Monday, March 26, 2012

Medicare Part B Deadline is March 31st

Medicare Part B medical insurance "helps cover medically-necessary services like doctors' services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, home health services, and other medical services"( When you become eligible for Medicare Part A, you will have seven months to sign up for Part B. If you do not sign up in this period, then you will have to wait until the next open enrollment period -January 1st through March 31st. 
It is important to sign up for Part B on time, because if you are uninsured for 12 months or more, your Medicare monthly premiums will be higher. You can learn more about Medicare in the "Medicare & You" online handbook here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Senior Fun Fest

The Senior Connections and Mature Lifestyles magazines will be presenting a Senior Fun Fest on Tuesday, March 27th at the St. Petersburg Coliseum from 10am - 3:00pm. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature:
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Live Music
  • Grandkids are the Greatest Photo Contest (call 1-888-670-0040 for details).
  • Senior-Friendly Sports Center
  • free bingo and giveaways
             St. Petersburg Coliseum
             535 Fourth Avenue North
             St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Alzheimer's Report

The Alzheimer's Association has recently published "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures", a report with the latest statistics about Alzheimer's Disease in the United States. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Here are some quick facts from this report:
  • 1 in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer's Disease
  • 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease
  • $200 Billion - is the predicted cost for caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2012
  • It is predicted that 16 million people will have this disease by 2050.
 You can read the entire report here.

The Alzheimer's Association also provides information for each state. The Florida statistics include:
  • 450,000 Floridians had Alzheimer's Disease in 2010
  • There were over one billion hours of unpaid care by caregivers for Alzheimer's patients in Florida in 2011
  • There were 4,743 deaths due to Alzheimer's in Florida in 2008
You can click here for more Florida statistics.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program

The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income, 50+ women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families. Since 2007, The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 800 eligible women — helping them to enter programs they could otherwise not afford.

The scholarship program is made possible by AARP Foundation with generous support from Walmart Foundation and AARP.

The scholarship application period for the 2012-2013 academic year will last from Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 9 a.m. CST until Friday March 30, 2012, at 5 p.m. CDT.      
For more information and to apply, click here

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Florida Strawberry Festival

 Our Central Florida fair season continues with the 2012 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City!  The Strawberry Festival offers midway rides, live entertainment, and, of course, strawberries for sale in bulk and as tasty treats. Gate admission prices are $10 for adults. Discounted tickets are available at area Sweetbay Supermarkets - adult tickets are $8.

Florida Strawberry Festival
 March 1-11
Open 10:00am - 10:00pm
303 North Lemon St.   
Plant City, FL 33563-4706 
Telephone: (813) 752-9194

For more information, including a complete concert schedule, directions to the festival grounds, and to purchase concert tickets, visit the Strawberry Festival's website at