older adults

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology is constantly evolving and for senior citizens who didn’t grow up with it and maybe didn’t even use it in the workplace, keeping up with it can be a challenge. David Bruns, who  handles media relations for AARP, notes that there is a digital divide. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue […]

Jerauld draws attention to services offered by Council on Aging

Jerauld draws attention to services offered by Council on Aging

Margaret Jerauld has been involved with the Council on Aging of West Florida for nearly 20 years. Her time there has been on and off but her effort to interact with seniors and provide them with valuable information has been remarkably consistent. Her goal on Monday morning at the Holley Navarre Senior Center was to […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Zapf discusses causes, solutions to back pain

Zapf discusses causes, solutions to back pain

Back pain can affect anyone but it can be particularly problematic for older adults. Sometimes people are hesitant about how to proceed if they do experience back pain. Dr. Ashley Zapf, a primary care sports medicine physician who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, helped provide general answers about back pain concerns during […]

New treatment curbs the pain associated with osteoarthritis

New treatment curbs the pain associated with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the nation, affecting 33.6 percent of adults 65 years or older, but a relatively new treatment could help curb the pain and stiffness associated with it. Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure where the sensory nerves of the hip or knee are burned to reduce the […]

SHINE program signs light on understanding Medicare

SHINE program signs light on understanding Medicare

Understanding the benefits of Medicare can be a complicated for some and that’s where the Florida SHINE program comes into play. For more than two decades, SHINE, which stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, has provided information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families on Medicare and other questions they may […]

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number. The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law […]

Seniors’ preventive health checkups can make big difference in the long run

Seniors’ preventive health checkups can make big difference in the long run

Major health issues are tough to ignore. But all too often older adults, particularly those 65 or older, come up with a reason not to take part in routine clinical services that could end up preventing more serious health problems down the road. Dr. Anita Westafer of Sacred Heart Health System specializes in preventive care […]

Seminar highlights importance of exercise for older adults

Seminar highlights importance of exercise for older adults

More than half of all adults are not meeting the recommended requirements for daily physical activity. That issue becomes a bigger concern for older adults, who are suffering a bone loss of 3-5 percent each year once they hit the age of 55. Sometimes it’s the craziness of life in general that gets in the […]

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

According to the National Fire Protection Association website, “At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.” Furthermore, according to the United States Fire Administration, older adults especially have an increased relative risk of injury or death in a fire. Read the full […]

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Expos

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Expos

Snowbirds and local residents attended the Snowbird Expo and the Navarre Chamber Health and Business Expo last week. Click HERE to view photos from the events.  

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” While some citizens age 65 and over are healthy and independent, a good number of them rely on help from various food programs in order to supply simple, everyday meals. […]