Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has released the 2010 Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders. This guide includes tips to prepare for:
  • hurricanes
  • floods
  • fires
  • tornadoes
  • severe thunderstorms
  • pandemic flu
  • extreme temperature
In addition, there are sections about special needs, caring for your pet in emergencies, and disaster recovery. Click here to access this guide. In addition, local disaster preparedness information can be found at the Pasco County Emergency Management website - here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Senior Fun Fest and Jamboree in Plant City

The Senior Connections and Mature Lifestyles magazines will be sponsoring a "Senior Fun Fest" on Wednesday, June 30th, from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Admission is free and the event will feature:
  • Dancing
  • Live Music
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Games
  • Free Coffee and Goodies
  • Prizes and Giveaways

    Strawberry Festival Grounds
    2202 W. Reynolds St.
    Plant City, FL

    For more information about the Senior Fun Fest, please call 813-653-1988.

    Friday, June 18, 2010

    Senior Card Games at Hugh Embry

    Come out to the Hugh Embry Library to play cards with old friends, and make new friends! Board games will also be available. Light refreshments will be served.

    What:   Senior Games
    When:  Friday, June 25, 2010
    Time:   1:00 PM
    Where:  Hugh Embry Library
                  14215 Fourth St., Dade City, FL 33523

    Questions? Call 352-567-3576

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Website to Compare Prescription Drug Prices in Florida

    Want to find the lowest price for your prescription drug at local pharmacies? The Florida Attorney General and the Agency for Health Care Administration have created a website to enable Florida residents to compare prescription drug prices at different pharmacies. This website,, provides information about the 100 most commonly used prescription drugs and the price information is updated monthly. The reported prices are retail prices for uninsured customers without any supplemental plan.  Note: prices may change within the month, so these are not guaranteed prices.

    Friday, June 4, 2010

    How Healthy is Your County?

    The University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a set of reports which rank the health of every county in the United States. You can compare your county to other counties in your state. The rankings are based on how healthy people are and how long they live in each county. The rankings also take into account key factors that effect health, such as: air pollution levels, rates of violent crime, smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, and the number of children living in poverty. These County Health Rankings are online and can be searched here.

    Pasco County is ranked 37th out of 67 counties in Florida in Health Outcomes and 25th out of 67 counties in Health Factors. The Pasco County Summary for 2010 provided the following statistics:
    •   9,150 premature deaths (the target value is 6,978)
    • 17% of people reported poor or fair health
    • the average number of poor physical health days reported by people in the last 30 days: 4.7 days
    • 24% of adults do not have health insurance
    • motor vehicle crash death rate per 100,000 population: 24 (target is 16)
    The Florida summary report can be found here.