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 
   Workshop  
   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
813-396-0606
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: 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: