These are all the things the DOEA does for seniors

These are all the things the DOEA does for seniors

The state of Florida recognizes the critical importance of its senior citizens. In fact, Florida’s government has a department dedicated exclusively to providing information, assistance and services to seniors. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is a hidden gem, full of good stuff for seniors and their families. Programs range from a senior legal helpline to information on robotic pets. That’s correct, the DOEA partnered with a firm that produces therapeutic robotic pets and has distributed more than 7,000 of them to socially isolated seniors and persons dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. These innovative ‘critters’ help combat loneliness and depression by improving overall mood and quality of life. The DOEA’s mission statement reads, “To promote the well-being, safety, and independence of Florida's seniors, their families, and caregivers.” To perform this mission, the agency depends on a system of 11 Area Agency on Aging centers throughout the state. These non-profit organizations are funded by the state and provide a coordinated system of...
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Here are a few tips for getting rid of summer pests

Here are a few tips for getting rid of summer pests

Imagine yourself waking up bright and early to make a fresh cup of coffee. Sleepy-eyed you reach for sugar and notice dozens of little ants crawling over your counter! Welcome to summer in Florida, when the weather is perfect for creepy crawlers. Sugar ants (Linepithema humile), also known as Argentine ants, are one of the toughest bugs to get rid of. Their diet consists mainly of sweets and once they find some in your home, they leave a scent trail for others to find it. Only measuring 2.2 to 2.8mm, these ants will come back even after insistent cleaning and killings. So, what can you do to keep them away and off of your counters? Here are a few home remedies to help you keep the little buggers away from your snacks: Keep your counters, stove, and cabinets squeaky clean and dry After every meal you make, use a sponge with soap and water to wipe down all surfaces rather than just using a paper...
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This General Practitioner has 4 offices in Florida

This General Practitioner has 4 offices in Florida

Are you new to the Volusia County area or looking for a new primary care physician? Our Approved Vendor, A One Family Practice, is run by Dr. Kashyap Patel, MD and Dr. Savitha B. Kasturi, DO, who are both certified in Family Medicine and have been serving the Volusia County area for more than 15 years. Their offices are located at: 312 W New York Ave Deland, Florida 32720 325 Clyde Morris Blvd, Suite 340 Ormond Beach, FL 322 Big Tree Road South Daytona, FL 25 Palm Harbor Village Way, #2 Palm Coast, FL Run by Dr. Kashyap Patel, MD and Dr. Savitha B. Kasturi, DO, the office focuses on primary care with both doctors certified in Family Medicine. If you are looking for a new primary care doctor, we recommend the doctors at A One Family Practice. They accept Medicare and most HMO and PPO insurances in the area such as Humana, Florida Hospital, Florida Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Welmed, Cigna and Aetna. To make an...
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You should still be thinking about these deadly diseases

You should still be thinking about these deadly diseases

Seniors face a number of obvious health issues. Many of these, like digestive problems, joint pain, hearing and vision loss make themselves known every day, reminding us to see the appropriate medical professional. Other medical needs seem to hide themselves in the back of our minds until it may be too late. Immunization is one of the tasks that can fall through the cracks of medical care. Health experts recommend that seniors be immunized for several preventable diseases that can cause serious or even fatal illness. Every year in the United States, an estimated 45,000 adults die from diseases that could have been prevented by immunization.  Because seniors are more susceptible to infections than younger adults, immunization is especially important for them. Think about this short list of preventable illnesses. Influenza. Health officials recommend an annual flu shot for seniors and all patients with conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Each year, the flu vaccine varies, as we try to guess what...
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Can we slow down cognitive decline?

Can we slow down cognitive decline?

Few things worry seniors more than the thought of “cognitive decline”—losing the ability to do mental tasks like remembering names or doing simple arithmetic. When a young person forgets where they put their keys or neglects to lock a door, we tend to think that they simply have too much on their mind. But for many seniors, each misplaced key, forgotten lock or hard-to-recall word brings with it the thought, “I am losing it!” We are not referring to disease conditions like Alzheimer’s or other dementias, but to the normal decline in brain function that comes with age. Like your heart, kidneys and lungs, the brain is a physical organ that changes with age. An 80-year-old senior cannot expect their heart or lungs to perform as well as those of a teenager. Likewise, the brain undergoes changes as we age; in fact, elusive changes may start as early as the 20’s. Neurotransmission, the speed at which signals travel within the brain,...
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Father’s Day is June 20, how will you celebrate?

Father’s Day is June 20, how will you celebrate?

  Fathers are a very important part of everyone’s life. A father is meant to be a provider and protector. Whether or not they are present in a child’s life has a big impact.  Studies have shown that when a father is a part of a child’s life, that child has a better IQ and has less of a risk of behavioral problems during teenage and adult years. For those families without a father around, there is good news. Father figures in general whether it’s a grandfather, uncle, or another supportive man, can make up for situations when a father is not around. The most important aspect is that there is someone, in addition to a mother or mother figure, that is supportive and adds a male perspective to a child’s development. This Father’s Day, it’s important to take time to celebrate the fathers and father figures in our lives both alive and deceased. Having a barbeque or being outside in the...
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Do you remember what happened 50 years ago?

Do you remember what happened 50 years ago?

This month marks the end of the first half of 2021, so let’s take some time to go back 50 years and recall the world of 1971. Sometimes it is fun to look back, remembering Barbara Streisand’s “The Way We Were” and some sentimental recollections. If you are a young senior today, say 67 or so, you were a young adult that year, living in a very different world. There was no internet or social media, no cable TV, no cell phone service or “Zoom calls.”  The United States was trying to bring the Vietnam War to an end, and we still feared an attack from the Soviet Union, a nation that no longer exists. Richard Nixon was the President of the United States and the Democratic Party was struggling to recover from the “Chappaquiddick” incident. Before you read on, take a moment to see if you can answer these trivia questions: What boxer ended Muhammad Ali’s win streak? Who was Richard...
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How posture affects how people perceive you

How posture affects how people perceive you

You may not realize it, but your posture has a large impact on how you are perceived by others.  It also changes your body chemistry setting you up for either success or failure. Judged by your posture? You have probably never even thought about this. In fact, studies have shown that your body language can influence the way you are perceived by others.  Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist from the Harvard Business School, determined that assuming a powerful stance can increase power hormones (testosterone) and decrease stress hormones (cortisol). If you can feel these physiological changes in yourself, it will be reflected in the way others perceive you. From the outside, others judge you by what they see. Posture begins from the ground up.  A lot of people these days walk with feet in an externally rotated position, or as we call it, “duck feet.”  Instead of walking with a confident stride and a spring in your step, this gait style can often...
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Are you ready for hurricane season?

Are you ready for hurricane season?

Hurricane season is around the corner. Whether you're new to Florida or have been living in the state your entire life, it is always good to have a refresher on what to do to prepare. Here are a few things we thing seniors should know ahead of time: Plan an evacuation route (ahead of time) - Search for local shelters and your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find evacuation routes. Sign up for local alerts - Having alerts about the closeness of the hurricane to your area can benefit for evacuation purposes and preparing for the next steps. Stock up on non-perishables - Since hurricanes cause power outages for weeks, it’s difficult to keep perishable items long enough to sustain the days after. Non-perishables are an important food source that last long after the hurricane hits land. Stock up on emergency supplies - These are: a first aid kit and medicine to last weeks...
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