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Posted on: September 18, 2019

6 Days Left to Complete Your 2020 Benefits Open Enrollment!

Open Enrollment nail bitting time

Time is running out…Open Enrollment for pre-65-year-old retirees ends on Wednesday, November 13 at 3 p.m. Any changes or plan elections you make are effective January 1, 2020.

Review the guidebook and instructions mailed or emailed earlier to all eligible ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

65+, MEDICARE Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7

Medicare Enrollment form

The Medicare Open Enrollment period ends Friday, December 7 this year. During the annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. If Medicare eligible (65+ years):

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Find New Homes for Your Clutter. Visit Texas Recycles Day

Texas Recycles Day 2019

Unused treasures taking up too much space in your home or storage unit? Bring all unused items to Texas Recycles Day on Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chase Oaks Church parking lot, 281 Legacy Drive. Donate everything you no longer...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Give to the Christmas Cops Toy and Food Drive

Christmas Cops group with toys

Plano Police Association (PPA) Christmas Cops serves needy families in our community and they need your help! Your donations of food, NEW toys and coats, plus a variety of other items will make a huge impact on many lives this holiday season. See this fly...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Veterans Day in Plano…A Hero’s Snapshot

WEB Davey Kheao Army Sustainability

If you ever wondered what the face of a hero looks like, TeamPlano offers memorable glimpses of faces that fit the bill. In observance of Veterans Day 2019, let’s recognize the men and women who serve in the military (past and present) &ndas...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Adopt a Senior Pet and See that Love is Ageless

Senior Pet Izzy

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. The Plano Animal Shelter says let an older dog teach you some new tricks. Debbie New of Animal Services designed a charming Municipal Center lobby display to showcase some of the senior cats and dogs currentl...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Thank You...Peanut Butter Drive Exceeds Goal Yet Again!

PB with Mayor and girl

Results of the Plano's internal contest for FAVORITE peanut butter and the final tally of 2019 donations is in! During this year's Collin County Peanut Butter Drive, TeamPlano was asked to give generously AND to vote on their butter-of-choice too.

In the v...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Pet Obesity: Health Risks and Weight Loss Tips

Pet obesity

Who doesn't love a pudgy puppy belly or a lapful of purring kitten? But if that cute pudginess travels to adulthood or that cat begins overflowing your lap, it could spell danger for your pet. Dog and cat obesity is a growing problem in the United States ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Winter Watering in Effect as of November 1

Icy lawn

Lower temperatures in North Texas generally mean it’s time to reduce outdoor watering to once a week. As of November 1, Plano’s Winter Watering Guidelines go into effect for residents. Once-a-week watering is a proactive way to “conserve and protect” the ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Liberty Recreation Center Opens with New Look

Liberty Rec 006

The public ribbon-cutting ceremony at the handsomely remodeled Center drew the curious as well as long-time patrons. The yearlong project included improvements to the main entrance, locker rooms, the fitness area and more.

Watch as Parks and Recreation sta...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Text to 9-1-1 is now Available in Plano

Text-to-911 cell phone

Public Safety Communications Director Susan Carr shared news with Council that Text to 9-1-1 is now active in Plano during the October 28 meeting.

The Text to 9-1-1 service makes it possible for the hearing impaired to have the same access to 9-1-1 emergen...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Library News: A Brief Closure is in Schimelpfenig’s Future

Schimelpfenig Library exterior

Schimelpfenig Library closes temporarily (November 4-16) for installation of carpeting and new furniture. While book drops are closed during this time, events scheduled in the program room are available as planned.

Between November 4 and November 6, all pr...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Guard Against Hearing Loss: 10 Prevention Tips

Hearing Loss and testing

From your favorite song to the voice of your child or grandchild, hearing the world around you is important. Yet 15% of adults in the U.S. have trouble hearing. The good news? You can take steps to protect and prevent hearing loss. Here are some lifestyle...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

City Receives Municipal Excellence Award for Ask Plano

Ask Plano Joe screen shot

The Texas Municipal League (TML) 2019 Municipal Excellence Award in communication programs belongs to us! The informative video series, Ask Plano, was deemed the best in its category during the TML conference this month.

The first Ask Plano episode aired j...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Stay Sharp to Avoid Con Games and Scams

Scams and Cons

The calls and emails seem harmless, but the truth is, it’s not easy to determine the legitimate ones from the fraudulent ones. Be aware of common con games and scams we see:

  • Business Schemes – Mail order work-at-home jobs usually cost m...
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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Aging? Find Humor in the Checklist of Changes that Occur in the Body

Humor in Aging

A wide range of changes happen in the body to different degrees as we age. These changes are not necessarily indicative of an underlying disease, but they can be distressing. Even though the aging process cannot be stopped, being aware of these changes an...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

What are Important Safety Measures for the Elderly?

Senior Women on upright walker WEB

General safety measures at home and away are highly encouraged for older individuals and their family. Falls and injuries, confusion, following medical instructions, along with future health and financial planning are among the concerns.

Simple home safety...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Medicare NEWS: Donut Hole Closing by 2020

Medicare Part D

In addition to Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan C going away, the Medicare Part D Donut Hole is closing. The percentage you’ll pay in the coverage Gap decreases as the Donut Hole closes. If you’re in the Donut Hole, you get a discou...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Housing in Plano

HUD funding

The City of Plano is creating its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and your input is important. The Plan will outline how approximately $10 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are spent over the next five years.

These dollar...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Public Records Request Process Changes

Open Records screen image

Your City of Plano open record requests are going to be a lot easier starting Sunday, Sept. 2. The two biggest improvements are:

The process for requesting public r...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Know Some of the Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

Senior medical exam

A wide range of screening and preventive measures are recommended for people over the age of 65. These guidelines, based on extensive clinical data, come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Consi...

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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: 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: 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

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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