Monday, April 26, 2010

Senior Victim Advocate Program

All of us deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.  But sometimes this isn’t the case and physical, emotional or financial abuse occurs.  If you feel you’re a victim—or you know someone who is—the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas can help if you’re 60 or older.

The Agency will provide information, referrals, and counseling.  Most importantly, if it comes to it, they will walk you through the judicial system.  Criminal court orientation, accompaniment to court, assistance with the return of property, help with forms, and emergency legal advocacy are all available free of charge from this agency. 

Being a victim of a crime can be upsetting and confusing.  Call the AAAPP for free and professional advocacy, and a shoulder to lean on.

Area Agency on Aging Senior Victim Advocate
(727) 861-5233

Monday, April 19, 2010

Medicare's "Hospital Compare" Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services have partnered to provide the "Hospital Compare" website.  This tool can help you to choose the best hospital for your medical condition or surgical procedure.  In addition, this website provides information about a hospital's quality of care, as measured by patient surveys. You can search for hospitals by name, city, county, or distance from your zip code.  The website compares hospitals using several types of information.  

First, there are the "Hospital Process of Care Measures". These measures "show how often hospitals give recommended treatments known to get the best results for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures". They have information about best practices for heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia care, asthma care, and surgical care.

The next section is "Hospital Outcome of Care Measures". This information includes death rates and hospital readmission rates for each hospital. The ratings are fair, since the "calculations take into account how sick patients were when they went in for their initial hospitalization". Other measures include "Structural Measures", such as whether the hospital uses electronic health records.

Another Medicare website, Nursing Home Compare, helps people to choose a good quality nursing home.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Senior Social at Hugh Embry on Friday, April 23rd at 1:00pm

It's time for the April Senior Social at Hugh Embry Library. There will be a craft activity - making a gift bag from fabric, with no sewing involved! Also, there will be games, a sing-along,  and some light refreshments. Bring your friends and come as you are!

What: Senior Social

When: Friday, April 23, 2010

Time: 1:00 PM

Where:  Hugh Embry Library
              14215 Fourth St., Dade City, FL 33523

Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bay Area Elder Consumer Protection Expo

The Elder Consumer Protection Program of the Stetson University College of Law will be hosting the Bay Area Elder Consumer Protection Expo.  This Expo is part of the Financial Scam & Fraud Elder Awareness Project

This Expo is free to the public and will feature:
  • A consumer panel with Jackie Callaway from ABC Action News and Ivan Penn from the St. Petersburg Times
  • Consumer protection materials
  • A consumer panel with Ivan Penn from the St. Petersburg Times
  • Free shredding services
  • Do-Not-Call kiosk
  • Credit report kiosk
  • Exhibits by federal, state, and local agencies
  • Free continental breakfast 
  • Door prizes
Date:  Tuesday, April 20th from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location of Expo:
Stetson University College of Law
1401 - 61st Street South
Gulfport, Fl 33707 

For more information, please contact Slade V. Dukes at (727)562-7888 or

Friday, April 9, 2010

Senior Card Games at Hugh Embry on April 16th at 1:00pm

Come out to the Hugh Embry Library to play cards with friends, and make new ones! It's time to relax, smell the roses, and play cards!

What:   Senior Social
When:  Friday, April 16, 2010
Time:   1:00 PM
Where:  Hugh Embry Library
              14215 Fourth St., Dade City, FL 33523

Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Veterans Benefit Resource Fair

Are you a veteran?  Are you interested in finding out what benefits are available to you?  Then consider attending the Veterans Benefit Resource Fair!  Information will include Veterans Claims Service, Education Benefits, Employment Services, Housing, Social Services, Healthcare Enrollment, Medical/Dental Services, and more!

Veterans Benefit Resource Fair
Monday, April 12, 2010
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Charles S. Rushe Middle School
18654 Mentmore Boulevard
Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

For more information, please contact the office of Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite at (352) 799-8354 or toll-free 1-866-492-4835.

Older Americans Month Contest

 In 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated May as "Senior Citizen's Month". The name was changed to "Older Americans Month" in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.  Older Americans Month is celebrated throughout the United States by fairs, events, and celebrations that honor the contributions of past and current older persons.  The Administration on Aging has declared that the theme for this year's Older American's Month will be "Age Strong! Live Long!"  The Administration on Aging states that this theme "recognizes the diversity and vitality of today's older Americans who span three generations."

The Administration on Aging has created a contest called "My Recipe for Strength".  This contest asks older adults to share their own ideas about how to "Age Strong and Live Long". To enter this contest, simply submit a video, photograph, or poetry along with an entry form on their website by 11:59 pm EST on April 30th, 2010. For more information, please click here.  

Here is a video describing the contest: