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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Get ready for Daytona’s Turkey Run!

Get ready for Daytona’s Turkey Run!

Daytona’s Annual Turkey Run is just a few weeks away! Are you excited to see more than 5,000 collector cars on display? This is the largest classic car show and swamp meet in the United States making it an event you do not want to miss out on. Taking place March 27-29, 2020, the event’s admission is $15 per day from Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday. It takes place at the Daytona International Speedway and runs Thursday 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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Senior Turkey Trot

Senior Turkey Trot

Calling all spring chickens! It is that time of year when seniors get to show off their skills at Daytona’s Turkey Run! There will be fashion shows, car shows, and plenty of art. If you are a car collector or aficionado, get ready for the Spring Turkey Runs annual swap meet and car corral event. If you have been searching for a piece to make your sweet ride run again, then you are sure to find the part there. There will also be a raffle this year for the 47th Anniversary 1966 Mustang Coupe, 289 V-8 & auto transmission in cherry red. The car is a beauty and an American dream. The event will be held in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway on March 27th - 29th at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. There are scooter rentals available if needed, and the facility is wheelchair friendly. This a family event, so bring your kids...
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Help Protect Our Seniors!

Help Protect Our Seniors!

Two weeks ago, we spoke about the disappearance of a woman with dementia who was last seen walking through a plaza alone. She has not been heard from since and is believed to be abducted by a stranger. The Sheriff’s department only issued a 1.5-mile radius search because the woman was not driving a vehicle. This scenario should have definitely been considered a Silver alert. Because of the criterion that a missing senior must be traveling by motor vehicle, the opportunity to find the missing woman has severely narrowed. There are so many ways a senior can travel; not all move around in cars. This requirement is too specific and is stealing away needed help to so many people in need. With your support, we can change this outdated and narrow measure. Please help us reach the senate and state Governor by signing the Silver Alert petition. Our voices can be heard, and we can create change together. Do not...
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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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