Saturday, April 25, 2015

Upcoming Library Programs



Would you like to learn how to do genealogy research, find new friends at a Senior Social, or learn how to download library ebooks? These are just a few of the upcoming Pasco County library programs. The Friends of the Library sponsors our programs.  Here are some of the upcoming library programs for Older Adults in Pasco County:

Wed, Apr 29th at 4:00pm
   Hugh Embry Chess Club
   Hugh Embry Library
This chess club is for beginning and advanced players! We have chess sets, or bring your own.
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576
 


Thursday, Apr 30th and May 7th at 11:00am
    SHINE Medicare Help
     New River Library
A SHINE volunteer (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) will help people with their Medicare enrollment questions.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Thurs, Apr 30th,  at 5:00pm
     Tablet Talk           
     South Holiday Library
Looking to learn more about technology? Learn how to use different apps to get the most out of your tablet! Each week we'll explore a different topic to help make you a tech pro! If you don't have a tablet and want to see what's available, we'll have several varieties on display.
South Holiday Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive 
Holiday, FL 34690 
(727) 834-3331

Fridays at 11:00am      
Knitters for Charity       
Hudson Regional Library  
Join this fun group to knit and crochet for charity. They have donated over 12,000 items-hats, scarves, items for children, afghans, and more-to cancer patients, the needy, the homeless, and others. New faces are always welcome, and if you want to learn how to knit or crochet, they will teach you!
Hudson Regional Library 
8012 Library Road, Hudson, FL 34667 
(727) 861-3040

Fri, May 1st at 2:00pm
    Ebooks from your library
     New River Library
Learn how to get ebooks from the library to your tablet.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Sat, May 2nd at 2:00pm
   Genealogy- where do I begin?
   Regency Park Library
Get some tips on how to get started with genealogy.
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey 34654
(727) 861-3049


Tues, April 5th at 10:00am
    AARP Smart Driver Course
    New River Library
You can click here to find local classes and register for a class.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Tues, May 5th and May 19th at 12:00pm
    Knitting Club
    Hugh Embry Library
Bring your supplies and a bag lunch if you wish, 1st and 3rd Tues each month January-May!
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576
 


Wed, May 6th at 11:00am
    Alzheimers Association/

    Caregiver's  Support
    Land O'Lakes Library
This program will inform the community about services and support available for patients with dementia.
Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wed, May 6th at 2:00pm
     Senior Social
     New River Library
Adults, age 50 and above, can enjoy card games, board games, and Wii bowling. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Thurs, May 7th at 10:00am
    Social Seniors
    Land O'Lakes Library
Join our group of Social Seniors for coffee, cake, and conversation. Get involved at the library by offering programming suggestions. Or, take this time to meet new friends, discuss common interests, and engage in recreational activities.

Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214 
          


Also, many branches offer book discussions and technology programs.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs' Streamlined Claims Process



The  U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has standardized their claims process by:
  • using standardized forms for compensation claims (online on the eBenefits page).
  • you can get downloadable forms from links in this VA blog post.
  • you can get the new form to appeal your claims decision here 
  • if you want to file a claim, but need time to gather information, you can file an "intent to file a claim" form here.
If you need more help with your Veteran's benefits, you can contact the Pasco County Veteran's Services Department by calling (727) 834-3282 or check the department's webpage here.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Check Out your Financial Advisor - Before You Invest!

 The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created a website to help people check the registration, license, and disciplinary history of financial professionals. This website is called CFTC Smartcheck and it describes 6 steps to take before making an investment, including:
  • Determine if your financial advisor is registered with the CFTC or the NFA, using the website's BASIC search tool.
  • Use the BrokerCheck tool to see if the financial professional is registered with the SEC or FINRA.
  • Check to see if the professional has a CFTC disciplinary history.
 In addition to these search tools, the Smartcheck website has investor news, tips to avoid fraud, and interactive videos about common investment scenarios. You can also report any sketchy offers or shifty sales tactics as a confidential tip here.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The March/April Elder Update is Available

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the "Elder Update", for Florida Seniors. The current issue includes the following articles:
  •  Florida Senior Day
  •  Tips for helping your grandchildren become readers
  •  2014 Senior Games Success Stories
  •  Online Life Review Program
  •  Become an Inventor in Your Second Act
You can download the current issue here. Alternatively, you can sign up for a print subscription here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What can you do if you get malware or your email is hacked?

The Federal Trade Commission has created a website - OnGuardOnline.gov - which provides information about how to prevent your computer from getting malware and also gives instruction about what to do if your computer is infected with malware or your email account gets hacked. OnGuardOnline provides specific information about:
  • safely disposing of your mobile device or old computer
  • avoid, detect, or remove viruses or other malware
  • computer security
  • the risks of P2P file sharing
You can also download an article about online safety hereBelow are two videos from OnGuardOnline.

 What to do if your email has been hacked:



What to do if you get malware on your computer:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Upcoming Library Programs

Would you like to learn more about your ipad or iphone, try chair yoga, or try tai chi? These are just a few of the upcoming Pasco library programs. The Friends of the Library sponsors our programs.  Here are some of the upcoming library programs for Older Adults in Pasco County:

Sat, March 21st from 10:00am - 3:00pm
     Big Outdoor Booksale
     New River Library
The Friends of the New River Library will be hosting a large outdoor book sale tomorrow from 10:00 am to 3:00pm. We will have several drawings for prizes- including a gift basket and a signed book by New York Times bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Tuesday, March 24th at 1:00pm
   Hospice and End Of Life Issues
   Hugh Embry Library
Presented free by Patty Sutton, Community Outreach Advocate with Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care. Learn about Advance Care Directives, and much more.
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576


Wed, March 25th at 10:00am
    iOS (Apple) and Ebooks
    Land O'Lakes Library
Come bring your favorite iOS device (ipad, ipod, or iphone) and learn how to read e-books on it. We will also highlight some exciting apps for iOS devices!
Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576

Thursdays at 11:00am
    SHINE Medicare Help
     New River Library
A SHINE volunteer (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) will help people with their Medicare enrollment questions.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Thursday, March 26th at 11:30am
   Chair Yoga
   Regency Park Library
Chair Yoga taught by Tricia Gibbs from Flow Yoga; for adults.
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey 34654
(727) 861-3049


Friday, March 27th at 11:00am      
Tai Chi       
Hudson Regional Library  
Tai Chi is often described as moving meditation. The Taoist Tai Chi Society is back to instruct you in this therapeutic and healthful ancient Chinese martial art. This program is ongoing for four separate weekly sessions: Fridays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. To participate, please sign up at the Reference Desk or by calling 727-861-3040. Please consult with a physician before starting any exercise program. This is a free program, sponsored by the Friends of Hudson Library.  
Hudson Regional Library 
8012 Library Road, Hudson, FL 34667 
(727) 861-3040

Also, many branches offer book discussions.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Florida Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program

In 2010, the U.S. Treasury department created the Housing Finance Agency "Hardest-Hit Fund" to help people avoid foreclosure after housing prices plummeted. Part of the money from the Hardest-Hit Fund is allocated to the Florida Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program (ELMORE). This program helps senior homeowners who have a reverse mortgage and are behind on their property taxes, homeowners’ insurance, flood insurance, and homeowners’ and/or condo association dues (property charges). The fund pays these property charges to the homeowners' reverse mortgage servicer.

The ELMORE program can provide up to $25,000 to help seniors avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes, if they are are in arrears on their reverse mortgage. You can find out more about the ELMORE at this website:

http://www.floridaelmore.org/

or call 1-(800) 601-3534 

The Area Agencies on Aging will be helping seniors to gather the documents they need to apply for the program. Note: there is no fee to apply for the ELMORE program. To contact the Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas, please call 1-800-963-5337 or 727-217-8111.