Prime Time Institute (PTI)

Dates and Times:

Unless notified otherwise, programs will be Thursdays from 2:30-4:00PM


PrimeTime Institute (PTI) provides a wide variety of educational programs for people age 50+
that foster wellness, encourage personal and intellectual growth, and that provide an environment
for developing new interests, making new friends, and becoming involved as volunteers.
PTI is a program of ElderCare of Alachua County, a non-profit organization providing various
services for seniors such as Meals-on-Wheels, Alz Place, etc. All PTI programs and activities
are planned and presented entirely by volunteer members and speakers, with expenses supported
by optional memberships and donations. Additional information about PTI, including program
updates, is available at our website or by contacting Susan
Williams at 352-214-6219.

We appreciate the speakers who provide free programs for our seniors; however, please
understand that PTI does not endorse any company, product, or service.

Program Schedule – May 2023

This month all our programs will be HYBRID – the speaker in-person at the Senior
Recreation Center, along with attendees willing to gather there, and a simultaneous
online webinar option through Zoom. We have learned during the last 3 years, however
that we must be ready to adjust our plans if circumstances change. Watch for Sunday
messages each week to learn of any changes in that week’s Thursday program.
To participate in the webinar version of a program, you can log in on your Internet-
connected computer, tablet, or phone as the program gets underway.  Advance
registration is required for attending online. Please send your request to

If you do register for the webinar version, you will receive a confirmation message and,
at an appropriate time, a link to click on so you can join in.  No camera or microphone is
needed to see and hear the presentations online.

Weekly Schedule

Thurs, May 4th – My Rx – Using Genetic Information to Get Best Medication Results Studies show that 9 out of 10 people have variations in their genes that may change how they respond to common medications. Drugs commonly affected by pharmacogenetic influences include depression, anxiety, pain, and heart medications. My Rx provides patients a convenient way to understand their pharmacogenetic test results and improve drug therapy. Patients complete pharmacogenetic testing by getting a noninvasive cheek swab – order from MyRx or results from a previous test conducted from an approved lab. A clinical pharmacist with special training in pharmacogentics reviews the test results and patient’s medical history before a video consultation about the results.

Thurs., May 11th – She’s in the Capitol: Florida’s Mary McLeod Bethune  Many of us know that Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College (now University) in Daytona Beach. Barbara Oberlander, a retired SFC history professor, will provide more information about her other contributions, such as being an advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt. Bethune is the first African-American represented in the National Statuary Hall Collection, one of the two statues of Floridians there, a fitting tribute to her many achievements as an educator and activist.

Thurs., May 18th – Osteoporosis – Science, Diagnosis, and Management Victoria Harvey, PT, DPT, Geriatric Clinical Specialist, will help us understand the basic science behind bone density, including definitions of osteoporosis and osteopenia. We will learn what populations are most affected by osteoporosis and the process for diagnosis and will discover some of the potential options for management and prevention, including medical intervention and lifestyle modification.

Thurs., May 25th – Pain Predictors of Mobility Decline in Aging  Evidence suggests that self-reported musculoskeletal pain may be one of the significant drivers of age-related mobility decline. However, pain is shaped by a combination of central and peripheral factors, and understanding their unique contributions to mobility decline in aging is complex. Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Associate Professor in the UF College of Dentistry, will describe the research project she is working on with Dr. Stephen Coombes from the UF College of Health and Human Performance.