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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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Beware of criminals pretending to be who world health organization michael flahaven smarter senior seminar downsizing for senirors orlando florida 2020

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.

Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida

A little about myself and my Real Estate Business.

Michael Flahaven Realtor Your Florida Haven Orlando Smarter Senior Seminar Series And Downsizing
Mike Flahaven
EXP Realty

I am a Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida area.

This includes me touring and building relationships with Independent, Assisted and CCRC communities in Orange, Osceola, Lake & Seminole Counties of Central Florida.  I also have a lengthy list of Resources that I have personally interviewed as a referral base for Seniors and their Caretakers whenever the time comes for the Senior to age in place, which is why I’m your certified senior housing professional.

My motivation is that I will be: Providing Seniors the Respect and Dignity they deserve by becoming a Trusted Resource Ally for them & their Caretakers here in the Orlando area!

As a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, my blog shares information about Senior Communities and Resources in all 4 counties. The blogs are archived on my website. I also write about current events that happen or take place during the year that I feel is pertinent content relating to Seniors and Active Adults.

Also, on my certified senior housing professional in Orlando website, I have a section that’s devoted to Active Adult Communities ( 55+ and over )  mostly in the Lake, Osceola and Seminole Counties of Central Florida. There are plenty to choose from in sunny Florida.

I am excited to serve as a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, with Helping Seniors age in place. Seniors are a vulnerable group targeted by scam artists and I want them to know what I have been building and about my trusted relationships with Professionals who have the same passion.

I look forward to answering any questions or concerns that you might have concerning Seniors, Active Adults and Referral Business. I am your TRUSTED Certified Senior Housing Professional and adviser in Central Florida!

Contact Me

December Newsletter

Welcome Orlando's 2019 Holiday Season

Welcome Orlando’s 2019 Holiday Season with These Festive Events

Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art “Merry and Bright” Holiday Celebration

Sat, Nov 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL

From Orlandosentinel.com:  Celebrate the season of “Merry and Bright” with Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. For the 33rd year the Festival of Trees, put on by Council of 101, will be benefiting the Orlando…View more

Tickets: Orlando Sentine lMORE INFO

My Central Florida FamilyMORE INFO


Light Up UCF

Sat, Nov 23, 12:00 – 11:59 PM

TomorrowAddition Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation…View more

Information and Tickets

My Central Florida Family (MORE INFO)

Chicago Tribune (MORE INFO)


Dinos in Lights Begins

Sat, Nov 23, 11 AM – 4 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Osc.org: Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the festive Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center! Join STAN…View more

Information and Tickets

Orlando Science Center (MORE INFO) ICFlorida (MORE INFO)


Vintage Holiday Market

Sun, Nov 24, 2 PM

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL

From Abbeyorlando.com: Please save the date Vintage Holiday Market at The Abbey, a fun day of local vendors for your shopping pleasure, food trucks, and lovely libations! Vendor Application…View more

Information and Tickets

The Abbey(MORE INFO) Chicago Tribune(MORE INFO)


Disney Junior Holiday Party

Sun, Nov 24, 3:00 – 11:59 PMIn

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL

From Drphillipscenter.org: A dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including…View more

Information and Tickets

Dr. Phillips Center (MORE INFO) Fun 4 Orlando Kids (MORE INFO) More sources


Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia

Sun, Nov 24, 11 AM – 7 PMIn

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL

From Aarp.org: Visit with the same Santa you have known and loved for more than 10 years.For specific details call our Concierge Desk 407-363-3555.Meet Santa at HollyvilleView more

Information and Tickets AARPMORE INFO Venue

Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

Sun, Nov 24, 9 – 11 AM

Orlando, FL

From Mommypoppins.com:  Special needs families can visit with Santa in a private setting for a more personal interaction before the mall opens to the public. There will also be special activities and entertainment…View more

Information and Tickets:

Mommy Poppins MORE INFO AARP (MORE INFO) Autism Speaks (MORE INFO)


Orlando REPs Holiday Family Celebration

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Orlando Repertory Theatre

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PMIn

Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL
From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration Join us for Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy holiday treats, an exclusive multi-item chance drawing, photos with Santa, and a…View more

Information and Tickets

My Central Florida Family _MORE INFO_FacebookMORE INFOOrlando WeeklyMORE INFOVenue

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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

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