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NEWS

This area contains all of the news articles from the Prime Timers Worldwide quarterly newsletter.  They are listed in chronological order, with the most recent news article listed first.  Feel free to peruse this article archive; it is chock full of interesting stories from local chapters, the worldwide organization as a whole, and important news to its members.

Charlotte’s 25th

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During the weekend of April 20th, the Charlotte Prime Timers celebrated the 25th anniversary of their founding. Before the weekend, the Charlotte board members hosted Jack Nimmo, president of Prime Timers Worldwide with a dinner at 300 East Restaurant on Thursday evening, April 19. On Friday evening, approximately 20 Prime Timers met at Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards on South Boulevard for an evening of fun and the opportunity to meet Jack.

Although our anniversary isn't until August 15, we decided to hold our celebrations on June 16 due to the poor health status of three of our founding members*. The two remaining founding fathers who were able to attend that day, Jerry Leone and Jim Norris, received a picture award taken of them alongside Woody Baldwin during the 20th anniversary event. A video recording of Jerry and Jim relating the events leading to the formation of Prime Timers and what Prime Timers has done for them over the years, was also presented.

Health Brief

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Murray Betts and Gene Poole, both Prime Timers from the San Antonio chapter, have alerted us to a recent announcement in the U.S. regarding a recall of a common prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. If you are taking such medication, we urge you to contact your doctor to find out if it contains Valsartan, either by name or as an active ingredient in the medication. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of certain drugs that contain Valsartan due to a manufacturing impurity that poses a potential cancer risk. However, the recall does not affect all drugs containing Valsartan. Therefore, it is important to speak with your doctor before you stop taking any medication prescribed for you. Have your doctor help make this determination with you. Do not attempt to make any decisions completely on your own.

While visiting a recent Prime Timer event at another chapter, I met a smiling, relatively new member who related the story of his life-long partner's passing. His despair was treated by a doctor who dealt with the loss of "the love of his life". Yes, grief happens when the loss of a wife or husband happens just as it does when there are two men joined in a life of togetherness! The "straight" doctor advised that it would be good to get back out of the house and socialize to combat the loneliness. "Why don't you try Prime Timer?" the doctor suggested. "Who?" that new member said he asked.

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