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July 2021 Smarter Senior Seminar Series Newsletter

Sign up for this month’s Smarter Senior Seminar offered with cooperation from the Orlando Public Library via Zoom.

July’s feature topis is:



Wednesday, July 21st 10:30 am – 11:30 am

July 2021

Wednesday, July 21st INSURANCE CAR-HOME-LIFE 10:30am-11:30am
All dates are virtual and start at 10:30 am and finish approximately 11:30 am EST
Please send us any comments or questions you have ahead of the seminar.

Woman in Smarter Senior Espanol

Seminarios, para
Mayores Adultos,
de Cómo Vivir
Más Inteligentemente

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Asequibilidad de vivienda y

beneficios para

personas mayores

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June 2021 Newsletter

Senior Scams – Attorney General Office

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
10:30 am – 11:30 am
We Are Hosting Our
Monthly Seminar on Zoom

How to enter our meeting:

Zoom Meeting

Open Zoom and enter Meeting ID. Enter password, ‘senior’ when prompted.

Open your web browser and click link. Download the Zoom app when prompted and enter password ‘senior”

Meeting ID: 941 2181 6450

Passcode: senior

Please enter your information to get follow up information, ask a question before hand or request a call from one of our experts.

June 2021

Wednesday, June 16th SENIOR SCAMS Attorney General Office

Did you know…

  • That roughly one in five citizens in Florida are aged 65 and older? 
  • That Florida has designated legal services and programs for Seniors? 
  • That Senior Consumer Alerts in Florida are focused on protecting Seniors from scams and faulty products directed at Seniors? 

Consumer Alerts for Seniors

What exactly is a ‘consumer alert’?  We hear the term quite a bit in the news, online, in magazines and on tv warning us about a particular product, service or even company.  

It’s important to know exactly what the term means and what recourses become available to you have purchased a product or service that has a consumer alert.

Consumer Alerts are issued to inform the media and public of new methods used to commit fraud, trends in consumer complaints or other deceptive practices used to take advance of Floridians.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issues Consumer Alerts to inform the media and the public of emerging scams, new methods used to commit fraud, trends in consumer complaints, or any other deceptive practices utilized to take advantage of Floridians. Consumer Alerts are designed to help prevent financial loss or other harm caused by scammers. They are also used to notify Floridians about available refunds, restitution and claims funds resulting from action taken by Attorney General Moody’s Consumer Protection Division.

Anyone encountering a scam should report the incident to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online by clicking the link below:


Woman in Smarter Senior Espanol

Seminarios, para
Mayores Adultos,
de Cómo Vivir
Más Inteligentemente

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Asequibilidad de vivienda y

beneficios para

personas mayores


See you in July for Insurance Car-Home-Life! (Be a our first sign-up in July and Michael will personally thank you in July’s seminar!)

    Please pick which dates you would like to attend.

May Newsletter

New to Smarter Senior Seminars?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mothers We Know

Monthly Seminar on Zoom

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 10:30 – 11:30 am
Legal:  Directives – Wills –  Trusts

Sign up for our Zoom Seminar by filling out the form below.

Join Us in June

Our Topics Are:

Senior Scams

June 2021

Wednesday, June 16th SENIOR SCAMS Attorney General Office

Seminarios, para
Mayores Adultos,
de Cómo Vivir
Más Inteligentemente

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Guia para organizar la venta de inmuebles y pertenencias.

June 2021 Seminarios, para Mayores Adultos, de Cómo Vivir Más Inteligentemente

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Guia para organizar la venta de inmuebles y pertenencias.

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April 2021 Newsletter

An Introduction to Estate Sales:

Happy April Folks! 
This month our
Smarter Senior Seminar Series
Top Ten Tips

are all about

Estate Sales


An estate sale is essentially a large sale of someone’s personal possessions — similar to a garage sale but on a much larger scale. Estate sales include a much higher volume of sale items and can feature high-ticket items, whereas garage or yard sales are usually just reserved for offloading a handful of second-hand bargain items. 


People often hold estate sales after the death of a loved one as a way to liquidate their personal assets. However, folks also turn to estate sales as a way to declutter before a move, make extra money, or help elderly parents relocate. Believe it or not, estate sales are on the rise, even during a pandemic, as more people are switching up their living situations, relocating to another city, downsizing, or, sadly, dealing with the loss of loved ones.

Top Ten Tips for a Successful Estate Sale


First things first, you’ve got to decide what you want to keep, sell, or simply get rid of.  If you’re holding an estate sale after a death, you’re likely looking to liquidate as many of the assets as possible. 


This is probably the trickiest part of holding an estate sale, especially if you’re selling items that belonged to someone else. While rare items and antiques have a somewhat consistent price, many items will vary in price depending on where the estate sale is being held. Something that fetches a high price in New England may be relative junk in Florida — and vice versa. 


We strongly recommend getting a professional appraisal of everything you’re hoping to sell in your estate sale. Professional appraisers will make sure you don’t underprice — or overprice — your items. Plus, they’ll know what certain items are worth in your specific area and help determine if things like collector’s items and jewelry are the real deal. 

Smarter Senior Seminars and YourFloridaHaven has relationships with great people in the Senior Care industry.  Join our Zoom this month to learn more!


You’d be surprised what a smidge of TLC can do for an item’s appeal. A simple shine, lick of paint, quick wash, or easy mend can turn an item destined for the trash into something worth selling.


Estate sales seldom happen overnight. Choosing a temporary storage option can help relieve time pressure and free up space during the process. You can use a self-storage unit to safely store items while you’re planning your sale. Even better? Have a PODS storage containerdelivered to you, so can store your items at home or on site where the estate sale is taking place.


For the heaviest amount of traffic and the most prospective buyers, host your estate sale on the weekend. Keep in mind that hosting your estate sale over a holiday weekend can be a toss up since many people travel out of town. Never hold an estate sale on Christmas or Thanksgiving, even if it falls on a weekend. 


Advertising is key to getting buyers to your estate sale. There’s always a chance that a handful of people will walk or drive by, but the serious buyers scour for the best sales by looking online, on social media, on Craigslist, and in newspapers. Be sure to take pictures of your most appealing items, showcase a range of what types of things people will find at your sale, highlight rare items and bargain bins, and triple-check that the date, hours, and address are correct. 


Presentation and flow can be big factors in the success of your estate sale. Be sure to lay everything out in an obvious manner, clearly mark prices, spread your items out to keep the flow going, and avoid any layouts that can cause traffic jams. Make it easy for you to keep an eye on valuable items like jewelry, antiques, or collector’s items. If you’re hosting the sale in your current home, be sure to clearly mark any items that are not for sale. If you rent a portable container, you can hide away items you want to keep — or even use it for additional display space, since it sits right at ground level.  It provides shade and protection from the elements, and if you don’t sell everything on the first day, it will be easy to hold another sale without having to lug everything back inside and then out again.


In a perfect world, all your items would sell, but that’s rarely the case. But fear not, there are some next steps you can take for unsold items. If you’re really looking to make money, you can arrange to put the items up for auction, or possibly receive a tax credit by donating them to charity. Otherwise, decide if it’s something you might want to keep or would rather just throw away. 


One of the major ways that estate sales differ from garage sales is that you’re likely to make a lot more money. This also means that it’s imperative to know and understand the tax laws surrounding estate sales as you’ll likely owe taxes from the event. In states like Delaware, Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Montana, you’ll be exempt from tax of any kind from your estate sale, but this is not the case in other states. 

April 2021 Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, Apr. 21st 10:30 - 11:30 DOWNSIZING Estate Sale

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March Newsletter

Smarter Seniors Seminar Series at Orlando Public Library in Florida Taught by Michael Flahaven

Smarter Senior Seminar Series

Wednesday, March. 24th, 2021


  • Independent –
  • Assisted –
  • Memory

March 24th 2021 Senior Living Options

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This month our
Smarter Senior Seminar Series
Top Ten Tips

are all about

Senior Living Options.

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Memory care communities offer assistance with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. It can be devastating to watch a loved one progress through dementia. Memory care communities are specifically designed to meet seniors with dementia where they are, create a purposeful and intentional lifestyle, and help families cope with a difficult diagnosis. Memory care communities partner with families, restoring family relationships, and helping to carry the caregiver burden.
In a memory care community residents are offered dementia-friendly meals, secured outdoor spaces to prevent wandering, innovative therapies, and a gently structured day that is reassuring and calming for seniors with dementia.

Many families choose to care for a loved one in the early stages of dementia. However, as the disease progresses, professional memory care is typically needed.
Here are some signs that it’s time to transition to a memory care community.

* Are you worried about the physical safety of your loved one when you are not there?
* Are you worried about your own safety around your loved one as the disease progresses and confusion becomes more common?
* Are you experiencing exhaustion, fatigue, or caregiver burnout?
* Is your loved one neglecting financial obligations?
* Is your loved one neglecting their personal care?
* Are you concerned about your loved one wandering?
* Is your loved one’s living conditions subpar?
* Is your loved one feeling isolated or lonely?
* Have you noticed unexplained physical changes in your loved one?
* Do you want to restore your role as your loved one’s child?

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

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Orlando Library Suspends Home Delivery

Here at YourFloridaHaven and Smarter Senior Seminar Series works hard to keep you updated about all that’s new and critical to YOU!

Today we learned the following and wanted you to know right away, especially if you a bibliophile like we are!

The library suspended home delivery service after Thursday afternoon, March 26. As a result, some requested materials were not processed for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

While the library regrets having to make this difficult decision, we must do our part in following Orange County, Florida Government’s directive to halt all non-essential services and to protect the health and well-being of our staff.

If you have a question about the status of an item you placed on hold, the best indicator is that if it has been checked out to you, it is in route to be delivered. If the item has not been checked out to you, delivery for that item has been suspended.

At this time, you can continue placing new requests online and once the library resumes normal business, the new and suspended requests will be processed and delivered.

During this time, our call center is closed. If you need any assistance, please Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407-835-7323 or by writing to: 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.

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Coronavirus Scam Alert for Seniors

Hello Everyone! This Coronavirus Scam alert is coming straight from the World Health Organization.

The Scam

Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO

Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information.  If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.

The World Health Organization will:

  • never ask for your username or password to access safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of 
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.


The only call for donations WHO has issued is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is linked to below.  Any other appeal for funding or donations that appears to be from WHO is a scam.  


Beware that criminals use email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and even fax messages for their scams.

You can verify if communication is legit by contacting WHO directly.


Phishing: malicious emails appearing to be from WHO

WHO is aware of suspicious email messages attempting to take advantage of the COVID-19 emergency. This fraudulent action is called phishing.
These “Phishing” emails appear to be from WHO, and will ask you to:
  • give sensitive information, such as usernames or passwords
  • click a malicious link
  • open a malicious attachment.
Using this method, criminals can install malware or steal sensitive information.

How to prevent phishing:

  1. Verify the sender by checking their email address.  

    Make sure the sender has an email address such as ‘’ If there is anything other than ‘’ after the ‘@’ symbol, this sender is not from WHO.  

    For example, WHO does not send email from addresses ending in ‘’ , ‘’ or ‘’.

  2. Check the link before you click.  

    Make sure the link starts with ‘’.  Better still, navigate to the WHO website directly, by typing ‘’ into your browser.

  3. Be careful when providing personal information. 

    Always consider why someone wants your information and if it is appropriate. There is no reason someone would need your username & password to access public information.

  4. Do not rush or feel under pressure. 

    Cybercriminals use emergencies such as 2019-nCov to get people to make decisions quickly. Always take time to think about a request for your personal information, and whether the request is appropriate.

  5. If you gave sensitive information, don’t panic.  

    If you believe you have given data such as your username or passwords to cybercriminals, immediately change your credentials on each site where you have used them.

  6. If you see a scam, report it.  

    If you see a scam, tell us about it.  

What Do You Need?

During this hard time, we know we are dealing with something we have never dealt with before. We also know Seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Please leave us a message to let us know… How can we help you?

Contact Me

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March Newsletter

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 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  and my Blog at for up to date SENIOR RESOURCE INFORMATION.

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