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: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/living-to-90-and-beyond-part-one

Monday, August 25, 2014

Get Help Florida Website

Do you need help finding benefits, housing, job resources, or legal help? The Get Help Florida website provides links to government agencies and non-profits who can help you. The site has a list of resources to help Seniors here

The Get Help Florida site was created by the Pasco County Public Library Cooperative with funds from a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The site is intended to be a statewide portal to valuable E-government resources for those in need of help.The Get Help Florida site organizes hundreds of resources by category, enabling users to quickly and easily locate agencies that can assist them, no matter what their need.                                                         

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The July/August 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:
  • New "Living Healthy in Florida" wellness campaign.
  •  Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program (ELMORE), which helps senior homeowners with reverse mortgage difficulties.
  •  Outsmarting scammers.
  •  State Park improvements to increase assessibility. 
  • Aging in place.
You can download the current issue here. Alternatively, you can sign up for a print subscription here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cares Senior Centers

CARES, Inc is a non-profit organization that provides senior centers, home health care, adult day care, and respite care for older adults in Pasco County.  On June 13th, CARES was named the Out-standing Non - Profit 501c3 by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.  CARES Senior Centers in Hudson and New Port Richey offer may activities for seniors, including:
  • aerobics and exercise
  • Arts and Crafts,
  • Computer Learning
  • Dances
  • Recreation 
  • Support Groups
  • Travel Club
You can read more about Cares here. You can check the Hudson calendar of events here and the New Port Richey calendar here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aging on the Suncoast

Did you know that the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas has been producing and hosting a community access television program, "Aging on the Suncoast", since 1988? This program  provides information of interest to elders, their families and caregivers. Past topics include:
  • Financial Resources
  • SHINE Medicare/Healthcare Counseling
  •  Medication Management
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Management of Chronic Diseases
  • Prevention of Consumer Fraud and Elder Abuse
You can  watch this program via Pasco County Government Access on:
BRIGHT HOUSE Channel 622  or VERIZON Channel 42
You can find the current TV schedule here.

Here are two of the most recent programs:

July 2014: Disaster Preparedness for Seniors:

June 2014: Domestic Violence in Later Life:

Monday, July 14, 2014

U.S. Census Report: 65+ in the United States: 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau has recently published an update of the 65+ in the United States: 2010 report. This report uses information from the 2010 Census; nationally representative surveys such as the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, and National Health Interview Survey; the national vital statistics system; and recent population projections for the United States and other countries. This report covers population statistics, health and long-term care, economic characteristics, geographic distribution, and social trends in the 65+ population.
Here are some highlights from the report:
  • excessive alcohol consumption and rates of smoking have decreased in the 65+ age group
  • the percentage of people overweight or obese has increased in this age group
  • Alzheimer’s disease was the fifth leading cause of death among the older population in 2010
  • The average cost of a private room in a nursing home was $83,585 per year in 2010
  • In 2006, Medicaid paid for 43 percent of long-term care. 
 Here are some bar charts from the study:

You can download the entire report here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Free Computer and Tablet Tutoring Available

Do you have a family member or friend who is 50+ and would like to learn how to use computers or tablets? Most Pasco County Libraries offer free beginning computer classes in the fall and winter. However, if they would like to start right away, the New River Library Branch has a program which can help them. We have trained teen volunteers to teach beginning computer skills - like mousercise, email, and Facebook. This one-on-one tutoring provides a fun, stress-free learning experience.  These tutoring sessions are free and you can call to schedule an appointment at (813)788-6375.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, Fl