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Did you know that bald eagle moms gather and deliver food to their babies in the nest without regurgitating it like many other bird species do? This is so the little fledglings can strengthen their beaks. Eagle parents are also teachers – showing their young how to fly, how to retrieve their own food, and how to protect their nests from predators. These are just a few of the “fun facts” shared by photographer James Unland at a recent presentation to the Renaissance community at The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

Speaking to a full room, Mr. Unland shared a series of beautiful photos and footage of birds in the area’s lush natural settings. He is an avid observer of Southwest Florida bald eagles from a myriad of strategic locations throughout the region. Hiding in the bush, on occasion in near proximity to gators, Mr. Unland peers from up to 1,000 feet away, using sophisticated camera equipment to capture both still and video images of area wildlife.

The audience was extremely engaged and asked many questions about the photographer’s process, the various nests he observes, and the details about the bald eagles’ family lives. Mr. Unland shared his knowledge of the local environment, including how Hurricane Irma affected many of the nests, and how red tide has impacted the bald eagle community. His beautiful photography captured the audience’s attention, and provided intellectual stimulation.

According to, learning something new, such as a new skill or hobby, can help boost your memory. The article goes on to say that a research study conducted by neurologists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found that engaging in a lifelong pursuit of mentally challenging activities may actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that seniors who frequently read, played mentally challenging games like chess, or engaged in other intellectually stimulating activities are 2.5 times less likely to have Alzheimer’s, which impacts approximately 4 million Americans.

And another study out of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School had similar findings. Using participant interviews and brain scans, those researchers found that seniors who reported higher levels of intellectual stimulation throughout their lifetimes had a marked delay in the onset of memory problems or other Alzheimer’s-type symptoms.

Mr. Unland and other guest speakers at The Terraces at Bonita Springs strive to provide ongoing education to the residents.

Special events, holiday celebrations, educational programs, guest speakers, and a variety of inspiring activities take place throughout the year at The Terraces at Bonita Springs (  as part of the community’s active lifestyle programs. The Terraces is the only LifePlan Community for senior living in the Bonita Springs area. Living choices include independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. All levels of care, including assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support are open for direct admittance, with no entrance fee.

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