Saturday, February 21, 2015

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 January program was  "Consumer Protection Part 1". This episode will help you recognize potential scams and how to protect yourself, if you are targeted. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Medicare Help at New River Library - now on Thursdays



Do you have questions about how to sign up for Medicare or about which Medicare plan is right for you? A SHINE volunteer can help.  SHINE stands for "Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders", a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, where volunteers are committed to helping others make informed choices regarding Medicare insurance benefits. 

New River Library now has a SHINE volunteer available on Thursday mornings from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. However, we no longer have Medicare help on Fridays.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyhrhills, FL 33543
813-788-6375

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Becoming a SHINE volunteer may be a good choice for you. SHINE stands for "Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders", a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, where volunteers are committed to helping others make informed choices regarding Medicare insurance benefits. 

What is it like being a SHINE volunteer? Here is the story of a SHINE Volunteer Couple, Joe and Miriam: 


Joe writes:

"What do you think of when I say Part A, Part B, Part D, Medigap, or Advantage Plan? For many of us, Medicare comes to mind, but in some cases confusion sets in.  About a year ago, I spotted a newspaper article which highlighted a program called SHINE that was seeking volunteers to assist Medicare clients with their choices.

So I convinced my wife, Miriam, that we may as well start understanding the program before we need to enroll, which usually occurs as we approach the age of 65. So I called, and soon after we began training.

It is important to note that counselors are not affiliated with any insurance company, and will not try to sell insurance, and all counseling records are strictly confidential. Since we have passed the training requirements, we now counsel individuals via telephone or face-to-face regarding Medicare enrollment and health plan choices.

We normally perform this volunteer service once a week either from home or at the Dunedin Library. By volunteering with SHINE, we have accomplished two goals: a much better understanding of the Medicare Program and helping those in need – which is what I suspect many, if not all of us, seek to do on a daily basis.

For many of you Medicare may be far off, but it’s never too early to start thinking about it. That said, I’ll leave you with two thoughts: one, consider becoming a SHINE counselor and two, if you have Medicare questions – take advantage of the free SHINE counseling services by calling 1-800-96-ELDER. Miriam and I are always willing to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to consider joining us as volunteer SHINE counselors.."

For Pasco County residents, there is an upcoming training program beginning on February 17th for individuals interested in volunteering with the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. Transportation costs are reimbursed and meals are furnished.  Visit www.floridashine.org for an online application and then contact Sue Samson @ 727/570-9696 x234.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Florida State Fair starts next Thursday!


The theme for this year's Florida State Fair is "A Timeless Tradition" and the fair runs from February 5th through February 16th. This 111th Florida State Fair will have a new one-of-a-kind midway.  The fair will also have an expanded agricultural area with 6,000 animals and livestock. Live entertainment will include free concerts by :
  • The Charlie Daniels Band 
  • Lazy Bonez  
  • The Fifth Dimension  
  • Beatlemania Live
The fair will feature two new patriotic exhibits: 
  • "The Wall that Heals" - a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and traveling educational museum, will run from opening day, February 5 through February 9. 
  • The "9/11 Never Forget" Traveling Museum, honoring all those who sacrificed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This exhibit will run from Feb 10th -Feb 16th.
By clicking on a particular day in the events calendar, you can see a list of fair events for that day.  Although some concert events require an additional charge for tickets, there are over lots of free things to do at the fair. The admission cost is lower for Seniors on "Senior Days" (see below).

Senior Days
February 9th-11th
55+ Gate Admission $9.00
Advance Tickets $7.00

You can get directions to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Upcoming Library Programs



Would you like to join a knitting group, get help with enrolling for Medicare, or attend an AARP smart driver class? 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:

Fridays 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  
Come join this fun group as they knit different items for different charities.  
Hudson Regional Library 
8012 Library Road, Hudson, FL 34667 
(727) 861-3040

Fri, Jan 23th at 2:00pm
    Senior Popcorn & Cinema
    Hugh Embry Library
Adults, enjoy recent releases of best films of 2014/15 with free popcorn. Call 352-567-3576 for title.
Hugh Embry Library
14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
(352) 567-3576

Tues, Jan 27th at 10:00am
    AARP Smart Driver Course
    Land O'Lakes Library
You can click here to find local classes and register for a class.
Land O'Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 929-1214

 

Wed, Jan 28th at 6:15pm
 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
 
 


Tues, Feb 3 and Feb 17th 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, Feb 4th 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Thurs, Feb 5th 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. Occasional workshops on topics of interest may be scheduled. This is a brand new club for seniors, and we need your input!

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


Wed, Feb 11th 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

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Print Tax Form Information

 
The IRS will not be sending the instruction booklets for the 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ to any libraries this year. They will only be sending the main forms to libraries. If you would like to get the print instructions, you can call or write to the IRS and they will send the booklets to your home. 
 
 You can order forms and instructions online here:

Forms and Publications by Mail

or call 1-800-829-3676 - to order tax products to be delivered by mail.

There will be free tax help in Pasco county through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. The TCE program helps those who are 60 years of age and older and they specialize in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. This assistance will start sometime near the end of January. You can look for nearby sites for help by going to this webpage: Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers or by calling 211 (the Pasco County United Way helpline) at the end of January.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Upcoming Local Caregiving Program on WEDU

The "Up Close with Cathy Unruh" program on WEDU has a caregiving special coming up tomorrow, January 8th at 8:30 pm. The program will include experts on elder care and resources for caregiving in West Central Florida. Here is a trailer for the program: