Friday, December 26, 2008
Another way to access these photos is to do a search in Google images using the search term "source:life", along with your topic word. For example, to see pictures of the Olympic games from the LIFE archive, type in "olympics source:life" in the search box on the Google images search page. Click here to view this example.
Another large archive of historical photographs is now available on the Flickr website. Flickr has partnered with the Library of Congress to host a sampling of their digital photo collection. You can also search the full Library Of Congress Prints and Photographs Online catalog here. This archive includes approximately one million images. More information about this archive can be found here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
You can find out more about the rating system on this page. Please note that if you want to search by state, they have split the Florida into two parts, Northern and Southern Florida. Pasco County is considered part of North Florida in their system.
Other useful information provided on this website include:
Alternatives to Nursing Home Care
Nursing Home Checklist
You can get local information about adult daycare, senior centers, and general resources for older adults from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas. Their Senior Helpline number is 1-800-861-8111.
For more information about the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, click here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In addition, the NIHSeniorHealth website has added information about complementary and alternative medicine. Complementary medicine can include treatments such as acupuncture and nutritional supplements.
Monday, October 6, 2008
[New River Library is located at 34043 S. R. 54, Zephyrhills, FL.]
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, which is September 7th this year. President Jimmy Carter added this celebration in 1978. Marion H. McQuade first championed the idea for this celebration and her descendants created a nonprofit organization, the National Grandparents Day Council. The organization website states:
the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
Additionally, we strive to draw compassionate attention
to the eldest of society's elderly--those in nursing homes."
New River Library is having a Grandparent's Day program on Saturday, September 6th from 2:00pm -4:00pm. There will be Wii video games, activities for children and their grandparents, and refreshments.
[New River Library address: 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, Fl.]
Friday, August 22, 2008
[This information was found via the a post by Michelle Boule on the ALA Techsource Blog.]
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Social Security Administration has just recently provided online access to a retirement benefits calculator. This calculator "is tied to a person’s actual Social Security earnings record and eliminates the need to manually key in years of earnings information." (Mark Lassiter, press release). This calculator is easy to use and can be used to compare retirement options. It gives expected benefits, based on different ages of retirement. Click here for the benefits calculator.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Switching to Windows Vista for Seniors
Internet and E-mail for Seniors with Windows Vista
Photos, Video and Music for Seniors with Windows Vista
Monday, July 7, 2008
[Hudson Regional Library is located at 8012 Library Road, Hudson FL]
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
- Older adult internet users access news information online more often than do internet users under 20 years of age.
- 18% of older adult internet users play online games at least once per day.
- 68% browse and buy items online.
- 46% use the internet to maintain social relationships
- Of those 50+ who are involved in online communities, 70% state that these communities are very important to them.
More highlights of this study can be found here.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Also, if you want to track your nutrition and calories, the MyPyramid.gov website provides tools to assess your food intake and to assess your physical activity level.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Linda and Bob Kalian have published a new 2008 edition of "The Best Free Things for Seniors". This book is for people over 50. It gives a wealth of information about free and discounted products and services. This book tells you how to get:
- free cookbooks
- discounted movie tickets
- free medical care and health information
- free legal help
- free health and beauty aids
- free or low cost college aid
- free financial information
- low cost travel opportunities
- free consumer protection information
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has recently created a database for publicly-funded caregiver support programs. This database is called "Caregiving across the States" and it can be accessed by clicking one's state on a map or by choosing the state from a drop down menu. The information includes details about specific caregiving programs, including eligibility requirements, the geographic regions served by the programs, and the services provided by each program. For example, program services may include assistive technology, caregiver training, supplies, counseling, homemaker assistance, and respite care.
- General Information
- Services for Family Caregivers
- Services for Care Recipients Living at Home
- Government Health and Disability Programs
- Disease-Specific Organizations
- other types of services
In addition, there is a wealth of statistical information about caregivers and the cost of caregiving in each state. The Florida statistical information is here.
The Family Caregiver Alliance is a community-based nonprofit organization. The FCA website is a great resource for older adults and for caregivers. There are useful fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Chinese; research reports; caregiving advice; and links to online support groups.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Many people wish to stay in their own homes as they age. However, their homes may need to be remodeled to make them more accessible and safe. For example, grab bars can be added to showers and baths, nonskid flooring can be installed, and round door handles can be replaced with lever-style door handles.
The National Association of Home Builders has a Certified Aging In Place Specialist Program (CAPS) to provide trained specialists to help people to remodel their homes, so that they can remain in their home as they age. For more information about remodeling your home, see the National Association of Home Builders information page on Aging in Place.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides health data on all 50 states on their site: Statehealthfacts.org. This site provides data on more than 500 health topics, including Medicare spending. The data is from an analysis of the Census Bureau’s March 2006 and 2007 Current Population Surveys (CPS; Annual Social and Economic Supplements).
Monday, May 5, 2008
[New River Library address: 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, Fl.]
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
May is "Older American's Month". It was originally called "Senior Citizens Month" by President Kennedy in 1963, but the name was changed to "Older Americans Month" by President Carter in 1980. The Administration on Aging described this month as "... a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country." The Administration on Aging has published the theme for this year's celebration: "Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive Communities". The Administration on Aging provided the logo above and a nice poster for download:
The U.S. Census Bureau released a fact sheet for Older Americans Month. Selected facts include:
- 37.3 million people were 65 and older in the U.S. in 2006
- There is a projected 147% increase in the 65-and-older population between 2000 and 2050
- The poverty rate for people 65 and older in 2006 - 9.4%
- By 2016, the number of people 65 and older in the labor force will reach 10.1 million
- 7.3 million are taking adult education classes
- 1.6 million live in nursing homes
- Charlotte County, Fl has the highest percentage of 65+ at 31.2%