Labor Day

Labor Day

Let's take a moment to honor and remember all the men and women who have been a part of the labor movement in the United States. We are grateful and forever indebted to their social and economic achievements, as well as everything they have made possible for this great nation. Our team would also like to thank all the working families and all Our Seniors for the work and legacies they have created. Your hard work, and that of your family are never forgotten. From our team at OurSeniors.net, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day....
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We Are Involved! Are You?

We Are Involved! Are You?

The core value of the OurSeniors.net Family is to serve the needs of seniors in every way we can. This mission has directed us to many projects of our own, and to associate with other organizations serving those needs. You can help us to serve those needs right now by subscribing to our senior living magazine, OurSeniors.net Magazine. Subscribe Now and follow the directions. You can get involved (or more involved) by taking advantage of the OurSeniors Family of service organizations. Each of these fine partners provides a way for you to serve the needs of seniors and yourself at the same time. Take time to frequent one of these organizations today! YMCA – Volusia-Flagler YMCA – 386-532-9622 for the Deltona, Ormond Beach, Port Orange or Edgewater YMCA Branch. 386-736-6000 for the Deland YMCA Branch. 386-253-5675 for the Holly Hill YMCA Branch City of Daytona Leisure Department – The City of Daytona Leisure – 386-210-7690 The Salvation Army of Orlando –...
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One More Medicare Minute – Medicare Part D, the “Donut Hole” and Getting Help

One More Medicare Minute – Medicare Part D, the “Donut Hole” and Getting Help

During the month of August, we have tried to cover the subject of Medicare in little bite-sized bits. One at a time, we went over the Parts of Medicare, Original Medicare and Advantage Plans (also called “Part C”). Today’s Medicare Minute covers Part D, the prescription drug coverage plans available. At first glance, seniors might think this is a straight-forward subject, but it is not! For many seniors, Part D is the cause of confusion, worry and expense, sometimes considerable expense. There are hundreds of Medicare Part D plans, each with its own formulary (a list of covered drugs), copays, deductibles and “tiers” of coverage. In addition, Part D still includes the famous coverage gap or “donut hole” you have probably heard about. Here is the good news, any one of several OurSeniors.net Family Partners or Approved Vendors can be a great help in choosing the best Part D plan for your situation. As you will see, this can vary widely from...
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Senior Murder Suicide on the Increase

Senior Murder Suicide on the Increase

A senior couple was discovered dead after a murder suicide, last week in Celebration, FL, at approximately 5 am. The 84-year old man was found in his backyard while the 83-year old woman was inside the home. Both victims died of gunshot wounds, with no signs of foul play or forced entry. The incident was only one day after a 77-year old man called 911 to report that he was going to shoot himself and his wife. The couple was found lying dead next to each other after suffering fatal gunshot wounds. These events occurring in such a close timeline are not a mere coincidence. Murder suicide rates have been rising across the nation. This makes suicide the 10th highest cause of death in the country. According to the Washington Post, “Nationwide the suicide rate has increased by more than 30 percent since 1999, rising from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 to 13.9 per 100,000 in 2016.” The state of Florida has one...
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Finding Help for Caregiving Tasks

Finding Help for Caregiving Tasks

Six years ago, the AARP published a study that found many family caregivers performed medical/nursing tasks for care recipients. These tasks included managing medications, helping with assistive mobility, preparing food for special diets, providing wound care, even using monitors. Now, a new study shows more family caregivers are assuming responsibility for particularly demanding procedures. One nurse educator put it this way, “Many of the things I studied in nursing school are now expected of (family) caregivers without the same support system.” Loving but untrained family members are stressed as this advanced level of caregiving is becoming more common. It takes it’s toll on caregivers, especially those lacking a family or social support network. There are several sources of help. The Family Caregiver Alliance organization has a variety of webinars and videos. Topics range from dementia-proofing your home to caregiving through the holidays. YouTube offers a number of caregiver tutorials that can be seen at caregiver training videos. You can also visit the...
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Do you get enough physical activity?

Do you get enough physical activity?

As we age it is important to keep our bodies not only limber, but strong! Getting a regular amount of physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Regular exercise lowers our levels of stress, reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s. Yet, how much exercise is enough? According to The American College of Sports Medicine, 150 minutes of moderate activity, three times a week is the perfect amount of physical activity. The best part is that you can break it up for ten minutes at a time! Moderate activities include: walking briskly, climbing flights of stairs, riding a bike or water aerobics. Strength training coupled with aerobic exercise is also recommended. Strength training helps build muscle mass, helps you lose weight and also increases bone density. The older we get the harder it is for our body to stay strong. By targeting all the major muscle groups at least...
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