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Big Red Bus will pay a visit on Monday

By June Roberta

“Life is just a succession of busy nothings.” – Jane Austen

Most of us led busy lives, even the stay at home moms. Now that we’re retired, we all expected that to be a thing of the past. After all, isn’t that what we were told retirement is all about? There would be plenty of time to do what we want or need to do in a relaxed, unrushed manner.

Instead, many of us are still on that merry-go-round. The work has diminished considerably. In its place are outings of all kinds. Being overbooked seems to be a way of life whether a person is young, old, or elderly. It should never have been a goal of ours at any time and especially now in retirement.

This is an unhealthy way to live causing much stress. We need to make a decision to no longer be busy. We just have to realize some things are not necessary and can be put on hold for a while. This stops the rushing around to get it all done. Tackling our priorities in a calm manner can then be handled in such a way that we don’t feel rushed.

The Big Red Bus

The Big Red Bus will be at the Health and Recreation parking lot on Aug. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

With the snowbirds away, it is especially important that we have as many donors as possible. All the blood donated in Marion County stays in Marion County. Each donation can save up to three lives. Come one and all.

Master the Possibilities

August begins in full force for our Master the Possibilities lifelong learning program. There are 15 classes that start next week and the variety continues to amaze us. Join seasoned and credentialed professionals for psychology, art, computer and local ecology presentations. There’s even a Healthy Living series and a Japanese film series! These classes are wonderful opportunities to cultivate new interests, renew past studies and meet like minded individuals. It really is a “cool way to spend the summer.”

I would suggest you stop by the center (8415 S.W. 80th St.) if you are new to the program. Staff always has time to chat with you about their work. You can also view the schedule online at masterthepossibilities.com. This center is really a great addition to our region and remember that everything they do is open to the public.

Wellness Beyond Walls Seminar

On July 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Live Oak Hall there was a Master the Possibilities class. Cammie Dennis, Fitness Director, gave a seminar on Wellness Beyond Walls and showed slides. As always, she made the information easy to understand. The hour flew by and I came away more informative on the subject than when I arrived. Hopefully, the attendees will use the information given to age well.

The traditional method of health is absence of disease. Cammie discussed the multi dimensions of wellness. They are physical, social, emotional, educational, spiritual, environmental, and vocational.

Optimal aging – thinking positively about the aging process. The main thing is to eat nutrient density food and move.

The five biggest road blocks for successful lifestyle change are: Giving up too soon, expecting immediate results, doing the same thing and expecting different results, having the wrong attitude – self efficacy, and having unrealistic expectations.

It’s important to have 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days. If a person wants to lose weight, then increase the minutes, stronger exercise and more days.

Interacting with others - social connections are a huge predictor of longevity. The state of your mind influences your state of wellness.

Optimal aging “I can” – Identify challenges, create an action plan, succeed, contemplation, preparation, action.

We should live with meaning and purpose. Provide inner peace by managing stress, engaging the brain, eliminate or control stress.

The value of nature: Among other things, it provides a calming effect, reduces stress, and is a wonderful environment for physical activity.

Educational – Lifelong learning engages the brain and builds self-esteem. We can grow brain tissue our entire life.

Physical activity – it has a positive influence on brain health. Vocational – Maintaining or improving skills.

The purpose of life is a life with purpose. Empower yourself with a strong body, mind and spirit. Check out www.icaa.org (International Council on Active Aging)

Entertainment Group

Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom your Entertainment Group presents the most expensive show ever booked.

The Atlantic City Boys pay tribute to the hottest ticket in Vegas. The Jersey Boys.

This is a fully produced and choreographed stage show with a cast of eight including a four-piece band. The show is a tribute to the 1960’s icons Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and the sensational show, “The Jersey Boys.”

You will hear and sing along to tunes such as “Let’s Hang On”, the hit songs of the Four Seasons including “one of a kind” Frankie Valli vocals.

You will hear “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Sherry”, I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and many, many more.

ADVANCE TICKET SALE DATES: Monday, Nov. 29, Wednesday, Dec. 1, Friday, Dec. 6, 8 and 10 resuming on Jan. 3 and Monday, Wednesday and Friday thereafter 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the ballroom.

Ticket prices are $7 general and $9 reserved with a limit of four tickets per purchase and are for the residents in all OTOW Communities.

Thanks to Dr. Stephen Dunn DDS and his staff at TimberRidge Medical Park for making this show possible.

OTOW Concert Chorus

There will be a Choral Workshop on Aug. 9 from 9 to noon in Suite H at the ACC. Current members and any OTOW resident interested in learning more about The Chorus are invited to attend.

This workshop is to acquaint prospective members with this organization. New members are expected to be able to sing four-part music. The group will sing some selected numbers for review.

Interviews and auditions may be scheduled at the conclusion of the workshop.

All those interest in singing with the Chorus should attend this workshop. Please contact Suzanne Womack at 352-873-4643 or Connie Slimm at 352-598-2185 for further information.