OTOW Happenings 10-21-2011

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Memory screening set for Nov. 15

By Eloise Hollyfield
Visiting Angels will hold free confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to promote proper detection of memory problems. The screenings will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OTOW Circle Square Commons area in the Visiting Angels establishment, located at 8405 S.W. 80th St., Suite 14.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is escalating as the first baby boomers began turning age 65 this year. Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of the disease doubling every five years between the ages of 65 and 95.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and this year’s screenings mark the ninth annual National Memory Screening Day to take place (see www.nationalmemoryscreening.org for further information). These screenings serve as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns and lifestyle changes that may help people as they age.
A memory screening averages five to 10 minutes and consists of questions and tasks to assess memory. The screening is a safe, cost effective intervention and when indicated, one can be directed to appropriate clinical resources. Please note that these screenings do not diagnose any illness; they simply indicate whether someone should pursue a follow-up medical exam.
It is estimated that missed diagnoses of Alzheimer’s or dementia may be as high as 90 percent.
Please take advantage of this free screening.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a leading national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York. It is focused on the care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and upon their families. For further information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Entertainment Group
This is the last call for the few remaining tickets for the Neil Diamond tribute “Diamond Then and Now” show Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., presented by Drs. Challa and Kandru.
On Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., the Entertainment Group kicks off the holiday season with Indiana’s Marlin Brothers’ presentation of “Christmas and a Whole Lot more” performance. The performance will take place in the ballroom at Deluca Toyota.
The Marlins are very talented singers and musicians who have performed at OTOW before a full house, and their show is one of the most requested for a return performance to the OTOW stage. Their shows include music from such diversified artists as Glen Miller, Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, and more.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 3 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the H & R Building. Tickets cost $8 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating, with a maximum of four tickets per purchase for residents in all OTOW communities and Indigo East.
The group wishes to express their gratitude to Frank Deluca for presenting the Marlin Brothers’ show for a ticket price that costs less than the price of a movie and a box of popcorn.

Travel Toppers
Travel Toppers have seats for the Casino Gambling cruise out of Port Canaveral on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Call Toni La Gatutta for information.
The holidays are approaching, so don’t miss out on the popular holiday trips. Contact Pat Hood for any openings or to get on a waiting list for the Show Palace Christmas Show.
This year, the Toppers are featuring the most popular sketches from the past 15 years of Christmas shows.
Seats are available for the Thanksgiving Day trip to the Sleuth Dinner Theater. Participants will enjoy a traditional turkey dinner and a mystery play. (Watch for clues and help us solve the mystery).
The Branson, Missouri trip has been finalized for May 17-21, 2012. Call Inge Gaitch for full details and costs.
Full information of Travel Toppers trips is available in the orange brochure placed in the blue boxes at OTOW postal locations, the H&R Building, and the Candler and Indigo Community Centers.