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2019 Veteran’s Day Events in Orlando

Nov. 8 Winter Park Vets Day

Hosted by VFW Post 2093 Community Band
Playing from 9am – 11am

This 25+ year old band is organized to support VFW Post 2093 in Orlando and is dedicated to entertaining and supporting veterans and the local community.


Nov. 9 Veterans Golf Tournament

Veteran's Golf Tournament in Orlando

Nov. 9 City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade

VETERANS DAY PARADE

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host the 20th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9, 2019 to honor the courageous men and women of the armed forces who have fought for our nation’s freedoms.

This year’s theme will honor WWII veterans, with the parade’s five Grand Marshals all having served during WWII.



Nov. 9 Lake Nona Veterans Day Parade


NOV 10 ALLEY ROCK for FOOD

GET READY for the 2nd Annual ROCK for FOOD Music Festival. Big block party on the streets in front of the Alley and Fuel BBQ.

This year we are honoring Soldier’s Angels(www.soldiersangels.org) for the annual food drive. Soldier’s Angels helps local Veterans receive food items on an as needed basis. They help between 200-250 families each month.

LIVE MUSIC with Crashrocket, Sound Theory, My Generation and Rockit Fly!

The Concert is FREE, please bring non-perishable items to donate. We will be accepting donations inside the Alley beginning Nov 1, 2019

Last year we collected over 3700 lbs of food to be donated to families in need. Let’s make this year even better!

There are 10 x 10 vendor spots available for $30.00. We also have Supporter Packages to assist with the production of this event. You can contact Nicole Henry at nicoleobrienphotographer@gmail.com

Keep an eye on the event as more details and sponsors are announced. Click here to get to the site we found this on (407area.com). Thanks for sharing the great info about an awesome fundraiser!

ALLEY ROCK for FOOD Sanford Music Festival - Nov 10, 2019


Nov. 11 Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony

Mon, Nov 11, 1 – 2 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Osc.org: In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Red Tails Monument made possible by Lockheed Martin an in partnership with Vision of Flight. The ceremony.

www.osc.org/veterans/

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Orlando Library Celebrates Veterans

Click Here to Find Times and Dates

Best Discount for Seniors in Orlando

Best Senior Discount in Orlando

Living in Florida has its perks. There’s great weather, beautiful beaches and Senior Discounts at many of the area attractions.

We gathered a list together from sites like orlandoseniordiscount.com, senioradvisor.com and seniorcitizendiscountlist.org that lays out area attractions, businesses and restaurants that give seniors a discount.

We do suggest however that you call wherever you’re going to verify the discount. Also, if you’re a member of the military (thank you for your service) you may get a bigger or additional discount. AAA members may also get additional discounts.

Do you know of any not on our list? Please contact us and we’ll add them here and also let the folks from the other sites know as well.


SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

SEA LIFE features more than 5000 creatures and an immersive 360-degree ocean tunnel. You can also visit the famous Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum. If you are not afraid of heights, try The Orlando Eye, a 400 foot tall observation wheel with astounding views of Orlando.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Immerse yourself in the beautiful blooms and flowering trees at Harry P. Leu Gardens. You will see roses, camellias, bromeliads, palms, philodendrons, and azaleas. You can also the tour the restored Leu House Museum located on the grounds.

Tibet-Butler Preserve

Experience nature with butterflies, turtles, birds, alligators, and more while walking through the 440 acre preserve near Walt Disney World. The area features wooden boardwalks to make walking easier and short hikes for those that tire quickly.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Seniors age 55 and over receive a discount in admission that includes the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Shuttle Launch Experience, bus tour, IMAX 3D movies, special viewing of rocket launches, shows and exhibits, and the ability to meet an astronaut.

Everglades National Park

Take in the wildlife and views of the Everglades while walking the Anhinga Trail or kayaking on Florida Bay. You may see manatees, crocodiles, or dolphins in the water. There is plenty to do in the park including canoeing, hiking, tram tours, and boat tours.

The Orange County Regional History Center has senior discounts available and for seniors 55+ and tickets are about $7 with the discount (please contact them directly to verify this senior discount)

Titanic The Artifact Exhibition has discounts available for and tickets are around $19.95 for seniors (please contact them directly to verify this senior discount)

Wycliffe Discovery Center has senior discounts available at around $7 for seniors 65+ (please contact them directly to verify this senior discount)

Orlando Science Center

Science lovers and the curious will love this interactive center with exhibit halls featuring DinoDigs, Our Planet, and Science Park. Visit the Crosby Observatory and use the refractor telescope for solar and night sky viewing. Through the telescope, the far away details of the night sky become visible, such as the planets, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, double stars, and galaxies.

Mennello Museum of American Art

Enjoy the works of artist Earl Cunningham and special exhibitions like Pop Art, Albert Paley’s Forged Works, and a sculpture garden. You can also visit the Loch Haven Park outside of the museum that connects to other museums of art and science as well as theaters.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

The museum features fine art collections. Stroll the halls enjoying works from Mary Josephine Walters, Mary Russell Smith, Sadie Barnette, William Merritt Chase, and Lavinia Fontana, among others. Upcoming collections include This Side of Modernism: American and British Artists 1890 – 1945 and Francesco de Mura: In the Light of Naples.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

The center has treated over 12,000 birds of prey and released close to 5,000 back into the wild successfully. You can learn about the birds’ natural habitats and the center’s conservation efforts. While visiting, you will see birds currently in treatment that may include eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, and kites. Seniors receive a discount on admission every Friday.


Restaurants

Applebee’s has a 15% discounts for seniors citizens for seniors 60+ with Golden Apple Card (please contact your local Applebee’s directly to verify this senior discount)

Arby’s has a 10% discount available for senior citizens age 55+ in Florida (please contact your local Arby’s directly to verify this senior discount)

Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzel’s has a 10% discount for seniors citizens 65+ (please contact your local Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzel’s directly to verify this senior discount)

A&W All American Food has a senior citizen discounts available for seniors 55+ (please contact your local A&W All American Food directly to verify this senior discount)

Back Yard Burgers has a discount on drinks for seniors (please contact your local Back Yard Burgers directly to verify this senior discount)

Ben & Jerry’s has a 10% senior citizen discount available for seniors 60+ in Florida (please contact your local Ben & Jerry’s directly to verify this senior discount)


Thanks to the following sites for the great information:

https://www.seniorcitizendiscountlist.org/orlando-fl-senior-discount-restaurant-retail-travel/
https://www.seniorcitizendiscountlist.org/florida-fl-senior-citizen-discount-list-restaurant-retail-grocery-travel https://www.senioradvisor.com/orlando-fl/top-orlando-senior-discounts

Caregiver burnout is real! 8 ways support groups can help.

It’s estimated that over 30 million Americans provide support for someone in their home or family. This responsibility can make anyone feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Feeling overwhelmed for an extended period of time can lead to burnout.

It can feel like you’re the only person dealing with so much. You’re the only person who feels this pain. That can lead to a loneliness of the worse kind. The one where you’re around people everyday but no one understands what you’re going through.

That’s why caregiver support groups are so helpful. They’re filled with people in similar situations.

Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.

The website DailyCaring.com has great advice for caregivers. We particularly like their list of benefits for joining a caregiver support group.

Here are 8 top benefits:

  1. Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  2. Reducing depression, anxiety, or distress
  3. Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  4. Getting advice or information about practical solutions or treatment options
  5. Improving or learning healthy coping skills
  6. Getting a better understanding of what to expect in the future
  7. Improving caregiving skills and giving better quality of life to your older adult
  8. Learning about ways to keep your older adult at home longer
Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.

Find a caregiver support group in your area

  • Local hospitals or community centers almost always have handouts with lists of local support groups
  • Enter your zip code in the Eldercare Locator to find the Area Agency on Aging for your area. Call and ask about support groups offered by local organizations.
  • For support groups focused on specific health conditions, check websites for information about local meetings. Popular sites include:

We’ve built YourFloridaHaven.com to help seniors and their caregivers live fulfilling lives.

How can we help you? Contact us if you have any questions.

References:

dailycaring.com/8-benefits-of-caregiver-support-groups/

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How Pinterest Has Brought the Beauty Out in Age

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!


Age: 98
Passion: Yoga
If you’re looking for evidence of yoga’s physical and mental benefits, we found it. Just look at Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga teacher who’s still overflowing with youthful exuberance. She started practicing more than 70 years ago while growing up in India. Before that, she was an actress, screenplay and documentary writer. Her personal mantra:
“There is nothing you cannot do.”
And from the looks of it, she’s practicing what she preaches. She founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982, collaborated with
renowned yogi, Tara Stiles, on a yoga DVD and still holds workshops around the world.

 Pat Gallant-Charette
Age: 65
Passion: Marathon Swimming
A retired nurse, grandmother and former self-described “spectator mom” from Maine, Pat Gallant-Charette has excelled at open water swimming since she took up the sport more than 15 years ago. Though she had no prior experience, Gallant-Charette began training when she wanted to compete in a local Maine ocean swim in honor of her younger brother who passed away from a heart attack. She’s now on her way to becoming the seventh finisher ever (not to mention the oldest!) of the Oceans Seven. To do so, you have to complete seven of the most challenging and longest open-water swims in the world. With only three swims to go, she was thwarted in January 2014 when, after 10 hours of swimming, intense tidal flows close to the coast of New Zealand prevented her from completing the Cook Strait. “I could have thrown in the towel, but it actually strengthened my resolve,” she says.

Paul Tetrick
Age: 85
Passion: Cycling
“Fast wheels are timeless, and so is my Grampy,” writes Alison Tetrick, a 31-year-old professional cyclist on the Cylance Pro Cycling. Her grampy is none other than Paul Tetrick. Paul has won more than 12 USA Cycling Time Trial Championships, a road bicycle race where cyclists battle the clock instead of racing at the same time as their competitors. In October 2013, both Tetricks had the opportunity to ride against each another in the Paula Higgins Memorial Record Challenge Time Trial. Paul confessed to Zipp News that he was afraid his granddaughter, who started 10 minutes behind him, might catch up. Though Alison won gold in the 40K event, she didn’t catch her speedy grandfather, who crushed his previous time trial record of 34:37.5 in the 20K race.

Jacinto Bonilla

Age: 77
Passion: CrossFit
Not many 77-year olds crank out Crossfit WODs and have one named after them, but Jacinto Bonilla does. The “Jacinto Storm,” a WOD created on Bonilla’s 69th birthday, consists of 69 squats, 69 wall balls, 69 pull-ups, 69 push-ups, 69 kettlebell swings, and 69 deadlifts (using 95 pounds). The catch? Another rep of each exercise is added every year, meaning it’s due to increase to 78 reps next July.
“Every year my friends are like, ‘When are you going to cap this?’ and I say if I live until 100 there’s going to be 100 reps,” chuckles Bonilla. Since August 2006 when he saw an article about the sport in Men’s Health, Bonilla has trained, coached and competed in Crossfit, a high-intensity workout program consisting of constantly varying functional movements. Though he got sidelined briefly while surviving and recovering from prostate cancer in 2008, he’s proven to be a formidable competitor in the Crossfit Games. A three-time competitor, he’s the oldest person to ever participate in the Games.


Linda Wright

Age: 69
Passion: Fashion Trend-Setting

This incredible fashionista has caught the attention of the creators of ‘What Not to Wear’. Here’s what they wrote about her:
Wright is a true American in Paris. Born in Texas, the 69-year-old has called Paris home since 1978. She’s the owner of Crimson Cashmere, a boutique in the city, and she’s also taken to blogging and sharing her cool sense of style on Instagram.
Linda has a knack for styling of-the-moment pieces (like killer Gucci loafers) in a way that feels especially timeless.
Wright says about herself:
“I want to think I am perceived as feminine,” she tells us, “while my attitude toward daily dressing is more masculine-feminine.” Although she shies away from using the word “style” when describing her outfits of choice, there is a narrative that connects each of her outfits. “Over the years, I have gravitated to a more pared-down look,” she says. And while she notes that she tries to stay away from anything too designer- heavy, “I continually have a desire to update my wardrobe with something new each season.
Aside from the fact that I am passionate about fashion, my own business depends on it. My little boutique in the heart of Paris is a go-to destination when seeking basics in quality cashmere since its opening in 1984. However, it is imperative that the silhouettes stay updated. We are talking evolution and not revolution. I shall leave that area to the creative designers of the world. They have true talent, and I just have an idea. “

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!

References:
Thanks so much to the following sites for info and doing a great job at spreading the word about Seniors who inspire!
Pinterest.com

https://www.whowhatwear.com/parisian-fashion-over-60-linda-wright/slide2


http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/best-athletes-over-60/

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The State of the Market -Orlando Real Estate Stats August 2019

Looking out the health of the real estate market means researching a lot of data from different aspects of the market. Looking at these key factors plus your personal home and other variables – home prices are determined for the market.

Below are different criteria pertaining to Orlando for the month of August.

6 Signs of Fraud Seniors Need to Know About Smarter Senior Seminar Series

6 Signs of Fraud Seniors Need to Know

Here are 6 signs you or your senior loved one should look out for:

Scammers contact you “out of the blue”.

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.


Scammers claim there is an “emergency”.

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 ask for your personal information.

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!

Scammers want you to wire money.

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!

Scammers tell you to keep it “secret”.

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.

Scammers make it sound too good to be true.

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!

You can file a complaint with the Florida Deptartment of Justice by doing the following.

Print and mail your complaint form

English Version Download
Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Español Version Download

In accordance with 28 CFR 35.107, person(s) wishing to file a complaint or grievance against the Office of the Attorney General for denial of access to services to the public, as defined by 28 CFR 35.130, may do so through the Office of the Inspector General by using the on-line contact form, selecting Inspector General, and following the contact link or by calling the Office of Citizen Services at 850-414-3990.

Senior Care- A Family Affair Smarter Senior Seminars Orlando Florida 2019

Senior Care – A Time For All To Care

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.

Why Families Need to Make a Plan Immediately

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.

What to Consider

In choosing the most appropriate care for a senior loved one, there are a number of decisions to make and questions to ask.

  • How do I begin talking with my parent about their care needs?
  • How will the care be funded?
  • What is the safest, most comfortable, most appropriate care option for my parent?
  • Is a family member nearby who can be of assistance at a moment’s notice?
  • What types of help does my parent need — for instance, bathing, eating, transportation, etc.?
  • How do my parent’s religious affiliation and other personal preferences influence the type of care we choose?
  • What types of senior care are available? How do they differ? And how does each one address my parents’ needs?

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.

References:

Eldercare.com

Care Plano:https://www.comfortkeepers.com/info-center/category/senior-care/article/senior-care-is-a-family-issue

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