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THE RIVER - JANUARY 8, 2016
Public Health Program
Earns Prevention Award
Acollaborative program started by the Florida Department of Health in Lee
County (DOH-Lee) is the recipient of the Lee County Injury Prevention
Coalition’s (IPC) Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year.
Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH)
was honored for its work in the Tice community to increase safety for walking,
neighborhood connections and multi-modal transportation.
“The community has really come together to identify how to create a healthier
environment in Tice,” said Geordie Smith, PhD, DOH-Lee’s PACE-EH coordinator.
“Dozens of organizations and individuals are now working in an organized manner and
have a plan to improve safety within the Tice community. If implemented, scientific
studies show the proposed plan would improve health for residents and visitors.”
Scarce pedestrian facilities and the lack of safety devices, among other things, were
identified in the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), completed by PACE-EH this year.
The HIA was compared to current road plans, the community redevelopment plan and
policies. The team is working with policy makers to change policies which could mini-
mize, mitigate or prevent injuries and death in that high pedestrian/bicycle crash area.
The IPC was founded 20 years ago by DOH-Lee, Lee County Emergency Medical
Services and Lee County Parks and Recreation. Its positive impact on preventing inju-
ries through education, awareness and training is recognized statewide and nationally.
Other award recipients this year include:
• Cape Coral Bike-Ped – Lee County Injury Prevention Organization of the Year
• Steve Chupack – Lee County Injury Prevention Citizen Volunteer of the Year
• Bo Kagan, MD – Lee County Injury Prevention Professional of the Year
• Lee County EMS/Public Safety – Lee County Injury Prevention Partner of the
• Share the Road Team – Lee County Injury Prevention Media Partner of the Year
For more information about IPC, visit www.leecountyinjuryprevention.org. For
more information about the department, go to http://lee.floridahealth.gov.
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psycho-
therapist in private practice who special-
izes in the care of elders and people with
Dear Mom & Me,
I was interested in meeting our new
neighbors. I had heard that he was a
successful scientist with a distinguished
career. To my surprise his wife was a ter-
This is his second marriage after being
widowed a number of years. His wife has
not gone beyond the eighth grade, was
a waitress in a diner, looks and acts like
a total slob and has no redeeming assets
we can see. They argue constantly, and it
is difficult to be in their company.
At neighborhood functions we hate to
leave them out but others will not come if
they are invited. What should we do?
I am constantly amazed at how dif-
ferent one’s public face is compared to
one’s private face. You do not have to
be around this couple if they make you
uncomfortable. However, I also suggest
that you be respectful and not mean to
them, nor should you engage in any gos-
sip about them.
This woman is this man’s wife and
they both deserve to be invited to a
She is what he wanted in a wife and if
she makes him happy, it is none of your
Have you ever heard of opposites
attracting? And they both may thrive on
I also heard of an attorney who was
devastated when his wife was killed.
He went to the local diner to eat in the
evening and the waitress there was the
only one who listened and comforted
him during his grieving period. They later
married, but unfortunately the marriage
did not last, but then second marriages
involving older people don’t seem to have
a very good track record.
Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is
Doctor and Dietitian
by Ross Hauser, MD and Marion
Hauser, MS, RD
We have all heard stories of the
brain’s astonishing ability to
rebound from damage. And
stories of those who have lost one
sense, only to have other senses be
heightened. The brain has an amazing
capacity to learn, adapt and grow, and
each and every one of us is able to tap
in to it. With reports of dementia on the
rise, it’s important to know and put into
practice, ways to decrease the risk.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to
create new pathways. The brain does not
stop growing, but continues, even as we
get older. When we practice old skills or
learn new ones, neural connections are
strengthened and created. We can even
generate new nerve cells.
Listening to music is a great way to
encourage the growth of these pathways
because it causes us to engage different
areas of the brain. Challenge the brain
further by playing a musical instrument
(or singing), as this incorporates read-
ing the music, coordinating fine muscle
movements and considering intensity,
rhythm and volume. We also associate
songs and music with memories. Even
thinking about a song can elicit emotion.
Aerobic exercise helps with the brain
fog that comes with age because it boosts
the size of the hippocampus, the part of
the brain involved in memory and learn-
ing. Avoid being sedentary, as this also
remodels the brain, but in a negative way.
Challenging and stimulating the brain
encourages growth of these neural con-
nections. So travel somewhere new, listen
to a different music style, take a class at
the gym that is a bit outside of what you
are used to. Find ways to stimulate your
amazing brain, keeping it fit and healthy.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services has two locations: one in Oak
Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers.
It was established in 1991 by Ross
Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS,
RD. They can be reached at info@car-
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