Preparing for hurricane season before it’s too late

Preparing for hurricane season before it’s too late

Hurricane season lasts from June to November of each year. NOAA predicted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year with 13-20 named storms. Now is the time to prepare and here are some preparations you can start now: Your medicines - It is possible that prescription medication may not be attainable for a long period after a major storm. Have a full supply of all necessary medications; do not wait to the last minute to get prescriptions filled. Also, make sure that you have a good supply of any over-the-counter medications you take, as well as first aid supplies. Water and food - This is an obvious preparation for all people including seniors. Food should be non-perishable items for at least three days for each person in the house. Experts recommend at least one gallon of drinking water per person each day. Think of your pets - Dogs and cats are important parts of many senior households. Preparing for them is an important...
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Is it getting more difficult to hear people on the phone?

Is it getting more difficult to hear people on the phone?

As we age, hearing becomes more difficult, especially over the phone. It is exhausting to ask someone to keep repeating themselves. Sometimes, having phone conversations doesn’t seem worth it, so its forgotten all together. Thankfully, those days can be over if you qualify for ClearCaptions. It’s is a certified captioning service through the FCC with equipment funded through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It works like closed captioning works on television programs with subtitles where the captions are provided in real-time. Qualified individuals with certification from a healthcare professional are eligible for the free service as they must have a clear issue with hearing and speaking over the telephone. Seniors who get the service can have it on their cell phone or as a landline installation. A specialist assists with installing it and provides a tutorial on how to use it with ongoing customer support provided after installation. To get started, all that needs to be done is to...
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This is a great option for short-term care

This is a great option for short-term care

| Written by Dr. Regina Asihene | Being a caregiver can be hard.  In fact, we all burn out at some point and will need a break.  When a primary caregiver needs a break, respite care can provide short-term relief.  Respite care is basically time off so that the primary caregivers can get away from their responsibilities for physical and emotional relief.  Respite can be arranged for a few hours, several days or even weeks.  Respite care can be done in different settings:  at home, in a nursing home, or at an assisted living facility. How much does respite care cost? Respite services charge by the hour or by the number of days that services are provided. Most insurance plans do not cover these costs.  You must pay all costs yourself that are not covered by insurance or other funding sources.  If you choose respite in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility, then Medicare will pay only five days in a row. Majestic...
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Local Businesses are Still Suffering – It’s Our Duty to Help

Local Businesses are Still Suffering – It’s Our Duty to Help

Although the pandemic seems like it’s almost over, its effects are still very prevalent. Local businesses such as restaurants, shops, spas and many others are still having issues with less patrons coming in and smaller staff to help. All around the U.S., businesses are suffering from multiple issues from supply chain to staffing and much more. The best way we can help is to go out and support them. While certain restaurants may not have the impeccable service it used to, understand that they are trying to stay afloat. If a market or store doesn’t have certain items in stock, understand that it may be a supply chain issue. The pandemic caused a variety of issues for business owners, but that does not mean we should abandon them. Go out this weekend and remember to shop small! If you're in the Volusia County area, a few spots we love are: DB Pickles, Peach Valley Café, Valdiano ’s Pizza, and Culver’s....
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Feeling Lonely? Adopt a Pet!

Feeling Lonely? Adopt a Pet!

There is no question that loneliness is one of the most common problems faced by seniors. It’s a serious problem too; loneliness can lead to increased stress, more frequent use of alcohol or tobacco and a number of medical problems. Unfortunately, the isolation made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic has made this problem all the worse. Adopting a pet may offer seniors at least a partial solution to the problem of loneliness. Having a pet gives seniors both companionship and a purpose in life. Pets depend on their human companions for care, making a senior feel needed. Some pets provide increased security and the opportunity for exercise and social interaction. Seniors benefit physically and emotionally from having a pet companion, and the new adoptee finds care and a loving home. It can be a win-win situation, but there are some things to think about before jumping in. The first consideration is commitment. A senior must understand that pet ownership involves a long-term...
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How to avoid Medicare fraud

How to avoid Medicare fraud

Medicare and Social Security benefits are the two most important programs that affect the health and wellbeing of older Americans. Both of these programs are overwhelmingly popular with the public. In 2015, a poll commissioned by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation found that 87% of all Americans viewed Social Security favorably while 77% had a positive view of Medicare. They are the two most popular government programs in America. The same poll found that many Americans do not think that these programs are sustainable. One of the reasons is the fraud and abuse that is sometimes, perhaps often, found in both programs. Medicare spending in 2016 amounts to a total of $672.6 billion. Medicare will provide health insurance to 57 million Americans who are 65 or older, disabled, or have end-stage renal disease. Fraud in the Medicare program steals benefits and services that should rightly go to these deserving recipients. You should care greatly about this if you are a taxpayer or...
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Brunch & Learn will be back in person soon!

Brunch & Learn will be back in person soon!

Have you heard? We are bringing back our Brunch & Learn to in-person meetings very soon. During the pandemic, we decided to go virtual but with vaccinations up in the senior community and a willingness to gather again, we have decided to bring it back. For now, you can watch our videos on YouTube to see past Brunch & Learn events. Please keep checking back for updates as we secure a venue and speakers for upcoming events!...
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Why you should read the Book of Romans

Why you should read the Book of Romans

Is Romans one of your favorite books in the Bible? If not, then you do not have a revelation of the true Gospel. That’s a strong statement, but I believe I’m justified in making it. Romans is a powerful, powerful book. Paul wrote Romans as a letter to the church in Rome. At the time he wrote it, Paul had never been to Rome, but he wrote to the Romans because their faith had been spoken of throughout the world. However, something was beginning to happen in Rome that Paul needed to address. At this time, the church was a mixture of Jewish people and Gentiles, and some of the Jewish people had begun to influence new believers in Rome to go back under the covenant of the law. They had believed in Jesus, but they wanted New Testament believers to go back and observe all the Old Testament law. Paul wrote to them to show the differences between New Testament and...
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Remembering a friend and true inspiration

Remembering a friend and true inspiration

One of our good friends and Amazing Seniors passed away last month, so we want to bring you his story today, which you have heard about from when we have featured him. He was an inspiration to all and lived a fun and exciting life up until the very last day. He was not the typical retiree you would think of that lives in Florida. He would ride his Ducati motorcycle and stay active every day. Tom attributed his continued youth and good health to a life time of hard work.  At a young age, Tom moved to Coral Gables, Florida where he went to school. He had his first job at age 13, a paper delivery route for the Miami Herald.  After school, he would help his uncle in a shoe store on Coral Gables’ famous Miracle Mile shopping strip. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he spent 25 years in America’s service. During that career,...
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Perfect posture and its importance for proper body function

Perfect posture and its importance for proper body function

| Contributed by Fitworks Perfect Posture | What is the first thing you visualize when you hear the phrase “bad posture?”  I am sure we all see a body slumped forward with rounded shoulders and a huge hump in their upper back. What is happening to the organs inside that body we just visualized?  What about the nerves?  And, what about the blood flow? Just in that one small bad posture we have a person who may have restricted nerves going down into his harms and hands.  So, the hands may tingle or feel numb at times.  The fingers may feel cold and may have trouble moving in the manner they are used to. This person may have trouble raising their hands above their head.  Reaching for items in a cupboard or even washing their hair may be impossible. They may have digestion issues.  The stomach could feel bloated at times and have heartburn at other times. The ribcage and sternum are pushing down on to...
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