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Join the Pace Makers

February 8, 2013

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NCOA is partnering with dancer Debbie Allen and Medtronic on a national campaign to educate older adults about heart health, the risks between MRIs and pacemakers, and treatment options.

An estimated 50-70% of people with a pacemaker may need to undergo an MRI scan at some point of their life. While there are risks to this treatment, there are also alternatives.

We're hosting workshops for older adults at senior centers nationwide, including at members of our National Institute of Senior Centers.

After the workshop, attendees are invited to put on their dancing shoes, kick up their heels, and join a fun dance event to exercise and stay healthy.

For more information about this campaign, please contact Christine Harding at or 202-479-6605.

Upcoming Events:


February 11
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tallahassee Senior Center
1400 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303
RSVP: (850) 891-4000

March 18
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Town n’ Country Senior Center
7606 Paula Drive
Tampa, FL 33615
RSVP: Lori Radice, (813) 873-6336 by March 14


March 5
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Denver Harbor Center
6402 Market Street
Houston, TX 77020
RSVP: (713) 672-6395 by Feb. 28

March 26
5 – 7 p.m.
Lindale Senior Center
3135 Swatner Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
RSVP: (361) 854-45908 by March 22

April 25
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
South Austin Activity Center
3911 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78741
RSVP: (512) 448-0787

April 30
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Irving Heritage Senior Center
200 S. Jefferson Street
Irving, TX
RSVP: (972) 721-2496 by April 25

A Special Note from Dancer Debbie Allen

Dear Friends,

I have built a career around acting, directing, and choreographing, but my great passion in life is dancing. I have performed in television, film, and theaters all over the world for nearly 40 years.

I lead a very active life and need to keep my health in close check. My intense dance schedule has caused me numerous muscle strains and pains, three times requiring the need for an MRI to create a detailed, “inside” picture of my muscles, joints, and other soft tissue. My family also has a long history of heart disease, and I am aware that some of the devices used to treat these conditions can interfere with other important medical technology.

I joined the Pace Makers because I believe in the power of a well-informed patient, especially when it comes to having access to technology that could help manage their medical condition.

People invest more time in deciding what car to buy than they do on a device that may help improve the quality of their life. I want everyone to know there are options. That’s why I chose to become an advocate for the Join the Pace Makers Campaign.

I encourage you to take the first step by visiting the campaign website It’s here where people can connect with one another, share their personal story, and encourage others who may need a pacemaker to talk with their physicians about the best treatment option for them.

Won’t you join me and become a Pace Maker, too?



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