Masks Against COVID-19

Masks Against COVID-19

As the number of coronavirus cases rises, we would like to take a moment to remind all of our readers to please wear a mask. You may have heard reports that face coverings do not work, that they should be saved for healthcare workers, and so on. You may be wondering, “Why would I even wear a mask? Do masks actually help prevent the spread of coronavirus?” The answer is yes, they do. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face masks slow down the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends widespread face coverings and the continuous practice of other preventive measures, like social distancing, to help slow the spread. Though masks were not supported at the beginning of the pandemic (there was a lack of knowledge about asymptomatic people), they are recommended now (new discoveries led to a revision). Senior, wear a cloth mask and help reduce the spread of the virus. You do not need...
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Florida Enters Phase Two!

Florida Enters Phase Two!

On Friday, June 6th, Florida entered Governor Ron DeSantis' “Plan for Florida's Recovery.” Out of 67 counties, 64 were permitted to begin Phase Two. This is excellent news for our economy! For the past few weeks, essential and nonessential businesses have resumed operations. We have seen a rise in the market and a dip in the unemployment rate. Gyms, salons, and even theme parks are allowing guests to enter their doors. This will continue lowering the need for public assistance and will help fluctuate money throughout our community. Below are the changes allowed by Phase Two: Bar-top seating in restaurants is allowed (with appropriate social distancing). Bars and pubs can now operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as all patrons are seated. Retail stores and gyms can now operate at full capacity. Movie theaters, concert venues, bowling alleys, and even arcades can now operate at 50 percent. Tattoo shops, tanning salons, and massage/acupuncture parlors can...
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Walk this Weigh!

Walk this Weigh!

Seniors, these past few weeks have been rough! We are in the middle of a pandemic, massive protests, and its hurricane season again. Instead of staring blankly at toxic news cycles, step outside and go for a walk. Walking is an excellent way to get a nice kick of endorphins (a chemical released into your body when you exercise). This organic version of morphine helps reduce your perception of pain and triggers an overall positive feeling. Walking 30 minutes every day can also: Increase cardiovascular fitness Make your bones stronger Help you lose weight Increase your muscle strength Elongate endurance. Those are some fantastic benefits! It is almost unbelievable how such a simple task can have such a massive effect on our health. Getting physical activity does not have to be strenuous or expensive. A simple walk outside is free and can be done at any time of the day! If you find the thought of walking 30 minutes every day...
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The Rise and Fall of COVID-19

The Rise and Fall of COVID-19

As of June 8th, 2020, for the fifth day in a row, Florida has reported more than 1000 new cases of COVID-19. This terrifying trend resembles the number of reported outbreaks in April when the virus was at its peak. More than 64,000 people have been tested positive for COVID-19, and the numbers are expected to rise. As protests continue and Governor DeSantis' Phase Two plan roles out, our community of seniors must continue practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene. Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself and others: Learn how the virus spreads Consistently wash your hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth especially when outside Avoid close contact with people especially those who are sick or who live outside of your home Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth Cover coughs and sneezes Clean dirty surfaces Clean and disinfect frequently touched...
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Make your health a priority–check out SilverSneakers!

Make your health a priority–check out SilverSneakers!

While gyms are reopening and we all want to get back in shape, it’s important to think about our unique circumstance and how we can stay safe while working out. If your gym is not safe for you to visit, then there are ways to make exercising at home a part of your daily routine. SilverSneakers is a great way to stay in shape while at home. All you need to do is see if you are eligible through your health insurance. You just need your name, birthday, email and phone number to check. SilverSneakers has hundreds of on-demand workout classes you can do from the comfort of your home and the company is part of a national network of gyms and community centers available for those who would like to visit a gym. Classes are made specifically for seniors with caring instructions that can help with improving cardiovascular strength, flexibility and much more. All you need to do is check...
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Restoring America–How Can we Help?

Restoring America–How Can we Help?

Even though businesses are reopening in Florida and the economy seems like it’s going to get back to normal, that couldn’t be further from the truth. People are scared to leave their homes and spend any money, and rightfully so. Things are still very uncertain. We definitely need to stay cautious, wear protective gear in public and physically distance from other people, but does this mean we need to distance ourselves from everything in life? No. Socially distancing is meant to keep people away from each other, but it shouldn’t keep us away from helping our local economy. If you have a family-owned food market nearby, try stopping there instead of going to a large chain store each time you get groceries. Order takeout or delivery from your favorite restaurant. If you’d like to give your home some love, try a local Ace Hardware (which is a franchise owned by someone in your community) or a home boutique shop. If you...
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Phase One Continues!

Phase One Continues!

Good news! Florida is on a steady path to economic recovery ever since Governor DeSantis made the decision to reopen the state. Over the past few weeks, essential and nonessential businesses have resumed operations. Gyms, salons, and even theme parks are allowing guests to enter their doors. Seniors, this is excellent news! The sooner we reopen the state, the faster our economy will recover. As of May 26th, SeaWorld and Disney World received approval to resume operations from the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. SeaWorld is set to open its parks on June 11th. Disney World will be opening two parks on July 11th, starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Having our theme parks open will help bring some much-needed magic back to our state. Though there is uncertainty about how these new orders will impact our citizens' safety and health, this is terrific news. By implementing proper social distancing requirements, cleanliness rules, and limited capacity, we can...
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Do not abandon your health goals

Do not abandon your health goals

Do you want to be stronger or build up the stamina to walk around or clean the house for longer time? Goals like these keep us moving when motivation does not exist. Sometimes, the desire to lose weight or eat healthier to live longer is not enough. We all like our favorite foods and should not have to give them up. That is why we recommend changing your mindset. Instead of focusing on discouraging goals, how about an easy goal like going for a 15 to 30 minute walk every day? Find something easy to remember and simple enough to see the difference over time. You do not have to have fancy gym equipment to get yourself moving and benefit in the long run. Focus on cardio Getting your heartrate up every day is important for cardiovascular health. We have heard this many times but it is hard to know what works. What works for one person may not work for another,...
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Is it Worth it?

Is it Worth it?

Hip Hip Hooray! The sunshine state is open and ready for business. The plan for Florida's economic recovery, Phase One, is fully operational. The reopening of Florida is excellent news, but is the risk worth it? According to Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz, "we are in a deep, deep downturn" that is expected to last six months or longer depending on how long the pandemic lasts! Governor Ron DeSantis is methodically opening the state to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and a full-scale depression. As of Monday, May 18th, the types of businesses listed below will be allowed to reopen at a 50% capacity with limited seating and six feet of social distancing: Gyms and fitness centers State parks Beaches Restaurants can now offer indoor/outdoor seating Libraries and museums limited capacity Retail stores Movie theaters, amusement parks, short-term rentals, and bars, will remain closed Though there is uncertainty about how these new orders will...
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COVID-19 and the Healthcare Industry

COVID-19 and the Healthcare Industry

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry has tried its best to adapt to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Combating the coronavirus has not been an easy feat, even with increased government funding and public support. Hospitals have continuously run out of masks, ventilators, and even essential drugs! Pharmaceutical companies are being heavily pressured to produce a vaccine, and healthcare workers have been sadly unprotected. The emergence of COVID-19 has helped American citizens wake up to the gravity of how broken our healthcare and public health system truly is. There are so many barriers preventing us from receiving the proper care we need during emergencies. Yet in every situation, there are silver linings. Thanks to this crisis, our government has finally recognized the need for change. Federal and state governments have created new policies that are protecting our public health professionals and the most vulnerable populations. Medical workers are finally being fortified, and the federal government is even providing...
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