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					                                                                             A PUBLICATION            OF THE     FLORIDA DEPARTMENT               OF   ELDER AFFAIRS




     CAROLE GREEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeb Bush
                                         JULY /AUGUST 2006                                                                                                         VOLUME 15, NUMBER 5               Governor
       Secretary



                                                                                                                                                                    See story, pages 12-14
      Communities for a
     Lifetime Attracts New                                                                                                                                                                       Celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                   Communities                   Milestone
      Cities and Counties                                                                                                                                          for a Lifetime                Achievements

I
    t has been exciting to talk to leaders in com-
    munities that have embraced the Communities
    for a Lifetime initiative. They are energized by
the changes in their communities that are making
                                                                                                 State’s Budget Provides Record Funding for Elders
                 them better places for older adults,                                             TALLAHASSEE – Continuing his commit-                             Elder service programs will receive $8 mil-
                 and better places for residents of all                                         ment to elder Floridians, Governor Jeb Bush                     lion to provide crucial direct service programs
                 ages. When local governments                                                   signed Florida’s 2006-07 budget in May, allo-                   to Florida’s frail elder population, such as meal
                 bring together community partners                                              cating $372 million to the Florida Department                   delivery to homebound elders, transportation
                 and aging network professionals, a                                             of Elder Affairs. Under the leadership of                       services to those in need and quality medical
                 new spirit of collaboration begins                                             Governor Bush, the department has received a                    care to those most vulnerable. These services
                                                                                                74 percent increase in funding for elder servic-                supplement existing home and community-
By Secretary to form. And that’s exciting!
Carole Green        When community leaders                                                      es. This record level funding will allow the                    based services that allow elders to age in place
                                                                                                department to carry out its mission of creating                 independently.
                 become aware of the ways that all
                                                                                                an environment that provides choices to mature                     In addition, $15.1 million was allocated to
residents benefit from the volunteerism and
                                                                                                Floridians to remain independent in their                       further foster Florida’s Alzheimer’s assistance
community involvement of retirees and older
                                                                                                homes and communities.                                          network, a nationally recognized collabora-
adults, they become eager to become involved.                                                     “I thank Governor Bush and the Legislature                    tion, allowing for additional respite services
The Communities for a Lifetime initiative focuses                                               for their support of Florida’s elders,” said                    for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or
on strengthening the teamwork between local                                                     Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Carole                    other related dementias, and further opportu-
aging organizations and many other community                                                    Green. “Thanks to their leadership, elder                       nities for research, diagnosis and treatment of
partners. One community has reached out to                                                      Floridians now have unprecedented oppor-                        Alzheimer’s patients.
more than 70 local partner organizations that are                                               tunities to maintain their dignity throughout                      For additional details on the FY 2006-07
each involved in the initiative in some way.                                                    their entire lifetimes and enjoy a higher quality               budget, please visit www.myflorida.com.
Together, they can achieve things that no single                                                of life.”                                                       For more information on the Department
organization ever could. Communities involved                                                     In addition to continued funding for depart-                  of Elder Affairs, please visit http://elder-
                                 Continued on page 2                                            ment priorities, the budget includes the following:             affairs.state.fl.us.

                IN THIS ISSUE                                                                                                                                            JULY / AUGUST 2006
Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen . . . 4-5                                                                   JULY/AUGUST 2006
SHINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8            Moving? Address Change? Receiving Multiple Copies?
Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9     Please let us know! We want to cut unnecessary postage costs.
                                                                                   Allow 8 to 10 weeks for your address to be changed.
Golden Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11                     Send this label with your corrections in a stamped envelope to:
Communities for a Lifetime . . . 12-14                                                             Database Manager
                                                                                         The Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Intergenerational Connections . . . . 15                                               P.O. Box 6750, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6750
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17
                                                                            Corrections:    ________________________________________________________
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Health and Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19
                                                                             ______________________________________________________________________
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Veterans’ Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
                                                                             ______________________________________________________________________
                                                                            ______________________________________________________________________
Elder Helpline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21              ______________________________________________________________________
                                                                            ______________________________________________________________________
CARES Assists During Disasters . . . 22                                      In order to update your mailing address, please include your old
Disaster Checklists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24                         mailing address and your new mailing address in their entirety.
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2                                                            ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                          Elder Update

                                                                   Hurricane Help for Seniors!
(USPS 403-710/ISSN 1060-4545)
                                                                 Palm Beach Area Receives Door Hanger Notification Tool


                                              T
Elder Update is a bimonthly publication             he Area Agency on Aging            notification card was the brainchild     workers that a senior needs immedi-
mailed in-state to Florida residents at             Palm Beach/Treasure Coast,         of the area agency on aging’s 18th       ate “HELP,” or is “OK” and requires
no cost to recipients. Out of state,
Elder Update can be accessed at                     Inc., recently introduced the      Leadership Institute for Active Aging    no assistance.
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us.              AAA Help Alert™ door hanger              (LIAA) graduates as a class project         “We are confident that this simple,
                                              emergency notification tool designed     designed to help seniors and aid         but effective, communications tool
Jeb Bush Governor
                                              to alert neighbors, first responders     workers communicate in times             will assist neighbors and community
Toni Jennings Lieutenant Governor
                                              and aid workers that a senior            of emergency, hurricanes or other        responders focus their efforts more
Carole Green Secretary
                                              needs immediate help following a         disasters. The Quantum Foundation        efficiently to identify seniors in need
Erin Geraghty Executive Editor &
  Communications Director                     hurricane. The first 100,000 door        funds the LIAA.                          faster,” said Robert McFalls, CEO for
Lisa R. Meyer Community Relations             hangers have been produced and             The brightly- colored, two-sided       the area agency on aging.
  Coordinator                                 will be distributed to retirement        4" x 11" door hanger/window card            For more information about the
Princess Ousley Database Manager              communities in Indian River,             is designed to be displayed either       AAA Help Alert™ door hanger
Peter Denes Layout & Design                   Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin and        on the front door or in a window         /window card program, please
Liz Jameson Copy Editor                       Palm Beach counties.                     following an emergency and carries       contact the area agency on aging at
                                                Free to area seniors, the AAA Help     a clear, simple message to alert         (561) 684-5885 or toll-free at (866)
Elder Update welcomes submissions from
readers. However, due to the volume of
                                              Alert™ door hanger emergency             neighbors, first responders or aid       684-5885.
submissions, acknowledgments cannot be
mailed. Articles selected for publication
must provide accurate information to
Florida’s elders about aging-related pro-
grams and services and complement the
Department’s mission. The editor reserves
                                                N O W AVA I L A B L E :
                                                                                                   2006
the right to edit submitted material.
                                                Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
Department of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way
                                                                                        special issue of Elder Update is now available,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-7000
Phone: (850) 414-2000 • Fax: (850) 414-2004
                                                                                   A    containing the Department of Elder Affairs’
                                                                                   24-page 2006 Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders.
TDD: (850) 414-2001
                                                                                   This guide will help you be better prepared for any
Postmaster: Send address changes to:                                               manmade or natural disaster. Those who regularly receive Elder Update
Elder Update                                                                       should have already received the publication in the mail.
Department of Elder Affairs                                                           The 2006 Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders can be ordered for group
P.O. Box 6750                                                                      presentations or special events by calling the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6750                                                    (1-800-963-5337). English and Spanish versions are available.
Periodicals postage paid at Tallahassee, FL


                                              Communities for a Lifetime Attracts New Cities and Counties
                                              Continued from page 1
                                              in the initiative understand that no     involved in the initiative. We also      work of our new Communities for a
                                              single organization can create all of    recognized the Tallahassee-Leon          Lifetime bureau.
   is available in braille and                the necessary opportunities for all      County project for their long-range         Communities for a Lifetime can give
  on cassette tape for persons                elder residents.                         achievements. (You can learn more        local communities the tools they need
                                                 During Older Americans Month,         about all of these milestones on pages   to bring together the aging network
  with print disabilities from                we celebrated several milestones of      12-13 of this issue of Elder Update.)    AND local government organizations
   the Bureau of Braille and                  this very common-sense approach to         Interestingly, since we celebrated     such as parks and recreation, neigh-
     Talking Book Library.                    community planning. The City of          Cocoa’s becoming the 100th Com-          borhood services and law enforce-
                                              Cocoa in Brevard County has the          munity for a Lifetime, many more         ment, along with private, for-profit
                Please call                   distinct honor of being the 100th com-   communities have joined us. In           groups. Together, they evaluate the
                                              munity to become involved. Along         fact, we are rapidly approaching a       opportunities for seniors that work
      1-800-226-6075                          with Cocoa, all of the other commu-      goal we thought would take us            well, and identify areas that need
   for additional information.                nities in Brevard County have also       until the end of the calendar year       improvement. These improvements
                                              joined in, making it the first multi-    to achieve. This lightning-speed         end up being good for the entire com-
                                              community county to be 100 percent       progress is testimony to the hard        munity and residents of all ages.
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YOUR                                      Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Attend Fifth
                                                Annual Training Conference
COMMENTS                              By Amy Lynch, Long-Term Care
ARE                                   Ombudsman Program                                                                                       Ombudsmen and
                                                                                                                                              guests gather for

                                      M
                                                 ore than 200 long-term care
IMPORTANT                                        resident advocates recently
                                                 gathered in Tampa for the
                                                                                                                                              the Long-Term
                                                                                                                                              Care Ombudsman
                                                                                                                                              Program’s annual
TO US!                                Long-Term Care Ombudsman Prog-
                                      ram’s fifth annual training confer-
                                                                                                                                              awards banquet
                                                                                                                                              honoring long-
                                      ence. The three-day event brought
We welcome your comments                                                                                                                      term care resident
                                      together volunteer ombudsmen,
                                                                                                                                              advocates for
and suggestions. Please let           program staff and leading national
                                                                                                                                              their dedication
us know how we are doing.             experts in long-term care advocacy,                                                                     and service.
                                      culminating with an awards cere-
Mail correspondence to:               mony honoring “Ombudsmen of
                                      the Year” from each of the program’s       the California Department of Aging,       said State Long-Term Care Ombuds-
Elder Update Editor                   17 local councils throughout the state.    where he served five years as the         man Brian Lee, who directs the pro-
Florida Department of                 Also commended at the ceremony             state long-term care ombudsman.           gram. “It’s gratifying to see the re-
Elder Affairs                         were tenured ombudsmen reaching            Thomas is an international authority      newed sense of purpose each attendee
P.O. Box 6750                         milestones in their years of service.      on geriatric medicine and elder care      takes home from this experience.”
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6750          Keynote speakers Bill Benson and        and the developer of the Eden                Additional training sessions
                                      Dr. William Thomas shared their            Alternative, an organization dedicat-     included presentations regarding
                                      insights, respectively, on the future of   ed to improving the quality of life of    the National Ombudsman Resource
Mail subscription inquiries           the Long-Term Care Ombudsman               long-term care residents. His innova-     Center, the SHINE (Serving Health
and changes of address to:            Program from a state and national          tive Green House project was recent-      Insurance Needs of Elders) program,
Subscriber Relations                  perspective, and the culture of aging      ly adopted as the basis of a five-year,   nursing home abuse prevention,
Elder Update                          in the United States. Benson is a          $10 million Robert Wood Johnson           common nursing home issue reso-
Florida Department of Elder Affairs   renowned consultant who served for         Foundation grant for the creation of      lution, appropriate resident bath
P.O. Box 6750                         five years as Deputy Assistant Secre-      similar projects in all 50 states.        administration and Baker Act pro-
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6750       tary for Aging at the Administration         “It’s a motivating thing to bring our   cedures.
                                      on Aging within the U.S. Department        volunteers and staff together from          Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombuds-
                                      of Health and Human Services, spent        every part of the state and give them     man Program is a statewide, volun-
Periodicals postage paid
                                      eight years as a Congressional staffer     a chance to share ideas and experi-       teer-based organization seeking to
at Tallahassee, Florida.
                                      in Washington, D.C. and 10 years at        ences with luminaries in our field,”      ensure the health, safety, welfare and
                                                                                                                           rights of long-term care facility resi-
                                                                                                                           dents throughout the state. Its
                                                                     Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman                    empowered corps of more than 300
                                                                     Program is searching for volunteers across            trained, certified volunteer advocates
                                                                     the state to advocate for the rights of long-         directly respond to the concerns of
                                                                     term care facility residents.                         residents and their loved ones regard-
                                                                                                                           ing their quality of life and care in
                                                                     If you are interested in becoming a volun-            the settings in which they live. All
                                          Real People,               teer who improves the quality of life and             services are confidential and provid-
                                                                     guarantees the rights of our elders residing          ed at no cost.
                                          Helping                    in nursing homes, assisted living facilities             The program is seeking additional
                                          Real People                and adult family care homes, please contact           volunteers to advocate for Florida’s
                                                                     us. We would love to speak with you.                  frailest elders. For more information
                                                                                                                           on becoming an ombudsman or
                                                                     Toll-Free (888) 831-0404                              obtaining services, call toll-free (888)
                                                                                                                           831-0404 or visit http://ombuds-
                                          A DMINISTERED BY THE D EPARTMENT OF E LDER A FFAIRS                              man.myflorida.com online.
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 Elder Update                                                           LTCOP                                                  5
New Ombudsman Legislation Improves Assistance to Florida’s Elders

R
       esidents who live in nursing        department personnel, allowing the       by the department, is a statewide, vol-
       homes, assisted living facilities   program’s volunteers to concentrate      unteer-based organization seeking to
       and adult family care homes         on service delivery to residents.        ensure the health, safety, welfare, and
will soon have an enhanced advocacy          2. Promote a culture of resident-      civil and human rights of elders resid-
program available to them to protect       oriented advocacy by empowering          ing in long-term care facilities such as
and defend their federal and state         ombudsmen to focus more on the           nursing homes and assisted living
mandated rights, thanks to recent          protection of long-term care facility    facilities. The program is comprised
legislation (SB1922) passed by the         residents through a refined annual       of 17 local councils around the state.
Florida Legislature and sent to            assessment process.                         For more information on the pro-
Governor Bush for his signature.             3. Remove barriers to volunteerism     gram’s services, or to volunteer as an
   Representative Denise Grimsley          so the program can promptly recruit,     ombudsman, you may call toll-free at
(R-77) and Senator Durell Peaden           train and deploy the number of           (888) 831-0404 or visit online at
(R-2) sponsored legislation to clarify     volunteers needed to advocate for        http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
and improve the responsibilities,          residents within their communities.
mechanics and processes of the             This will be accomplished through a
Department of Elder Affairs’ Long-         streamlined application and approval        FA S T FA C T S
Term Care Ombudsman Program so             process for prospective volunteers.            In FFY 2004-2005,
the program can continue to provide          4. Clarify staff and volunteer roles           ombudsmen:
quality advocacy to residents in           by designating program staff as
long-term care facilities.                 representatives of the Office of State     • Investigated 7,985 complaints
   These statutory revisions are           Ombudsman to better carry out                 • Inspected 2,982 licensed
designed to:                               the duties and the functions of the            long-term care facilities
  1. Centralize program operations         Office in accordance with federal
within the Office of the State Long-       and state law.                                 There are more than 300
Term Care Ombudsman by realign-              Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombuds-             certified long-term care
ing all administrative duties to           man Program, which is administered             ombudsmen statewide
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           SHINE Participates in Presidential Visits to Florida
By Robie Visk
SHINE Outreach & Publicity Assistant



O
        n May 9 and 10, 2006, President
        Bush made a three-stop whirl-
        wind tour of Florida, which
has the nation’s highest percentage
of senior citizens. He urged Medicare
recipients to sign up for the new
prescription drug benefit before the
May 15 initial enrollment deadline.
His chief message was, “This is a
good deal for America’s seniors.”
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders) leadership officials
and volunteers participated in two
of the Medicare enrollment events SHINE volunteers attend President George W. Bush’s presentations
where President Bush made guest in Coconut Creek and Orlando.
appearances in Coconut Creek,
Orlando and Sun City.                     went from table to table greeting each said, “He definitely energized every-    for the Medicare Prescription Drug
                                          SHINE counselor and Medicare ben- body to give it that final week’s push        Plan. It was an honor: one, to be
MAY 9                                     eficiary personally by shaking hands, to the 15 th.” Three beneficiaries who    picked to represent SHINE as a
Broward County Highlights                 taking pictures, signing autographs were brought to that event were             panelist and two, to represent volun-
   Several SHINE volunteers gath- and thanking each volunteer for his enrolled on the spot. A week after the              teers. I was very happy to let the
ered on Tuesday, May 9, to man the or her hard work and dedication to presidential appearance, Vander May’s               world, or at least Florida, know about
computer stations and help counsel the SHINE program. He acknowl- area enrolled another 100 beneficiar-                   our organization and all the hard
Medicare beneficiaries at the Broward edged SHINE as being instrumental ies on the May 15 deadline day.                   work the SHINE volunteers have put
Community College’s North Campus in the success of the Medicare Part D                                                    forth to educate and empower the
in Coconut Creek. Terry Appell, enrollment process, while encourag- MAY 10                                                seniors to make an informed choice
Patricia Faircloth, Bea Hedigan, ing others who had not yet enrolled Orlando Highlights                                   in picking a Medicare Prescription
Carroll Hinds, Frieda Kramer, Edith in a plan to do so before the May 15            Lynne Meagher, Area Coordinator       Drug Plan.”
Gooden-Thompson, Stephen Shaw deadline.                                          from PSA 7B, and a volunteer for over       During her presentation, Brown
and Scott Solomon, SHINE liaison,            He then made his way outside to eight years, described her encounters        described her opportunity to help
were all on-board to serve Florida’s the “Rose Garden” to meet and greet as a “two-day high,” meeting both                fellow Floridian, Irene Bryant, an
seniors. It was to their surprise the host of Medicare beneficiaries. PSA with HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt one          86-year-old senior, apply for extra
President Bush had chosen to attend 10 SHINE volunteer, Bea Hedigan, day, and then the President the next.                help and enroll in Medicare Part D.
the event, which was a component had this to say about the event, “Who Secretary Leavitt had only high praise             Subsequently, Bryant has been saving
of the 25th Broward Aging Network would have thought that volunteer- for all Florida’s SHINE counselors. In               from $250-$350 a month on prescrip-
Conference, thus giving them the ing would offer me this wonderful Orlando, Meagher was seated almost                     tion drugs since she enrolled, a real
opportunity of a lifetime.                opportunity of meeting the President directly behind the President with an      SHINE success story. After her pres-
   Approximately 50 Medicare bene- of the United States and having him audience of about 250. Upon meeting                entation, the President validated
ficiaries, waiting to enroll in Part D or thank me for doing a good job? him, she commented, “What a thrill it            Brown as being, “A wonderful exam-
ask questions regarding the program, Wow!” Patricia Faircloth, volunteer was to be so close to the person who             ple of a person willing to help.”
and other guests helped themselves counselor, said she was thrilled to be runs the United States!” She also                  The department is very proud of all
to light refreshments while awaiting there and enjoyed meeting the presi- observed that, “For the record, he has          our SHINE network volunteers and
the President’s arrival at 8:30 a.m. in dent. SHINE Area Coordinator, Edith a very strong handshake!” Meagher             thankful to those who shared their
a beautifully decorated area dubbed Gooden-Thompson, said, “I felt awed felt that Sandra Brown, three-year                personal experiences from President
for the day the “Rose Garden.”            by his presence and honored that he volunteer and trainer from Orange           Bush’s motivational visits. From Nov.
   The President, accompanied by U.S. took the time to thank me for volun- County, was the real SHINE star of the         15, 2005, to May 7, 2006, the total
Health & Human Services Secretary teering. I definitely was thrilled and event. Brown delivered an outstanding            enrollment for Medicare Part D
Leavitt, Congressman E. Clay Shaw, excited to be there. I really felt spe- presentation in front of the President,        Prescription Drug program in Florida
a throng of Secret Service and an cial.” Jennifer Vander May, the SHINE the crowd, and the cameras.                       was approximately 2.3 million. The
entourage of over 80 reporters from Liaison in PSA 9, described her expe-           Brown said, “I was picked to repre-   SHINE network played a significant
media across the United States, rience attending the President’s visit sent SHINE as part of the panel                    role in this monumental effort and
arrived at 8:30 a.m. President Bush to this event as “really exciting.” She for President Bush’s visit to Orlando         its work continues.
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 Elder Update                                                           SHINE                                                                                 7
                               Sunshine for Seniors Renews Efforts
                              in Prescription Assistance Counseling
Submitted by Donna Benz,                  the eligibility requirements of their                                              created the Sunshine for Seniors (SfS)
Sunshine for Seniors Coordinator          programs earlier this year to disallow                                             program. The intent of the program
                                          seniors who are eligible to participate                                            is to provide seniors with the infor-
Prescription Assistance                   in Medicare Part D. Although Medi-                                                 mation and assistance needed to
Programs                                  care Part D will alleviate some of the                                             locate and apply for Pharmaceutical
   In the past, pharmaceutical compa-     burden of prescription costs from                                                  Assistance Programs. Sunshine for
nies have offered help to seniors with    seniors, there will be a continued                                                 Seniors has been very successful in
the costs of their prescription drugs     need for charitable programs spon-        latest news includes one undisclosed     fulfilling this responsibility through
by creating charitable programs that      sored by pharmaceutical companies         group of pharmaceutical companies        the trained efforts of the SHINE
supply drugs at no, or low, cost.         and others.                               discussing a joint PAP, which will       volunteer network.
Company programs offer prescrip-            The good news is that the U.S.          allow Medicare beneficiaries to count       Now, with changes to several pop-
tion drugs to needy individuals who       Department of Health and Human            the charitable donations as part of      ular PAPs, the Sunshine for Seniors
meet specific eligibility requirements    Services, in a recent ruling, has         their out-of-pocket expenses during      program has taken on renewed
pertaining to age, income and insur-      encouraged pharmaceutical compa-          the Medicare coverage gap. The           importance. New volunteers are
ance coverage.                            nies to continue offering their pre-      Sunshine for Seniors program will        being trained to assist seniors in
   The onset of Medicare Part D led       scription assistance programs to eligi-   continue to keep you updated to          locating the help they need in afford-
to much discussion and uncertainty        ble Medicare beneficiaries. We are        changes in PAPs as information           ing their drug costs. Sunshine for
as to the ability of the Pharmaceutical   now beginning to see further changes      becomes available.                       Seniors volunteers are tenacious in
Assistance Programs (PAPs) to con-        in the eligibility requirements of                                                 searching for all cost saving pro-
tinue offering assistance to Medicare     some PAPs that are favorable              Sunshine for Seniors                     grams available to consumers.
eligible seniors. Many PAPs changed       toward Medicare beneficiaries. The          Section 430.83, Florida Statutes,      Computer searches are made for pre-
                                                                                                                             scription assistance, but volunteers
                                                                                                                             also screen individuals for other
         Florida SHINE Program Renews Grant                                                                                  cost-saving programs such as the
                                                                                                                             Medicare Savings Program that


P
      roviding counseling assistance      Florida’s seniors and their represen-     Medicaid programs and services.          provides savings on Medicare premi-
      and information to Florida’s 3.2    tatives to reach informed decisions          This year’s grant focuses on          ums, deductibles, and co-insurance.
      million Medicare beneficiaries      regarding health insurance, long-         increasing counseling services to        The mission is always to enable
at first glance would seem to be a        term care planning and prescription       more beneficiaries and to extending      seniors’ independence by providing
Herculean task, but the SHINE             assistance by offering individual         those services to more diverse           them with the information they
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of        counseling and group presentations.       populations and individuals living in    need to make informed decisions.
Elders) program continues to accom-       These free and unbiased services are      rural areas. Local television stations      The upcoming year promises to
plish that very goal.                     provided through a network of             have sponsored “phone banks”             be a busy one for the Sunshine for
   Since its beginning in 1993, SHINE     trained volunteers who maintain and       where SHINE volunteers and other         Seniors program. Even though
has increased assistance to Medicare      respect the privacy and personal          local agencies have helped Medicare      Medicare Part D provides some
beneficiaries, their caregivers and       needs of all served.                      consumers with questions and             financial relief, many seniors will
family members by educating and              Volunteer counselors provide           issues. Radio talk-shows in various      continue to need additional prescrip-
enlarging the volunteer workforce,        information on all aspects of             languages have reached many who          tion drug assistance. More clarity is
finding new ways to reach out to          Medicare: Part A (hospital benefits),     otherwise may not know where to          expected as current PAPs adjust to
those in need within their communi-       Part B (medical benefits), Part C         turn for assistance. The program         Medicare Part D and the needs of
ties and by improving the quality of      (Medicare Advantage plan informa-         also continues to train and look for     individuals. New PAPs are being
service provided.                         tion and comparisons) and Part D          new volunteers who are ready to          developed which may specifically
   SHINE is funded by the Centers for     (prescription drug plan information       provide counseling in their local        target Medicare beneficiaries for
Medicare & Medicaid Services and must     and plan comparisons). People with        communities.                             relief during the coverage gap.
renew its grant each year with the        Medicare are offered assistance in                                                 Volunteers of the Sunshine for
federal Medicaid program. The pro-        reviewing eligibility for Medicare          If you are interested in learning      Seniors program will renew their
gram has been funded $1.9 million         savings programs to help individuals      more about SHINE, or need assis-         efforts to let seniors know they are
for the 2006-2007 grant year. What        save money on their Medicare premi-       tance with Medicare-related issues,      ready to assist them.
exactly does that mean to Medicare        ums, deductibles and co-insurance.        please feel free to contact us by           To contact a Sunshine for Seniors
beneficiaries?                            In addition, SHINE volunteer coun-        calling the Elder Helpline at 1-800-     volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at
   SHINE will continue to move for-       selors also provide information on        96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) and ask        1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
ward in every way to empower              Long-Term Care Planning and               for a SHINE counselor.                   and ask for the SHINE Program.
                                                                                                                                              JULY /AUGUST 2006
 8                                                                       SHINE                                                                  Elder Update

                 Hoeing to the End of the Row                                                                                 The Sunshine
          SHINE Volunteers Assist With Six Months of Medicare Part D Enrollment
Submitted by Katie Collier
SHINE Information Specialist
                                         Insurance Needs of Elders) program
                                         diligently tended the crop and,
                                                                                   preparations for the end of the enroll-
                                                                                   ment period. Both SHINE volunteers
                                                                                                                              Continues
                                         indeed, completed the project by          and staff responded to phone calls
                                                                                                                              for Seniors
T
       he old expression “hoeing to      hoeing to the end of the row.             using a variety of phone banks across
       the end of the row” came from       The initial enrollment period           the state. The use of phone banks
       years past and refers to an era   prompted a significant change in the      provided an opportunity for home-          Submitted by Donna Benz,
when fields and gardens were plant-      workings of SHINE. SHINE staff and        bound seniors to call into a local tele-   Sunshine for Seniors Coordinator
ed by hand and tended to on a regu-      volunteers began eating, sleeping and     vision station and receive SHINE
lar basis. Weeds needed pulling and
rows of vegetables needed the dirt
to be hoed close to the new seedlings.
                                         dreaming about prescription drug
                                         plans months before the initial enroll-
                                                                                   counseling assistance they might not
                                                                                   have had access to otherwise.              W      hen 64-year-old Mrs. Smith
                                                                                                                                     called the Elder Helpline in
                                                                                                                              early May she was hopeful of get-
                                         ment date of November 15. As the             In addition to establishing counsel-
To finish the task, every row needed     enrollment period came to a close on      ing sites with extended hours, many        ting some informa-
hoeing to the end of the row, or in      May 15, SHINE powered up to ensure        areas set up “temporary” counseling        tion about health
other words, finishing the job to the    that every Medicare beneficiary who       sites that provided valuable in-per-       insurance coverage,
best of your ability. In regard to the   requested assistance was served.          son service to seniors. On the final       knowing that her
Medicare Part D enrollment period,         Throughout the state, SHINE             day of enrollment, many sites              COBRA runs out in
the Florida SHINE (Serving Health        worked around the clock making            remained open until every senior was       August. With pre-
                                                                                   served. Our volunteer counselors           existing conditions Volunteer
                                                                                   hoed to the end of the row!                and very high pre- Marilyn
                                                                                      Here in Tallahassee, SHINE staff        miums, the proba- Parker
                                                                                   also extended work hours to provide
                                                                                                                              bility of locating
                                                                                   service to seniors. Switching into
                                                                                   overdrive not only helped with             insurance was soon
                                                                                   assisting beneficiaries, but to also       eliminated. Thankfully, SHINE/
                                                                                   ensure that our volunteer counselors       Sunshine for Seniors volunteer
                                                                                   had all the information and skills         Marilyn Parker was there to sug-
                                                                                   needed to provide seniors with the         gest other options. Through an
                                                                                   best counseling possible.                  Internet search, Marilyn found
                                                                                      Now that the Part D initial enroll-     Prescription Assistance Programs
                                                                                   ment period has ended, SHINE               for seven out of 10 of Mrs. Smith’s
                                                                                   moves on to new ventures with a            medications. Marilyn was able to
                                                                                   new “garden to plant.” Watch for           explain the application process,
                                                                                   an updated SHINE Web site, as well         and the parts the doctor would
                                                                                   as more information about pharma-          need to fill in, and send out the
                                                                                   ceutical assistance programs through       applications. The potential savings
                                                                                   the Sunshine for Seniors program.
                                                                                                                              of $1,690.00 per month will allow
                                                                                                                              Mrs. Smith to supplement her
                                                                                                                              health care costs until she becomes
                                                                                                                              eligible for Medicare in 2007.
                                                                                                                              Imagine the relief for Mrs. Smith,
                                                                                                                              who, besides having her own
                                                                                                                              major health issues, takes care of
                                                                                                                              her husband who has terminal
                                                                                                                              brain disease. If you are an elder
                                                                                                                              with questions about your health
                                                                                                                              insurance coverage or the cover-
                                                                                                                              age of your loved one, contact
                                                                                                                              Sunshine for Seniors by calling
                                                                                                                              the Florida Elder Helpline at
                                                                                                                              1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
                                                                                                                              to receive assistance.
 JULY /AUGUST 2006
 Elder Update                                                       NUTRITION                                                                                      9
     Take the High Road to Your Community Farmers’ Market
                  Eating locally produced food conserves natural resources and strengthens Florida’s communities
Submitted by the Department of                                                                                                    “When you buy local, you are
Agriculture and Consumer Services                                                                                              investing in the local economy,”
                                                                                                                               Austin said. “Your money stays in
                                                                                                  Shopping at farmers’         the community, where it fuels eco-

O
         n a sunny Saturday morning,
         under a canopy of live oaks,                                                             markets is a growing         nomic growth and is used to hire
         Karen Sugrue is shopping at                                                              trend in Florida,            local workers.”
Tallahassee’s Downtown Marketplace,                                                               with the number of              “Farmers’ markets can be excellent
a weekly farmers’ and artists’ market                                                             markets doubling in          tools for local economic develop-
held in a lush city park. She’s study-                                                            the last 10 years.           ment,” Bronson said. “Starting a farm-
ing brimming baskets and buckets                                                                                               ers’ market can help revitalize a city’s
of fresh vegetables and fruit — shiny                                                                                          downtown. Folks come into the area
purple eggplants, plump tomatoes,                                                                                              to shop at the farmers’ market and
swan-necked yellow squash, and                                                                                                 they end up patronizing other nearby
interesting heirloom peppers shaped                                                                                            businesses. A successful farmers’
                                          and water pollution, preserves green         “Transporting products across the       market can help lift up everybody.”
like tiny flying saucers. Live music      space, and helps build a stronger,        state or across the globe uses fuel —         Farmers’ markets serve as commu-
floats in the air, along with the smell   more close-knit community.                almost always petroleum-based              nity gathering places, spaces where
of “kettle korn.” Sugrue hesitates a         Yet if you ask people why they         fuels,” said Jonathan Austin, manag-       people can linger and chat and get
minute, torn between squash and           like visiting farmers’ markets, the       ing director of the Florida Organic        to know each other. Tallahassee’s
eggplant, then makes her selections.      reasons they list might not be quite      Growers’ Association, a non-profit         Downtown Marketplace has evolved
As she heads back to her car, her can-    so high-minded.                           based in Gainesville. “So when our         into a weekly festival, with live
vas shopping bag is bulging with             “Taste,” said Sharon Yeago, man-       food travels a long way, we’re con-        music, arts and crafts, educational
produce and there’s a bouquet of          ager of the High Springs Farmers’         suming        irreplaceable      natural   exhibits, and community outreach.
fresh-cut zinnias in her arms.            Market in Alachua County. “That’s         resources and increasing greenhouse        The health department conducts free
   “I go to farmers’ markets just about   what really gets people first. A carrot   gas emissions.”                            glaucoma screenings; the Humane
every week, sometimes twice a week,”      fresh from the ground tastes totally         Buying locally at farmers’ markets      Society offers pet adoptions. The
Sugrue said.                              different from one that’s had to travel   cuts down on the miles food travels,       market hums with activity. People
   And she’s not alone. Shopping at       a long distance over many days.           the fossil fuels it consumes, and the      come to buy produce — and just to be
farmers’ markets is a growing trend       It’s tender. It’s delicious. There’s so   pollution it creates. It also cuts down    a part of things.
in Florida. In fact, the number of        much flavor. It’s so dramatic. People     on the amount of food packaging that          “There tends to be a social aspect to
farmers’ markets in the state has         get hooked.”                              ends up in landfills.                      the markets,” Bronson said. “The old
doubled in the last 10 years.                Farmers usually harvest in the            “Most packaging is designed to          ties between farmer and consumer
   “The increasing popularity of          early morning, just before heading        help food endure the rigors of             are restored.”
farmers’ markets is due to a couple       to the markets, so it’s only a matter     long-distance shipping,” Bronson              “I feel like shopping at the farmers’
of factors,” said Florida Agriculture     of hours between harvest and pur-         said. “When we buy local, we keep          markets is a really positive thing,”
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson.          chase. That means sugars don’t have       that heavy packaging out of the            Sugrue said. “It’s good for me, it’s
“First of all, people have become         the chance to turn to starch; there’s     waste stream.”                             good for the farmers, and it’s good
more health-conscious, so there’s         little water loss. Produce remains           When food travels less, fewer re-       for the environment and our city.
more demand for fresh, high-quality       vital, intensely flavored, juicy, and     sources are spent on transportation        It’s one of the easiest good things
produce — and that means local pro-       crisp. Nutrient loss is minimal, so       and packaging — and less money is          I can do. Just by buying some toma-
duce. Plus, our small farmers have        your food not only tastes better, it’s    spent on those things, too. That means     toes, I’m helping create the kind of
become very aware of the benefits         better for you.                           the farmer is able to keep more of your    friendly, clean, healthy world I want
of direct marketing. They can sub-           Yet despite the benefits of local      food dollar. Farming becomes more          to live in.”
stantially increase the profits they      sourcing, most of the food we eat         profitable, and small farmers are under       Most community farmers’ markets
make on the food they work so hard        comes from far away. Today, the           less pressure to sell out to developers.   are open on a seasonal basis. Contact
to grow.”                                 average trek from farm to fork is a          “I like knowing that my money           the individual markets directly for
   People who shop at farmers’ mar-       whopping 1,500 miles. The journey         helps support local farmers,” Sugrue       dates and hours of operation, and for
kets enjoy fresh, wholesome produce       is rough and often takes a long time,     said. “I want there to be farms in         information about how to rent booth
throughout the growing season,            with produce sitting on trucks and        my area. I like seeing fields and trees.   space to participate as a vendor.
while helping to keep small farms         in warehouses for up to two weeks.        I don’t want Florida to be wall-to-           For more information, call (850)
viable. And there are other, less         Along the way, quality suffers, and       wall houses and strip malls.”              921-1998. For a list of community
obvious benefits, too. Buying locally     nutrients become depleted.                   Eating locally makes for stronger       farmers’ markets throughout Florida, visit
grown food conserves energy and              But there’s more at stake than         farms — and better towns and cities,       http://www.florida-agriculture.com/
other natural resources, reduces air      vitamins.                                 better communities.                        consumers/farmers_markets.htm.
                                                                                                                                            JULY /AUGUST 2006
 10                GOLDEN CHOICES                Elder Update

 Golden Choices Awards Recognize Outstanding Volunteers
                           Volunteers throughout the state recognized for their outstanding contributions

S
      ecretary Carole Green recog-                                                                                         Cary Joseph, Leon County
      nized this year’s annual Golden                                                                                      Janice Williams, Gadsden County
      Choices Awards recipients in
                                                                                                                           Jolene Foster, Leon County
May at the conclusion of the two-day
forum hosted by the Department                                                                                             Judith Martin, Madison County
of Elder Affairs (DOEA). Through                                                                                           Sarah Houston, Jefferson County
the Golden Choices Awards Forum,
                                                                                                                             SHINE (Serving Health Insurance
volunteers throughout the state are
                                                                                                                           Needs of Elders) is a federally funded
recognized for their dedication to
serving Florida’s elders, and elder                                                                                        program using a statewide network
volunteers are recognized for contin-                                                                                      of trained volunteer counselors to
ued service to their communities.                                                                                          provide free health insurance coun-
  “Volunteering plays a vital role in      Golden Choices volunteers visit with Lt. Governor Toni Jennings (right)         seling and information about
every community, linking neighbors         and Secretary Carole Green (left).                                              Medicare, Medicare Part D and
as friends across generations creating                                                                                     other senior health insurance
a stronger community, ” said Green.                                                                                        coverage.
“Through the Golden Choices Awards,        Carol Lunsford, Homosassa County          Claudette Fabian, Palm Beach County   Audrey Moore, Miami-Dade County
we honor elder Floridians, and those       Cary Joseph, Leon County                  David Warshofsky, South-Dade
                                                                                                                           Barbara Grant, Okaloosa County
who serve elders, for their selfless       Ida Walker, Duval County                    County
                                                                                                                           Betty Cunningham, Lake County
dedication.”                               Mamie Jones, Nassau County                Don Hering, Hillsborough County
  The Golden Choices Awards                                                                                                Drexel Collins, Marion County
                                           Oria Perez, Miami-Dade County             Donald Braverman, Duval County
Forum is derived from Governor                                                                                             Gail Downing, Gadsden County
                                                                                     Doris Benoit, Glades County
Bush’s “Golden Choices” blueprint            RELIEF (Respite for Elders Living                                             George Maurer, Monroe County
                                           in Everyday Families) is a state-fund-    Douglas Watson, Pinellas County
for Florida’s elders. The awards serve                                                                                     Geri Bonavito, Brevard County
to recognize the state’s outstanding       ed program that provides in-home          Dr. Dr. Daniel Schroeder,
                                                                                       Pinellas County                     John Crane, Escambia County
volunteers for their tireless efforts in   respite for homebound elders; these
                                           services are provided by carefully        Edgar Seibert, Alachua County         Julia Conner, Miami-Dade County
various activities such as offering
caregiver support, serving as              selected, screened, and trained volun-    Elizabeth Bairley, Orange County      Lynne Meagher, Orange County
ombudsmen and providing compan-            teers of varied ages.                     Fernando Serrado,                     Natacha Jean Francois,
ionship for elders. The forum pro-         Elizabeth Mathews, Duval County             Miami-Dade County                     Monroe County
vides the opportunity for training,        Geneva Campbell, Duval County             Gloria Gallo, Lee County              Pam Martin, Monroe County
recognition and support to the select-                                               Joe Torre, Martin County              Robert Haas, Duval County
                                           Gloria Hinds, Lee County
ed individuals while introducing
                                           Idella Jackson, Duval County              Kathleen Johnson, Pinellas County     Sandra Jones, Orange County
them to the department and the
legislative process.                                                                 Laretha Brown, Miami-Dade County      Susan Heckler, Duval County
                                             Long-Term Care Ombudsmen
  “I am honored to be here among           Council is a statewide system of          Lesli Watkins, Duval County
                                                                                                                             Intergenerational      Initiatives
the many volunteers who give their         councils that use specially trained       Leslie Watkins, Duval County          recognizes programs that link elders
time and energy, in many cases, every      volunteers to investigate complaints      Marilyn Dos Santos, Sarasota County   with young people and the good
day, to help make a difference in          and assist in resolving grievances of     Pat Fluno, Orange County              things that happen as a result.
the lives of elders,” said Green. “This    residents in long-term care facilities.   Pat Sacco, St. Lucie County
special group of people shows us all                                                                                       Foster Grandparent Program
                                           Albert Elseroad, Brevard County           Paula Farnham, Citrus County
that through patience and a giving                                                                                         Alberto Riveron, Miami-Dade County
spirit, truly wonderful things can         Angelica Garcia, Miami-Dade County        Ron Sabellico, Pasco County
be accomplished.”                          Ann Redyke, Leon County                                                         Hispanic Unity
                                                                                       STARS      (Support    Through      Arthur Donavan, Broward County
  The following individuals and            Arlyne Lewis, Broward County
                                                                                     Alzheimer’s Relief System) is an
programs were recognized for their         Arthur Walker, Polk County                Alzheimer’s disease demonstration     Meals for the Elderly
services to Florida’s elders:              Barbara Roby, Polk County                 project funded by the U.S.            Enrique Chumpitasi, Miami-Dade
   Senior Companion Program is a           Barbara Ross, Alachua County              Administration on Aging and is
national peer volunteer program that       Boris Edleman, Palm Beach County          implemented in North Florida          Tallahassee Boys Choir
provides services to elders at risk of     Carole Oliver, Pinellas County            counties.                             Earl Lee, Leon County
institutionalization due to chronic        Carolyn Gallagher, Miami-Dade             Andrea McDaniels, Leon County         Keane Johnson, Leon County
illnesses, disabilities or isolation.        County                                  Barbara Martin, Gadsden County
 JULY /AUGUST 2006
 Elder Update             GOLDEN CHOICES                    11
     Elders Assist Youth Through the   Tae Kwon Do Student
       Guardian Ad Litem Program      Raises Money for Seniors
By Deborah Forrester                                                                         10-Year-Old Jade Foryst Receives Golden Choices Award
Guardian Ad Litem Program, Tallahassee


                                                                                             A
                                                                                                     fourth grader learning self-defense skills in Tae Kwon Do
                                                                                                     recently received the Golden Choices Intergenerational

I
    f you are passionate about the welfare
    of children, if you are distressed when                                                          Award for her ability to raise funds that will safeguard
    you hear of their abuse, if you believe                                                  seniors in both Lee and Collier counties. Jade Foryst, now age 10,
every child should have a permanent,                                                         was the youngest person to receive a 2006 Golden Choices Award
stable home, then you will want to know                                                      in Tallahassee in early May.
about the work of the Guardian Ad Litem                                                         A student at Highlands Elementary School, Jade has taken Tae
Program, and you might be challenged to                                                      Kwon Do from Grandmaster Dewey Tyler since she was 6
become a volunteer advocate.                                                                 years old. As a service project, Grandmaster Tyler encourages his
   For over 16 years I have served as advo-                                                  students at the Tyler Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Center to partici-
                                                                                             pate in a fundraiser for Senior Connections of Southwest Florida,
cate for the best interests of children to
                                                                                             an aging services provider.
whom I have been assigned as Guardian
                                                                                                The fundraiser gives donors the opportunity to make a $25
Ad Litem (GAL). The GAL focus is always
                                                                                             donation for a chance to go into a drawing to win 20 percent of
the best interests of the child, whether                                                     donated funds. During the past four years, she has raised more
advocacy be in the courtroom, cooperat-                                                      than $7,400 to help provide assistance to seniors.
                                               Volunteer Guardians Ad Litem are
ing with others working with the child or                                                       To invite people to support the fundraiser, Jade explained that
coordinating with professionals who are        passionate about helping children who,
                                               through no fault of their own, have           the funds collected would go to provide meals, prescription drugs
providing services.                                                                          and warm blankets to elders in need. She adopted a strategy of
   The Florida Guardian Ad Litem Prog-         become involved in the court system.
                                                                                             explaining what the donor would get out of it, what she would
ram, established by the Legislature in                                                       get and what elders served by Senior Connections of Southwest
1980, is a well-organized statewide system        The GAL investigates the issues            Florida would receive.
for providing volunteer advocacy for chil-     involved in the child’s removal from             This year, however, Jade was at first reluctant to participate in
dren who have been abused or neglected         home, interviews all persons who can pro-     the fundraiser because she learned that the funds supported
and have come under the jurisdiction           vide information and insight (including       seniors in Lehigh Acres in Lee County — where Tyler Tae Kwon Do
of the dependency court. In addition to        children old enough to respond), and          and Fitness Center is located. As a resident of Imokalee in eastern
21 judicial circuit offices, each with a       maintains regular contact with the child      Collier County, Jade’s hard work to collect donations from other
director, attorneys and other staff who        and various service providers. Further-       Imokalee residents caused her to want the funds to also help
coordinate cases, a state office facilitates   more, the volunteer makes observations        residents of her own community. Her mother explained, “That
standards, provides help to the circuit        about what will best serve the interests of   sounded like a valid concern, so I encouraged her to go to the
programs, and works with the Legislature       the child and reports those to the court      Grandmaster and tell him.” Grandmaster Tyler was able to
to assure funding and support. In fact, in     with recommendations for specific actions     work out an arrangement with Senior Connections that allowed
most states there are similar programs,        or needs to be met.                           the fundraiser to also support seniors in Jade’s community.
which in general are known as CASA                A GAL assigned to the case of seven-          When Grandmaster Tyler first introduced the fundraiser four
(Court Appointed Special Advocates)            year-old Wally, struggling with a severe      years ago, he explained that the student who raised the most funds
programs.                                      disability, became convinced that it was      would receive a free Tae Kwon Do uniform and a six-foot tall
   Volunteer guardians are provided with       time for Wally to be reunited with his par-   trophy. Motivated by the idea of winning such a huge trophy, Jade
an initial training of 30 hours and yearly     ents. The parents had completed all of the    spent three to four weeks during February and March recruiting
thereafter are required to complete in-        requirements of their case plan, and the      donors. When that first deadline arrived, Jade had raised $1,500
service hours to maintain currency in a        court had given the Department of             and became the proud owner of a trophy that is “taller than my
variety of areas related to their responsi-    Children and Families the option to return    father,” as she describes it. Since then, she has added three other
bilities. The hours spent weekly vary with     the child when they felt the parents and      large trophies to her collection.
the complexity of the case, as well as the     home were ready. The GAL believed that           Pam Fico, Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Area Agency
number of children involved. A volunteer       the parents could complete any further        on Aging of Southwest Florida, learned about Jade’s accomplish-
                                               actions needed to achieving greater home      ment from a news article about the fundraiser. Realizing that
who works full time could handle one
                                                                                             Jade’s hard work is unusual for a 9-year-old, she immediately
case with little problem. A retiree could      stability and safety after Wally returned
                                                                                             nominated her for a Golden Choices Volunteer Award.
work with more. I am retired and current-      home and that it was important to stem
                                                                                                Jade is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys having out-
ly have two cases — one with two children      his emotional distress from living away
                                                                                             standing sparring skills. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office recent-
and one with six. I am passionate about        from home. She recommended this to            ly awarded her a “Do the Right Thing” Award.
helping children through this program          the court, and the judge ordered that the        For information on how you can assist aging services organiza-
and have worked concurrently as many           child be returned home that day.              tions in your community, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-
as five cases.                                                     Continued on page 17      ELDER (1-800-963-5337).
                                                                                                                                              JULY /AUGUST 2006
 12                                                       CFAL MILESTONES                                                                       Elder Update


Seniors Benefit From                                                                                                              Brevard Becomes
                                                                                                                                  First Multiple-
 Communities for a                                                                                                                Community
                                                                                                                                  Initiative
 Lifetime Milestones
                                                                                                                    D
                                                                                                                             uring Older Americans Month,
                                                                                                                             Brevard County was recognized as
• Cocoa Becomes 100th Community for a Lifetime
                                                                                                                             the first Florida county with multiple
• Brevard Becomes First Multiple-Community Initiative                                                               municipalities, where all municipalities
• Tallahassee-Leon County Achieves Long-Range Successes                                                             have now been designated Communities for
                                                                                                                    a Lifetime (CFAL). The elected councils or
                                                                                Cocoa Becomes
F
         lorida ranks number one in the percentage of residents
         who are elders. Despite Florida’s well-deserved repu-                                                      commissions of the 15 incorporated munici-
         tation as a retirement destination, there are 800,000                  100th Community                     palities, as well as the county commission,
                                                                                                                    have recognized the importance of older
         more Floridians under the age of 18 than over 65,
making Florida a state of both seniors and juniors. No state in                 for a Lifetime                      adults in their region by voting to support
the nation has seen such a remarkable population surge of                                                           the Communities for a Lifetime initiative.


                                                                    D
both youth and elders at the same time. In order to avoid                    uring Older Americans Month, the          Previously, Leon County was the only
setting the interests of seniors against those of children and               City of Cocoa in Brevard County        county with all municipalities participating;
other segments of the population, Governor Bush created                      became the 100th community to          however, it has only one incorporated
Communities for a Lifetime as a way to address the needs and        participate in the Communities for a Lifetime   municipality — Tallahassee.
concerns of communities across the life spectrum.                   initiative. To mark this milestone, Cocoa          “This is a proud moment for our depart-
   Communities in the 21st century can often be places where        hosted a picnic reception at the Historic       ment, and it is a proud moment for all of the
people become anonymous, and older adults often find them-          Cocoa Village Riverfront Park. Working in       communities in Florida that have pledged to
selves alone in the struggle to meet the challenges of aging.       partnership with Brevard County and the         better meet the needs of those elders who call
In addition, caregivers also have difficulty finding assistance     Brevard Commission on Aging, Cocoa invit-       Florida home,” said Green. “Today Brevard
in providing care for an elder loved one. The Communities for       ed representatives from each of the other 15    County and the cities and towns within the
a Lifetime initiative promotes intergenerational communities        municipalities to celebrate this significant    county have raised the bar even higher, ded-
where people of all ages enjoy the benefits of support systems      Communities for a Lifetime milestone. Secre-    icating their entire region to the task of look-
that are helpful to an older population and a better place to       tary Carole Green joined representatives        ing ahead with the needs of elders in mind.
live for people of all ages. The older generation shares its        from the City of Cocoa, Brevard County          Municipalities that are now Communities for a
talents and expertise with younger generations and connects         and the Brevard Commission on Aging to          Lifetime are taking steps in the right direction
younger generations to their heritage.                              celebrate the City of Cocoa’s designation as    to help make sure that Florida’s senior resi-
   Communities for a Lifetime is not intended to impose addi-       Florida’s 100th Community for a Lifetime.       dents can live independently throughout
tional financial burdens on participating Florida communities.                                                      their lifetimes, with the dignity and honor
Rather, the purpose is to assist local elected officials, commu-                                                    they deserve.”
nity leaders and residents in working together to plan the
most effective use of existing funding to achieve Communities
for a Lifetime goals and benefits. The State of Florida also uses
existing funding and resources to provide technical assistance
and related services to participating communities.
   The Communities for a Lifetime Bureau within the Department
of Elder Affairs is composed of five units representing the
primary focus areas for the initiative: community relations,
employment, housing, health and public safety, and volunteer
and intergenerational initiatives. These units provide program
expertise and technical assistance to the aging network and         Joining Elder Affairs Secretary Carole
communities, while serving as the state liaison to other state      Green (center) for the Cocoa and Brevard
experts such as the Department of Transportation, Department        milestones celebration were (from left)
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Department of                 Cocoa Councilman Jim McCarthy, Cocoa
Community Affairs and the Department of Health.                     Mayor Michael Blake, Asbury Arms                Secretary Green presents a Communities
                                                                    Assisted Living Facility Administrator          for a Lifetime Milestone Achievement
  To learn more about the Communities for a Lifetime initiative
                                                                    Robin Wagoner and Cocoa City Manager            Award to Brevard County Commissioner
or the Department of Elder Affairs, call (850) 414-2000 or visit
                                                                    Ric Holt.                                       Jackie Colon.
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us.
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 Elder Update                                                   CFAL MILESTONES                                                                          13
  Before March 2006, only Brevard County and the City of Cape
Canaveral were involved. A series of presentations last spring started                Tallahassee and Leon County Celebrate
the CFAL ball rolling. Department of Elder Affairs staff addressed the
Brevard Commission on Aging (BCOA), Brevard County Board of                           Long-Range Successes With
County Commissioners and city managers from each of the munici-
palities.
                                                                                      Communities For A Lifetime Initiative
   Created in 2000, the BCOA is tasked by the Brevard County Board

                                                                         D
                                                                                  uring Older Americans Month, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) con-
of County Commissioners to identify community resources for elders,
                                                                                  gratulated Tallahassee and Leon County leaders for their progress toward
analyze their strengths and identify areas that need improvement.
                                                                                  becoming a Community for a Lifetime (CFAL). In 2001, Tallahassee and Leon
With approximately 23 percent of Brevard County’s total population
                                                                         County were the first communities in the Big Bend area to join Communities for
age 60 and older, and that percentage expected to increase during the
                                                                         a Lifetime, Governor Jeb Bush’s statewide initiative designed to assist Florida’s cities,
next five to 10 years, social service agencies and local governments
                                                                         towns and counties in planning and imple-
will be challenged to address a broad range of age-related issues.
                                                                         menting improvements benefiting the lives
  Through the diligent efforts of Harris and Cape Canaveral Mayor
                                                                         of all residents.
Rocky Randels, the 15 municipalities of Brevard County joined the
                                                                           “We applaud the leaders in Tallahassee and
county’s efforts to evaluate their communities from a lifetime per-
                                                                         Leon County for their collaborative efforts
spective. The result was that between April 6 and May 3, all munici-
palities in the county had officially passed resolutions in support of   to improve the lives of older adults and
Communities for a Lifetime. “What better way to show our seniors how     caregivers in their community,” said DOEA
much they are appreciated than to have all of Brevard’s communities      Secretary Carole Green. “Their dedication
designated a Community for a Lifetime. This was our goal during Older    toward improving the quality of life of pres-
Americans Month,” said Tammy Harris, Brevard Commission on               ent seniors, and planning and preparing for During Older Americans Month,
Aging Planner with Brevard County Housing and Human Services.            the future arrival of retirees and future baby- the Department of Elder Affairs
                                                                         boomer residents is to be commended.”             recognized the City of Tallahassee
 To learn more about the Brevard County initiative, contact Tammy           With commitment from both the city and and Leon County for their long-
Harris at (321) 633-2076 or tammyharris@brevardcounty.us.                county commissions, senior services staff range CFAL achievements. Pictured
                                                                         members have worked with more than 70 are (from left) Kim Lindsey,
                                                                         other city and county staff, community Community Relations Coordinator
                                                                         experts and volunteers to raise awareness of for Communities for a Lifetime;
                                                                         senior issues and to create an environment County Commission Chair Bill
                                                                         for seniors, caregivers, and families that Proctor; Mayor John Marks and
                                                                         encourages independence and the opportu- Sheila Salyer, Manager of Senior
                                                                         nity to age in place — with dignity, security Services for the City of Tallahassee.
                                                                         and purpose. Some of the achievements
                                                                         by the Tallahassee and Leon County project include the following:
                                                                           • Sustainability – By adding the facilitation of the project to the job description
                                                                         of a senior staff person, the project will continue for several lifetimes and generations
                                                                         to come.
                                                                           • Expansion of Senior Services – Community centers in four rural areas and two
Many of the measures put into place by participating Communities         urban areas now feature expanded monthly senior programs. In 2007, an elementary
for a Lifetime are actually beneficial to all residents. For example,    school will be transitioned into a multigenerational service center.
the City of Cape Canaveral recently worked to replace street signs         • Increased Awareness – Resource cards listing community resources are provided
with ones that have larger, more reflective lettering. From left,        to seniors and caregivers on many topics such as transportation, housing, safety,
Cape Canaveral Mayor Rocky Randels, Secretary Green and Cocoa            caregiver services, support groups and more. A newspaper magazine provides
Mayor Mike Blake demonstrate the different sizes of street signs.        information to 80,000 readers. Annual networking expo and luncheon events
Photo Credit: Senior Life of Florida Newspaper/Brevard County
                                                                         have increased awareness among faith leaders (in 2004), first responders (in 2005)
                                                                         and transportation organizations (in 2006).
                                                                           • Diverse Partners – By partnering with public and private organizations, a broader
                                                                         variety of recreational, fitness and educational opportunities is available.
                                                                         Communication with the Chamber of Commerce is increasing senior participation in
                                                                         the business community and helping businesses become more senior friendly.
                                                                         Stronger ties exist with both the police department and the sheriff’s office.
                                                                           • Senior Representation – The interests of older adults have been considered relative
                                                                         to housing, a community-wide bicycle and pedestrian plan, law enforcement and
                                                                         other community issues. The Council of Neighborhood Associations will participate
                                                                         in a survey of senior-friendly neighborhood amenities.
                                                                           For more information about the Tallahassee-Leon County project, contact Sheila
                                                                         Salyer, Manager of Senior Services for the City of Tallahassee at (850) 891-4000.
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 14                                       COMMUNITIES                                 FOR A          LIFETIME                                       Elder Update

               “You Can” Improves Health of City of Palm Coast
By Ira Corliss, Special Projects         and have been out of shape during                                                      groups into their daily routines,
 Manager                                 the span of their lifetimes are at                                                     measuring sensible portions and
Marsha Lidskin, Community                increased risk for heart disease, dia-                                                 interpreting nutrition labels. Walking
 Relations Manager                       betes, stroke or cancer. Health care                                                   soon became the essence of “You Can”;
City of Palm Coast                       costs for the prevention of these ail-                                                 it encourages exercise that burns
                                         ments can be a burden on the entire                                                    calories, elevates the heart rate and


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       etirees and seniors may be        population. Increased activity has                                                     includes a socialization component.
       moving to Palm Coast, Florida,    been said to be the number one way           Palm Coast seniors value their               At the beginning of the program,
       to slow their pace of life, but   people can lower these health risks.         opportunities to participate in city      pedometers were distributed and
the city’s recreation and parks             Recreation staff is determined to         wellness programs.                        instructors explained to students how
department is working hard to            help make a difference in the lives of                                                 the instruments were used to calcu-
actually step up their activity level.   these residents, striving to keep them       and parks department. An offshoot         late the number of steps taken on each
   Studies show that a physically fit,   nutritionally healthy and physically         of a U.S. Department of Health            walk. Individuals set goals to increase
healthy community brings energy          mobile. Adults and seniors who follow        and Human Services campaign, the          their pace by at least 10 percent each
and vitality to Palm Coast, as people    a healthier regimen will more likely         program’s mission is to provide           week. Students began to understand
who are in good shape tend to step       participate in the variety of activities     options, education and encourage-         that small changes could produce
forward to make lasting, positive        the city offers, make new friends            ment for residents who will benefit       significant long-term health benefits.
contributions to their city.             throughout the community and gener-          most from more controlled eating             Group walks became reassuring to
   Palm Coast, the fastest growing       ally experience maximum enjoyment            habits and increased physical activity.   those participants who might have
American city in 2005 according to       in their retirement—or, in other words,         In December 2004, the city launched    otherwise feared walking alone. A
the U.S. Bureau of Census, attracts      improve the quality of their lives.          its first “You Can Eat Better and Move    Red Cross Certified Professional
an abundance of baby boomers, or            Developing Palm Coast’s “You              More” wellness classes, with 22 Palm      Rescuer joined each walk to carry a
adults born between 1946 and 1964.       Can: Improve Your Health and                 Coast citizens training in a bi-weekly    cell phone in case of an emergency.
It also attracts a high percentage of    Improve Your City” program was a             classroom setting. Students studied          Eventually, the group began to feel
seniors. Those who are overweight        labor of love for the city’s recreation      simple methods for adding new food        more comfortable hiking together
                                                                                                                                after class, and they soon began to
                              Participating Communities for a Lifetime                                                          meet on an additional day during the
 Villages             Belle Glade            Hialeah                Orlando              Temple Terrace       Hardee            week. Staff helped to identify various
 Melbourne            Bradenton              Indian Harbour Beach   Ormond Beach         Titusville           Hendry            city parks as the most scenic places to
 North Palm Beach     Bunnell                Jacksonville           Oviedo               Trenton              Hernando          walk, and indeed, residents soon
 Palm Springs         Cape Canaveral         Keystone Heights       Palm Bay             Venice               Highlands         enjoyed walking together along
 Royal Palm Beach     Cape Coral             Lake Alfred            Palm Coast           Wauchula             Hillsborough      lovely, peaceful venues. Ultimately,
                      Casselberry            Lake City              Parkland             West Melbourne       Lake              they selected their favorite spot: the
 Towns                Clearwater             Lake Mary              Perry                West Palm Beach      Lee               St. Joe Walkway that winds along
 Bronson              Cocoa                  Lake Worth             Port St. Lucie       Wilton Manors        Leon              magnificent wooded greenery at the
 Hypoluxo             Cocoa Beach            Lakeland               Rockledge            Windermere           Manatee           Intracoastal Waterway. They encour-
 Indialantic          Coconut Creek          Lauderdale Lakes       Safety Harbor        Winter Garden        Marion
                                                                                                                                aged friends to enjoy walking along
 Jay                  Cooper City            Madison                Sanford              Winter Haven         Martin
                      Coral Springs          Maitland               Satellite Beach      Winter Park          Miami-Dade
                                                                                                                                an enchanting section of the city.
 Jupiter
 Malabar              Crestview              Marco Island           Sebring              Winter Springs       Nassau               Hikes along the St. Joe Walkway
 Malone               Daytona Beach Shores   Mascotte               Seminole                                  Orange            flourished. A few months after the
 Melbourne Beach      Deerfield Beach        Melbourne              South Pasadena       Counties             Osceola           “You Can” program was implemented,
 Miami Lakes          Delray Beach           Miami                  St. Augustine        Alachua              Pasco             Palm Coast’s Mayor James Canfield
 Palm Shores          Deltona                Milton                 St. Cloud            Brevard              Pinellas          embraced a vision to expand and
 Penny Farms          Destin                 Naples                 St. Petersburg       Broward              Polk              enhance the city’s walking program, as
 Redington Shores     Dunedin                New Port Richey        Starke               Charlotte            Sarasota          well as improve the physical walkway.
                      Edgewater              North Miami            Stuart               Citrus               Seminole             Together, Mayor Canfield and the
 Cities               Fort Meade             North Miami Beach      Sunrise              Collier              St. Johns         park staff developed a new activity
 Alachua              Fort Pierce            Oakland                Tallahassee          Dixie                St. Lucie
                                                                                                                                entitled “The Mayor’s Healthy Living
 Arcadia              Gainesville            Ocala                  Tamarac              Duval                Sumter
                      Gulfport               Ocoee                  Tampa                Gadsden              Taylor
                                                                                                                                Walk.” They invited city officials and
 Aventura
 Bartow               Hastings               Oldsmar                Tarpon Springs       Gilchrist            Volusia           city council members to join residents
                                                                                                                                as they walked, and beginning in
                                                                                                                                March 2005, the monthly program
    Communities for a Lifetime is a statewide initiative facilitated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
                                                                                                                                opened for the public. Each walker
 For more information on the initiative, please visit on the Web at http://www.communitiesforalifetime.org,                     received bottled water, healthy snacks
 or call (850) 414-2000.
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 Elder Update                              INTERGENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS                                                                                  15
                        Youth Meets Wisdom in Training Program
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      tudents participating in the                                                                                          SCORE teacher Suzy Garrison says,
      Exceptional Education Prog-                                                                                           “Being at Good Samaritan has been
      ram at Poinciana High School,                                                                                         a true blessing for my students. The
located midway between Kissimmee                                                                                            staff were wonderful teachers and
and Poinciana, spend two semesters                                                                                          role models. We cannot thank GSV
working at the Good Samaritan                                                                                               enough for taking us in, not only on
Village at Kissimmee, a 425-acre                                                                                            the job, but into our hearts as well.”
gated golf course community that                                                                                               Good Samaritan Village staff and
offers a variety of housing for seniors.                                                                                    residents enjoyed getting to know
The program is called SCORE                                                                                                 the students and appreciated all of
(Successful Careers Obtained through       Good Samaritan Village staff and Poinciana High School students take             their hard work that each one of
Real-Life Experiences). SCORE is           time out to celebrate their achievements.                                        them showed while working at the
offered to students at various work-                                                                                        village. The village looks forward
place locations throughout Osceola           None of the students has worked       performance expectations and work        to another year working with other
County. The program began 18 years         prior to completing this program. It    responsibilities. Students rotated in    students from the Osceola School
ago and continues to be a growing          has given them first-hand work          areas of environmental services,         District.
and learning experience for our            experience filling out applications,    office and clerical, dining and food        For more information, contact (407)
younger population.                        learning interviewing skills, job       service, TV studio and village patrol.   933-2763.



        Reading Volunteers Needed                                                            Nominations Sought for
            in Brevard County                                                                 Florida Agricultural
                                                                                                 Hall of Fame
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       olling Readers Space Coast,         and improve their comprehension
       Inc., has three types of reading    and fluency.
       programs for children pre-            Third Grade Program (G.R.I.P.):

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                                                                                            he Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that
kindergarten through third grades          Volunteers work with small groups
                                                                                            nominations are now being accepted for candidates to the Florida
in 30 Brevard County Title I schools.      of at-risk children to reinforce
                                                                                            Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2007. The deadline for submitting
  Read Aloud Program: Volunteers           reading skills.
                                                                                     nominations is September 1, 2006.
read aloud to a classroom to develop         All volunteers must complete a
                                                                                        “The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame was created to honor Florida’s
children’s comprehension skills. This      one-time training session that pro-
                                                                                     agricultural pioneers and leaders,” Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
enjoyable experience instills a love       vides materials and how-to tips.
                                           Please call or e-mail to make a           said. “I hope everyone will take a moment to consider who should be
of reading in the children.
  Tutor/Mentor Program: Tutors             reservation for the time and location     nominated this year for the highest honor bestowed by the agricultural
work one-on-one with at-risk               convenient for you: read@rolling-         community.”
children in first or second grades to      readersspacecoast.com, (321) 254-9976        Previous inductees have come from all walks of life: agricultural
develop independent reading skills,        or toll-free (800) 816-0782.              teachers, researchers, farmers, ranchers and government leaders. Their
                                                                                     lives and achievements are commemorated in a display on permanent
   Read Aloud Training                                                               exhibit in the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation building at
   July 25       9:30 a.m.                   Melbourne office                        the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. A total of 115 people have been
   Aug 8         9:30 a.m.                   Melbourne office                        inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1980.
   Aug 17        1:00 p.m.                   School Board Bldg, Viera                   Anyone can submit a nomination on behalf of a candidate for the
   Aug 22        9:30 a.m.                   School Board Bldg., Viera               Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. However, all nomination forms must
                                                                                     be completed as specified in the instructions.
   Sept 12       12:30 p.m.                  Riverview, Titusville
                                                                                        The nominees, chosen by an independent panel of judges, will
   Sept 19       9:30 a.m.                   DeGroodt Library, Palm Bay
                                                                                     be announced later this year. The induction ceremony will take place
   GRIP Training                                                                     during the 29th annual Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet
   Aug 10        1:00 p.m.                   Melbourne office                        and awards ceremony at the Florida State Fair in February 2007.
                                                                                        Nomination forms may be requested by calling (813) 628-4551, or by
   Tutor / Mentor     Training
                                                                                     writing: Chairman, Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation, 4508
   Aug 10              9:00 a.m.             Melbourne office
                                                                                     Oak Fair Boulevard, Suite 290, Tampa, Florida 33610. The fax number
   Sept 12             8:30 a.m.             Titusville office
                                                                                     for nomination forms is (813) 620-4008. Nomination forms are also
   Sept 14             1:00 p.m.             Melbourne office                        available on the Web at http://www.flaghalloffame.com.
   Sept 26             9:00 a.m.             Melbourne office
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16                                                         SAFETY                                                                      Elder Update

                                     Sunshine State Residents Urged to Use
                                      Backup Power Generators With Care
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                                   lder Affairs Secretary Carole      windows of your home or your               use to make sure that heat in the cord
                                   Green joined national, state       neighbor’s. Also, residents should         doesn’t build up to unsafe levels.
                                   and local government officials     avoid placing generators under or             Carbon monoxide poisoning creat-
                           in urging Floridians Monday to take        close to the air intakes for air-          ed by electrical generator use is a
                           care when using electrical power           conditioning or other ventilation          growing concern across the nation,
                           generators for backup power                equipment.                                 according to the Consumer Products
                           during power outages, citing twelve          • Carbon monoxide monitors.              Safety Commission. And according
                           Florida deaths in just two years from      Since carbon monoxide is odorless          to a Florida Department of Health
                           generator-related carbon monoxide          and invisible, the only sure way to        study, 14 people were killed by
                           poisoning.                                 know if your home is at risk is to         carbon monoxide poisoning in 2004
                              Also present at the press con-          install carbon monoxide monitors           and 2005. Twelve died from carbon
                           ference were Department of Health          in each sleeping area of the home.         monoxide poisoning that came from
                           Secretary Dr. M. Rony François, gen-       These devices are available from           electrical power generators.
Mission Statement          erator safety expert Patty Davis of the    many hardware and home improve-               To learn more about generator safe-
                           U.S. Consumer Products Safety              ment stores from about $45 to $70.         ty, users should carefully read the
To create an environment   Commission, Tallahassee Fire Chief           • Fuel storage. Generator fuel must      owners’ manual that came with their
that provides choices,     Cindy Dick and AARP Florida State          be properly stored away from sparks        generator, or contact the manufac-
                           Director Bentley Lipscomb. The mes-        or other fire risks. If possible, store    turer for a replacement manual if
promotes independence      sage of the day focused on alerting        fuel in a tool or storage shed not         the original has been lost. Safety
and enables older          generator users to proper ventilation,     attached to your home or another           information also is available from
Floridians to remain       safe fuel storage, and other tips.         major structure, to reduce risk if there   the Consumer Products Safety Com-
                              “When a family’s disaster pre-          is a fire. In addition, consider adding    mission and Underwriters Labora-
in their communities       paredness plans include having a           liquid fuel stabilizer to gasoline or      tory, which recently launched a
for a lifetime.            generator, those plans should also         diesel fuel that will be stored for a      national generator-safety campaign.
                           include making safety a top priority,”     month or more. The stabilizer not             For more information about gener-
                           said Secretary Green. “Being aware         only helps keep fuel from going bad,       ator safety, please review Consumer
Vision:                    of the potential dangers associated        it also keeps the fuel system of your      Products Safety Commission Docu-
Golden Choices             with using a generator can ensure          generator operating properly. Trying       ment #466.
                           that elders — as well as their loved       to start a generator with a clogged
To lead the nation in      ones, friends and neighbors — avoid        fuel system in summer heat can
assisting elders to age    unnecessary risks.”                        bring on risks to your heart, particu-       Give a Lasting Tribute
in place, with dignity,       ‘’If your neighborhood ‘goes dark’      larly for older generator users.              A memorial gift to the Department of
                           in the aftermath of a hurricane, hav-        • Power overloads. You can dam-            Elder Affairs, Elder Update is a loving
purpose, security, and     ing a generator can be a lifesaver. It     age your generator and possibly                and lasting tribute. Remembering a
in an elder-friendly       can help keep food, liquids, and med-      other equipment by attempting to run        deceased relative or friend helps to serve
                           ications cool,” said Lipscomb. “But        more electrical equipment than your            the living through the publication of
community.                                                                                                                       Elder Update.
                           like any other power tool, we must         generator can handle. To learn the
                           learn how to use generators safely.”       power demands of commonly used                Acknowledgements of memorials and
Values                        Scores of thousands of Floridians now   electrical equipment, go to http://          other remembrances are always mailed
                           own backup power generators. Many          www.powerprotection.org/power-              to the family and no reference is made to
s   Compassion             generator purchasers may not yet be        generation/homewattage.shtml or              the amount of the gift. The name of the
                                                                                                                    individual being honored is published
s   Accountability         familiar with using them. Officials        ask your power company to perform
                                                                                                                                in Elder Update.
                           urged generator users to consider:         a power audit of your home.
s   Caregiver Support        • Ventilation. Electrical power            • Power cords. To avoid shock and           To acknowledge your gift to a family,
                                                                                                                    please send the appropriate name and
s   Quality                generators create exhaust fumes that       minimize the risk of fire, use the
                                                                                                                    address. Memorial gifts may be made
                           contain carbon monoxide — an odor-         heaviest gauge power cords available
s   Intergenerational      less, invisible gas that can disable an    — preferably 10- or 8-gauge cords or
                                                                                                                           by sending your check to:
                           adult in minutes and kill quickly.         heavier. (The smaller the gauge num-               Department of Elder Affairs,
s   Partnerships                                                                                                      Elder Update, c/o Lasting Tribute,
                           Generators always should be posi-          ber, the heavier the power cord.)
                                                                                                                                 P.O. Box 6750,
s   Diversity              tioned outdoors, never in a garage or      Don’t run power cords under rugs or
                                                                                                                          Tallahassee, FL 32314-6750
                           sunroom, and away from doors or            carpets, and check the cords when in
 JULY /AUGUST 2006
 Elder Update                                            17                       SAFETY
 New ID Spoofing Protection Can Prevent Telemarketing Scams
Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner          address, caller ID spoofing enables                   (VoIP) service has made it much                        victims of identity theft, credit card
Florida Department of Agriculture and     telephone callers to insert any name                  easier for the average person or                       and bank account fraud. Bronson
 Consumer Services                        or phone number that he or she                        business to spoof using caller ID.                     recommends that consumers no
                                          wishes to show up on the caller ID                       ID spoofing is just one more use                    longer rely on caller ID. They should


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         overnor Jeb Bush has signed      display of the person being called.                   of modern technology to take advan-                    simply hang up and look up the
         into law legislation that pro-   In some cases, it even allows the                     tage of consumers by hiding one’s                      number of the company in the phone
         hibits commercial telemar-       caller to change his or her voice —                   identity to scam them or get access                    book or on a statement and call
keters from using a new technology        for example, from male to female,                     to consumers who otherwise might                       back to ensure they are talking to a
called “Caller ID Spoofing” that          or adult to child.                                    not answer the phone. There is no                      legitimate company representative.
disguises the identity of telephone          The Department of Agriculture                      legitimate reason for a telemarketer                     Violators of the new anti-ID-
callers.                                  and Consumer Services proposed the                    to use this service.                                   spoofing law can face fines of up
   Caller ID spoofing is when a caller    anti-ID-spoofing measure during the                      Bronson says consumers need to                      to $10,000 per violation.
can pretend to be someone else by         2006 legislative session and quickly                  be extremely cautious about giving                       Remember, consumer education is
falsifying the number or name that        won unanimous support from law-                       out personal or financial informa-                     the best defense against fraud and
appears on the recipient’s caller ID      makers. The technology isn’t new; it                  tion. He reminds people to refrain                     deception.
display. Just as e-mail spoofing is       has been used for years by people                     from giving out Social Security                          Anyone who wants to find out
used to manipulate a sender’s e-mail      with a specialized digital connection                 numbers, banking or credit card                        more or file a complaint can call the
                                          to the telephone company. For exam-                   information, passwords or even                         Department of Agriculture and Con-
                                          ple, law enforcement, collection agen-                birth dates. Spoofers have been                        sumer Services’ Consumer Hotline
Elders Assist Youth                       cies and private investigators have                   known to use names and phone                           at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352)
                                          used this method in the course of                     numbers of legitimate businesses in                    or for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-
Through the Guardian                      business activities, but the introduc-                order to get people to provide this                    AYUDA (1-800-352-9832), or log
Ad Litem Program                          tion of voice over Internet protocol                  information, making them potential                     onto www.800helpfla.com.
Continued from page 9
   The GAL intervenes in appropri-
ate ways when actions are being                     To make a donation to the Department of
contemplated which would not
serve the child’s interests or the vol-          Elder Affairs Grants and Donations Trust Fund
unteer discerns that risks loom for
the child. One guardian with a new                                                                     for the purpose of:
case made his first call to Billy (7),
Joey (5), Sandra (4), and Bessie (19
months) at the foster home where                                                            (State here the intended purpose for the donation)
the children had been living for two
weeks. After an hour of talking with
the foster mother and observing
                                                                                  Please make check payable to The Department of Elder Affairs.
and interacting with the children,                                                  To mail your donation please include this form along with
the GAL developed concerns that                                                                your Elder Update mailing label to:
this home was not one adequate to
nurture and meet the needs of                                                                         The Department of Elder Affairs
these children. After the visit he
promptly reported his concerns to                                                            c/o Elder Update, Grants and Donations Trust Fund
the appropriate persons. This extra                                                              P.O. Box 6750 • Tallahassee, FL 32314-6750
set of eyes confirmed some doubts
which the case worker was experi-             This donation is irrevocable; providing the purpose for which the donation was made occurs within a one year period from the date of the donation. This
encing, and the children were                 donation may be tax deductible if made in accordance with all applicable regulations and rules of the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of State,
promptly moved to a home better               the Office of the Comptroller, or other regulatory body. However, the aforementioned donor accepts the burden of reporting the donation to the appro-
                                              priate regulatory agency and the burden of any tax consequences or obligations. The aforementioned donor has voluntarily made this donation for the
suited to their needs. It is outcomes         legitimate purpose listed above and has not been solicited by any individual for the gain or profit of that individual. Nor has the aforementioned donor
like these that making being a                made this donation in exchange for any promise, action, or inaction, by the Department regarding an issue regulated or overseen by the Department.
Guardian Ad Litem so rewarding. If
you would like to learn more about
the Guardian Ad Litem program,                                                                                Signature and Date
visit www.guardianadlitem.org.
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                                                                                                                                       body’s ability to regulate its tempera-

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       o Dollie and Sam, gardening
       is as natural as breathing.
       Dollie’s flowers and Sam’s
                                              Beat the Summer Heat!                                                                    ture or that inhibit perspiration.
                                                                                                                                          Normally we have a mechanism
strawberries have always been the                                                                                                      that regulates our body temperature.
                                                           Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones                                        When we are exposed to more heat
envy of the neighborhood. In order
to achieve their glorious garden, they                       From the Dangers of Hot Weather                                           than we can handle, or we retain more
spend hours working in it each day.                                                                                                    heat than we give off, it is referred to
The only weather bulletin they pay         The neighbor realized that Dollie and              Elderly people, those age 65 and         as hyperthermia. This means the
attention to is one announcing the         Sam had gotten too hot. With a 95-               older, are more prone to heat stress       body’s core temperature is at least
chance of rain. They do not pay            degree temperature and a 90 percent              than younger people for several            101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
attention to the temperature and           humidity level, the neighbor knew                reasons. First, elderly people do not      When this happens, our bodies
humidity reading. Although neigh-          she had to act quickly to get Dollie             adjust as well as young people to          attempt to cool down automatically,
bors warn them about working in            and Sam into their cool house.                   sudden changes in temperature.             using several means. The most effi-
the hot sun, nothing diminishes their      Without her action, their condition              Second, they are more likely to have a     cient of these is sweating and the
enthusiasm for gardening. One day          could have worsened and could have               chronic medical condition that upsets      evaporation of perspiration from the
last summer, a neighbor stopped by         become a life-threatening emergency.             normal body responses to heat. Also,       skin. Another method is dilation of
to socialize and noticed something           Has this or could this happen to               elders are more likely to take pre-        blood vessels close to the skin. This
was wrong with Dollie and Sam.             you or your loved ones?                          scription medicines that impair the        brings heat to the surface of the body.
                                                                                                                                       But when the body retains heat due
                                                                                                                                       to high temperatures and humidity,
           Department of State Requests Nominations                                                                                    there is the potential for a medical
                                                                                                                                       emergency.
               for Florida Folk Heritage Awards                                                                                           There are three heat-related illness-
                                                                                                                                       es a person can suffer:
                                                                                                                                          Heat Cramps are muscle pain, usu-

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      ecretary of State Sue M. Cobb        creative forms in art, crafts, dance,            such as photographs, slides, audio
      recently announced that the          language, music and ritual. These                and videotapes, and letters will assist    ally in the legs, arms, or abdomen.
      Florida Department of State is       cultural traditions are transmitted by           the state’s Florida Folklife Council       These are a result of salt depletion.
seeking nominations for the 2007           word of mouth and demonstration.                 in evaluating each nominee. Each           Treatment can be as simple as remov-
Florida Folk Heritage Awards. The          They are shared within community,                nomination letter should include at        ing the person to a cool place and
annual awards recognize individuals        ethnic, occupational, religious and              least two references.                      replacing lost fluids.
who have made exemplary contribu-          regional groups. Nominees should be                The 2006 Florida Folk Heritage              Heat Exhaustion is a more serious
tions to Florida’s traditional culture.    individuals whose art or advocacy                Awards honored five outstanding            complication of heat illness. Signs are
“The Florida Folk Heritage Awards          has embodied the best of traditional             folk artists. Michael Berg (Tallahassee)   pale and cool skin, heavy sweating,
recognize authenticity, excellence and     culture in their communities.                    comes from five generations of duck        heat cramps, tiredness, headache,
talent within the folk arts and honor         Nominations for the award should              decoy carvers; Aida Etchegoyen             nausea, weakness, dizziness and
our most significant and influential       describe the accomplishments and                 (Poinciana) creates mundillo, or           giddiness. These patients may need
traditional artists,” Secretary Cobb       background of the nominee and                    Puerto Rican bobbin lace; Liliane          medical attention when symptoms
said. “I am pleased to present these       explain why he or she deserves                   Nerette Louis (Miami) performs             are severe or not gone in one hour.
awards to honor the state’s living         statewide recognition for preserving             Haitian folktales; and former clowns          Heat Stroke is the most serious
cultural treasures.”                       a significant facet of the state’s               Wayne and Marty Scott (Howey-in-           and potentially life threatening heat
   Folklife includes a wide range of       cultural heritage. Support materials             the-Hills) make exceptional clown          illness. This occurs when the body
                                                                                            shoes. Previous Florida Folk Heritage      becomes unable to control its temper-
                                                                                            Award winners include a Puerto Rican       ature. This is a profound emergency
                        The Department of Elder Affairs’ Medicare assistance Web            guitar maker, African American
                        page provides elders and their caregivers information about
                                                                                                                                       that requires immediate medical
    Medicare and                                                                            gospel musicians, a Minorcan cas-
                        Medicare and health insurance that is specific to Florida. Topics                                              attention. Signs are red, hot and dry
  Health Insurance      include Medicare, HMOs, Supplemental Insurance, Options for         tanet maker, old-time fiddlers, and        skin, rapid and strong pulse, head-
                        Individuals under 65, Preventive Services, Fraud and Abuse,         Seminole dugout canoe makers.              ache, dizziness, nausea and confu-
   Assistance for       Medicaid Programs, Prescription Drug Assistance, Long-Term            Nominations must be postmarked           sion. Treatment is aimed at lowering
                        Care Insurance, and links to other informative Web sites.           no later than September 15, 2006, and      the core temperature as rapidly as is
  Elder Floridians                                                                          mailed to Florida Folklife Program,
                        To find the site, go to www.MyFlorida.com and select the                                                       safe and supporting vital functions.
                        following sequence:                                                 Bureau of Historic Preservation, R.A.      These individuals require advance
      Web Site:
                        Find an Agency –> Elder Affairs –> Medicare/Medicaid (SHINE)        Gray Building – 4th Floor, 500 South       life support treatment in order to
                                                                                            Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida      survive. Call 9-1-1 or emergency
                        Or, go directly to Elder Affairs’ Web page:                         32399-0250. For additional infor-
 MyFlorida.com          http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us                                                                                medical services, if you see someone
                                                                                            mation, contact Tina Bucuvalas at          with these symptoms.
                        and click on “Medicare /Medicaid (SHINE)”
                                                                                            (850) 245-6333 or (800) 847-PAST.                           Continued on page 19
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Continued from page 18
                                                   What Can You Do to Help Protect Elderly Relatives and Neighbors?
Are You at Risk?                              If you have an elderly relative or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat-related stress. Visit
   Hundreds of people die from heat-       older adults who may be at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Take
related illnesses each year during         them to an air-conditioned location if they have transportation problems. Make sure older adults have access to an
very hot weather. Most are age 50          electric fan whenever possible.
and over. The temperature outside
or inside does not have to hit 100        wide-brimmed hat and loose-fitting,           • Pay attention to the weather             safe to do so;
degrees F for you to be at risk for       long-sleeved, light-colored clothing.       reports. You are more at risk as the           • Create cross-ventilation by open-
a heat-related illness and in Florida,    Some people find natural fabrics such       temperature or humidity rise or when         ing windows on two sides of the
summer temperatures can be a major        as cotton to be cooler than synthetic       there is an air pollution alert in effect.   building;
concern for elders. In addition, it’s     fibers.                                       • Check with your local area agency          • Cover windows when they are
important to know about health              • Avoid exercising or working out-        on aging to see if there is a program        in direct sunlight;
problems that may put you at              doors during high heat periods. If          that provides window air condition-            • Keep curtains, shades or blinds
increased risk.                           you must be outdoors in high heat,          ers to seniors who qualify. If you           drawn during the hottest part of
   Health problems that may put you       take frequent breaks and ask a friend       think you can’t afford to run your air       the day;
at risk include:                          or relative to check on you frequently      conditioner in the summer, contact             • Try to spend at least two hours
  • Heart or blood vessel problems,       while you are outside.                      your local area agency on aging.             a day (if possible during the hottest
poorly working sweat glands or              • Ask a friend or relative to drive         • If you live in a home or apartment       part of the day) some place air-con-
changes in your skin caused by            you to a cool place on very hot days        without fans or air conditioning, be         ditioned — for example, the shop-
normal aging.                             if you don’t have a car or no longer        sure to follow these steps to lower          ping mall, the movies, the library, a
  • Heart, lung, or kidney disease, as    drive. If necessary, take a taxi. Don’t     your chance of heat problems:                senior center or a friend’s house, if
well as any illness that makes you        stand outside waiting for a bus.              • Open windows at night if it is           you don’t have air conditioning.
feel weak all over or causes a fever.
  • High blood pressure or other con-
ditions that make it necessary for you
to change some of the foods you eat.      City of Palm Coast – “You Can” Program                                                     Continued from page 14
  • Conditions treated by drugs such
                                          and a free pedometer. More than a           able to walk one-eighth of a mile.           munity. Subsequently, eight classes
as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers,   year later, the program remains a           After 11 weeks, many were able to            have opened, including jazzercise,
and some heart and blood pressure         resident favorite. In January 2006, the     complete a 5K Flagler County Walk/           osteo-fitness, Parkinson’s mobility,
medicines. These may make it harder       Healthy Walk commemorated Palm              Run — which is over three miles. And         pilates and belly dancing. Students
for your body to cool itself by per-      Coast’s sixth birthday with almost          their self-esteem increased right along      are also participating in individual
spiring.                                  200 people joining the celebration.         with their mobility and flexibility.         dietary evaluations with a certified
  • Taking several drugs for a variety       While the citizens improved their           A partnership between the City of         personal trainer.
of health problems. Keep taking your      health and activity level, the city         Palm Coast and the Flagler County               As the City of Palm Coast’s Recrea-
prescriptions, but ask your doctor        improved the St. Joe Walkway. The           YMCA is another tangible positive            tion and Parks staff developed the “You
what to do if the drugs you are taking    path was expanded to include an             result of the “You Can” program.             Can” program, they learned many
make you more likely to become            outer loop around a residential golf        Class members have been invited to           lessons. Actual lesson planning and
overheated.                               course, creating a 3.75-mile course.        the YMCA to participate in fitness           preparation took much longer than
  • Being quite a bit overweight or       Half-mile markers, trail maps, bench-       classes, utilize equipment and receive       anticipated. Combining staff team
underweight.                              es and picnic tables were also added.       advanced circuit training at no              resources and expertise ultimately
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages.         Palm Coast citizens continue to             charge. This is a winning situation for      produced an integrated program that
                                          appreciate this wonderful setting,          both sides. Students are continuing          became more powerful than its indi-
How Can I Lower My Risk?                  making their own dates to walk, even        to improve their health habits and           vidual parts. Most important, instruc-
   Things you can do to lower your        when there is no designated class.          the YMCA is introducing new people           tors learned to listen more closely to
risk of heat-related illness:                Palm Coast Recreation and Parks          to their facility.                           what their students had to say. Under-
                                          staff has seen tangible results for their      Start-up costs for the “You Can”          standing that they were afraid to walk
  • Drink plenty of liquids — even if
                                          “You Can” efforts. Participants report      program were extremely reasonable.           alone, or that they were apprehensive
you are not particularly thirsty.
                                          they’ve made new friends with               They totaled just over $300 for              about the mere mention of the word
Every day you should drink at least       supportive people who share their           pedometers for walkers to measure            “exercise” helped staff personalize the
eight glasses of water to keep your       enthusiasm for getting healthy.             distance accomplished and “You               curriculum and assure that it met par-
body working properly. Avoid drinks       Various clubs and organizations are         Can” T-shirts for class graduates.           ticipants’ specific needs. Acknow-
containing caffeine or alcohol. If        beginning to use the St. Joe Walkway           Popularity of “You Can: Improve           ledging that the citizens of Palm
your doctor has told you to limit         for organized walks. Best of all, the       Your Health and Improve Your City”           Coast really wanted to be healthy and
your liquids, ask him or her what         citizens of Palm Coast look healthier       has confirmed to Palm Coast the need         helping them to achieve their goals
you should do when it is very hot.        and feel better. When “You Can”             to organize additional fitness and           brought their “You Can” program
  • Dress for the weather. Wear a         classes began, students were barely         health-related programs for the com-         success and longevity.
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  20                                                   VETERANS’ AFFAIRS                                                                             Elder Update


                     Governor Bush Signs Bills to Assist Veterans
Submitted by Colonel Rocky              them, Florida is helping a large por-     dence to the Purple Heart. Eligible         HB 1065 / SB 2034
McPherson, USMC (Ret.), Executive       tion of its population. The U.S. Secre-   recipients must be current Florida          Sponsored by Senator Cary Baker
Director, Florida Department of         tary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield,        residents and have been so at the           and Representative Stan Jordan
Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)                recently noted Florida’s nationwide       time of the action when their combat           This bill relates to educational
                                        leadership in every category regard-      decoration was earned. This legislation     benefits for spouses of KIAs, MIAs


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         n June 13, Governor Bush ing care for military and recently              recognizes Floridians who have distin-      and 100 percent permanently and
         signed four bills into law separated service members.                    guished themselves in battle by offering    totally disabled Florida veterans and
         that provide more benefits to                                            significant educational benefits, leading   provides for free tuition at state
certain Florida veterans. In the past Veterans-Related Bills                      to a college degree and an improved         colleges and universities for the
seven years, Governor Bush, as well Passed in 2006                                quality of life for the veterans and their  un-remarried, dependent spouses of
as Senate and House sponsors, have                                                families.                                   certain veterans who are Florida
shown tremendous respect and com- SB 122 / HB 373                                                                             residents and who were residents of
mitment to our veterans through Sponsored by Senator Mike Fasano                  HB 573 / SB 1342                            Florida at the time of the action which
ongoing support for such legislation, and Representative Gayle Harrell            Sponsored by Senator Mike Bennett           resulted in their eligibility. This bill
which has established Florida as a         This bill allows free undergraduate    and Representative Gus Bilirakis            offers educational benefits to the spouse of
veteran-friendly state.                 tuition at state colleges and universi-      Building Permit Fee Waiver for a Florida veteran who was killed in
  A quarter of the state’s residents ties for Florida recipients of the           Certain Disabled Veterans — This bill action, is missingis missing in action or
are either veterans or veteran-related, Purple Heart and other combat-relat-      waives the county building permit is 100 percent permanently and totally
so in providing additional benefits to ed decorations superior in prece-          fee for 100 percent permanently and disabled as a result of military service and
                                                                                  totally disabled veterans who are is an expression of tribute from a grateful
                                                                                  Florida residents when improving state. It is a lasting expression of grati-
                                                                                  access and convenience for activities tude for past sacrifices and an offer of
                                                                                  of daily living to their dwelling. hope for a brighter future.
                                                                                  Florida has the largest population of seri- SB (SJR) 194 / HB (HJR) 631
                                                                                  ously disabled veterans in the country, Sponsored by Senator Mike Fasano
                                                                                  which means this bill potentially affects and Representative Ray Sansom
                                                                                  15,200 permanent and totally disabled
                                                                                                                                 This bill requires counties to
                                                                                  veterans. It addresses an issue of fairness
                                                                                                                              reduce property taxes for disabled
                                                                                  by adding all resident dwellings to this
                                                                                                                              veteran age 65 or older commensu-
                                                                                  fee waiver rather than limit it to mobile
                                                                                                                              rate with the percentage of their
                                                                                  homes, which is current law.
                                                                                                                              “combat” disability. To apply, one
                                                                                  HB 955 / SB 1370                            would have to be a current Florida
                                                                                  Sponsored by Senator Burt Saunders resident and have joined the service
                                                                                  and Representative Bill Proctor             from Florida. Although important to
                                                                                                                              veterans and worth noting, this legis-
                                                                                     This bill relates to waiving the resi- lation would change the Florida
                                                                                  dency requirement for admission into Constitution, requiring it to be placed
                                                                                  a State Veterans Nursing Home on the November ballot for a state-
                                                                                  (SVNH) and grants the authority to wide referendum. This bill honors elder
                                                                                  the Executive Director of the FDVA Florida veterans, many on a fixed income,
                                                                                  to waive state residency for admis- for their service in combat by providing a
                                                                                  sion into SVNH to otherwise eligible practical, financial expression of our
                                                                                  veterans from other states who are appreciation. This may help veteran home-
                                                                                  evacuees from the state where that owners to continue living in their homes
                                                                                  Governor has declared a state of for an extended period of time.
                                                                                  emergency. In the immediate aftermath          For more information, contact FDV      A
                                                                                  of Hurricane Katrina, Florida was asked at (850) 487-1533, e-mail Courtney
                                                                                  to provide nursing home admission to Heidelberg at heidelbergc@fdva.state.fl.us,
                                                                                  veterans from out-of-state. Florida law or visit www.FloridaVets.org. The mail-
                                                                                  had heretofore prohibited admission of ing address is 4040 Esplanade Way, Suite
                                                                                  non-Florida residents.                      152, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950.
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                                                                                                      Please call the telephone number below in your area
Access to information
regarding elder services
                                Information and Referral                                                           for information and referrals.
and activities is avail-     1-800-96-ELDER                                                                     FLORIDA ELDER HELPLINE DIRECTORY
able through the Elder
Helpline Information
                             (800-963-5337)                                              Alachua. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                 Martin:
and Referral service within each Florida county. For the
                                                                                         Baker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464              in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
hearing or speech impaired, all Elder Helplines can be
                                                                                         Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624           out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 561-383-1112
accessed through the Florida Relay by simply dialing 711                                 Bradford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                  Miami-Dade. . . . . . . . . . . . . 305-670-4357
from anywhere in the state.                                                              Brevard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-631-2747                Monroe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305-670-4357
                                                                                         Broward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954-714-3464                  Nassau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464
                                                                                         Calhoun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                  Okaloosa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-531-8011
     FLORIDA AREA AGENCIES ON AGING (Counties Served)
                                                                                         Charlotte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337                   Okeechobee:
Northwest Florida Area                    West Central Florida Area                      Citrus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243               in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Agency on Aging                           Agency on Aging                                Clay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464            out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 561-383-1112
5090 Commerce Park Circle                 5905 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite F             Collier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337              Orange:
Pensacola, FL 32505                       Tampa, FL 33610-4239                           Columbia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                     in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
850-494-7101 • 1-866-531-8011             813-740-3888 • 1-800-336-2226                  DeSoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337                  out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 407-839-4357
(Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and       (Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough,              Dixie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243            Osceola:
Walton Counties)                          Manatee and Polk Counties)                     Duval. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464              in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
                                                                                         Escambia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-531-8011                    out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 407-839-4357
Area Agency on Aging                      Senior Resource Alliance                       Flagler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464
of North Florida, Inc.                    988 Woodcock Road, Suite 200                                                                                           Palm Beach:
                                                                                         Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
2414 Mahan Drive                          Orlando, FL 32803
Tallahassee, FL 32304                     407-228-1800                                   Gadsden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                    out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 561-383-1112
850-488-0055 • 1-866-467-4624             (Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole         Gilchrist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                Pasco:
(Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden,         Counties)                                      Glades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337
                                                                                                                                                                  in-state . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-861-8111
Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon,                                                  Gulf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624
                                                                                                                                                                  out-of-state. . . . . . . . . . . . 727-217-8111
Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and     Area Agency on Aging                           Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243
                                                                                                                                                                 Pinellas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727-217-8111
Washington Counties)                      of Southwest Florida                           Hardee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-2226
                                          2285 First Street                                                                                                      Polk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-2226
                                                                                         Hendry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337
Mid Florida Area                          Fort Myers, FL 33901                           Hernando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                     Putnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243
Agency on Aging                           239-332-4233                                   Highlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-2226                    Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-531-8011
5700 S.W. 34th St., Suite 222             (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry,   Hillsborough. . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-2226                        Sarasota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337
Gainesville, FL 32608                     Lee and Sarasota Counties)
                                                                                         Holmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                 Seminole:
352-378-6649 • 1-800-262-2243                                                                                                                                     in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
                                                                                         Indian River:
(Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia,     Area Agency on Aging of Palm                                                                                            out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 407-839-4357
Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando,     Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.                      in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
                                                                                          out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 561-383-1112                           St. Johns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464
Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam,    1764 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 201
                                                                                         Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                St. Lucie:
Sumter, Suwannee and Union Counties)      West Palm Beach, FL 33409
                                          561-684-5885 • 1-866-684-5885                  Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                 in-county. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
ElderSource – The Area Agency             (Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee,             Lafayette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243                   out-of-county . . . . . . . . . 561-383-1112
on Aging of Northeast Florida             Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties)             Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243           Sumter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243
4160 Woodcock Drive, 2nd Floor,                                                          Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-413-5337          Suwannee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243
Jacksonville, FL 32207                    Aging and Disability Resource                  Leon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624             Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624
904-391-6600 • 1-888-242-4464             Center of Broward County                       Levy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243           Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243
(Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau,     5345 N.W. 35th Ave.                            Liberty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624              Volusia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-242-4464
St. Johns and Volusia Counties)           Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309                       Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624                  Wakulla. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624
                                          954-714-3456                                                                                                           Walton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-531-8011
                                                                                         Manatee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-336-2226
Area Agency on Aging                      (Broward County)
of Pasco-Pinellas                                                                        Marion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-262-2243               Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-467-4624
9887 Fourth Street North                  Alliance for Aging
Suite 100                                 9500 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 400
                                                                                                     Elder Helpline Can Assist Non-English Speakers
St. Petersburg, FL 33702                  Miami, FL 33156
727-570-9696
(Pasco and Pinellas Counties)
                                          305-670-6500
                                          (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties)
                                                                                                                              B    y calling the Elder Helpline, Florida’s elders can
                                                                                                                                   access information and referral services through
                                                                                                                               the Language Line. Telephone interpreters provide
                                                                                                                               live, on-line assistance by translating from English
 If you need information about, or referral to, a service provider outside                                                     into as many as 148 different languages.
 the state of Florida, call the national Eldercare Locator Service at (800)
 677-1116. An information specialist will assist you Monday through Friday
 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST. For people with Telecommunication Devices for                  Are you worried that an elder relative or friend may be the victim
 the Deaf (TDDs), all Elder Helplines, as well as the Eldercare Locator                    of abuse? You can report known or suspected cases of abuses by
 Service can be accessed through Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771.                      calling Florida’s hotline at 1-800-96 -ABUSE (962-2873).
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    CARES Assists Special Needs Shelter Evacuees During Disasters
Submitted by Jenny McNeely                    tion plans, but what happens when         Department of Elder Affairs CARES          Mississippi last year, following
Department of Elder Affairs CARES             the storm passes and those in a shel-     program steps in post disaster, assist-    Katrina. Florida’s response team for
                                              ter cannot return to their homes?         ing those evacuated to a special needs     Mississippi’s elders used the skills


T
       he last two hurricane seasons          That’s when CARES (Comprehensive          shelter in locating temporary housing      learned the year before to assist and
       have been brutal to the state of       Assessment and Evaluation for             if their home was damaged. CARES           train our neighbors in need. We lent
       Florida. No matter what your           Long-Term Care Services) comes            also has a rapid response team that        them our expertise, our coordination
age or your location, chances are you         in. CARES staff have provided an          receives information on beds avail-        skills and a caring crew when they
or someone you care for has been              estimated 6,000 + hours to hurricane      able in nursing homes and assisted         were needed. The team continued to
impacted if you live here. It’s almost        relief over the past two years. These     living facilities for seniors in need of   provide technical assistance and
become the “norm” to deal with hur-           staff members are deployed to other       a temporary, yet medically necessary,
                                                                                                                                   support to Mississippi’s Department
ricanes. However, seniors with special        areas in the state in order to help.      environment. CARES has staff avail-
medical needs face different challenges                                                                                            of Aging and Adult Services and area
                                              Today CARES is responsible for dis-       able to be deployed to areas of the
when a hurricane is approaching.                                                                                                   agencies on aging to ensure a smooth
                                              charge planning for seniors in special    state in need of assistance after a dis-
Where do they go? What if they                                                          aster. The CARES staff also maintains      transition of duties and responsi-
                                              needs shelters. CARES staff will be
require dialysis or oxygen, or have                                                     contact with existing clients to assess    bilities and convert the rapid needs
                                              assisting the Red Cross and the State
other chronic medical conditions?                                                       their needs and safety. If needed,         assessment process to Mississippi’s
                                              Emergency Response Team in order
What happens after the hurricane is           to ensure seniors can get the care they   CARES assists local service providers      aging network staff at the conclusion
over and their home is damaged?               need after the storm. If a senior’s       in the delivery of food, ice and water     of the mission. Disaster relief was also
Their needs would best be met in a            home is uninhabitable after the           to seniors.                                provided to elders after Hurricane
special needs shelter. A special needs        storm, CARES staff will be ready to          The Department of Elder Affairs’        Dennis. CARES staff completed rapid
shelter is basically a shelter that accepts   offer links to resources that help        response teams, which included             needs assessments to locate shelter
people who need to be “plugged in” to         someone find temporary housing.           CARES staff, were recently honored         and other needed resources, provided
equipment vital to their health needs.           The Department of Health is            with two Davis Productivity Awards         information and referral services,
   Special needs shelters are a valuable      responsible for opening and main-         for their efforts in hurricane relief.     and distributed food, water and
asset to Florida’s hurricane prepara-         taining special needs shelters. The       The teams each spent one week in           tarps to affected elders.
JULY /AUGUST 2006
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