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  1. For seniors, fall prevention expo May 27 in Brandon

    Life Times

    Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough plans to use Wednesday, the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, as an educational platform on healthy lifestyles and fall prevention.

    A 2014 fall prevention event drew folks to Dunedin’s Hale Senior Activity Center. Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough has an event May 27 at the Brandon Community Center.
  2. Pioneering mental health advocate still going strong in Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    Ken Barringer has spent his life serving others, in the Navy hospital corps caring for civilians after the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, ministering to a Methodist congregation for more than 20 years, teaching college students sociology and offering counseling as a clinical psychologist. So when the newly retired …

    Ken Barringer, founder of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, was recently honored at a dinner in Sun City Center. He told the crowd that serving God and others will help them leave a legacy.
  3. Grandparents play vital roles in lives of children, grandchildren

    Life Times

    Grandparents buy children dolls, bake them cookies and take them to the zoo. But, increasingly, grandparents also babysit kids until they're old enough for day care, feed them dinner when their parents have to work late and spend a fortune on their college educations.

    Author Olivia Gentile looks at the new reality of American grandparents.
  4. Stretch yourself to recharge


    Do you lose energy and notice yourself fading by late afternoon? Add to that, perhaps, some tension from sore muscles? These issues often can be relieved by taking a time-out for some easy stretching exercises. Even 10 to 15 minutes of stretching can create a mental break and recharge your body. You might try making a …

    Tracy Decker shows how to do a chest stretch.
  5. Over 60? Take steps to try to avoid getting shingles


    It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie: a virus that lingers in your body, lurking within your nervous system until it one day emerges without warning, often as a cluster of nasty blisters and a world of pain.

    The zoster vaccine is a one-time shot.
  6. Northdale OWLS provides social wings for area seniors

    Human Interest

    Hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya HOOT, HOOT, HOOT, HOOT.

    Hundreds of seniors throughout northwest Hillsborough belong to the Northdale OWLS, a nonprofit group founded in 2003 by longtime Northdale resident Bill Castens and his wife, Anne.
  7. The Good Life Games: good sports, good times, good competition

    Life Times

    At age 59, Joan Campbell hadn't done much swimming other than the occasional splashing about. Then she witnessed a remarkable event at a swimming competition in Connecticut.

    Davenia Navaroli, 63, laughs with Laurynn Harvard, 15, as her sister Sophie Harvard, 13, far right, waits. They came to watch Navaroli compete in the Good Life Games at the Long Center pool. Navaroli overcame her lifelong fear of the water and learned to swim just five years ago. She has since participated in nine triathlons. “I needed a life,” she said. “The kids were gone so I started triathlons. I fell in love with swimming.”
  8. Lupron Depot slows Alzheimer's, study shows, but it may not matter


    A drug used to treat advanced prostate cancer and endometriosis stabilized memory in women with Alzheimer's disease for more than a year, according to a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

  9. Shape up to ace the game of tennis, stay in shape


    Tennis is a sport for a lifetime, at any age or skill level. And it comes with many benefits, physical, mental and emotional. But tennis requires considerable endurance and involves nearly every muscle in the body. If you want to improve your performance on the court to reap the sport's benefits and to prevent injuries, …

    Sheen Cesare demonstrates a stationary lunge with weights.
  10. Free amplified phone available; Alzheimer's patients sought

    Life Times


    Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., a nonprofit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss or speech impairment, is offering a new amplified telephone for free.