Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Home Energy Tips for Older Adults

The Eldercare Locator and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to provide some economical tips to stay warm and safe at home.  They have published a guide called "Winter Warmth and Safety: Home Energy Tips for Older Adults".
First, there are programs that can assist you with heating costs. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas can provide information about state, county, and city programs to help older adults with winter heating costs.  In addition, the federal LIHEAP program helps eligible low income home owners and renters to afford home heating. Each county in Florida has a different agency that administers LIHEAP. Applications are only available by contacting your local agency. For Pasco County, this agency is Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. - if you are in East Pasco, the number is (352) 567-0533 and for West Pasco, the number is (727) 845-7350.

Next, there are programs to help you save money by making your home better insulated and more energy efficient. The Florida program is the "Weatherization Assistance Program". 

The Winter Warmth Guide also gives additional tips such as:
  • Do not use your stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Insulate water pipes to avoid freezing and bursting.
  • Have a back-up plan for extreme weather conditions.
Click here for more information.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The Glaucoma Research Foundation states that Glaucoma is "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness..." People over 60 are another high risk group. Medication and surgery can prevent or slow vision loss, but the key is to catch it early. Regular eye exams can detect Glaucoma early on. You can read more about Glaucoma here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Senior Fun Fest

The Senior Connections and Mature Lifestyles magazines will be presenting the 7th annual Senior Fun Fest on Thursday, January 19th at the Florida State Fairgrounds from 10am - 3:00pm. Admission is free, but there is a $3 parking fee. The event will feature:
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Live Music
  • Senior Fun Walk at 9:15am
  • Grand kids are the Greatest Photo Contest (call 1-888-670-0040 for details).
  • Senior-Friendly Sports Center
  • free bingo and giveaways
             Florida State Fairgrounds
             Special Events Building
             4800 Hwy 301 N. , Tampa, FL 33610
             (Martin Luther King entrance)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Decide to Live a Healthier Life in 2012!

You can live a healthier life by eating more nutritious food, by making sure that you have enough Calcium, B12, and Vitamin D, and by starting an exercise program. If you need information to help you get started, the National Institutes of Health have a webpage called "Eating Well as You Get Older".  This website has recommendations for healthy food, eating well on a budget, and it also has videos on nutrition. You can access this information here

The National Institute on Aging has created a new website to help older adults to begin and continue an exercise program. This website, Go4Life, explains the benefits of exercise, recommends exercises, and helps you to set your goals. They recommend that you pick activities that you enjoy and that you make exercise a social activity, by having a friend or family member as an exercise buddy. You can access this information here.