Selecting Primary Care

Selecting Primary Care

While Florida is slowly reopening and we are able to go to our doctors’ offices, many us may need to visit primary care physician but don’t have one. When it comes to choosing one, there are a few things you must consider. The most important is whether or not the doctor takes your insurance. This will determine how much you are spending on copays and out of pocket costs. Then, you’ll want to make sure those within the network meet your specific needs. If you need someone’s opinion on chronic disease, you may want an internist. If you’d like someone who knows a bit of everything, a general practitioner may be best. Once you’d decided the type of doctor, you’ll want to look at who is closest to you as you may not want to travel too far for appointments. You’ll be seeing your general practitioner often and you want to make sure the visits are convenient. At this point, you may have...
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Keeping Up with Your Kids

Keeping Up with Your Kids

If you fell right now and could not get up, who would help you? What if you were alone? What then? With all the mayhem going on in the world today, feeling safe and connected is a must, especially for seniors. As we age, our bodies become vulnerable to falls making it a priority for our loved ones to stay connected in case of an emergency. If you want your family to feel secure about your safety, then invest in a Ring Indoor Camera! The Ring Indoor Camera is an easy to use, compact plug-in HD security camera with a two-way talk setting. This camera allows you to see, hear, and speak to people from your mobile device or tablet. The camera comes with a built-in app that has a live view setting so you can check in on your home from anywhere in the world; it even offers real-time notifications! The app is user-friendly and can be easily shared...
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2020 Census Update!

2020 Census Update!

Readers, the Census is back, but the COVID-19 outbreak has halted the 2020 Census field operations. Their field operations are expected to resume after June 1, 2020, when their Area Census Offices return to full staff capacity. In the meantime, you can complete the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through mailed self-responses. Remember, the results of the Census project will influence policymaking and fair political representation for the next decade. Every single person matters regardless of their housing, income, age, or documentation status. The data collected is entirely confidential and will not be shared with any other agencies or businesses. The point of the Census is to get a full count of the United States population. The results of the Census determine the number of new congressional seats per state and how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed. Everyone counts in the Census, and you will not be asked about immigration status. Remember the information collected will: Reapportion...
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Seniors, Register to Vote

Seniors, Register to Vote

The world is fighting a pandemic, and its attention is fixated on the new coronavirus, but seniors, we cannot forget about the United States 2020 Presidential elections! Life may have slowed down, but it is still moving. There are only six months left for our citizens to unite, register, and vote! While we still have time, our team would like to bring our reader's attention to the importance of voting. So, here is the big question, are you registered to vote? Registering to vote is as essential as applying for a driver's license. In the U.S., registering to vote is seen as a rite of passage. Considering how important voting is, it is so strange that so many people decide not to go out and vote. According to Pew Research, when it comes to voter turnout the United States drags behind most developed countries. Only 56% of the voting-age population participated in the 2016 Presidential election. Such low participation positioned the...
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Census is Back!

Census is Back!

Readers the Census, also known as the Population and Housing Census is back. This operation is a complete count of the United States population (resident and non-resident) and is officially mandated by the Constitution. The results of this project will influence policymaking for the next ten years and will be the basis for fair political representation. Households across the nation will be asked to answer a few short questions about their age, sex, and living arrangement. The information collected will help: Reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives Redesign congressional, state, and local district boundaries Influence the amount of funding received by state governments and local communities from the federal government First-responders understand how much help is needed during emergencies or catastrophes Serve as a population database for future national surveys Influence the building of new roads, hospitals, schools, and other public sector investments Small business owners understand how the population is changing The 2020 Census is the first of its...
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Do Your Part—Participate in the 2020 Census!

Do Your Part—Participate in the 2020 Census!

For the first year ever, the Census Bureau will be conducting its initial surveys online. In order to streamline the process and receive information from hard-to-count households, it decided to create an online version for those who do not have a permanent home. While we are all staying home for the next few weeks, it is a great time to fill out the form. As residents of the United States, it is our civic duty to participate in the census. By doing so, it shows the government that you are counted for where you live, and it tells them how to direct approximately $675 billion around your state, county and community for the next 10 years. It is also important because it determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. It can affect your community by determining how much money is allocated to support teachers, special education...
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Seniors How To: Stay Positive During Coronavirus Crisis

Seniors How To: Stay Positive During Coronavirus Crisis

Imagine turning on the TV and flipping through channels to find another report of more gloom. Well, that is precisely what is happening in the world today. The worldwide pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has created a crisis that has crashed our stock markets and quarantined our cities. Feeling scared and vulnerable during these uncertain times is normal. This downturn in our norms of living has the power to bring the spirits of the most positive friend you know down. However, focusing on these thoughts will only create more negativity, which is the last thing any of us need. Instead, let us unite as a community and use our wisdom to practice and be examples of positivity. Here are a few things you can do to counteract some of that negativity: Avoid media consumption—pick a certain amount of time per week to update yourself and stick to it Practice gratitude or meditate Send happy letters or emails to your friends...
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Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus

Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus

Seniors stay vigilant; criminals are taking advantage of our community. While the world bands together to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus, swindlers are profiting from the pandemic. Scammers are using fear to exploit worried families by promising them cures for the virus. There is no need to panic, but just like everything else, being informed is always the first step. Here are a few ways you can avoid Coronavirus scams: Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources (they could download viruses onto your computer or devices) Be wary of emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) To find current and official information about the virus, click here or visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Do not open emails from “experts” stating they have information about the virus. Dismiss online offers for vaccinations. Ignore offers for Coronavirus curing products (ex. vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, tablets, prescriptions or over-the-counter products) online or in stores Research charities and...
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Election Day Voting—Polls are open

Election Day Voting—Polls are open

The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your county Supervisor of Elections. You can also find your precinct and polling place on your county Supervisor of Elections' website or by using the Voter Information Lookup....
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