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Coronavirus Makes Orlando library suspends home delivery

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!

LIBRARY SUSPENDS HOME DELIVERY
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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References: https://www.ocls.info/information-regarding-covid-19

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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 www.who.int 
  • 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 ‘person@who.int’ If there is anything other than ‘who.int’ after the ‘@’ symbol, this sender is not from WHO.  

    For example, WHO does not send email from addresses ending in ‘@who.com’ , ‘@who.org’ or ‘@who-safety.org’.


  2. Check the link before you click.  

    Make sure the link starts with ‘https://www.who.int’.  Better still, navigate to the WHO website directly, by typing ‘https://www.who.int’ 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?

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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.

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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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