Today is World Rare Disease Day!

Today is World Rare Disease Day!

Today is World Rare Disease Day which aims to raise awareness for the 400 million people affected by one of the 7,000 rare diseases that exist today. It is very important to be aware of the many diseases that plague the world and we usually hear about the common diseases that can afflict any of us at some point, but the rare diseases are those that do not have as much attention. This observance is important as it provides a chance to learn more about rare diseases and what can be done to help elevate the cause and shine light on the issue. The website for rare disease states the following facts we think you should be made aware: Eight in 10 rare diseases are caused by a faulty gene The average time it takes for rare patients to receive an accurate diagnosis is 4.8 years 95% of rare diseases lack FDA approved treatment Rare diseases impact more people than...
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Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

America is obsessed with weight loss trends and being skinny. There have been so many fad diets in the past decades it would be hard to keep track of them all! The pressure to be thin is overwhelming, and the older an adult is, the harder it can be. However, losing weight is possible without a crazy diet and expensive gym equipment. All you need is a little prep and dedication. Tips and tricks for weight loss after 50: Eat leaner protein (helps keep you fuller longer and even reverse muscle loss) Lift weights (strength training aids in weight loss) Drink water (hydration aids weight loss and keeps the body young) Limit added sugars and processed food Workout with a community of friends (to keep you motivated and on track) Move around more (take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to a coffee shop) Try intermittent fasting (check with your primary care physician first) Prioritize your sleep (without proper sleep...
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Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

This year, the cases for tax scams are expected to increase with every week that taxes are not filed. The more time you provide scammers to file your tax return for you, the more chance you have of not receiving it yourself. While we do not want to induce anxiety, we want you to be armed with the facts so you are not a victim this tax season. Identity theft can happen to anyone and it happens more frequently during tax season. If you have filed your taxes through a website, your chances of being scammed are even higher. When you are scammed of your tax return, it is very difficult to try to get that money back. The IRS is a very slow-moving entity with outdated systems to process requests, so it is very unlikely that you would be able to receive compensation. Additionally, you would need many hours of time and professional assistance in order to file a request...
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Resource for vetting Contractors

Resource for vetting Contractors

When it comes to finding a contractor to hire, it can be overwhelming to know if you have found a trustworthy person. Everything may look good on paper and the person may sound professional and genuine over the phone, but how can you really know if they are the right person to trust? The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a great resource for looking up contractors and see more information about the type of license they have, whether it is current and whether there have been complaints filed against them. It is also important that you are aware of the different licenses that exist with relation to your contractor so you can ask about why they may or may not have a certain license and what it means. We want you to be confident in the decisions you make when it comes to spending your money. You should know about the people you hire and there are times when...
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Are They Certified?

Are They Certified?

Last week we spoke about the arrests of over 100 people in Tampa, FL, for performing unlicensed contractor work. These individuals were advertising professional services to unsuspecting homeowners who needed affordable repair. The sting operation performed by the state of Florida was not the first, in hopes of catching unlicensed criminals. Law enforcement pursuits against unauthorized individuals are routine in Florida, but the epidemic does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. If you are hiring anyone, whether it be for contracting or health-related services, make sure they are licensed. Being licensed is important for clients and providers. By knowing an individual is certified, clients can rest easy, and providers can gain more clientele. If you live in the state of Florida, anyone who works on residential or commercial projects must be licensed and insured. Anyone who is providing any health-related services must also be licensed and insured. Having a reliable resource like OurSeniors.net Approved Vendors Directory ensures you are...
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Do not get scammed by IRS impersonators—Visit Brett Porter for your tax needs!

Do not get scammed by IRS impersonators—Visit Brett Porter for your tax needs!

Every year, IRS impersonators find ways to trick people into providing personal information whether it is in person, over the phone or through email. Don’t get scammed! Know the facts: The IRS will contact you through mail before reaching out in another way for overdue taxes The IRS will not demand immediate payment or threaten you in any way If the IRS visits you for any reason, they will not ask for payment to anything other than the U.S. Treasury It is important to both be aware of these scams and to file your taxes early. We know someone who helps people file their taxes and helps them stay safe from scammers. Brett Porter, E.A., is a full-service accounting firm in Port Orange, providing tax preparation and bookkeeping services to the greater Volusia County area (Ormond Beach to Edgewater, Deland to Daytona). Brett is an enrolled agent with the IRS, so he can assist on your behalf without the price tag...
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Brunch and Learn Feb 28

Brunch and Learn Feb 28

Ormond Beach, are you ready?! It is almost time for Brunch and Learn! Join us this Friday for our monthly Brunch and Learn! The topic this week is What is Hypertension? The event will be hosted by D.B. Pickles Deli & Bakery Restaurant, at 400 South Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL. 32174. Dr. Kashyap Patel of A One Family Practice will be leading the conversation. D.B. Pickles will be offering a select menu starting at $3.99 for seniors and guests. Have a history of high blood pressure or are exposed to high amounts of stress? Then stop by! Come and learn about hypertension and the different ways to combat it. Brunch will be offered from 10 am to 12 pm! So, put on your party hats and make your way to D.B. Pickles. These events are fun and an excellent chance for our community of seniors to socialize. Also, anyone who joins us this Friday could be the lucky winner...
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Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

This year, the cases for tax scams are expected to increase with every week that taxes are not filed. The more time you provide scammers to file your tax return for you, the more chance you have of not receiving it yourself. While we do not want to induce anxiety, we want you to be armed with the facts so you are not a victim this tax season. Identity theft can happen to anyone and it happens more frequently during tax season. If you have filed your taxes through a website, your chances of being scammed are even higher. When you are scammed of your tax return, it is very difficult to try to get that money back. The IRS is a very slow-moving entity with outdated systems to process requests, so it is very unlikely that you would be able to receive compensation. Additionally, you would need many hours of time and professional assistance in order to file a request...
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Take Advantage of our special discount with SavOn Global Meds!

Take Advantage of our special discount with SavOn Global Meds!

For a limited time, members of OurSeniors.net will be receiving a special discount with SavOn Global Meds. All you need to do is call 561-250-8251 to get your special quote when you provide your membership ID. This means you would be receiving a discount on the already low prices they provide for popular prescription medications. They find the lowest prices among pharmacies in countries such as Australia, Canada, India and the UK, and have them shipped right to your door. Call now to receive your quote when you provide your membership ID!...
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Aging African Americans

Aging African Americans

Did you know that African American seniors are living longer? The death rate of African- American adults aged 65 and older has dropped 25% in the past 17 years. Death rate disparities are narrowing between African Americans and Anglo-Saxon Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the death rate for African Americans is still much higher. These numbers are caused by social and economic conditions that are more common in the African-American community. Lower levels of education or living near the poverty line diminish access to healthcare for individuals. All seniors deserve access to healthcare and opportunities that will lead to happy aging. There is still much work to be done to reach equality but being aware of these differences is the first step. You can help break down these barriers by supporting programs like REACH, which help reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. This topic deserves recognition every month, not just in February. Please...
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