Archive for May, 2011

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Legislation

From a recent email sent by AARP

Florida’s New Laws

2011 legislative session included a few wins, some losses and a late-breaking outrage

Florida lawmakers wrapped up their 2011 legislative session today, and the news was mixed for older Floridians.

Consumer issues

Florida telephone consumers, brace yourselves – your basic landline phone rates may be headed up.  Older consumers often prefer landline phones because they’re reliable, even in natural disasters, or because they are required for some health-alert systems.

Under this new law, phone companies will be able to raise rates for basic landline service at will.  Please start a file now to save your landline phone bills.  If your bills go up, we’ll be asking you to share rising phone costs with your legislators. Read more here.

Health and long-term care

Know someone who has chronic long-term health concerns?  Warn them – Florida nursing homes may soon not be safe for them.  At the very end of the legislative session, without ever holding a public hearing, legislators voted to reduce nursing care standards for Florida nursing homes.  Learn more.

If you encounter lower levels of nursing-home care for you or loved ones, AARP urges you to let us know – and to tell your legislator how the new law affected you.

Legislators also enacted a sweeping law forcing all Floridians to go through managed-care organizations to get care financed by Medicaid.  This includes older people getting care through Medicaid in nursing-homes – about two of three older Floridians in nursing homes.  AARP fought hard to ensure that local doctors and hospitals could band together to set up their own networks to provide patient-centered, high-quality care.

AARP urges you and your family to report any problems you experience in receiving care through the new system directly to your state legislators.

The session’s results weren’t all bad.  AARP was able to help stop legislation that could have let electric companies raise your rates to pay, in advance, for renewable-energy facilities.  Stopping the bill saved Florida consumers nearly $2 billion over five years.  AARP also helped stop an auto-title loan bill that would have let loan companies charge interest of 200 percent or more.

The Medicaid legislation was much improved thanks to your influence.

And while lawmakers did not adopt an outright ban on texting while driving, they required driver-safety courses to include warnings about the high risk of driving while holding phones or other electronic devices.   AARP driver-safety courses already contain such warnings.

Learn more here, or visit AARP Florida on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  Or call us toll-free at 1-866-595-7678

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May 5, 2011

In a recent article in Politico Kathleen Sebelius warned of increased cost for seniors if the Ryan plan in implemented. For the whole article go to Politico  and read about what your elected representatives are doing to your future.

May 6, 2011

Any comments from West Volusia seniors about the recent Osama Bin Laden raid? Now is the time to Sound Off.   We would like to hear from Navy and Army retirees.

Did you go to CarFit? I missed it because a friend passed away, but I really needed to go. See you there next year! Any comments? Go to Sound Off

SENIOR STUFF MAY 2011

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Senior Stuff

Older Americans Month
2011 Older Americans: Connecting the Community

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together  to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.

Nan Sherrill Smith receives Senior Volunteer of the Quarter award. Photo by Karen Clark karen32720@gmail.com

The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community — pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living.

Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community.

Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class—a unique perspective that sheds new light on Older Americans step up to help one another as well.

Across the country, seniors connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping with home  epair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

Help us celebrate Older Americans Month!Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.

Older Americans: Connecting the Community

By the Way I got this note in the mail the other day and I thought I would pass it along, in abbreviated form:

A Proclamation

America has been marked by the service of volunteers. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can
make things better… Volunteers are the lifeblood of our society. They make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions… Last year 63 million people volunteered — and renewed the principle that we are our brother’s keeper.

Today, we need volunteers now more than ever. Every one of us has a role to play in making our communities and our country stronger….

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, as President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 2011, as National Volunteer Week.

OK, folks. Get with it! How?
Call Pat: 736-5016 or e-mail her at:
volunteers@deland.org

MainStreet DeLand

Artisan Alley and DeLand Art Walk
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM May 27, 2011
Enjoy music as well as food, drinks, arts, crafts nd more for purchase. Sponsored by the Nest.

Located off New York Avenue, one block west of Woodland Blvd  behind the Beacon Newspaper. Free admission! 6 – 9 p.m. 18 venues hosting the art of Central Florida artists: Museum of Florida Art- opening at 5:00, then Art Walk 6-9

  1. DeLand Artisan Inn
  2. Designing Wines
  3. Great Escape Gallery
  4. The Muse Book Shop
  5. Back Home Antiques
  6. Dressed Boutique
  7. Victorian Rose
  8. Newfangled Modern Market
  9. Wolfe’s Gallery
  10. Merlin’s Vision
  11. Somewhere in Time Antiques
  12. Dick and Jane’s
  13. Studio 308
  14. De La Vega
  15. NEST in Artisan Alley
  16. Florida Society of Goldsmiths
  17. Renie’s Retreat

Tri-fold brochures will include a map of each venue and will be available at participating galleries, merchants, and restaurants. Sandwich boards will also be placed in front of each venue to assist strollers to find each participating artist and merchant.

Drop Your Jaw
Do you hear that rumble in the distance? That is the sound of Baby Boomers heading for the beginning line. The “beginning line?” Well, one hesitates to refer to retirement as the “finish” line.

In any event, the Baby Boomers have arrived. Since January 1, and for the next 19 years, every single day 10,000—yep, 10,000—will come on to the scene. Wow!

Stetson Hatters on a Roll
With just three weeks to go before the league playoffs begin, the Hatters find themselves at the top of the heap in the Atlantic Sun, and not too far from the top in the country.

Sitting in first place with nine league games remaining, with a league record of 17-4, Pete Dunn’s squad finds itself ranked as high as 17th based on their overall 34-10 record, in a national poll published by Baseball Weekly.

They face Florida State here May 10, an evening in which the Hatters will face a revenge-minded eminole team, which lost to the Hatters in their only game this season, 6-4. Florida International comes to Melching Field on the 11th.

The Hatters return home to finish the regular season o face UCF on the 17th, then close out their A-Sun conference schedule with a series beginning the 19th against Belmont, probably with the league title at stake. The league tournament, in Nashville this year, begins on the 25th, with the NCAA Regionals (Stetson is almost a lock) the following weekend.

DeLand: Downtown DeLand Relay for Life

May 14, 2011 (12:00 PM – 06:00 AM) Join us in an 18-hour overnight walk fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
DeLand: Open registration – the 25th Annual Keep DeLand Beautiful Day May 21, 2011 (08:30 AM)

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MainStreet DeLand Association  and the West Volusia Young Professional Group are looking for registering volunteeers to participate in the 25th Annual Keep DeLand Beautiful Day, May 21. 2011

Clearly, this is the best Hatter team in many years. If you like baseball at ll, be there. If not, there is always the beach.

Government Study Says …

According to a recent government study, seniors make more healthier food purchasers than any other group. That’s good. On the other hand, we are not taking advantage of the new Medicare rules allowing us to receive about 20 different free preventive services. That’s bad.

One study released last month concluded that eating fish was clearly healthy for seniors. Another was equally persuasive in arguing that consuming fish could generate certain cancers. That’s not good. That’s not bad. That is puzzling. Suggestion: Eat fish, maybe. A University of California study has discovered the best early detection test for Alzheimer’s and other dementias: Inability to detect sarcasm and lies.

Honest, I’m telling you the truth.

The King & His Court Coming!

The most famous softball team in the history of the game—The King & His Court—will bring their fantastic skills to Melching Field
Wednesday, May 4, at 7:00 pm. Seeing is believing. Incredible stuff for the past 65 years

May Calendar

At The Athens
Live Entertainment:
12-14–Into the Woods Junior,
The Brothers Grimm go Broadway with Sondheim. A great musical to get kids to think about the stories they’ve grown up with. Performed by those fantastic young folks at Freedom Elementary.

Independent Films:

18—Certified Copy, Is this couple play-acting or are they authentic. Have they just met? Really? Maybe.
19—High and Low, Kurosawa at his best. NY Times calls this “one of the best detective thrillers ever filmed!”
20—Three Back Yards, Three small town residents have a most unusual perfect autumn day. “Best Directing Award” at 2010 Sundance. Really good stuff!
21—Bill Cunningham New York, For decades Cunningham has been riding around the city on his Schwinn, photographing the elite. “Deeply moving, visually stunning.” Six film awards!
26—Black Orpheus, the most famous story of one of the most revered Greek gods dropped into Rio during Carnivale. Go to see this, AND “don’t look back!”
27—My Perestroika, Five people from the last generation of Soviet children brought up under the Iron Curtain. This film reveals how they have adjusted to today’s Moscow. “Brilliant!”
28—Potiche, When the husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, the trophy wife takes over the company. She then  ncounters her ex-lover, a former union leader. This is a hoot!

Opera:
22—La Traviata, Verdi’s tragic tale of “the Fallen Woman,” brought to life by the Royal Opera House, London. For more information and/or reservations, call the box office at 736-1500, or go online at: www.athenstheatre.org
Until May 29-Intimations of Fate: Constructions by Susan Zukowsky
Until May 29-Sight Specific: Installations by Nazare Feliciano and Joanna White
Until May 29-DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Purchase Awards, 20 Years of the Best Art from the Festival (permanent collection) (Gallery admission is free throughout 2011)

The Museum of Florida Art is located at 600 N. Woodland. Call 734-4371. Or, go online at: www.museumoffloridart.org

Events at The Sanborn

M— Monday Dance-2-4, SquareDance 7
T  Ballroom Dance Lessons 6:30
WTai-Chi 8:30,
It’s All About Art 9:45,
Charley Baker Bridge 12,
Chess Club12,
Mexican Train-12:45
T Quilters-8:30, Canasta11, Scrabble 12,
Ballroom Dance Lessons 2:30
F(May 20th) Fun Friday Trip to Morse
Glass Museum, Winter Park 9:45
(For more details on any of these activities, check out www.deland.org and click on the Senior Services Calendar, or call 740-6860)

Older Americans Month
2011 Older Americans: Connecting the Community

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together  to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.

The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community — pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living.

Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community. Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class— a unique perspective that sheds new light on Older Americans step up to help one another as well.

Across the country, seniors connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping with home  epair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

Help us celebrate Older Americans Month! Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.

Print, cut out and paste on your bathroom mirror.volunteers@deland.org

It is Rose Time

Whether it is Mom, Derby, or maybe just
spring, it is time to get some roses, people.
Don’t have real ones? Cut these out, get
some glue, and stick ‘em on a mirror.

This newsletter edited and published by Ron Burgher for the Senior Council of DeLand, Florida in Volusia County. Reproduction in this blog may contain additional information not provided by Mr. Burgher.

This blog is produced independently by Nan Sherrill Smith. Comments and articles of interest to elder citizens is welcome. See our page on contributions.

Below is a recent email sent by AARP. Seniors as a voting group have great power … if we can all agree on what is best for us. Keep your eyes on every move your representatives in the state and federal government make. Don’t let them vote away your money and security.

Read the details below carefully. Remember you get to vote too … and you can take your representatives out of office — replaced with sympathetic and honorable people who are real statesmen.

Maybe few million emails to governor Rick Scott; followed up by angry phone calls, would help. What is up with our new governor? He only seems to be representing himself and tough luck to the citizens of Florida. He has already had to reverse his view on high speed rail because of heavy push back. Keep him on his toes!

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Florida legislators ignore consumer concerns, deregulate phone rates

Floridians 50+ have had a tough time in the last five years – falling home values, rising property insurance, turmoil in the stock market and skyrocketing gas and prescription drug prices.

Florida lawmakers are worried – that the phone company’s not getting enough out of your wallet!

Under Senate Bill 1524, approved by the state Senate Thursday, state utilities regulators can’t stop the phone company from raising your rates for basic landline phone service anytime it wants.  The House has already approved the bill.  Now it goes to Gov. Rick Scott.

Thousands of AARP members called in to urge legislators to call a halt to unlimited phone-company rate increases.

But legislators refused to listen.

AARP Florida won’t give up.  We’re still fighting bills that would allow big electric utilities companies to raise your rates – to pay for renewable-energy facilities that haven’t even been built yet.

With your help, we can keep the pressure on.  AARP Florida will be reaching out to you in coming months to let you know how the Florida Legislature’s 2011 session will affect you, and millions of other Floridians 50+.

Meanwhile, we’d like to ask this:  Start saving your old phone bills in a file.  Pay particular attention to the bottom line.

We’ll be working to hold Florida legislators accountable for their actions.    That file may come in handy.

Meanwhile, go to www.aarp.org/fl to learn more about the Legislature and its actions.