Thursday, October 16, 2014

The September/October Issue of the Elder Update is Available

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the "Elder Update", for Florida Seniors. The current issue includes articles about:
  •  A statewide survey of caregiving conditions in Florida
  •  Help available for those paying utility bills
  •  "Residents' Rights Month" for long-term care residents
  •  Fall prevention
  •  Being alone without being lonely
You can download the current issue here. Alternatively, you can sign up for a print subscription here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New "Aging on the Suncoast" Episode

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas produces and hosts a community access television program, "Aging on the Suncoast". This program  provides information of interest to elders, their families and caregivers.The October episode explains about the SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers, who can help you choose the best Medicare program for you during Medicare open enrollment (October 15- December 7th).
Here is the video:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lifestyles after 50 Fun Fest in New Port Richey

The Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at the New Port Richey Recreation Center from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature:
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Live Music
  • Free coffee and goodies
  • Free bingo and giveaways 
New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center                       6630 Van Buren St, 
             New Port Richey, FL 34653
             1-888-670-0040 or 813-653-1988

For more information, you can click here for the event flier.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upcoming Medicare Programs

Want to learn the basics about Medicare and get your questions answered? There are two upcoming Medicare Basics Programs in Pasco County:
Tuesday, September 30th, at 4:00pm
Groves Golf and Country Club
7924 Melogold Circle
Land O'Lakes, FL 34637
Wednesday, October 1st at 2:00pm
New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, Fl 34043
If you would would like individual Medicare enrollment advice from an unbiased source, you can trust SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers. SHINE is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging Of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. The SHINE volunteers are trained to help people with Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance issues by providing one-on-one counseling and information. A SHINE volunteer will be at the New River Library on Sept 26th, Oct 3rd, and Oct. 10th from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
SHINE Volunteer Help
Fridays, Sept 26th, Oct 3rd, and Oct 10th at 11:00am
New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, FL 34043 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Upcoming Library Programs

Would you like help with enrolling for Medicare, would you like to learn chair yoga, try Wii bowling, or attend an Alzheimer's caregiver's workshop? 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, September 17th at 2:00pm 
   Five Wishes Living Will Program
   New River Library
Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care will be presenting a free living will program.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Wed, September 17th and Wed September 24th at 6:30pm
    Hugh Embry Chess Club
    Hugh Embry Library
Enjoy chess out on the main floor from 7-8 pm! We have chess sets, or bring your own.
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576

Friday, September 19th at 11:00am and Friday, September 26th 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, September 23rd at 2:00pm and September 30th at 2:00pm
   Alzheimer's Association Caregiver's 
   Regency Park Library
 One of a series of programs on various topics related to the care of loved ones with Alzheimer's - presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey 34654
(727) 861-3049

Thurs, September 25th 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

Thurs, September 25th at 6:00pm
     Knitting Club
     New River Library
 Learn basic knitting techniques. Please bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles and a ball of #4 yarn. This club is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
(813) 788-6375

Thurs, September 30th at 4:30pm
   Chair Yoga
   Regency Park Library
Bring mindfulness, movement, relaxation and restoration through seated and standing supported yoga poses. Use the security and stability of a chair to challenge the core energy and increase movement possibilities. Taught by Faith Bevan from Flow Yoga & Pilates.
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey 34654
(727) 861-3049

Also, many branches offer book discussions and technology programs (such as a computer Q & A, a Basic Ipad Class, and Tablet Talk programs).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Senior Safety and Fall Prevention Day at USF

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at the University of South Florida will be holding  a Senior Safety and Fall Prevention Day on Tuesday, September 23rd from 8:30am to 12:00pm. This free program will include balance screenings and vision screenings. The National Council on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association is sponsoring this program.

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
University of South Florida
4001 E. Fletcher Ave, MDC 36
Tampa, Fl 33613
Sep 23rd from 8:30am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The 90+ Study

Claudia Kawas, MD and Maria Corrada, ScD  are the principle investigators for the 90+ study. This research project from the University of California at Irvine started in 2003 to determine factors associated with longevity, to investigate dementia and ways to prevent it, and to find out how people can prevent memory loss and disability in this age group. Some of the major findings from this project are:
  • People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained. 
  • People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did. 
  • Over 40% of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia while almost 80% are disabled. Both are more common in women than men. 
You can read more about the study here. Here is a link to a "60 Minutes" television segment about this study: