Monday, August 3, 2015

New Website for Older Adults

The Department of Health and Human Services has created a webpage with resources for older adults, called This webpage has links to reliable information about:
  • Healthy aging
  • Elder justice
  • Retirement planning
  • Health issues
  • Long-term care
  • Age discrimination
It also provides a link to aging resources for each state. In Florida, our state agency is the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pasco County Government App

Did you know that Pasco County now has its own app? This MyPascoApp is available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. You can find this app in the Apple store and the Google Play Store, by searching for "mypasco". Note that the Apple version of the app is labeled iphone only, but it does work on an Ipad.  This app provides lots of great information. Here are some of the app's features:
  • an interactive evacuation map
  • "Pasco View" section (a map for looking at property lines and flood zones)
  • Pasco County Announcements (with links to the Pasco Disaster Planning Guide)
  • a "How do I?" section with information about how to apply for a permit, business license, or library card, find a recycle site, register to vote, and more.
  • Park reservations
  • National Weather Service Alerts for Pasco County

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You can Help to End Hunger in Pasco County!

Did you know that one in six seniors in Pasco County is hungry or food insecure? These seniors are considered the "hidden hungry" because they are homebound and so people do not know about them. "Feeding Pasco's Elderly" is a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness about these hungry seniors and raises funds for the Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Program. Here is a link to a news article about this organization.

Pasco County's Elderly Nutrition program is 35 years old and feeds 800 elderly people daily at their homes and at eight congregate dining centers around the county.  You can help by volunteering with "Feeding Pasco's Elderly", by donating money to this organization, or by attending their fund-raising events, such as the First Annual Ambassador’s Breakfast Fundraiser coming up on October 14th, 2015. You can find out more about this event on their website here

You can also volunteer to deliver food to the elderly by contacting the Pasco County Elderly Nutrition department at (727) 834-3287. Here is a video about the Elderly Nutrition program:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has just published the 2015 Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders. This guide has articles about preparing for hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat, and disaster recovery. There is also information about: 
  • Emergency preparedness and your health
  • Protecting your home against wildfires
  • Disaster preparedness for elders with hearing loss
  • Disaster and recovery assistance for seniors
If you need daily medical assistance during an emergency - such as help with medication , oxygen therapy, etc. and don’t have another place to go, you may be eligible to go to a special needs shelter. Click here for a link to the special needs application form and information for Pasco County residents. Pasco County also has a Disaster Planning Guide. You can click here to access this guide.

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.