These are some of the warning signs of dementia

These are some of the warning signs of dementia

| Written by Dr. Regina Asihene | The term dementia simply means significant memory loss.  There are several causes that lead to memory loss that is added to describe dementia: Alzheimer's dementia—due to age Amyloid plaques and tangled fibers build up in brain and there is a loss of connection between nerve cells Vascular dementia—due to strokes It is caused from damage to the vessels that supply blood to the brain Lewy body dementia Abnormal protein deposits in the brain, called Lewy bodies, affect brain chemistry and lead to problems with behavior, mood, movement and thinking Frontotemporal disorders—due to degenerative damage to the brains frontal and temporal lobes It happens in people under age 65. Symptoms might include apathy, difficulty communicating, walking or working, emotional changes and impulsive or inappropriate behaviors. Alcohol induced dementia Parkinson's induced dementia Here are some of the warning signs that a person may have dementia: Difficulty with everyday tasks Everyone makes mistakes, but people with dementia have...
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How to avoid probate by “operation of law”

How to avoid probate by “operation of law”

| Written by Wendy Mara | One of the goals of estate planning is to help clients avoid estate planning probate. No, everyone does not have to go through probate. And no, contrary to popular belief, a will does not avoid probate. A will is not self-executing; that is, it doesn’t transfer ownership of assets to the beneficiaries automatically. A will has to be submitted to a probate court and deemed valid before it has any authority at all. Then the probate process ensues. The court oversees the process and settles any disputes that arise. Time periods for creditors to file claims, giving notices to creditors and beneficiaries, obtaining acknowledgments, and probate litigation can create great emotional and financial costs and delay. How do you avoid probate? Whether you can avoid probate has nothing to do with the total value of your estate or whether federal estate tax is a factor. There are no Florida estate or inheritance taxes. There are two...
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A testimonial about Fitworks Perfect Posture

A testimonial about Fitworks Perfect Posture

Fitworks Perfect Posture works to correct years of damage in a natural and methodical way.  After seeing more than 5,000 clients, Gary Rumel has perfected the art of correcting musculoskeletal imbalances. With just one evaluation, he can determine where someone is affected and create a plan to fix the issue. He has seen golfers play better and help people get back to biking and running. Clients have seen a noticeable improvement after six to eight sessions with problems being completely fixed for some people. A recent testimonial from our friend, Scott K states... "The initial consultation was great. Gary described the opportunities with my posture and how he would put together an exercise plan. The plan would entail working on positioning joints and then strengthening specific muscle groups to hold them in place. During each session, Gary explains and demonstrates the exercise or stretch we are doing. Always explaining in detail what muscle we are working on and why. After the first...
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Florida is growing. Here is what that means for you

Florida is growing. Here is what that means for you

If you can recall the Florida of the 1950s, you remember a small-population state with only three urban areas that could be called “cities.” Miami, Tampa-St Petersburg and Jacksonville have now been joined by fast-growing communities like Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, Ocala and Kissimmee. For decades, our state’s growth has seemed phenomenal, beyond reasonable expectations. Many people have predicted that this growth would slow or end, but that is not happening. The pandemic of 2020 has actually sped this trend. From July 2019 to July 2020, Florida is estimated to have added 241,256 new residents. Some estimates project state population to reach 26 million by the year 2030. This would make the state of Florida bigger than the nation of Australia. What does this mean for the current and future senior residents of the Sunshine State? To begin, seniors cannot complain too much about Florida’s growth without seeming hypocritical. After all, retirees and seniors account for a big part of that trend. Florida...
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These are some basic internet skills for beginners

These are some basic internet skills for beginners

For decades, seniors have been stereotyped as being “technologically backward,” not willing to adopt new ways of communicating or learning. This may have been true in the past, but it is far less so today. According to the Pew Research Center, 67% of all seniors were using the internet in 2018. That was before the pandemic, and this event has surely made the internet and mobile digital devices, tablets and smart phones, more used than ever. Basic internet and digital skills are now as important to seniors as they are to younger people. These skills can help to keep seniors safe, connected, mobile, informed, even well educated. They are as important today as a telephone connection was in the 1950s or basic reading was in the early 1900s. Still, many seniors do not feel confident doing basic digital tasks like instant messaging, completing a Google search or using a social media platform like Facebook. These skills can make daily life far...
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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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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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