senior citizens

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

Look at the scam tracker map that is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and it’s spilling over with red triangles. More than 2,000 active fraud reports are marked on a counter. Despite the awareness that is out there about scams, despite the warnings, it hasn’t slowed down the momentum of scam artists nor […]

Council on Aging steps up to make lives better

Council on Aging steps up to make lives better

For nearly 50 years, the Council on Aging of West Florida has played a role in making lives better for senior citizens in Northwest Florida. Its mission is to serve, support and advocate for the elderly in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and it serves a purpose many don’t believe exists, according to Josh Newby, […]

Health & Craft Fair

The Health & Craft Fair at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center will be held from 8 a.m. The community is invited to take advantage of free health screenings and learn more about specific health issues seniors are facing. Plus, pick up the perfect gifts or crafts from local vendors. For more information, call 850-936-1644.

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 […]

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

The topic of summer heat and its impact on senior citizens isn’t new. The need to help seniors stay cool on those days of sweltering temperatures and unforgiving humidity is never-ending. “We say it every year, but it seems there are more people to help than ever,” said Josh Newby, the marketing communications director for […]

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Look the map on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the state of Florida is stacked with triangles that serve as symbols of potential scams. No one should be surprised because, as AARP Communication Manager Dave Bruns points out, “Florida is the epicenter for scams targeting people 50 and over.” And with the Christmas season in […]

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Putting valuable information into the hands of senior citizens is what the Senior Resources Roundtable is all about. Formed in 2008, the nearly decade-old group features individuals from a variety of professions – skilled in everything from assisted living and legal help to financial advice and home organization – and the goal is to provide […]

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Josh Newby of the Council on Aging of West Florida can’t say for sure that senior citizens in need have had more issues affording food for their pets in recent years. But he does know one thing. “I would say the recent focus on this issue stems from new research showing the positive effects pets […]

Safety efforts help reduce risks for senior drivers

Safety efforts help reduce risks for senior drivers

Do a Google search on senior citizens and automobile accidents and there is no shortage of hits. The search results fuel debate as to whether or not it’s safe for older drivers to be behind the wheel. Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes older drivers often deal with unfair criticism. Read […]

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 […]

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging of West Florida Activities Supervisor Margaret Jerauld can say with confidence the distribution of gifts to clients during the Christmas season was a success. Through the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of donors, more than $31,000 worth of gifts were distributed to 791 clients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It […]

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 […]

Dancing to good health

Dancing to good health

Susan Czekanski remembers the first time she walked into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach. She almost walked right back out. “I came in here and then when they went back to get one of the instructors, I started to walk out,” Czekanski said. “I wasn’t sure if this was the right […]

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 […]

Health fair and bazaar beneficial in countless ways

Health fair and bazaar beneficial in countless ways

Three years ago the Holley Navarre Senior Center decided to host a Health Fair. It went over well and has since expanded, with a craft bazaar being added to the agenda in each of the last two years. So on Friday morning as visitors strolled through the senior center, they could get a variety of […]

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

No state has a larger elderly population in the nation than Florida. More than 4.9 million residents are 60 years of age or older, accounting for 24 percent of the state’s population, and scam artists are eager to exploit it. “Exploitation and fraud is one of the biggest categories of abuse against elders,” said Ashley […]

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Carolyn Sumrall is a familiar face at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. She can be found inside the center most of the week serving up hot meals to senior citizens, who attend the daily lunches to have a good meal and socialize with others. Sumrall is a site manager with the Council on Aging of […]

Navarre senior avoids becoming grandparent phone scam victim

Navarre senior avoids becoming grandparent phone scam victim

Jane Mullis was at home Wednesday afternoon when she received a phone call from her grandson. At least she thought it was her grandson. “When I answered the phone he said ‘Hi grandma, this is your oldest grandson, don’t you recognize my voice?’” Mullis said. She told him there was too much static but proceeded […]

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Dealing with scams is a never-ending job for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s detective Duran Nelson. “I deal with it every day, all day,” Nelson said. It’s my primary job.” Nelson spoke about scams, computer fraud and personal safety to a crowd of about 30 at the Holley Navarre Senior Center Friday afternoon. It’s the first […]