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Hundreds of residents turned out to attend Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance for Senior at the gymnasium at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. Sporting snazzy red-and-white attire, they danced the night away to old-school tunes performed by the local group Pocket Change during Commissioner Jordan’s annual celebration of love.

Up to five times a day Gary Allen can be found walking his dog, Mickey, around his San Francisco neighborhood. Allen, 63, adopted the Jack Russell terrier in July from Muttville, a dog rescue agency for senior canines. Mickey is more than 17 years old. "I am indulging him because he is at the end of his life," explained Allen, who is gay and lives alone, about the duo's daily walking regimen.

Also, read "ADVANCE CARE PLANS: Don’t Wait Until You’re Old to Plan for Old Age.” 

In an eight-hour shift, Alicia Lamour will evaluate the nursing care of a number of patients admitted to Citrus Valley Hospital, here. They range from young to old. Some are relatively healthy. Others are critical. The busy surgical-care nurse reviewer knows regardless of age, race or ethnicity, not every patient is prepared for the unexpected.

Throughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.