Congressman Webster votes in favor of 21st Century Cures Act

Congressman Daniel Webster, who will soon be representing The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted Wednesday for the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. “Reforming our mental health system has been a priority of mine since being elected to Congress. For too long it has been a prime example of the failed […]

Hearing loss with age to be topic of meeting at Churchill Street Recreation Center  

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Central Florida Chapter  will be holding its next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Churchill Street  Recreation Center. The guest speaker will be Sheila Adams. Her topic, “Sound for Seniors”, will cover issues regarding hearing loss with age. She will also discuss common myths associated with seniors becoming a […]

Gwen Ifill and uterine cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On November 14, 2016, Gwen Ifill, a noted American journalist, television newscaster and author, died at age 61 of uterine cancer. She was a political analyst who was featured on Public Television’s Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, and moderated the 2004 and 2008 U.S. vice-presidential debates.  She is the only known Washington journalist who covered […]

Villager leads provocative discussion about Villages Health insurance coverage


Medicare Advantage programs like The Villages Health coverage through United Healthcare offer better heath care than Original Medicare with supplemental insurance because doctors see fewer patients and take a prevention-centered approach, Villager Jim Stickel told members of The Villages Civil Discourse Club Monday at the Savannah Center. “They’re going to do things to look at […]

Calcium pills: New research

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The vast majority of studies on calcium supplements show that taking in extra calcium does not prevent bone fractures and that the extra calcium in pills may form plaques in arteries and stones in kidneys. People who take in low amounts of calcium on a plant-based diet are not at any higher risk for fractures […]

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute to bring mobile Memory Research Suite to The Villages

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute's mobile Memory Research Suite

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will bring its 53-foot- long Memory Research Suite to residents of The Villages from Nov. 14-16, and Dec. 12-16 to learn about research programs for individuals with diagnosed memory loss, and prevention trials for individuals with memory disorders. In addition, free memory screenings are available (by appointment) on the […]

Residents urged to maintain, not gain this holiday season

To help Florida families across the state enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season, the Florida Department of Health is partnering with North Carolina State University to offer the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge for the third year in a row. This free seven-week challenge runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 31 and provides participants […]

Eva Peron and Cervical Cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

From 1945 to 1952, Eva Peron was the wife of Juan Peron, the most powerful man in Argentina. When she first met him, he was a general who seized the dictatorship of the country. She was the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman and his mistress. Because her parents were not married, her father never acknowledged […]

Dance proves to be therapeutic for new Parkinson’s Prancers group 


More than 30 people turned out for the first social dance of the Parkinson’s Prancers, held Friday night at the Eisenhower Recreation Center. The dances, exclusively for Villagers with Parkinson’s disease and their partners, will continue to happen twice a month. The idea for this event started several months ago when Jim Cannella stopped and […]

Bob Marley and Melanoma

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Bob Marley was a superstar Jamaican singer, guitarist and songwriter who sold more than 20 million records by bringing Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to the world.  He was the first major rock artist to come out of a Third World country.  He mixed protest music with popular songs of rebellion and faith, and […]

Big sugar does it again

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

North Americans consume an average of 50 gallons of soda per year, making them the largest consumers of sugared drinks in the world. The Centers for Disease Control says that two-thirds of the added sugar consumed in the U.S. comes from processed foods (breakfast cereals, candy bars, cakes, breads, ice cream and so forth), while […]