There’s been a change in the air recently on the subject of what it means to grow old. Long gone are the attitudes of doctors who suggest slowing down as people reach mid their 30’s. Having to ‘act your age’ is a societal demand that’s being put to the test and is loosing, horribly. The major culprit in this shift is surprisingly a social media channel! Pinterest, an online service that allows you to share images through social networking has turned the stereotypes of aging on its ear!
Growing old has never been on anyone’s bucket list. People fight age. People fight time. Have you ever asked a child what they want to be when they grow up? The child will usually give you an answer like doctor, lawyer, video game designer, or even professional video game player. You can be pretty the answer will never be, ‘old’.
Because old wasn’t cool, till now. Now tattoos, grey hair with purple tints, body building Granddads, and stunning yoga GrandMums are showing the world that you’re just beginning to live at 50!
Here are some seriously savvy seniors who have taken Pinterest (and the world) by storm!
Do you know a fabulous senior who’s redefining the word, ‘old’? We’d love to hear about them and may even feature this person in one of our blogs!
Please contact us and let us know about this person and we’ll get back to you personally to learn more!
Thanks so much to the following sites for info and doing a great job at spreading the word about Seniors who inspire!
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Here are 6 signs you or your senior loved one should look out for:
It could be a knock on the door, a phone call, or a piece of mail you weren’t expecting. For example, you didn’t think you owed the IRS or a debt collection agency money, but they called claiming you could be in trouble if you don’t pay.
A scammer might warn that if you don’t respond immediately your prize winnings will be lost or that a relative or friend is in trouble in a foreign country. If something prompts immediate action, be cautious.
Scammers often pose as banks, health care providers and government officials asking for identifying personal or financial information. Anytime someone asks you for this information, be suspicious!
You may be asked to wire money or purchase pre-paid debit cards. This is the easiest way for scam artists to get their hands on your money, and it’s almost impossible to get it back once it has been sent. Don’t do it!
By asking you to keep a transaction secret, scammers know you won’t have to respond to questions from family and friends who might see through the scam. Check with someone you trust before acting.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember this simple mantra to help you detect and avoid scams. It’s always better to be cautious than to be a victim.
Hang up the phone if the caller:
Asks you to wire money or buy a prepaid card
Says you have won a prize or a gift but you need to pay fees or taxes first
Asks you to visit websites or download software
Asks for usernames, passwords, account numbers, or your home address
Says the offer is only good for today
Asks you to keep the call a secret
If you or a loved one spot any of these signs of scams against seniors, make sure to follow these prevention tips and just hang up the phone!
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We’re all getting older. Some of us are already there. On a broader scale, humans have been getting older since the beginning of time, yet, in all that time no one has been able to invent a system that helps us do so gracefully, confidently, and with the resources, we need to help us along the way.
It’s not taught in school. There are no social expectations for how seniors should live. There are safeguards – owning a home with no mortgage, having a plush retirement fund, company-sponsored 401k’s and/or being able to retire passed the federal requirement age (usually 66) are there for the financial side, but there’s so much more to that needs to be planned.
Seniors are at a vulnerable stage of life. They often face multiple health concerns and loss of physical and cognitive function. More than ever, seniors need the support and love of family members.
Seniors often have difficulty expressing their needs, desires, and preferences, so they must have someone to advocate for them. And who is more qualified for that than the people who know them better than anyone else in the world?
Even if your family chooses to involve outside help in providing your loved one’s elder care — an in-home care agency, an assisted living community or a nursing home — you need to be involved. You can communicate to the professional caregivers your loved one’s likes and dislikes, habits, routines, concerns and all the other things that make them an individual. Without your help and involvement, their senior care may fall short of what they deserve.
Today, 80 percent of older Americans prefer to stay at home as they age. This means families are more directly involved than ever in their loved ones’ senior care. So, it is more important than ever that families be involved in the planning stage together. No single individual can adequately handle the responsibilities of caregiving alone — certainly not on top of other work, family and community responsibilities.
In most families, there is usually one sibling who, based on proximity to the aging parent, becomes the chief caregiver. Deciding who that person will be is a good topic for the first conversation with aging parents. Parents, of course, need to be involved in every step of the decision-making process, so they can maintain as much control of their lives as possible.
But no matter who is the chief caregiver, all siblings need to share the responsibility in some way. This could involve home maintenance, managing bill paying and finances, or taking care of insurance and medical claim issues.
Also, do not forget the importance of frequent visitation. As you brighten your parents’ day, you can monitor their health and mental status and share concerns you have with their professional caregiver. You may find that their elder care plan needs to be modified to address changing circumstances.
In choosing the most appropriate care for a senior loved one, there are a number of decisions to make and questions to ask.
To help find the senior care solution most appropriate for your parents, you may consider having their physician conduct an evaluation.
You may also consider options that match your parent’s unique traits and temperament. For instance, is your parent typically a thinker or a socializer? Thinkers desire space and privacy. They prefer independence, reading and working quietly alone. On the other hand, socializers are energized by people. They enjoy interactions with others and become lonely without regular interaction.
Also, consider your parents past living experiences. Are they accustomed to owning a home where they have acquired many valued items? If so, they may find it difficult to leave. Or, are they accustomed to an apartment or condo? This setting may make it easier to adjust to smaller living areas with others nearby.
Choosing the best senior care option is a difficult decision. Involving family members helps ensure that you consider all factors and choose the best possible solution for your loved one.
Orlando is the city beautiful. That’s our motto and it becomes even more so when the cities are draped in patriotic colors of red, white and blue. The fantastic displays in the parks are something to be seen.
You could say the parks are experts in pyrotechnics as they have firework displays every day of the year. Special holidays like the 4th of July and New Year’s Day means viewers are in for a feast of the senses as these parks put on displays rarely seen around the world.
Taking a page from the parks incredible displays, places such as Lake Eola delight with their not-to-be-missed firework spectaculars!
Fireworks not your style? There’s also FREE admission to the beautiful the Morse Museum in Winter Park where another kind color explosion happens in the form of a stunning display of Tiffany glass.
The wonderful folks at visitorlando.com have gathered this list for you and we’re happy to share it with you! We hope you enjoy it and have a very
Happy 4th of July!
Nighttime fireworks shows at three of Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks will get Fourth of July makeovers in honor of the holiday. Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky will take place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom® Park. On July 4 only, Independence Day fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. at Epcot®, and 9:30 p.m. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. All three are included with regular admission to their respective parks.
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Celebrate America’s birthday with one of Orlando’s most incredible fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Celebration. Consisting of a patriotic finale to the park’s regular end-of-day spectacle, Ignite, the event will light up the sky with fireworks, lasers and pyrotechnics. It’s all included with regular park admission and can best be viewed at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium.
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On July 4-6, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Red, White & Boom! event will culminate with a fireworks gala where special viewing glasses will make it appear as if giant LEGO® bricks are exploding in the sky. The day’s festivities will also include a DJ dance party, a patriotic competition build, and the chance to help build an enormous LEGO U.S. flag. The festivities are included with regular park admission.
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The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, about an hour from downtown Orlando, has been an Independence Day weekend tradition for nearly five decades. Held on July 6, this year’s 160-lap, 400-mile event will feature all of the fast action fans have come to expect, followed by one of the Southeast’s largest fireworks shows. Admission prices vary.
Running from 6-11 p.m., this free, annual event kicks off with a festival in Village Center of Baldwin Park, about 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. At 9:15 p.m., enjoy a spectacular, choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin.
Celebrate U.S. independence with a free fireworks display and laser show at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Beginning at 4 p.m., the event will feature live music, a beer garden, a kids’ play area, and food and beverages available for purchase, culminating with evening fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando, this free event offers live performances, mouthwatering food and beverages, and a synchronized fireworks display. It runs from 4-11 p.m., with the fireworks scheduled for 9:30.
Head to Wall St. Plaza in downtown Orlando for two nights of patriotic block parties with great food, outdoor games, tons of giveaways, live music and more. All of Wall St. Plaza’s member bars will be participating, including Cantina, The Hen House, Hooch, The Monkey Bar, Shine, Sideshow and Waitiki.
Now in its 24th year, this annual celebration takes place in Winter Park’s Central Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando. Running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will feature live music, a Family Fun Program Kids Zone, and free hot dogs, watermelon and water for all while supplies last.
Start your Independence Day the right way with a 5K around the city of Winter Park, just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando. The race starts at 7 a.m. and benefits the Track Shack Foundation, a local 501c(3) organization that promotes health and fitness with an emphasis on youth programs. Entry costs $30 through June 22, $35 from June 23 – July 3, and $40 on race day. Through July 3, a $10 discount is available for military and anyone age 17 and under or 65 and over.
On Independence Day, enjoy free admission at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando. The museum hosts the world’s largest collection of works by famed artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.