Are you still driving? Here are a few things to consider

Are you still driving? Here are a few things to consider

Most of today’s seniors have had a life-long relationship with automobiles. As teenagers, our “wheels” were a status symbol and the key to a freedom we had never had as children. Suddenly, we could go somewhere without Mom or Dad!  For many of us, getting a driver’s license was more memorable than any birthday or graduation celebration. Today, that relationship with cars and driving endures. The ability to drive still means individual freedom and independence. Driving is a very practical skill, giving seniors the ability to keep medical appointments, shop on their own, visit, help friends, volunteer or just to have fun. Most people are reluctant to give this up, even if their driving skills are declining. This situation has been called a “silver tsunami,” as more and more seniors reach an age where driving ability is impaired. To be clear, many seniors remain among the safest and least accident-prone of all drivers. Still, we cannot ignore the fact that increased age...
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You Can Now Donate to OurSeniors.org!

You Can Now Donate to OurSeniors.org!

If you haven’t heard the news yet, OurSeniors.org, which has been running for more than 5 years, is now a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are very excited about this designation as it now means we can deliver our magazine to you for free. It also means we can accept donations that will go toward providing free resources to seniors and continuing our good work of visiting those in nursing homes who are isolated and alone. Our mission is to be the go-to resource for seniors in Florida who need an advocate that will research the right vendors for any service. We want to make sure that seniors are not ripped off by people who take advantage of the vulnerable. That’s why we have expanded throughout the state and increased our information outlets such as our podcast, newsletter and Brunch & Learn events Any donation would help us tremendously as we continue to produce the magazine and provide free resources to seniors across Florida. To...
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Posture is Body Language – What is YOUR Body Saying?

Posture is Body Language – What is YOUR Body Saying?

Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak, which often occurs because of one's daily activities such as golfing, accidents, pregnancy, or simply not exercising properly. Often it leads to pain, injury, or other health problems such as digestive issues, shortness of breath, bladder incontinence, or sciatic nerve pain just to name a few. Poor posture also sends messages to the brain to release cortisol and less testosterone into the body thus causing stress and low energy.  Basically, when the body is in a state of unease, it cannot heal itself and this should alarm everyone who has a body! For the past 21 years, we have proven many hundreds of times that the body was designed to heal itself when in a state of EASE! Proper posture: Keeps your joints and bones in proper alignment Ensures muscles are being used effectively and efficiently Helps to decrease abnormal wear and tear on joint surfaces Decreases...
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Ways Savvy Seniors Are Avoiding Online Pharmacy Scams

Ways Savvy Seniors Are Avoiding Online Pharmacy Scams

By PharmacyChecker Canadian and other international online pharmacies can help you (and have already helped millions of Americans) save a lot of money. How much are we talking here? Often, folks who compare prices on www.pharmacychecker.com end up paying a whopping 90% less than what they might pay at their local Walgreens or Walmart. With prescription drug savings like that, it can be tempting to dive right in! What’s to lose? Well, unfortunately, there’s plenty. The internet is a minefield of trouble due to dangerous rogue websites that pose as legitimate online pharmacies, so you need to know what you're doing to save money safely. “Rogue pharmacies,” as we call them, are out to steal sensitive financial information (at worse) and peddle counterfeit medications (even worse!). Seniors looking for lower priced drugs online don’t deserve this kind of trickery. That’s where we come in! PharmacyChecker.com works to ensure consumers don’t encounter this kind of perilous online quicksand. We accredit and monitor only...
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OurSeniors.org is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit!

OurSeniors.org is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit!

  Do you enjoy OurSeniors.net Magazine? If you’ve been reading our magazine, using our discounts, listening to our podcast and receiving our free newsletter, we hope you have found tremendous value in what we do. We launched OurSeniors.org as an initiative to visit seniors living in nursing homes and providing comfort for those who are isolated. This has expanded into become a registered nonprofit organization that you can now donate to! Any donation would help us tremendously as we continue to produce the magazine and provide free resources to seniors across Florida. To help us move forward with our mission, any donation helps! Please visit the website to see more about what you can do to help or call us at 800-647-0868 ....
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What to know about taxes and stimulus checks

What to know about taxes and stimulus checks

Some seniors are confused about their status regarding “stimulus checks,” the government payments designed to help people through the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not surprising, as there have been a total of three rounds of payments, authorized by two separate acts of Congress. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed early in 2020, and the first round of payments went out in April of that year. A second round of CARES payments was authorized in Dec 2020. The April payments were set at $1200 for single filers and $2400 for couples filing jointly, while December’s were for one half those amounts ($600 per individual and $1200 per couple).  Income thresholds for both CARES payments were the same: up to $75,000 for single filer and $150,000 for couples filing jointly. Both CARES payments phased out slowly above those thresholds. In March 2021, a third round of stimulus payments was authorized by the American Rescue...
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Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

By Shivam Patel, PharmD, Director of the PharmacyChecker Verification Program It’s now commonplace to either be outraged or hear of a friend who is outraged by drug prices at local pharmacies. The national struggle to afford prescription drugs inspires an onslaught of questions: Why do these prices fluctuate so much? Why is the price of Lipitor at Walgreens a fraction of the cost of the one you bought at Walmart when they’re just across the street? And what’s the deal with these online pharmacies from Canada and India peddling prices that are as much as 98% cheaper than what you’d get in Florida? Is it the online pharmacies that are scamming you or is it the U.S. healthcare system? Thirty pills of Januvia, which treats type 2 diabetes, sell for about $573 at one U.S. pharmacy but $477 at another. At a Canadian online pharmacy, the same amount of Januvia can cost $128.98. That’s over a 70% discount off the U.S. pharmacy...
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A Medical Service that Saves Time and Money

A Medical Service that Saves Time and Money

Many of us are afraid of calling the ambulance or going to the emergency room due to high costs and being unsure of whether the symptoms we are experiencing are actually an emergency. Shortness of breath, tightening of the chest and other issues are cause for concern, but sometimes they are not worth the headache of going to the ER. Dispatch Health is a medical service that comes to your home and treats symptoms like pneumonia, COVID-19 symptoms, urinary tract infections and other uncomfortable ailments. When you experience non-life-threatening symptoms like these, you can simply call them and two medical professionals will arrive within a few hours to treat the issue from the privacy of your home. Once they are done, they call in any necessary prescriptions, update your doctor with what happening and handle the billing to your insurance company. Even better, they accept Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Out of pocket costs are just around $5-$28. A service like this means...
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What Is The Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

What Is The Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

| Written by Regina Asihene, M.D. from Majestic Gardens | Families often have to make a difficult decision on the type of residential care that is needed for a senior member of the family who may be declining.  Does mom or dad need a nursing home or an assisted living facility?  This article will simplify the major differences between a nursing home and an assisted living facility. 1. Nursing homes are for those who need more medical care in a clinical setting. Assisted living facilities are for those who need personal care in a home-like, social setting. Individuals who have frequent hospital admissions or multiple medical problems likely need a nursing home to continue to get more skilled nursing and limited medical treatments.  People who need assistance with most of the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, transfer, mobility, feeding) probably need a nursing home.  A nursing home is for someone who needs medical professionals for 24 hours. An assisted living facility is...
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This is how exercise can help with arthritis

This is how exercise can help with arthritis

All seniors should take an active interest in exercise because it is one of the most important single things they can do to remain healthy. Unfortunately, arthritis can get in the way due to pain and discomfort. In recent years, several new and highly effective drug therapies have been made available to arthritis patients. These drugs have helped thousands of people, but they are expensive and can sometimes cause serious side effects. Most doctors believe that exercise is the best and most effective non-pharmaceutical therapy for people with arthritis. It is understandable that the thought of swimming, riding a bike or walking may sometimes seem overwhelming. Painful, stiff joints discourage many people from getting the exercise they need to remain healthy and mobile. Ironically, a proper exercise program will actually help reduce arthritis pain and stiffness. Exercise benefits people with arthritis by increasing strength and flexibility, fighting fatigue and reducing joint pain. It is not the case that moderate movement will...
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