Thursday, July 26, 2012

Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas is seeking input about how to allocate federal and state funds for Senior Services. This agency is preparing their 2013-2015 Area Plan of services for Seniors age 60 and above. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas will be holding the following free public hearing in Pasco County:

          Friday, August 3rd
          9:30am - 11:00am
          Galen Wilson Dining Center
          (Pasco County Elderly Nutrition)
          8600 Galen Wilson Blvd
          Port Richey, FL

Representative Richard Corcoran will be the guest speaker. To request more information, please contact Marilyn Rupp, no later than July 27th, at 727-570-9696, ext 230.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Caregiver Video Contest

The Health and Human Services (HHS) has started the "Million Hearts" Initiative. This initiative "seeks to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by empowering Americans to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices, and improve care for those needing treatment." The "Million Hearts" initiative wants to recognize caregivers and encourage them to tell their stories, so they have created a caregiver video challenge. This contest is for caregivers and must be less than 2 minutes long. The video must explain the role a caregiver plays in contributing to a loved one’s heart health, include an additional topic from the list below, and must direct viewers to for more information. Here are the additional topics:
  • Give tips on how a caregiver can help to ensure that a loved one takes blood pressure medication(s) as prescribed.  
  • Explain how to measure and monitor blood pressure and why this is important.   
  • Share how a caregiver can encourage lifestyle changes that benefit blood pressure control, such as increase physical activity or reduce sodium in the diet.
The competition began July 16th and will end on August 31st at 5pm. You can get the full details on this video challenge here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Computer Tutoring Available

Do you have a family member or friend who is 50+ and would like to learn how to use computers? Most Pasco County Libraries offer free beginning computer classes in the fall and winter. However, if they would like to start right away, the New River Library Branch has a program which can help them. We have trained teen volunteers to teach beginning computer skills - like mousercise, email, and Facebook. This one-on-one tutoring provides a fun, stress-free learning experience.  These tutoring sessions are free and you can call to schedule an appointment at (813)788-6375.
New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, Fl

Friday, July 6, 2012

Take Precautions in the Summer Heat!

We are entering the hot summer months in Florida and it is important to prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  Older Adults (aged 65 and older) are more susceptible to heat stress than younger people and older adults may also be taking medications that decrease their ability to regulate their body temperature.  Here are some tips from the Administration on Aging to stay safe in the heat:
  • drink more fluids (but avoid drinks with lots of sugar or alcohol)
  • stay indoors as much as possible
  • electric fans help some, but are not helpful if the temperature is in the high nineties
  • take a cool shower or bath
  • if you do not have air conditioning, consider visiting a public library or mall
  • if you need help getting to a cool place, ask a friend or relative for help or call the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas (1-800-963-5337) - they may be able to help.
  • if you have air conditioner, but cannot afford the electric bill, you may be able to get help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • never leave anyone in a closed and parked vehicle
If you become very overheated, you may get heat stroke.  This serious illness occurs when the body can not regulate its temperature anymore and the body stops sweating.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists these symptoms for heat stroke:
  • high body temperature - above 103 degrees
  • hot dry skin
  • rapid pulse
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • throbbing headache
For more information, on heat stress in Older Adults, you can click here.