course. GROUP PIANO CLASSES May 31 – July 19 – times vary Freshen up your piano skills with two hands techniques and chords along with one line melodies and duets. $80, includes a book. Registration required (891-4008) and space is limited. EXCEL June 6 – 25 Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab Peter Piper will teach the basics of Excel in six sessions. $12 (55+) and $18 (others) for the entire course. Registration required (891-4008) and space is limited. “Drumming: You’ve Got the Rhythm” Aug. 1 & 8 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Reduce stress and feel better with another two-part drumming series! Drums available or bring your own. Facilitated by Mershell Sherman. Is It Greek to You? Ever had an interest in learning about the source language of the New Testament, to discover for yourself the meanings of some of
Come play games with us and you too may have a cheering section! Senior Games’ pickleball participants and fans encourage each other at the recent event. TSC offers challenging games of pickleball, ping pong, and mini tennis in the Old Armory auditorium. Call 891-4000 for days and times.
Here, facing left to right, Jerry Lester and Glen Howe find competition on the court. the more difficult or confusing sections of the Bible? Call 891-4008 by May 24. RECREATION SPECIAL Tallahassee Duplicate Bridge Club hosts the Tallahassee Spring Sectional Tournament May 17 – 19. For more information www.tdbc.info. Seated Volleyball – Summer League Tuesdays, May 7 – June 25; 1 – 2 p.m. Fun, fellowship and fitness! Even if you have never played, you want to join this game. The game is played much like regular volleyball, but you remain seated. Join the laughter, time with friends and get some physical activity. USA DANCE Saturdays, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
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Dances lessons provided at no charge (with paid admission to dance) at 6:30 pm dance night. All events are smoke and alcohol free. DJ dances, $8/USA Dance members and $14/non-members; $5 students with valid ID. Exceptions noted. Sat., June 15 – ’50s Jump and Jive Sat., July 20 – Barefoot Boogie Sat., Aug. 17 – Tea House of the August Moon CONTRA Dance (Tallahassee Community Friends of Old Time Dance) 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Jigs and reels and all kinds of fun. Moves similar to square dance with caller instructing each dance before the music begins. $8/adults, $7/ seniors, $5/students, $3/dancing kids.No partner necessary. May 31, Performance by Tanager and caller Vicki Morrison
June 14, Performance by Long Forgotten String Band and caller Tom Greene June 28, Caller Andy Kane from Gainesville JOIN US FOR THESE OTHER FUNTASTIC DANCE GROUPS Beginning Line Dance Mondays 5:15 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. $2 (55+), $3 others Capital Twirlers Square Dance Mondays 7 p.m. Mainstream and Plus Level Square Dancing. Monthly dues $12.50 per person. Visitors $5. Level adjusted to fit dancers' skills. Check http://www.squaredancesites.com/ capital_twirlers/index.htm for more details. Capital Round Dance Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9 p.m. $4 Dancing for Fun Fridays, 2 – 4 p.m. $2 (55+), $3 others Beginning Ballroom and Swing Lessons Fridays, 5:30 - 7 p.m. $5
Annual Patriotic Concert:
Celebrate America! Silver Stars Gala You are cordially invited To this Gala event honoring extraordinary seniors To be held Thursday, May 23 At the FSU University Center Club Beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets on Sale Now $40 each, $75 per couple $360 for table of 10 Presented by Tallahassee Senior Services, the Tallahassee Senior Foundation, and Capital Health Plan. A special thank you to Galaxy Sponsor Capital Health Plan Milky Way Sponsors Capital Home Health Eye Associates of Tallahassee Big Dipper Sponsors Audiology Associates of North Florida Carroll & Co. Centre Pointe Health & Rehab HealthSouth Rehab Hospital Home Instead Senior Care
Food, fun, music and more!
Tuesday, July 3 7:00 p.m.
Featuring the TCC Bands In the auditorium of the Tallahassee Senior Center. The concert benefits Tallahassee Senior Services and Brehon Family Services.
Adults $5 and children free
Active Living Expo Active Living Expo – Experiences for a Lifetime » 80 vendors » Screenings » Product displays » Services that can help make your life healthier, relaxed and
more thrilling. Thur., Sept. 12, 5 — 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Tallahassee Senior Center 1400 N Monroe St $3 for two days
Little Dipper Sponsors Aegis Therapies Allegro Independent & Assisted Living Broadview Assisted Living Burke Physical Therapy Cherry Laurel Comfort-N-Mobility Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home DQP Copy & Print Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.FTRI HarborChase of Tallahassee Maxim Healthcare Services NHC Home Care Palmer Eye Center Seven Hills Health & Rehab Tallahassee Memory Care TMH Lifeline Westminster Oaks Active Living Community SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE — phone Sheila Salyer at 891-4000 for complete information.
Sponsors include National Cremation Society United Healthcare Call Kristy Carter at 891-4008 for more information & sponsorships
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE OTHER EVENTS Ice Cream Social July 15 @ TSC Celebrate Seniors July 25 @ Allegro Big Bend Art Showcase &
Tallahassee Senior Foundation Annual Meeting Sept. 6 @ TSC Deck the Halls December 6
TSC brings you the 4th L3X Sept 23 – 27 all around the region!
MAINTENANCE WEEK The Tallahassee Senior Center will be closed July 22 – 31 for maintenance. The center will re-open on Thur., Aug 1.
Log on today and join the team!
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HEALTH & FITNESS For more information on offered programs, call Ruth Nickens, R.N. Health Program Coordinator or Toni Walmsley, Asst. Health Program Coordinator at 891-4000. Most presentations are 11 a.m. – noon in the TSC Dining Room. Presentations, massage and fitness classes $2 unless otherwise indicated. HEALTH PROGRAMS “Tools to Quit: A Smoking Cessation Workshop” Mon., May 20, June 3 & 17 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Conference Room 1A Highly effective class/support group if you are ready to quit smoking. Nicotine patches provided at no charge. Offered by Big Bend AHEC. Call 224-1177 to register. “CIS and VISTA: What’s it all about?” Monday, June 3 11:30 noon Learn more about this organization that helps build partnerships to connect community resources with schools and help young people stay in school, graduate, and prepare for life. Tiffany Boyer, VISTA Leader “Meditation and Mindfulness” Tue., June 4 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Health Suite 1A Now offered one Tuesday each month in conjunction with Reiki, these encounters introduce you to the secrets of the timeless art of meditation. Taught by Leslie Hanks. “Taking Your Medications Safely” Wed., June 26 Join us for an evidence-based program that will help you understand your medications and how to take them safely. Presented by Area Agency on Aging. TMH Lecture Series Continued: “Substance Abuse Is Everywhere:” Wed., June 12 The last in a series of health and wellness topics presented by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Health Screenings (Health Suite) 10 a.m. – noon
AARP LECTURE SERIES
At TSC, it’s all about friendships, learning and growing. Here, Ruby Roe, left, teaches Emily Tibbits about tablets and the two share in the fascination of new electronics. Blood Pressure Screening Wed. & Thur. Glucose Screenings Wednesdays By NHC and medical volunteers Balance Screenings Thur., May 16 By Centre Pointe Health & Rehab Vision and Glaucoma Screening: Tue., May 21 By Eye Associates Pulse Oximetry Screenings Thur., June 6 and July 3 Memory Screenings Tue., June 11 By Jasmine Shepherd Hearing Screenings Wed., July 10 By Audibel Massage and Reiki: Reiki Tue., May 21, June 4 & 18. July 2 10:30 a.m. – noon, Susie Howell, Reiki Master, and friends Massage Tue., May 28 10 a.m. – noon, Norma Reesor, LMT Thur., May 16 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 1110 a.m. – noon, Jon-
athan Walker, LMT Fitness Mindful Movement Tue., 11 a.m. – noon Taught by Lori Roberts, certified NIA yoga instructor Brain Body Memory Balance Mon., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at TSC. Designed to sharpen cognitive and balance skills. Low impact. Taught by Kathy Gilbert. Chair Yoga Fri., 11 a.m. – noon, Gentle yoga workout for increased mobility, bladder control, self-esteem, and mental focus. Taught by Certified Yoga Instructor Bridget Welch. Life Exercise Tue. and Thur., 9:30 – 10:30 am, by instructor Pomeroy Brinkley. Aerobics, light weights, and stretching. Tai Chi Wed. and Fri., 10 – 11 a.m. Zumba® Gold Thur., 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. $5 (55+) $7 others Yoga Mon. and Wed., 5:30 - 7 p.m., taught by certified yoga in-
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structor Pamela Hunter. Vigorous practice for adults. $10 (55+) $12 others Podiatry screening & foot care every two months Thur., July 11, 1 – 3 p.m. Dr. Gary McCoy, Podiatrist. Cuts toenails and assesses foot problems. Accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and secondary insurance, which may cover costs if you have diabetes, vascular disease, neuropathy, renal failure, MS, or are on Coumadin. Otherwise, $25. Neighborhood Fitness Sites * Event sponsored by LCSO, a program of Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. $2 unless otherwise noted. Allegro, 4501 Shannon Lakes Dr W Brain–Body–Memory–Balance: Wed, 2 – 3 pm *Bradfordville Historic School House Senior Fitness Beginners: Tue. & Thur., 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Intermediate: Tue. & Thur., 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Afternoon Class: Tue. & Thur.,
1 – 2 p.m. *Chaires-Capitola Dorothy C. Spence Community Center Senior Fitness : Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. *Fort Braden Community Center Senior Fitness: Mon & Wed, 10:30 – 11:30 am Zumba: Mon & Wed, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. $2 per class (55+) $3 others Jack McLean Community Center Super Seniors Fitness with Edwina Martin Tue., Wed., Thur., 10 – 11 a.m. (no charge) Jake Gaither Community Center Mindful Movement: Moving for Better Balance Thur., 11 a.m. – Noon Optimist Park, 1355 Indianhead Dr. Brain–Body–Memory–Balance Tue., 10 –11 a.m. *Woodville Community Center Senior Fitness: Mon & Wed, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays, May 30 – July 11 All presentations at 11 a.m. Activity room May 30 “The Many Faces of AARP” AARP is more than discounts and magazines! Learn about the history and mission of AARP and the wide variety of ways AARP members serve their communities. June 6 “News From Tallahassee: Legislative Session Reviewed” State legislative issues relevant to seniors. June 13 – “Consumer and Investor Fraud” How you can protect yourself from identity theft, investment scams, home improvement fraud, annuities fraud, and top frauds in Florida. June 20 – “We Need to Talk” Sensitive and successful conversations with family members and friends when driving safety – “Is time to limit or stop driving?” – becomes an issue. June 27–“Health Care Law Explained” Do you have questions about the health care law? Find out how the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act impacts you and your family. Whether or not you have insurance, or if you have Medicare, our speakers will help explain how the latest changes and benefits in the health care law will work for you. July 11 – “Social Security Explained” AARP wants to engage and educate our members and the 50+ population about Social Security and how to strengthen it for current and future generations. Our speakers will share information about who is eligible, how Social Security is funded, benefits and some solvency options that have been discussed to date.
Find the answers with helplines and hotlines SENIOR FOOD RESOURCES Facts*: » Life expectancy in the U.S. is higher than ever (age 79) for children born today, yet seniors remain at greater risk of health problems related to nutritional deficits than any other age group. » According to the results of a 2012 statewide survey by the Department of Elder Affairs, 26% of the seniors in Florida are at risk of malnutrition. » In January 2013 nearly one fifth of Florida’s population received food stamps. » Nationwide, 30% of households with seniors served by Feeding America programs said that they have had to choose between food and medical care and 35% had to choose between food and heat/utilities. •» Many restaurants in Florida report that increased numbers of diners are using more coupons, reviewing menus before ordering and dining early to take advantage of early specials. Seniors who do not have adequate access to foods necessary for a balanced diet are at risk of placement in restrictive, costly living situations. There are resources available in this community to help seniors obtain food whether through low cost means, cooking at home, or through the wide variety of local restaurants. *Sources for these facts: cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/ hus11.pdf#022; elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/pubs/ pubs/Assessing_the_Needs_of_Elder_Floridians_Jan_2012.pdf; huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/24/ florida-food-stamps-recordhigh_n_2943810.html; feedingamerica.org/hunger -in-america/hunger-facts/ senior-hunger.aspx; mytimes.com/2010/01/09/business/economy/09earlybird.html FOOD PANTRIES Contact Each Location for Food Pick Up Times and Availability Big Bend Community Development Corp, 421 W Georgia
Alyssa Bolter, an intern at the Tallahassee Senior Center, gives a presentation on her medical mission experiences in Haiti and Peru—two countries where food supplies are critical for the elderly. Bolter gained firsthand knowledge on the impact of diet in the lives of seniors. Many medical needs are a direct result of poor nutrition for all ages, but especially for the young and elderly.
HELPLINES AND HOTLINES Abuse Hotline: 800-962-2873 or 800-96ABUSE Area Agency on Aging, Elder Helpline: 800-96-ELDER (3-5337) Consumer Hotline: 800-435-7352 Medicare Hotline: 800-633-4227 2-1-1 Big Bend: 617-6333 or 211
St 224-9745 bigbendcdc.com Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 2015 Fleischmann Road 877-2712 holycomforteronline.org Catholic Charities, 1380 Blountstown Hwy. 222-2180 ccnwfl.org Life Changers Church of God in Christ, 601 Miccosukee Road 656-3940 lifechangerscogic.com Church of Christ, 916 Paul Russell Road 878-0085 Project Annie, 625 W 4th St. 222-6133 Faith Presbyterian Church/
Manna on Meridian, 2200 Meridian Road 385-6151 faithpcusa.org Salvation Army, 5016 W Tennessee St. 222-0304 uss.salvationarmy.org ECHO, Emergency Services Program, 702 W Madison St. 224-3246 echotally.org Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 615 Tuskegee St. 575-2739 tabernaclembc.net Elder Care Services, 2518 W Tennessee St. 921-5554 ecsbigbend.org United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive 878-7385
uctonline.org Good News Outreach, 242 Lafayette Circle 412-0016 goodnewsoutreach.org Wildwood Church, Our Father's Storehouse, 100 Ox Bottom Road 894-1400 wildwoodchurchonline.org Lake Jackson United Methodist Church, Redeemer’s Storehouse, 4423 N Monroe St 562-1759 lakejacksonumc.wordpress.com Good News Christian Ministries, Sowing Seeds Sewing Comfort Ministry 282 Water Oak Dr - Food Distributed at Tallahassee Senior Center 345-7535 SITES FOR LOW COST PREPARED MEALS Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, 510 W Tennessee St. 224-7313 havenofrestflorida.org First Presbyterian Church, 110 N Adams St. 222-4504 oldfirstchurch.org Grace Mission Episcopal Church, 305 W Brevard St.
224-3817 gracemission.net The Shelter (non-residents may eat certain meals), 480 W Tennessee St. 224-8448 tallahasseeleonshelter.com The Senior Center (low cost hot lunch and salad bar…reservations needed for hot lunch), 1400 N Monroe St. 891-4000 www.talgov.com/seniors Smith-Williams Community Center (low cost hot lunch…reservations needed for hot lunch), 2295 Pasco St. 891-1860 www.talgov.com RESTAURANTS/RESTAURANT DISCOUNTS Visit or call the Senior Center to obtain a card that provides discounts to certain restaurants in the Tallahassee area. Visit localseniordiscounts.com for a list of area restaurants in this program or visit/call the Senior Center at 891-4000 for a list. There is a wide variety of excellent restaurants in the Tallahassee area. Most are listed in the local telephone book or at visittallahassee.com (606-2305). OTHER FOOD SOURCES Meals on Wheels (delivered meals), 2518 W Tennessee St 921-5554 ecsbigbend.org Door Step Delivery (restaurant food delivered) Menu Guide Available 575-3663 doorstepdelivery.com Who Cooks for You (meals cooked in the senior’s home by a personal chef) 544-6623 whocooksforyou.biz Your Secret Pantry (frozen meals, can be delivered), 2746 Capital Circle NE 576-4488 yoursecretpantry.com FOOD INFORMATION FAMU Cooperative Extension Program Promotes and makes available programs for community gardening, food safety and nutrition. 599-3546 famu.edu/cesta/main Leon County Extension Office of UF
Provides educational assistance with nutritional health, food safety, and a 24-hour consumer question and answer hotline. 606-5200 leon.ifas.ufl.edu NUTRITION AND COOKING CLASSES There are many resources in Leon County to help seniors understand their nutritional needs and how to cook satisfying, nutritionally complete meals at home. This information can be found at www.talgov.com/seniors (under Senior Resources) or by calling 891-4043. FOOD STAMPS The food stamp program, also called SNAP or supplemental nutrition assistance program, is a federally-funded program administered locally by the state that enables low-income and indigent households to obtain an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card for use in most grocery stores to purchase food. Approved households are entitled to purchase a designated amount of food utilizing their cards based on net income and household size. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) administers the SNAP program. Seniors can apply by: Calling 1-866-762-2237 to request an application by mail - M-F, 8am - 5pm or Visiting www.myflorida.com/ accessflorida or Going to the DCF Office at 2810 Sharer Rd, Unit 24 - M-F, 8am - 5pm. OTHER, RELATED INFORMATION Jenny Craig Weight Loss: jennycraig.com Weight Watchers: weightwatchers.com AARP Health and Nutritional Information: aarp.org/health Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements: fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling Eating Well for Seniors: nihseniorhealth.gov (nutrition) 475,000 Recipes and Cooking Tips: food.com Senior Nutrition and Diet Tips: helpguide.org/senior_nutrition.htm
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Lunch & learns, senior days & wellness circles A wide range of no-cost health screenings and monthly Senior Days offered for adults 55 + in the Bond community, south Tallahassee, and throughout Leon County. Donations accepted for all programs. For information on Southside activities, call 891-4000. For information on Leon County Senior Outreach events, contact Susan Davis, LCSO coordinator, 8914065. Lunch & Learn/Senior Days In and Around Tallahassee All Lunch & Learn and Senior Days are10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. The events offer lively and engaging programs. Each includes exhibitors, health screenings, and lunch. $6. Exceptions noted. * Event is sponsored by LCSO, a program of Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. Bradfordville Lunch & Learn* at Wildwood Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 100 Ox Bottom Road Wed., June 12 “Age in Place with Nifty Modifications” by TMH Home Health Care. No L&L in July. Chaires-Capitola Lunch & Learn* at Dorothy C. Spence Community Center, 4768 Chaires Cross Road Tue., May 28 “Healthy Aging” by Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH, FSU College of Medicine. Tue., June 25 TBA No L&L in July. Fort Braden Lunch & Learn* at Fort Braden Community Center, 16387 Blountstown Hwy. Tue., May 21 “Making Medical Decisions: What Are the Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities?” by Dr. Marshal Kapp, JD, MPH, Director, Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law. Tue., June 18 “Healthy Aging” by Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH, FSU College of Medicine. No L&L in July. Lake Jackson Lunch & Learn* at Lake Jackson Community Center, corner of N. Monroe Street and Fred George
Road Thur., May 16 “Let’s Hear It for the Ears” by Amanda Lawrence, Audiologist. Thur., June 20 “History of Medicine,” by Dr. Joseph Gabriel, Dept. of Medical Humanities and Social Science, FSU. No L&L in July. Lincoln Senior Day at Lincoln Neighborhood Service Center, 438 W. Brevard St., 8914180 Wed., May 15 Hats! Hats! Hats! features Ms. Kay’s Hats. Women are encouraged to bring a hat, swap a hat or buy a hat. Mrs. Albertha Kilpatrick teaches women how to take an ugly hat and make a thing of beauty with a minimal amount of work. Fun activities by Mrs. Erma Dassie are planned for ladies this post Mothers’ Day celebration. Lincoln Center Silver Seamstresses will exhibit their perfected skills with a needle and thread. Ladies will take to the runway modeling items made in the sewing class. Lincoln Center Conference Room walls will display the art work of our outstanding women painters. May is Women Health Month and the purpose of this month’s workshop is to promote a wonderful way of honoring our older generation of women and promote a positive outlook on aging. Exhibitors: Health South, Bond Community Health Center, Southeast Vision Screening, and Lincoln Center Silver Seamstresses. Wed., June 19 “What I Need To Know About Prostrate Problems.” Miccosukee Lunch & Learn* at Miccosukee Community Center, 13887 Moccasin Gap Road Thur., June 6 Alma B. Littles, MD, FSU College of Medicine. No L&L in July. Senior Day at Jake Gaither Community Center, 801 Bragg/ Tanner Dr., 891-3940 Wed., June 5, “Health Benefits of Natural Hair Care” Hair stylist and natural hair care advocate Valencia Jones
Senior Day participants find that child’s play is actually quite fun as adults too.
Parachute play is fun for Senior Day participants.
Kay Hobbs wins a homemade cake at April’s Woodville event. The cake was made and donated by Margaret Farris, an exhibitor from the Alzheimer’s Association.
will educate on the importance of choosing natural hair care and avoiding the toxic chemicals often contained in popular hair care products. Must make reservation for lunch. Call 8914009. $2. No Program in July! Next Senior Day, Aug 7. Woodville Lunch & Learn* at Woodville Community Center, 8000 Old Woodville Road Thur., June 13, “Old Florida Archives,” by John Grandage, Historian with the Florida Museum of History No L&L in July.
No program in July! Jake Gaither Community Center, 801 Bragg/Tanner Dr., 891-3940 Wed., May 15 TBA Wed., June 19 “Home Modifications for Seniors” See description above. No program in July! Providence Community Center, 1908 Highland St., 5977911 Tue., May 14 “Home Modifications for Seniors” See description above. Tue., June 11 TBA No program in July!
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Wellness Circles 11a.m. – noon (except as noted). Casual settings with coffee and snacks for various health related discussions, demonstrations, guest speakers and health screenings. $2. Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Road, 891-1819 Wed., June 12 “Home Modifications for Seniors” Physical therapists from TMH Home Health Care provide new and important information on how home modifications to help prevent accidents and falls.
Happy Mother’s Day! Today is Mother’s Day! Mothers come in all shapes and sizes — parenting moms, sisters, aunties, friends, and even coworkers. We encourage you to honor that special person in your life. Mothers, as we know, treasure homemade cards, candy, flowers, dining out and time with their loved ones. For 365 days a year, mothers tend to children in roles as caregivers, educators, coaches and cheerleaders, and most of all, by loving them. Do something exceptional this year. Give a gift in honor (or memory of) your mother, grandmother, auntie or the “mom” who made a difference in your life. The Tallahassee Senior Center will acknowledge those individuals by listing their names in the July issue of this magazine. Make Mother’s Day giving meaningful and simple, enhancing the lives of others through your gift. Gifts to honor fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures in your life will also receive recognition in our next issue as a Father’s Day tribute. Gifts may be sent to the Foundation at 1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303. Please include the correct spelling of the name, or names, of individuals you wish to honor. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Call 891-4003 for more information. The Tallahassee Senior Center enhances the independence and quality of life for seniors and caregivers, many of whom are mothers themselves, through educational, social, recreational, and wellness opportunities. The mission of the Foundation is to generate funding to support programs, services and participants of TSC.
Be a key holder Be a Key Holder Please join the Tallahassee Senior Foundation today. Your contribution pays for programs and enhances services. Mail or drop off your annual membership contribution at the Senior Center.
TALLAHASSEE SENIOR CENTER The Tallahassee Senior Center (TSC) is located at 1400 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303. For questions or more information, please contact 850-891-4000 or visit www.talgov.com/seniors. Find and “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ TallahasseeSeniorCenter!
Membership Senior (age 55+) $25 Senior Couple $40 Supporter (under age 55) $35 Nonprofit Organization $50 Key Holders Diamond $5,000 Platinum $2,000 Gold $1,000
Tallahassee Senior Foundation president, Linda Roberts, lives on the wild side at Seacrest Wolf Preserve, a TSC benefit tour.
Thank you for being a key to active aging! Send your contribution to:
Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303.
TALLAHASSEE SENIOR FOUNDATION
A.J. (Andy) McMullian, Emeritus
Sarah Neeley, Emeritus
Linda Roberts, President
SENIOR SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
Donna Wells, Vice President Judi Taylor, Treasurer Edna Owens, Secretary Ed Duffee, Jr., Immediate Past President
Bryan Desloge, Emeritus
Patricia Parkhurst, Chair Emily Millett, Vice Chair Nancy Daws Pamela Flory
Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D.
Monique Richardson of North Florida Legal Services about estate planning. The Tallahassee Senior Foundation uses those gifts to enhance programming.
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