How to maintain your mental health right now

How to maintain your mental health right now

Feeling tired all the time, losing interest in hobbies, feeling nervous and even feeling ill could all be signs that your mental or emotional health is suffering. And it’s not just you! The pandemic has increased feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness for many people. But there are things you can do about it. We interviewed Nicole Osti, a Licensed Social Worker who works as a psychotherapist. Nicole offers her advice on how to take care of your mind and emotions during the pandemic. According to Nicole, 2020 and COVID-19 have had a huge effect on people. “The loss of normality is having a devastating effect on all of us,” she explains “The system that we depended on has been destabilized during what is widely considered both an epidemiological and psychological crisis. Our systems are being flooded with cortisol on a daily basis and our ability to regulate it has all but disappeared. As a whole, we are experiencing a collective...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month with our Female ‘Amazing Seniors’

Celebrating Women’s History Month with our Female ‘Amazing Seniors’

With Women’s History Month almost over, we want to reflect on some of our female Amazing Seniors that have been included in our previous editions. These women are an inspiration to all from their grit and hard work to the way they nurture their families, communities and all who are around them. We are happy to be spotlighting Cheryl Jenkins, Barbara Andersen, Melanie LaJoie, Maria Chaviano, Mirta Ramos and Phyllis Lozeau, who have all walked through various situations in life but stayed strong and persevered. Cheryl Jenkins When we see others go through adversity and turn it into a positive, it always shows more about who that person is than anything else. Cheryl Jenkins went through hardship in a very short timeframe with a diagnosis of type-1 diabetes at 51 years old. During that time, her mother needed hospitalization and rehabilitation while being hundreds of miles away. Relocating an elderly person is no easy task and doing it mostly alone is even...
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What you need to know about kidney disease

What you need to know about kidney disease

Seniors are very much aware that many diseases become more common with increasing age. Conditions like heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s comes quickly to mind, but many people do not think of kidney disease. This can develop at any age, but as we grow older, so do our kidneys, making seniors more vulnerable. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have estimated that more than half of seniors over 75 have some degree of kidney disease. Unfortunately, many do not know it. Often, kidney disease develops slowly, showing few symptoms. Many seniors do not realize they have it until the disease is advanced and the damage is irreparable. The Centers for Disease Control states that kidney disease kills more people than prostate or breast cancer. There are over 98,000 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist waiting for a suitable donor kidney. This life-saving procedure is by far the most common transplant operation. Awareness of kidney disease, especially in seniors, is the first step...
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How to Travel Anywhere without Airport and Hotel Hassles

How to Travel Anywhere without Airport and Hotel Hassles

Are you dreaming of going on vacation and hiking in the mountains? Or relaxing on a golden-sand beach for a week? There are so many beautiful places in the United States that are within reach. International travel is not the best idea while we are dealing with a pandemic, but a secluded spot near a hiking trail or a campground by the beach is just what the doctor ordered. You may be asking, “That sounds fun, but how do I do that?” Our answer: renting or owning an RV! Before you stop reading because you think an RV is not for you, we want to show you all the options and solutions for any doubt you may have. All you need to do is come up with a list of the comforts you do not want to do without like a queen size bed, a living room area, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher and then come up with how often you would...
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Enjoy Daytona’s Turkey Run this March 26-28, 2021!

Enjoy Daytona’s Turkey Run this March 26-28, 2021!

Daytona’s Annual Turkey Run is just next week! If you enjoy collector cars or are interested in buying one, this is the event to go to. More than 5,000 collector cars are on display at the event with more than 1,500 that are ready for sale or trade. Taking place March 26-28, 2021, the event’s admission is $10 per day from Friday through Saturday and $5 on Sunday. It takes place at the Daytona International Speedway and runs Friday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are interested in going but are unsure if you will be able to experience the event due to limited mobility, there are scooters available to rent inside the speedway with free ADA shuttles to get to the rental local. To guarantee a scooter is available, reserve one in advance by calling 423-569-1933. We hope you can enjoy yourself with family and friends for a beautiful day under the Florida sun!...
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How to Cope With Hearing Loss

How to Cope With Hearing Loss

Have you ever been in a room with a group of people and can’t hear the person talking to you correctly? You want to have a personal conversation, but you miss important parts of it. You ask them to repeat themselves, but it keeps happening and you just hope you catch the rest of the conversation to understand the full story. It may feel like you are alone in this, especially while in a room filled with younger people. But you’re not. The fact is that after a certain age, your ears don’t work as well. But there are ways you can get past it and learn to cope. Tell the People You’re Talking to Explain before having a conversation. Simply telling people that you are hard of hearing is a big step to being more comfortable, for both you and the people you are talking to. Denying it will only make it worse and it will not help your current situation....
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Make Sure You Don’t Fall for Any of These Scams

Make Sure You Don’t Fall for Any of These Scams

Seniors are frequent targets for unscrupulous “scam artists.” Scammers know that older people are likely to be more trusting and gracious than younger adults, and they are more likely to have assets like cash savings, real estate or good credit. In 2019, the Special Committee on Aging of the U.S. Senate estimated that American seniors lose $2.9 billion each year to financial scams. Many of these scam operations are run by criminals operating from foreign call centers, beyond the enforcement powers of American law enforcement and immune to prosecution. Nationwide, millions of our seniors are victimized each year by schemes involving lottery winnings, fake tax-due notices, fake tax return filings, bills for services never performed, and an endless range of other ways to cheat honest people. Not all of these schemes are aimed at wealthy or well-to-do seniors; scammers will gladly cheat any victim they can. Because they are often beyond the reach of American law enforcement, these crooks regard scamming...
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