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September 2022

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How does nutrition affect us as we age?

Greetings, The way we eat throughout our lives impacts the way we age. Science has proven that a well-balanced and varied diet full of nutritious foods is critical to good health.

A nutritious diet can help maintain a healthy weight and proper blood-sugar control, lower blood pressure, manage arthritis, reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, prevent and slow the progression of eye disease, keep bones and muscles strong, and help support brain health.

Without proper nutrition, our bodies can’t stay healthy, fight off disease, or deal with illnesses that we already have. Poor nutrition weakens our immune systems and leaves us vulnerable to infections, slower recovery, and wound healing. It can cause unhealthy weight changes and muscle loss that can lead to frailty, falls, broken bones, disability, loss of independence, and disease complications. It can also lead to nutrition-related diseases and conditions like malnutrition, sarcopenia, and osteoporosis.

We all have the power to maximize and improve our health, add vitality to our years, and reduce the risk of disease, as well as increase our health-spans — the number of years we live in good health.

It is important to understand that our nutritional needs change with age.

• Changes to taste and swallowing, medical conditions and medications that impact appetite, decreased ability to shop and prepare meals, declines in sense of thirst, social isolation, and other physical and environmental changes can all impact nutrition.

• The ability to absorb vitamin B12 can decrease with age and the use of certain medications can decrease absorption. Eating enough protein and fortified foods, such as fortified cereals, can help you meet your vitamin B12 needs. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine what, if any, supplementation is right for you.

• If you use or are considering taking dietary supplements, it’s important to track and discuss all dietary supplements with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. This includes beverage supplements which can be a source of added sugars.

The food and beverages we consume have a profound impact on our health—now and in the years to come. And it’s never too late to make improvements.

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Program Guides

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The Great Silk Road: A Caravan of Cultures
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – September 9 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

The heart of the ancient caravan routes of the Great Silk Road crosses the remote and largely unknown region of Central Asia which stretches across deserts and mountains from Europe to the Far East. Join us as we take you on an amazing journey through Central Asia’s Five ’Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

Apollo Program
@ The Arlington – September 13 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

In this lecture we will review two missions as well as the Apollo highlight missions – Apollo 11 – First Landing on The Moon and Apollo 13 – Houston We Have A Problem Mission. Apollo 17 was launched in December 1972 and Astronaut Gene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon. Our lecturer worked on the Apollo Program from 1962 – 1972 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work saving the astronauts of the Apollo 13 crew. Ed Grace will share with us an inside view of the Apollo program.

Roosevelt vs. Rockefeller: Are Corporations Too Big and Powerful?
@ Naples Center / Online – September 13 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

When are corporations too big? Trust Busting or Busting Trust? We look at two honorable gentlemen of the last century set on the horns of a dilemma. President Roosevelt and many others believed that “trusts” (corporations) had grown so big, they needed to be curtailed. Mr. J.D. Rockefeller had “done the good work” of making heating oil readily available at a good price for the common man. Today our nation faces the same question it faced 100 years ago. When is a business too successful and how or should it be broken up?

Mary Queen of Scots
@ Cypress Cove – September 15 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

For love, power, intrigue and scandal you cannot beat the story of Mary Stuart! She was Queen of Scotland at six days old, Queen of France at sixteen, and had events gone as planned, Scotland would today be a part of France. Mary fully expected to become Queen of England as well. Instead in a tragic twist of fate, Mary lost her head. Her life was one of political ambition, intrigue, love, murder, plots and deception. Did Mary create her own fate or was she a victim of much stronger outside forces?

Understanding Your Mirrorless and Digital SLR
@ Naples Center – September 21, 22, 23 | 9 – 12 p.m. New Dates

For those wanting to explore their creative side with digital photography, nothing compares to the choices available with a mirrorless single lens reflex (SLR) camera. But learning the myriad of alternatives can be daunting. This course is designed to make sense of these options: how, when and why to use them. Topics will include understanding exposure, white balance, file formats, better flash photography, focus and shooting options.
New Dates

The biggest danger to adults is a fall

NEW Session for September

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – September 16, 23, 30 | 9 – 10 a.m.

Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance, posture and flexibility. This program starts with basic balance exercises and progresses to more complex movements over time. Your instructor explains the “whys” and the importance of balance exercises as part of your everyday routine. Join our instructor in a safe and effective low-impact workout every Friday morning.

Instructor: John Guerra

Apple iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Focus and More
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – September 29 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets – How to Stay Safe & Protect
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – September 30 | 10 -11:30 a.m.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Jonathan Pollard – Avarice or Ideology
• The Great Private Sector Space Race
• King Ludwig II of Bavaria – The Fairytale King
• Get Ready to Vote in the November Elections

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2023 Travel

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

Brochures now available for most tours – see below

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKA – coming soon
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

CLASSIC GERMANY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 21 – October 3, 2023 | 13 days
Classic Germany: it’s the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps, royal castles and half-timbered houses, charming villages and historic Nuremberg, culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour.

SICILY IN DEPTH – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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