Saturday, July 4, 2015

Upcoming Library Programs

Would you like to learn how to do how to knit, find new friends at a Senior Games program, or learn how learn more about your Medicare options? 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:

Tues, July 7th at 12:00pm 
     Library Knitters 
     Hugh Embry Library
 People who enjoy working with yarn, here's your place to meet, share and enhance your knowledge! Bring a brown bag lunch, if you wish. This program is on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and runs for 90 minutes.

Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576

Wed, July 8th at 6:00pm
   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

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

Fridays at 11:00am      
Knitters for Charity       
Hudson Regional Library  
Join this fun group to knit and crochet for charity. They have donated over 14,000 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

Saturday, July 11th at 10:00am    
   Turning 65? Medicare Options   
    Land O'Lakes Library
This free program from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas and SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) will provide information about Medicare Options.
Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214

Tues, July 14th at 10:00am
  AARP Driver Safety
  New River Library
To register for this AARP class, you will need to call (813)907-3908.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

 Thurs, July 16th at 10:00am
    Senior Games
    Land O'Lakes Library
Join us for fun and games at the library. Meet new people while playing cards, board games, or challenging video games.
Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Staying Safe and Mobile in Florida

In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) partnered with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU to establish a statewide coalition to address the specific needs of Florida’s aging road users. They developed a website called "Safe and Mobile Seniors". This website offers:
  •  Driving tips
  •  A search tool to help you find a ride within each Florida county
  • Links to driver safety programs. Note: the New River Library and Land O'Lakes library often host AARP Driver Safety classes. Check with you local branch to find out if they are having one of these programs.
  • Information about adaptive equipment for your vehicle 
In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides this webpage about safe driving for older adults.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Ageless in America" Television Program

The Area Agency on Aging for North Florida and WCTV have collaborated to create a new 30 minute television program, "Ageless in America". This television series provides information about how to live better after age 50. This program covers topics such as: upbeat human interest stories, art, music, books, healthcare, financial planning and more.

Here is the first program in the series:

You can find more episodes of this program here.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

New Resource for Identity Theft Victims

Are you worried that your personal information has been stolen, due to a data breach at a bank or store? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created a new one-stop website -  - to help you determine if your identity has been stolen. For example, here are some of the warning signs of identity theft:
  •   You get a bill from a medical provider for a service you never used.
  • You find unfamiliar charges on your credit card.
  • You don't get your bills or other mail.
If someone has stolen your personal information, provides a step-by-step list of actions to take to regain control of your identity.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Upcoming SHINE Medicare Volunteer Training

Are you looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Volunteers are needed in Pasco County to provide counseling related to Medicare, Medicaid & more.  There will be a three-day Boot Camp Program for individuals interested in volunteering with the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program.

The training will begin on June 23, 2014.  Transportation costs are reimbursed and meals are furnished. You can visit for an online application or email for details.

In addition, you can speak with a SHINE representative in person at the Hap Clark building - Suite 302 E at 4111 Land O Lakes Blvd in Pasco County, on Friday June 5th or Friday June 12th between the hours of 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The May/June 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:
  •  Medicare and Disaster Preparedness
  •  Ageism
  •  Florida Senior Day 2015
  •  Hardworking canine volunteer aids in the fight against elder abuse (This story is about a local Victim Advocate with the Area  Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas and her dog -  she is a real local hero!)
You can download the current issue here. Alternatively, you can sign up for a print subscription here. The 2015 Disaster Preparedness Guide should be published in July.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Older Americans Month Census Facts

May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme of "Older Americans Month" is "Get Into The Act".  Every Year the U.S. Census Bureau provides a fact sheet to celebrate this month. 

Here are some highlights from this fact sheet:
  • 44.7 million people in the U.S.were 65 or older in 2012
  • $35,611 is the median income of householders 65 and older
  • 9.5% is the poverty rate for people 65 and older
  • 18.7% of Florida's population was 65 or older in 2012.
  • 4.9 million full time year round workers were 65 and older in 2012.
  • 9.3 million veterans of the armed services are age 65 or older 
  • 62.4% of those 65 and above accessed the Internet  through a  high - speed Internet connection
The full census report can be found here.