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Help End Senior Hunger in Orlando – Volunteer Opportunities

As more and more adults are reaching retirement (SENIORS) age—giving back to the Community especially to this Group is needed more than ever to HELP end senior hunger.

The SENIORS First of ORLANDO ( Meals on Wheels ) Program located at 5395 L.B. McLeod Road to help end senior hunger in Orlando offers great opportunities for the following to VOLUNTEER: Individuals, Church Groups, Fraternal Organizations, Small Businesses along with Corporate Companies.

1) Did you know that over 1000 meals both HOT & COLD are delivered to SENIORS Monday thru Friday every week of the year to help end senior hunger?

2) Did you also know that there are over another 1000 Seniors currently on the waiting list and more are added monthly?

I personally have been delivering HOT & COLD MEALS for Seniors First to help end senior hunger since mid January of this year. I have a set route that on every Friday morning I pick up 10-12 meals and deliver. It takes me all of an hour an half to deliver these much appreciated meals to the Senior Population. They are so thankful that I am taking out a part of my day to HELP provide them with a nourishing meal and to partake in some social interaction which most are deprived of on a daily basis. We become the eyes and ears to insure that they are being taken care of.

You can contact me at mike@yourfloridahaven.com and I will share how you can get involved. Not only do I volunteer for SENIORS FIRST I assist in getting more people involved. I hope you’ll join me to help end senior hunger.

Importance of Senior to Stay Informed

In today’s environment when Seniors and Active Adults are living longer it is imperative that we are able to share or become that RESOURCE outlet. As we all age there are so many options for us to make when we become Active Adults and Seniors. There are options that we need exposure with to safeguard are health, our finances and most of all our legacies. It is my initiative to become that RESOURCE outlet for the senior and ACTIVE ADULT Community.

My desire in becoming that TRUSTED—seniors/ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL is to network and learn about all the different options available to this growing population. Did you know that over 70% of people 65 or older will need some type of assistance with their daily living activities. Activities like eating, transportation, bathing, laundry, scheduling doctor appointments, shopping, organizing their daily/monthly bills along with their medical bills and social interaction.

By writing a weekly blog it is my intention to reach out to the seniors/ACTIVE ADULT Community and their Caretakers so that they have a Resource outlet to follow weekly. Also available is a website www.yourfloridahaven.com that offers a SENIOR and ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE tab along with providing upcoming information with SENIOR AND ACTIVE ADULT FAIRS, Expo’s or Senior related Opportunities. It is all about Creating Awareness!

Plan on attending THE FIRST ANNUAL ORLANDO SENIORS RESOURCE FAIR at LAKE EOLA Amphitheater in Downtown ORLANDO on Saturday the 17th of MAY, 2014 from 10:30-1:30. There will be over 30 local providers of Senior Care Info and Services. Music, games, face painting and raffle prizes will be available along with Massages, blood pressure and vital checks. This FAIR is Presented by NEWPORT SENIOR LINK which is a FREE SERVICE available to SENIORS and their CARETAKERS. NEWPORT SENIOR LINK works closely with over 300 Assisted Living and Independent Communities throughout the Central Orlando area Helping with finding the very best home.

BECOME a FOLLOWER and Share my Website at www.yourfloridahaven.com  and my Blog at activerain.com/blogs/1adviser9 for up to date SENIOR RESOURCE INFORMATION.

January 2020 Market Figures for Olrando Area Smarter Senior Seminar Series Downsizing Made Easy

Market Pulse January 2020

January marked a second consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year sales increases. Sales improved by more than 16 percent compared to January 2019, while the median price experienced an 8 percent increase. However, the numbers of homes available for purchase in Orlando dropped by nearly 15 percent.

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February Newsletter Top 10 Tips on Senior Health

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Police Warn Don't Abbreviate 2020 Date on Your Signatures abcnews warning smarter senior seminar series Orlando florida

Police Warn on Abbreviating 2020 Dates on Signatures

Police warn that abbreviating 2020 on legal documents could lead to fraud originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

The police department of a small community in Penobscot County, Maine, on New Year’s Day provided residents with a tip to help against scammers that’s since gone viral.

The East Millinocket Police Department posted on the organization’s Facebook page that people shouldn’t abbreviate the year 2020 on legal or professional documents because it could lead to fraud.

“When signing and dating legal documents, do not use 20 as the year 2020. March 3rd, 2020 being written as 3/3/20 could be modified to 3/3/2017 or 3/3/2018. Protect yourself. Do not abbreviate 2020,” according to the police department’s Facebook post of a meme credited to George E. Moore Law Office, LLC.

Moore posted the meme about 30 minutes before the police department re-posted it. The meme had been shared almost 50,000 times as of Friday afternoon, and the police department’s re-post had been shared more than 5,000 times.

The post by police received almost 200 comments, with mixed responses.

“Gonna call BS on this one unfortunately. Should we not have used ’19’ for the entirety of last year: eg 3/3/19 because someone could alter it to ‘3/3/1991’ (92, 93, 94, through 1998)? Sorry. Sounds like fear mongering here,” wrote Evan Scott Reyne.

(MORE: What to Know About Scams on Job Search Websites)

“Changing 19 to 1999 isn’t the same as changing something from 20 to 2019 or 2021. I know there are a lot of ‘experts’ commenting here but there are also a lot of scammers waiting for an opportunity like this,” wrote Michelle Jones.

PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)
PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)

On Friday, the police department updated the post for clarification, writing: “Please understand that we handle scam and fraud calls on a regular basis so we try to provide our small community with tips to avoid potential problems. Of course we understand that all dates can be altered. Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of people. This meme provided a tip that we felt has some validity so this is why we shared it. It is not intended as legal advice or a warning, only as a cautionary tip to consider.”

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Celebrate 2020 in Orlando at These Events!

It’s hard to believe the new year is almost year. It’s even harder to believe we are going into a new decade! We certainly are the history-makers of this century so let’s celebrate! Orlando has so many events to ring in the momentous new year in style.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best we’ve found.

Orlando New Year’s Eve Festivities

The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve 2020 @ EVE Orlando Downtown

December 31, 2019, 9:00 PM – January 1, 2020, 2:30 AM

EVE Orlando
110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN TO DUST OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES FOR THE GREAT GATSBY NYE 2020 AT EVE ORLANDO! Put on your fanciest suits and your glitziest gowns for a night of cocktails, dancing and…

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Light Up I-Drive: New Years Eve Edition at ICON Park

December 31, 2019, 7 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

ICON Park™
8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: Orlando’s can’t-miss New Year’s Eve Party. Free park entry, live entertainment, incredible attractions, and VIP package offerings. Read more Read less About this Event The countdown to 2020 will…

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One80 Skytop Lounge NYE Party 2020 | Roaring 20’s | Downtown Orlando Firework 

December 31, 2019, 9 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

One80 Skytop Lounge
400 W Church St, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald Time to trade in the City Beautiful for a night in the past! Relive the excitement and flair from the Roaring 20’s and Ring in…

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New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 in Orlando

Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 PM

Orlando, FL

From Eventful.com: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on the outdoor piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal…

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Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve at Old Town

More Info Directions December 31 st, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

OLD TOWN KISSIMMEE
5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL

From 407area.com: Ring in the new year at Old Town.

The day long festivities for all ages include live music, entertainment, a car show, and activities. View more


Swing in the New Year at Topgolf

Dec 31, 2019, 9 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 9 PM

Topgolf
9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Topgolf is celebrating the arrival of 2020 by throwing one of our biggest parties of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to…View moreInformation and

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New Year’s Eve Street Party at Sunset Walk

Dec 31, 2019, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando
3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Sunset Walk, Central Florida’s newest hotspot for dining and entertainment is celebrating New Year\’s Eve with a FREE CONCERT starring the Wailers. Bob Marley & the Wailers are an internationally…

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Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party 2020


Dec 31, 2019, 8 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 8 PM

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Restaurant
Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL

From Americanhappyhour.com: The Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party has become the place to be in North Orlando for New Years Eve! 2020 Lake Mary New Years Eve Block party is bigger and better then ever. Including 3 venues…

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scam alert attacking our veterans

Scam Alert Targeting Veterans

Scam alert from Daniel Webster — House of Representatives–Winter Garden


SCAM ALERT! My office received word last week of a scam targeting our veterans.

Using sophisticated technology, scammers are generating calls that appear as “Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000” on individuals’ caller ID systems. These scammers claim to be calling from “veterans services” and say they’re calling to confirm personal information of the veteran for benefit purposes. 

They may also leave a voicemail saying something like this:

“Your VA profile was flagged for two potential benefits due to the changes in the VA program. These are time sensitive entitlements. Please call us back at your earliest convenience.”

DO NOT call these individuals back or provide ANY personal identifiable information over the phone. Instead, HANG UP immediately, contact law enforcement at a non-emergency number to report the scam, and file a complaint with the FCC at consumercomplaints.fcc.gov.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 352-241-9220.  

Daniel Webster — House of Representatives–Winter Garden


Do you know of any scams targeting seniors, veterans, or disabled folk in the Orlando Area? Please contact Michael Flahaven here.

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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