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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

Pain Management workshops

Texas Health Resources and the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging have a workshop series for you. Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop is for adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, l...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Liberty Playground Opens at Windhaven Meadows Park

Windhaven Park All Abilities Playground  (2)

The City unveils our latest universally-accessible playground in the new Windhaven Meadows Park! The 123-acre park opens Monday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Liberty Playground is a place for those of all abilities to play and enjoy nature thanks to a generous...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

FINAL WEEK….to Meet Your Premium Incentive Requirements

c4h premium incentive deadline

September 30 is coming! Have you completed both your preventive exam and biometric screening? If you and your spouse or domestic partner are enrolled on the City’s medical plan as of January 1, 2019, there are ONLY two preventive items required ...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

GET READY! 2019 Open Enrollment is Oct. 30 – Nov. 13

Open Enrollment Oct 30

The Open Enrollment process for active employees and pre-65 year old retirees begins Wednesday, October 30. Any changes you make during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020 

  • Enhanced life insurance and disability b...
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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Arms UP: Dates are Set for Free Flu Shots

Flu victims

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Plan to get your FREE flu shot courtesy of the City’s Connect4Health benefit and Texas Health Resources.

Vaccinations are available to all active employees (full-time, part-time and temp...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Housing in Plano

HUD funding

The City of Plano is creating its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and your input is important. The Plan will outline how approximately $10 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are spent over the next five years.

These dollar...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Make Your Donation during Collin County Peanut Butter Drive

Peanut butter drive with Mayor

The fact that there are hungry children in such an affluent part of the world is hard to swallow. Join Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, City Council and the North Texas Food Bank for this month-long campaign. From September 1 to 30, all of Collin County will be o...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Check off this To-Do List during National Preparedness Month

Natl Preparedness Month 2019

Even with advanced warnings, hurricanes like Harvey and Dorian still devastate lives and property. In an emergency, seconds matter and could mean the difference between surviving and not! September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme “Pre...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Put Yourself First for a Change…Join Weight Watchers Next Week

Weight Watchers do you need it

Having meetings at the City creates a supportive environment, which helps you reach your wellness goals! We’re excited to kick off another session of Weight Watchers (WW) Wellness Workshops so you can attend even with a busy schedule!

Start your ...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

NEW…Age Requirements in Effect for Recreation Centers

Walking track at Oak Point

Parks and Recreation now enforces a new drop-off policy regarding young children.  The department researched the matter thoroughly and considered patron feedback before revising the rules about unattended youth at centers and pools.

Basically, chi...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill for Food Safety

Food poisoning

The symptoms of food poisoning are quite memorable. With September being National Food Safety Month, make it your business to learn how to avoid feeling those symptoms from home-cooked meals.

Improper food handling can cause uncomfortable stomach cramping,...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

September’s Inside Plano Talks Festivals, Food & Fun!

Inside Plano WEB

It’s getting cooler….just wait for it…and you’ll want to get out again. Well, a quick listen to this month’s Inside Plano Podcast with Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler takes the guess work out of deciding where to go and what interesting things there are t...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

FEEDBACK WANTED! Is Plano Bicycle Friendly?

Bluebonnet Trail and biker

The City recently applied to renew its Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists! As part of their review process, the League wants your input on bicycling in Plano. If you’ve ever biked here, please take a minute ...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Public Records Request Process Changes

Open Records screen image

Your City of Plano open record requests are going to be a lot easier starting Sunday, Sept. 2. The two biggest improvements are:

The process for requesting public r...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure

Lower blood pressure with healthy food WEB

High blood pressure, hypertension, is an issue very common in seniors and is also a major health problem. According to the National Institute of Aging, high blood pressure can often lead to eye problems, kidney failure, stroke and heart disease. There are...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Top 6 Tips for Adjusting to Retirement

Settle into RetirementWEB

Retirement – the word conjures up wonderful visions of being on vacation all the time, sleeping late and indulging in hobbies. We save for retirement in a variety of ways, working and waiting until the day when we decide that it's time.

Not every...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Know Some of the Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

Senior medical exam

A wide range of screening and preventive measures are recommended for people over the age of 65. These guidelines, based on extensive clinical data, come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Consi...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Say “Sí” to Learning a New Language with Pronunciator

Library Pronunciator 3

Don’t think that your chance to learn a new language has passed you by! Prepare for next year’s trip to your bucket-list destination by getting a head start on learning a new language now through Plano Public Library’s Pronunciator.

Whether learning a new ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Seniors and Travel: You’ve Earned Time to See the World

Senior travel 1

The children are grown and retirement is not just a dream, it’s a reality. So, if you no longer need to worry about putting in vacation requests, now is the time to explore. Aging has its perks. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, ship or train, it’s ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline and Prevent Alzheimer’s

Mediterranean diet

A new review concludes the Mediterranean diet is good for the brain. This was determined after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease.

The Mediterranean diet incorporates a hi...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

State Citizen Academy Picked Dawson Officer of the Year

Mark Dawson WEB

Police Officer Mark Dawson has served the City for 33 years – earning numerous honors over his career. Most recently he was caught totally by surprise to learn he was named 2019's “Officer of the Year" by the Texas Citizen Police ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Plano Police “Take Me Home” System is a Lifesaver

Take Me Home lost senior

The City provides a unique service to residents who become lost and unable to recall even their name. The Plano Police Department’s (PPD) Take Me Home System is a database to help people who are alone. It’s terrifying to find yourself in this predicament ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Energize Your Senses with a Sam Johnson Center Membership

Seniors divers and active

Every day’s schedule is a blast of fun, helpful and stimulating classes, trips and special events. Take a quick look at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center (SJC) newsletter TRENDSETTER to confirm you are missing out on so many experiences in Plano...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Read the Facts Clearly about Cataracts

Eye with cataract

Don’t suffer in silence if your vision isn’t what it used to be, especially if there’s a simple fix. Cataracts could be the culprit. A cataract is a clouding of the lens and are very common in older people. By age 80, more th...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Join Heritage Farmstead Museum’s Senior Series

HERITAGE-FARMSTEAD-MUSEUM

The Farmstead Museum regularly hosts children on school field trips, but now focuses on a slightly older crowd. They’ve created a senior-focused program, Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit. This is an educational program designed specifical...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

How to Treat Back Pain as You Age

lower back pain

Is growing older giving you back pain? This all-too-common part of aging doesn't have to be a daily struggle, if you identify your back pain symptoms and treat them properly.

As much as we try to fight the symptoms of aging, some foes are greater than othe...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Updating Beneficiary Designations: Why It's So Important

Beneficiary

How long has it been since you updated your beneficiary list? When you sign up for TMRS, life insurance, ICMA-RC or any other bank or investment account, you are required to list a beneficiary to receive the proceeds should you pass away. Oftentimes, peop...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Switch to Renewable Energy and Win

Renewable energy sources

Did you know many energy providers offer 100% renewable energy plans? Choose an energy plan with electricity generated from clean and renewable sources, like wind and solar. You reduce air pollution and make it a little easier for everyone to breathe when...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Are Student Loans a Problem for Someone You Know?

Student loan debt

You may know of someone who needs help paying off big student loans long after they’ve graduated from college. If so, tell them about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help relieve the drain on their bank accounts. Individuals must first find...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Improve Your Quality of Life through WCOA

Senior foot care

The Wellness Center for Older Adults (WCOA) offers a variety of services and programs to seniors and caregivers. Located in the Sam Johnson Recreation Center, 401 16th Street, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping you achieve your highest le...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Does Your Home Need Emergency Repairs?

Plano home repair grant

Home repair emergencies often happen out of the blue and pose a real drain on family finances. The City of Plano Housing Rehabilitation Program may be the answer to fixing the problem.

There are grants, through this HUD-supported program, to assist low-inc...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Michelle’s “Congratulations Emails” Mean You’ve Saved $600

c4h premium incentive deadline

It’s one of the coolest email messages you’ll get this year! All PRE-65 year olds, if you receive notification from Senior Wellness Coordinator Michelle Gifford (Congratulations! You have earned your Connect4Health Premium Incentive fo...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Pre-65ers ALERT: Need Medical Care While Traveling?

Doc on Demand WEB

The worst thing that can happen on a long-awaited adventure isn’t missing a flight or losing your luggage – it’s getting sick. Even after pre-travel visits to the doctor, as well as packing germ-fighting sanitizers and medica...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

MEDICARE Changes After 2020 Affect your Dollars

Medicare-questions

You heard the news at the Quarterly Retiree Lunch about a major change to a Medicare Plan. Now you’re wondering, “Why is Medicare Supplement Plan F being phased out in 2020?”

As of January 1, 2020, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan F will no longer be sol...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Share Your Green Thumb with the Community Garden

Plano Community Garden (1)

If you’ve got extra time on your hands and a green thumb, lend them to the Plano Community Garden. Helpers of all experience levels are needed to work in this garden, as long as you’re at least 13 years old.

In 2007, this began with a p...

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