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This is probably one of the most neglected topics in our discussions on aging. Strength has become very important to me over the last few years. Like many who visit the gym on a regular basis, I thought I would never have a problem with my physique. How wrong I was.

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For two weeks I have thought about the topic of this article. It describes something that happens too often in the life of average senior Americans when our care system breaks down (though we seldom hear about it). Sadly, the following case did happen and underscores the importance of our ne…

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I am a caregiver for my parents and sometimes I cry or yell over the smallest thing. What is wrong with me?

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In the U.S., men die (on average) five years earlier than women, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top three causes of death for men? Heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. So of course men would benefit from early detection of these and other maladies…

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Today I want to follow up my recent article on making tough decisions. Placing an elderly person in a care facility is difficult for both parties, the placer and the one being placed. One reason for this difficulty is lack of communication.

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This is an important question, as depression and anxiety levels in the U.S. are elevated from multiple stressors. Currently, an American dies from suicide every 12 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for youth and the 10th leading cause of death overall for adults.

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In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Each year on that day, nations of the globe officially voice their opposition to the abuse, suffering and neglect inflicted upon our elder population.

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My column today addresses the transition of seniors from their home to a care facility, an event which can traumatize those who are unprepared. More and more people will face this tough decision as our country ages. Sadly, many of us avoid discussing such life changing situations, even thoug…

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Helping Seniors is introducing a new program called Staying Connected to reduce isolation in Brevard's elderly population. The idea for the program comes from work we did at the Alzheimer's Foundation in the late 1990s. Each day, two volunteers from AARP called 20 people who lived alone to s…

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What do I mean by such a title? With all that has personally happened since August 2020, those words are tremendously important to me. Devoting much of the past eight months to my own physical health, I withdrew from work, friendships, church, and many things I did for others through Helping…

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Q: My husband says I'm hard of hearing, because I sometimes don't catch everything he says. Is he right?

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Labor Day is the perfect time to appreciate the labor and union movements that have brought this great nation of ours to the leadership position it enjoys today. Personally I am reminded of the growth of the medical profession and its ability to help people. In particular, I would like to di…

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It is easy to get wrapped around the axle talking about senior care and how to pay for it, types of care, transportation, living accommodations, etc. While these issues do affect our ability to live comfortably and within our means, it is equally important to remember our family, friends, an…

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In 2016, we did a television show of the Brevard County Fire and Rescue team from Station No. 62 in Sea Park (watch it at helpingseniorsofbrevard.info/event/0622c-scgtv-hs052/). We shot the tape at the station with the ambulance in the background, and it was as realistic as possible. Right t…

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Depending which article, journal, magazine, etc, you read, you get a different view on the seriousness of COVID-19. While I am not a medical person, over the years I have managed to acquire what I hope is ‘Common Sense.’ There are things we can do that make sense and others that do not. This…

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In my last article on long term care (LTC), I wrote about ways to keep a person in their home safely, often at a cost lower than care outside the home, which is usually not desired by the patient. In addressing the elements of either in-home or facility care, there are many considerations to…

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In all my years of writing articles for publication, this one is especially difficult. I do not want to step on any toes, as our nonprofit organization, Helping Seniors, partners with many professional care giving businesses. While dependent for support, I also am bound by personal ethics to…

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Over the years I have written many articles about the importance of physical fitness as we age. I believe that the person best informed about your fitness status is you. The medical profession is able to help you make decisions, but when your body is telling you corrective action is needed, …

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Since my last column, our country and state have experienced changes like none I have witnessed before. Many of us who lived during World War II did not experience some of the current restrictions; even in time of war we were able to attend the religious service of our choice. Social distanc…

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I often write about unmet senior needs in Brevard, many of which were uncovered in a 1996 countywide survey. Why haven't we fixed them in 24 years? Partly because of the failure of those we elect to the Florida House and Senate to act in our best interests. Years ago I ran unsuccessfully for…

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While it was disappointing to cancel the first meeting of the new Senior Advocacy Council, it was equally heartening to see that 50 people signed up for the event. For 30 years I have been advocating for seniors in Brevard and believe that seniors and caregivers are starting to realize that …

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After months of anticipation, it is now official – Helping Seniors will sponsor a new Senior Advocacy Group at Zon assisted living facility, located at 1894 South Patrick Drive in Indian Harbor Beach. Join us the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon. The first meeting will be …

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For several years I have written about senior advocacy: Why it is needed, why it is important, what it can accomplish. The long and short of it is that if no one does anything, seniors will get left further behind in the dust. My New Year's resolution is to do what I can to promote the build…

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We have long neglected developing a plan to build affordable housing for current and future residents of Brevard County. No one is really certain of the number that are homeless or the number that need affordable housing. One of the earliest documented needs for affordable housing occurred 2…

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After a 38-year career in the Navy and nearly 30 years in Brevard working in elder care, I often run into people from my past. In fact, I never know where the next call for help might come from. Recently I was intrigued by a call to our Helpline because the name on caller ID was the same as …

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I have worked in the senior care system for 32 years. During that time, I have grown older too, but make it a priority to participate in and support programs that assist us as we age.

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Over the years I have done many radio and TV shows and written articles on fall prevention. Chris Marriott, Director of Physical Therapy from Kindred at Home, has spoken about their Safe Strides fall prevention program on several of my shows. Today I will talk about a personal experience, wh…

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In my last column I talked about protecting our ability to age well. I mentioned some ways to support nonprofits that assist us with low cost services. Since we are a community with a large number of aging people, we need to consider where we live and what we can do to ensure our quality of …

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This was not an easy article to write, as Internet research on the topic of Florida laws and the elderly caused me much concern. Those of you who follow my writing know that I am not an attorney. The closest I have come to that status was enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a far…

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Over the past eight months I have answered our helpline, trying to solve problems and guide people to available services. Based on the calls I have received, it is time to do an article about Helping Seniors and how we can assist you.

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We just completed our 2019 Car Raffle and with your support it was our largest fundraiser ever. On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you to those who made ticket donations and provided refreshments. We are so appreciative of our host, Mark Pieloch, owner of the American Muscle Car Muse…

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This could be one of the most important articles that I have ever written. I say that to let you know that I am asking for your help. On April 27, we are holding our 3rd annual car raffle from 6-9 PM at the American Muscle Car Museum on Sarno Road. Your donation of $25 for one ticket or $100…

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Recently I commented on the need for an Elder Endowment to assist seniors in Brevard County. Three days ago I picked up mail for Helping Seniors, and one envelope contained a $50 check and a letter stating the following:

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I have talked a little about nonprofit organizations and what they do in our community, but the story is a never ending one. It needs to be told continuously so that people in need know how to get help. Just a little guidance can make all the difference to seniors who are hurting and confuse…