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Deck the Halls Will Serve Up Holiday Delights
By Doug Carlson
The most anticipated holiday party in Tallahassee is only weeks away and the 2015 version of Deck the Halls, December 4th, 6:30 pm, is expected to be more uplifting than ever. Quite possibly it's the hot-air balloon rides – up for sale during the silent auction. But that's not the only reason.
Deck the Halls combines the opportunity to shop for unique holiday gifts with live music, a $500 cash giveaway, a martini bar with its own fan club, games, door prizes and the chance to schmooze with influential and well-dressed people, such as Tallahassee Democrat satirist Mark Hinson, who was volunteered to serve as honorary chair.
To accommodate the expected large crowd, complimentary valet parking will be waiting for you. Nobody will be left out, except those who don't buy a ticket (available at the Senior Center, or at the door).
For all, there's the meaningful opportunity to support a senior center providing essential programs and services to the community's engaged mature citizens. Each month, 5,000 people participate in Senior Center programs and Deck the Halls is the largest fundraising effort of the year to support that programming. Art classes, ping pong, music and singing classes, pickleball, a reading library, fitness and dance classes, yoga, art and computer classes – those are only part of the menu of activities and events available at the Senior Center.
The menu of activities at Deck the Halls is equally diverse. Jazz Etcetera will provide entertainment with an easy-to-listen-to mix of jazz and blues that serenades one of the more lively events of the year in this community. You'll find yourself swaying along and occasionally accepting a cupcake from one of the roving hostesses, while sipping your holiday martini.
Among the items up for bid in the silent auction are the balloon rides, a pair of season tickets to Theater Tallahassee, tickets to the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Magic Concert, jewelry and a beach vacation home. The vacation home isn't yours to keep, just to borrow for a stay when the sea breeze beckons.
All other silent auction items are available at Deck the Halls. The evening includes fine food, but even finer people. Deck the Halls has become synonymous with mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres that fuel the spirited silent auction, which sometimes looks like a Zumba class. A wide selection of beer, wine, unforgettable martinis (seriously, you'll never forget them) and non-alcoholic beverages also might contribute to the spirited bidding.
Have fun and behave yourself with Deck the Halls. All kidding aside, you'll feel good knowing that your generous participation in one evening helped provide Tallahassee seniors with 52 weeks a year of active-living opportunities at the Tallahassee Senior Center.
Tickets are $45 and are on sale now and at the door. Discounts are available for groups of 6-10 or more. In fact, we hope your entire office will allow us to host your party with no muss, no fuss on your end! Call 891-4003 for special discount information or advance purchase. For ticket purchases, click here
Leon County Senior Outreach Honors Volunteers and Community Partners
By Maureen Haberfeld, LCSO Program Aide
Leon County Senior Outreach honored their volunteers and community partners at an appreciation luncheon on Friday, September 25 at the Capital City Country Club. Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet lunch catered by the country club. The featured guest speaker was Dr. Ken Brummell-Smith, FSU College of Medicine Professor and Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation Board member, who gave an inspiring presentation on positive aging. The volunteers and community partners support Leon County Senior Outreach programs for senior citizens throughout the county including monthly Lunch and Learns, exercise, art, computer, and LifeLong Learning classes, as well as a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Join us in January to Celebrate Florida Seniors and Healthy Aging
By Ashley Chambers
With more than 4.8 million residents age 60 and older, Florida has the highest percentage of seniors in the nation. The Department of Elder Affairs works to serve this population while also honoring and celebrating them for their countless contributions to their families, communities, and the state. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida cordially invite you to the 16th annual celebration of older Floridians- Florida Senior Day. This event will take place at the Florida State Capitol on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
More than 1,500 elders, caregivers, and families are expected this year, and more than 75 partners will participate at interactive exhibit booths and provide complimentary health screenings. To kick off the program, Elder Affairs Secretary Samuel Verghese will also host a Town Hall meeting with other state leaders and aging network partners to discuss important issues facing Florida's growing senior population and answer questions from attendees. The day will also feature entertainment, including speakers, musicians, and performers, and a complimentary lunch.
Florida Senior Day is a great opportunity for older Floridians and their families to find out more about healthy aging in Florida and get connected to important resources and programs that help promote the well-being and independence of our seniors. It is also an important day for legislators and policy makers to hear from seniors on issues that are most important to them. Come and have your voice heard and celebrate older Floridians this year at Florida Senior Day! For more info on Florida Senior Day or to register, 850-222-3868 or email@example.com
Get Ready for the Capital City Senior Games!
March 8 – 14, 2016
The 2016 Capital City Senior games are quickly approaching. Some of our sports training facilities have accommodations for the dedicated training our athletes go through to prepare for the event. Click here to see a list of our approved locations for specialized training.
Retired Doctor takes up Florida Senior Games Sprinting as an Octogenarian
By Nick Gandy, Florida Sports Foundation
At age 80, Don Erickson thought he would try something new. He became friends with Tallahassee sprinter Bill Tharpe and decided, for a new activity, he would run short distances as fast as he could. The two will run in the 50 and 100-meter dash at Florida Senior Games on December 13 in Clearwater.
Since retiring in 1998, after a 45-year career as a neurosurgeon, Erickson was not been biding his time with inactivity before deciding to hit the track. So what makes an 80-year old newcomer to sprinting join the Florida Senior Games movement?
"Maybe at 80, I don't know anything anymore," Erickson said with a laugh.
Don Erickson is no stranger to lacing up the running shoes over the years for distance running, on and off again, since his 40s, but has never attempted to run full speed for short distances. That is, until he started hanging out with the fastest 67-year-old in Tallahassee.
"We were visiting and he started talking about the Senior Games and I became interested," Erickson said.
A Minnesota native, Erickson's interest has been piqued by quite a few things over the years. But he's showing everyone it's never too late to start something new. During hiking trips where Tharpe and Erickson interacted, Tharpe came to the conclusion, that Erickson was a perfect fit for the Florida Senior Games.
"He's in great shape for an 80-year old," said Tharpe, who runs the 100-meter dash in under 13 seconds. "He's a very interesting guy as well. I think his participation is beneficial not just for himself but for those who will come in contact with him at the track."
Senior athletes are well known for not just setting their own goals and achieving them but helping others to reach the same. For Erickson, who claims to be growing into his speed, fellow athletes like Tharpe are helpful.
Erickson has run for fitness, in 5K Road Races and even in Half Marathons. He traveled around the country for Competitive Retrievers competition events and was often a top 10 finisher in fields of more than 100 other contestants. The events involve Field Trial Retrieving and a Hunt Test where the dogs see birds and retrieve and take commands to find a hidden bird.
"I love dogs and the outdoors," Erickson said. "I had a retriever puppy and the guy helping me to train my dog told me about it and we started competing. It's moderately addicting. I told someone once you might as well turn to drugs before competitive retrievers; they both have the same affect.
He has never been a sprinter and will only run the 50 and 100 meters in Clearwater. "My goal is to be modest and see what happens," Erickson said. "I just want to be faster than the slowest guy and I will definitely be slower than the fastest guy."
Erickson has a lot going for him as he prepares for the 2015 Florida Senior Games. He was a letter winning gymnast at the University of Minnesota (1955-57) while studying to be a neurosurgeon. The program at the time was competitive but athletes of today have a lot more going for them than those in the 1950s.
"Intercollegiate athletics is much different now," he said. "With the progression of gymnastics a good high school team could have beaten any of us."
He's also got genetics on his side. "My parents were healthy and lived long lives," he said. "I have no joint problems, no heart problems, and I take no medications." Then there's the advantage all Senior Games athletes enjoy.
"I just turned 80 in September so I will be the baby in the age group," he said. "But while my goal is to win, but I'm practical enough to be able to enjoy it."
He claims to be as fast as he's ever been in his life, with his great health and genetics, and a little something extra. Erickson has a great attitude for an octogenarian, or for that matter, anyone that is willing to try something new.
The 2015 Florida Senior Games will be held December 5-13, in Clearwater, with competition in 24 sports. The online registration deadline is November 20th. Visit www.floridaseniorgames.com for more information.
Super Senior Sleuths to the Rescue
By Audrey Byrne, Communications Coordinator
Have you been taken advantage of by a contractor? Purchased an appliance or service and did not receive what you ordered? Purchased a timeshare and your contract was not honored? The Senior Sleuths are here to investigate your problem and help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. Seniors vs. Crime began under former attorney general Bob Butterworth and is now a special project under Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.
Seniors vs. Crime was created to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for specific crimes or scams. Despite the name of this program, Seniors vs. Crime, anyone who has been a victim of a scam is eligible for assistance.
Senior Sleuth volunteers resolved 86 cases in 2013 and 75 in 2014. On Tuesdays, (Kim Mitchell, Charlie Miller, and Carolyn Franklin) and on Wednesdays (Jean Conrad and George Drummond, Jr.) volunteers are available to listen, help, investigate and resolve cases. One successfully resolved case was a timeshare where a couple contracted for a four-bedroom condo. The company failed to deliver on their promise. The Senior Sleuths, based on their investigation, were able to recover the couple's $64,000.
If you have a complaint and are interested in pursuing help, upon coming in, you are first asked to explain your case to a Senior Sleuth. If the case is within the Sleuth's capacity, they have you complete a form that enables them to act as an advocate on your behalf. Next, the Sleuth gets in touch with the person or company that the complaint is against. There may be a lot of back and forth but this often results in a resolution that makes everyone happy, except the con artist.
"Sometimes seniors are embarrassed about becoming a victim of a scam or a crime and don't want their relatives to know" says Kim Mitchell. "Seniors can feel confident when they come to us that not only will we help them, but that everything we do is free and confidential."
To be a Senior Sleuth volunteer, you must be 50 years or older, apply, and be willing to undergo a background check. Volunteer Charlie Miller finds real satisfaction as a Senior Sleuth. Miller says, "seniors are often vulnerable and don't know where to go, are afraid of additional costs, and are pleased that we offer investigative assistance for free."
For more questions or more information, call 850-891-4044 or visit www.seniorsvscrime.com.
|Active Living Expo
The Active Living Expo, hosted at the Tallahassee Senior Center, was a smart and sociable two days in September where over 800 attendees visited with vendors, businesses, services, and demonstrations and enjoyed a few tasty snacks. Over 100 vendors and local businesses participated. Service Agencies and TSC classes also participated. The two-day Expo included Walgreens, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, the Tallahassee Democrat, WCRxPharmacy and Pacifica Senior Living at Woodmont.
Walgreens shares health information with expo attendees, from left to right, Attendee, Ian Chin-See, Beth Kriausky, Vinh Nguyen, Jason Beaulieu, and Kendra Sutton.
Mary Ledbetter, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare representative talks with Linda Deterding.
John Cottone shares goodies and the benefits of subscribing from the Tallahassee Democrat .
WCRX Sponsor Representatives Danielle Ramsay and Edouard Nerette smile for the camera with James Totter.
Ladies in Red, Pacifica Woodmont Sponsor representative Diane Sullivan poses with a Red Hat Lady.
Edna Owens, Foundation Board Member, Emily Millett, Advisory Board Chair, and Annie R. Rolle, Advisory Board Member.
CHP Representative Chris Collier and partipants Kim Skula and Joyce Gaymon.