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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

Plano Fire-Rescue Didn’t Miss a Beat in Saving Cardiac Arrest Victim

Lifeline Gold Plus Ahievement Award 1

For the sixth time, Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) highest award. During the August 12 City Council meeting, Fire Chief Sam Greif accepted the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition award ...

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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 14, 2019

New Art Installation at the Plano Animal Shelter

Animal Shelter Art

There’s more than cute little furry critters at the Plano Animal Shelter. Take in the unique frames of color currently on display at the Shelter on your next visit. “The Way Home” is the name of the vibrant art exhibit, but what makes it special is the de...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Get Expert Help with Gardening in Shaded Areas

Shaded garden

Bringing a pop of color to your lawn isn’t always easy if large trees are blocking those sun rays. Join fellow amateur gardeners for solutions to the problem by attending the “Shade Gardening” workshop on Saturday, August 24 ...

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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: 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: August 8, 2019

Driving? Watch for Flashing School Zone Lights

Back to school bus and kids

Bells will soon be heralding (Monday, August 12) the glad, glad news that the new school year is underway. Police departments everywhere are reminding motorists to be aware of school zone active hours. Plano Police Public Information Officer David Tilley ...

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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: August 1, 2019

CM Mark Israelson Unveils Recommended 2019-20 City Budget

Budget

City Manager Mark Israelson recently presented the 2019-20 Recommended Budget and Community Investment Program (CIP) to City Council. See these documents online and at any of the five Plano Public Library locations.

A summary of significant budget figures:...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Inside Plano Podcasts Puts City Goings-on within Ears Reach

Inside Plano Podcast

Get the rundown on Plano news and events Cliff Notes-style by checking out Inside Plano. Listening to a pair of local “insiders” puts you in-the-know on the go with their August podcast. Each month, hosts Shannah Hayley (communication ...

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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 17, 2019

Open Garage Doors, a Welcome Sight to Criminals

Garage door open

Here’s a summer safety tip from Plano Police Public Information Officer David Tilley, “Close garage doors to prevent crime.” That may sound like an unnecessary warning to you, but criminals don’t take a break just because it’s warm outside.

Tilley has spok...

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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: July 11, 2019

Serve on a City Board or Commission

Council chambers

Ever thought about serving the community on a City of Plano board or commission? The annual application process is underway to select new appointees. Hurry, applications are due by Friday, August 23 if you’re interested.

Explore the Boards and Co...

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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: 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 20, 2019

Reduce the Chances of a Cancer Scare with Skin Protection 101

Skin protection SPF30

The Beatles sang “Here comes the sun (doo doo doo),” but DON’T get too much of those warm rays. Being out in the sun can be invigorating and is even good for our mental health and wellbeing. However, each time your skin is ex...

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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Cut Medicine Costs with Simple Measures

Cut medicine costs

It seems the harder the name of your medicine is to pronounce, the more it costs. Medicines are an important part of treating illnesses. Although we need them to remain active and independent, medicine can be expensive.

Here are some ideas to lower costs:

  • T...
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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: 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: April 12, 2018

“Fight the Bite!” is the Timely Lobby Display Message this Week

Environmental Health Mosquitos (2)

The current Municipal Center lobby display takes our summer pests seriously. With “Fight the Bite,” the Environmental Health & Sustainability department is on top of the challenge to combat pesky mosquitoes.

Carolyn Russell, Maria Palmer and K...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Take Advantage of Your Hospital GAP Benefit

Hospital GAP

Many pre-65 aged retirees are enrolled in the American Fidelity Hospital GAP benefit but never file claims. Did you know you can submit claims as far back as when you originally enrolled in the Hospital GAP plan? Don’t leave your money on the ta...

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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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