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Seniors Going Green!

Deforestation is spreading, temperatures are rising, and our climate is changing. “Save the earth” is more than buzzwords, it is a global crisis. Climate-warming is due to human activities over the past century, according to NASA. More than 97 percent of the world’s leading scientists agree! Seniors have the power to impact the future by making a few eco-friendly changes. There are about 52 million retired Americans who are 65 and older! The U.S. Census Bureau expects that number to almost double by 2060! Seniors living in nursing homes can impact the world, there is time to change! A few lifestyle modifications will make your space more sustainable and energy efficient.

How to be a little greener in a nursing home:

  • Start a small herb garden indoors or outdoors
  • Use reusable plates, cups, and cutlery
  • Buy a metal straw or do not use straws
  • Let in some fresh air and open your windows or ask for them to be open
  • Encourage staff and residents to recycle
  • Think about your water usage
  • Eat less meat

Every small step towards sustainability is a giant win for future generations! All our seniors can make a positive impact on the environment by adapting any of these tips. Taking care of your environment has positive effects on you as well. Lead the way for seniors and be an example in your community!

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility.

Veterans Day Dinner at Golden Corral in Palm Coast

Today, we want to say Thank You to all our veterans!

If you live in the Palm Coast area, Golden Corral in Palm Coast is hosting an event starting at 11 a.m. with a free dinner buffet for veterans from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The team from OurSeniors.net Magazine will be outside of Golden Corral in Palm Coast to meet you and show our appreciation. The address is 225 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164. For more information, visit the event website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!

We at OurSeniors.org would like to take a moment to thank all the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. military. We are forever grateful for all the veterans who have protected the liberties of this great nation. This Veterans Day, honor a veteran in your life by celebrating at the Golden Corral, located at 225 Cypress Edge Dr, Palm Coast. Golden Corral is offering a discount dinner buffet for just $11.99! Use the offer code: OurSeniorsDiscounts to take advantage of this offer which is only valid in the Palm Coast location until Dec 31st, 2019. This coupon can be found in the OurSeniorsDiscounts.net supplement in the OurSeniors.net Magazine. Be sure to thank the veterans of this nation, who have sacrificed so much for all of us.

OurSeniors.org was created to serve the needs of our older generation and is dedicated to helping provide valuable social visits for residents of long-term care facilities. We are on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to the lives of seniors by donating or volunteering to visit a facility.

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The Qualities of a Great Nursing Home

Long-term care facilities have become a popular option for seniors in recent years. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to double from 52 million to 95 million! The housing market has responded to this new demand by creating various options for long-term care, yet the most popular and traditional option is still nursing homes. Nursing homes provide constant care to their residents and are great options for seniors who suffer from chronic physical or mental disabilities. Choosing the right nursing home for yourself or your loved one can be a difficult decision to make. There are plenty of options, but how do you differentiate between the good ones and the great?

Signs of a great nursing home:

  • Respect and kindness for their residents
  • Irresistible, delicious and healthy food
  • Invigorating activities
  • Welcoming visitor policies
  • Aligned values
  • Safe neighborhood
  • Attentive staff
  • Clean and decorated facility
  • Comfortable and home-like
  • Extra amenities

Make sure you visit the contending facilities and thoroughly research their history! There are many ways to spot a great nursing home and these are only some flags to watch for while searching! Our team at OurSeniors.org understands that making a lifestyle change is difficult for our community of seniors and their families. We hope you find this information useful and that your transition is a smooth one. To find out if a facility is regulated by AHCA visit FloridaHealthFinder.gov.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility.

Brunch and Learn

A Successful Brunch and Learn Oct 25th

Thanks to everyone that continues to support us, especially Edible Arrangements, Murray Insurance, Florida Dept of Education-DBS and to photographer Jon Keith!

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Not Sleeping and Don’t Know Why?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend the average adult gets seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Contrary to popular belief this average remains relatively the same throughout an individual’s life. Seniors are likely to suffer from sleep deprivation, especially those who are past the age of 65.

This sleep deprivation can come from numerous causes, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medication
  • Frequent urination
  • Physical ailment
  • Arthritis pain

There are many health issues such as anxiety and sleep apnea that can debilitate the quality in sleep for most adults; however, outside disturbances can be an equally burgeoning cause.

Seniors living in nursing homes are exposed to constant round-the-clock care, which is great but has its own set of cons. Residents may have their sleep interrupted by nurses caring for a critical individual nearby or by the delivery of medication. A noisy neighbor or chats between coworkers in the middle of the night can also be the cause. If you are concerned that a loved one living in a nursing home is not receiving the proper amount of sleep, voice your concern. Contact the nursing homes Ombudsman program, which is administered by the Administration on Aging. This administration helps resolve complaints made by or for residents in long-term care facilities. They are advocates of quality and personal care in nursing homes.

There are many reasons why a senior may not be receiving enough sleep, but the first step is figuring out the cause. Thereupon ensuring concerns are communicated to the appropriate channels and implementing a sleep schedule can make a world of difference. Sleep is vital to the overall physical and mental wellbeing of seniors.

Being informed is the first step to making sure you are living the best senior lifestyle possible. To find out if a facility is regulated by AHCA visit FloridaHealthFinder.gov. If you or a loved one have questions, concerns or complaints against an assisted living facility call AHCA at 1-888-419-3456.

OurSeniors.org was established to help provide important social visits for residents of facilities. Volunteer or donate to help correct this problem that can so easily be resolved.

Haynes Brothers' Furniture

Haynes Brothers’ Furniture Sale

Haynes Brothers’ Furniture is holding an immediate liquidation sale in all locations. It’s a private sale only on Oct 22-24 from 10am to 7pm and you must have this ticket to enter. The sale will be open to the public on Oct 25.

Who Regulates Assisted Living Facilities?

There are twice as many assisted living facilities or similar options for long-term care than nursing homes. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of assisted living facilities and similar options of care was over 30,000, while nursing homes were about 15,000, in 2014. As more baby boomers approach the age of 65, these new styles of long-term care will continue growing. So how are they being regulated?

When a program like a nursing home is funded by Medicare or Medicaid, they are required to follow the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act federal regulations. Some assisted living facilities do accept Medicaid, most are usually paid for privately. Facilities that do not accept Medicaid are regulated by the state and are issued an annual license after a yearly inspection. In Florida, there are two agencies that monitor regulation compliance, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH). AHCA oversees issuing/handling licenses and health quality assurance. These facilities are inspected by a team of nurses, social workers, residents, and public health officials in order to reinstate their licenses annually. DOH is responsible for physical inspections of facilities to ensure compliance with environmental and food standards. Assisted living facilities can receive a variety of licenses.

Types of assisted living facility licenses:

  • Standard
  • Limited mental health (LMH)
  • Extended congregate care (ECC)
  • Limited nursing services (LNS)

Being informed is the first step to making sure you are living the best senior lifestyle possible. To find out if a facility is regulated by AHCA visit FloridaHealthFinder.gov. If you or a loved one have questions, concerns or complaints against an assisted living facility call AHCA at 1-888-419-3456.

OurSeniors.org was established to help provide important social visits for residents of facilities. Volunteer or donate to help correct this problem that can so easily be resolved.

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It’s official, Open Enrollment is here, starts today!

Check out all of your options and check this article out: https://www.ourseniors.net/wp-content/uploads/Fall2019_CentralFlorida_Advocate.pdf. Be sure to look at all options.

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Pets and Seniors

The belief that dogs are man’s best friend, is been embedded in American culture. According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 85 million American families share the same belief. Humans have shared a friendly bond with canines for centuries, eventually domesticating them. Dogs have been integrated so deeply into American culture that they not only serve as pets but also as service animals! According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), dog ownership is beneficial to individuals regardless of their age group.

Health benefits of owning a dog:

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves heart health
  • Helps fight off depression
  • Helps fight off diseases
  • Provides purpose
  • Promotes an active lifestyle
  • Boosts cognitive health.

For those who are immobile, cats or elderly dogs are a great option, since they require less maintenance, and training.

Owning a pet is especially beneficial to seniors living in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. These pets provide companionship, security, and the opportunity to be social. Most senior facilities now allow pets to serve as companions. If a senior would not like to take on the full responsibilities of owning a pet, ask a loved one to stop by with their pet instead. Another great option is to ask your doctor, social worker, nurse or physical therapist about pet therapy programs in the nearby area. There are many pet therapy programs in Florida that would love to visit a new senior facility.

For those who do not have loved ones nearby for visitation, OurSeniors.org was established to help provide important social visits for residents of facilities. Volunteer or donate to help correct this problem that can so easily be resolved.