seniors

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 […]

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures are stunning enough to drop your jaw. Consider that it’s the sixth leading cause of death in America and the only one among the top 10 without prevention, treatment or a cure. As of now, there are 5.4 million people in the United States suffering from it, including more than […]

Baccalaureate coming to conference center

Baccalaureate coming to conference center

Navarre High School seniors are little more than two weeks away from graduation which means it is time for Baccalaureate once again. The 2018 service will be hosted at the Navarre Conference Center at Days Inn and Suites,  8700 Navarre Pkwy, May 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will feature worship leaders and graduating […]

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to an unpaid taxi fare thwarted a scam March 26 in Milton. At approximately 11 a.m., dispatchers at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an individual who was refusing to pay for a taxi cab fare according to a sheriff’s office press release. […]

Teal brings slice of Greek culture to Navarre

Teal brings slice of Greek culture to Navarre

Dimitra Teal has been teaching Greek Dancing at the Holley Navarre Senior Center since last year, and her reason for doing so is fairly simple. “I am Greek. This (dancing) is what I have known my whole life. I figured, why not teach it,” Teal said. She teaches the class once a week at the […]

What’s On the REEF?

Snowbirds & Seniors come celebrate the Navarre Beach artificial reefs and learn about them at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station from 2 to 3 p.m. Program includes history, fish identification tips, and an underwater fish identification guide. For more information, call 850-261-2141 or visit www.navarresciencestation.org.

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

During the Holley Navarre Senior Center’s general meeting Friday afternoon, new board president TJ (Teresa) Husser turned on music at one point. The song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” played and it was symbolic of the atmosphere Husser is trying to create at the center as she settles into her new role. In the past, there […]

Improved shingles vaccine

Improved shingles vaccine

Though many people 60 and older have already received a vaccine against shingles, they may need to seek revaccination soon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 20 approved a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has taken it under review. The committee currently advises the health-care […]

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

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 […]

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel is high on the priority list of those 50 and over. It’s also big business for the industry, according to Stephanie Miles, the senior vice president for marketing and member benefits at AARP. “Travel is the number one thing people at that age aspire to do, especially with a significant other or family,” Miles […]

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

Wii bowling brings new form of fun to senior center

Wii bowling brings new form of fun to senior center

Don Brown had been searching for a new activity to bring to the Holley Navarre Senior Center. He had no idea one was right around the corner, or in this case, right inside the office of the center. “We had a Wii inside a box and no one was using it,” Brown said. “It was […]

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 […]

Ombudsman plays key role in lives of long-term care residents

Ombudsman plays key role in lives of long-term care residents

Ombudsmen play a critical role in ensuring quality of care and life for residents of long-term care facilities. Once acting more like regulators and inspectors, North Regional Ombudsman Manager Michael Phillips said ombudsmen have shifted to putting more of the focus on the residents. “We’ve become more resident centered and directed. And by that, I […]

Senior Games brings out the best in competition

Senior Games brings out the best in competition

People say time flies when you are having fun. And once again, it’s time for the Senior Games of Pensacola. The event will take place Sept. 8-24 and residents of Santa Rosa County will be among the participants. Cheryl Fox, who works for the City of Pensacola and coordinates the games, said it’s hard to […]

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 […]

Virtual Dementia Tour provides better understanding for caregivers

Virtual Dementia Tour provides better understanding for caregivers

Dementia affects nearly 50 million people around the world — that number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 — and the unforgiving disease can take its toll on the caregivers of those battling the disease as much as it can on the people living with it. It’s not easy to watch a […]

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Just as the mercury rises on the thermometer with the arrival of summer, the need to keep the elderly protected during the warmest months of the year goes up as well. In our area, heat-related illnesses and deaths are far more common among seniors than weather-related issues that arise during the winter months. Read the […]

Go in faith, graduates

Go in faith, graduates

Amid the diplomas, tassels and celebration Navarre High School’s soon-to-be graduates took a moment to honor God Monday during baccalaureate at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church. Dozens of students along with their family and friends packed the pews to listen to a variety of speakers talk about the importance of keeping faith during this transitory time. […]

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 […]

Pickleball players test skills at first tournament

Pickleball players test skills at first tournament

Mildred Hudson plays pickleball every week at the recreation center in Gulf Breeze. On Saturday, she was among the nearly 30 seniors competing in the first ever tournament at the center. “It’s fantastic,” Hudson said. “All of us play recreationally every week, but the tournament is good because it gives us a chance to see […]

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Tricia Dixon has only been the volunteer program manager for the Council on Aging of West Florida for six months and it’s safe to say she has stayed busy. After all, it’s no easy task coordinating more than 300 volunteers who fill a crucial need for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Read […]

Upping the ante on senior living in Gulf Breeze

Upping the ante on senior living in Gulf Breeze

The Arbors senior living community now under construction in the City of Gulf Breeze will transform a sizable slice of the small downtown and buff up its image as an appealing retirement spot. Featuring 132 apartments whose tenants will range from couples who still drive and are otherwise active to those needing assisted living. Read […]

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

More than half of the folks in America over the age of 50 suffer with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. That is not good news. The worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310 percent and 240 percent in women by the year 2050 according to the International Osteoporosis […]

Budget cuts may slow down Meals on Wheels

Budget cuts may slow down Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels might not run as smoothly in the future if the proposed federal budget cuts go through. The budget blueprint includes elimination of Community Services Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant programs that provide $70,000 annually to Meals on Wheels in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties through The Council on Aging of […]

Friendships blossom at weekly crafting get-together

Friendships blossom at weekly crafting get-together

Cheri Wren joined the crafting group at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center last spring. Her son encouraged her to do it. “My son kept nagging me to get active,” Wren said with a laugh. “He wanted me to do something besides sit at the house and crochet.” Read the full article in the March 16 issue […]

Support groups offered for grandparents raising grandchildren

Support groups offered for grandparents raising grandchildren

Grandparents raising grandchildren is more common than people realize. Statistics from the U.S. Census in 2010 show that 4.9 million children under age 18 were being raised solely by their grandparents, a total double the number (2.4 million) in the 2000 census. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Pickleball appeal growing in Gulf Breeze

Pickleball appeal growing in Gulf Breeze

Diane Burns was familiar with the game of pickleball long before she ever came to Florida. “I’m a retired school teacher and taught it in my PE classes in Michigan,” Burns said. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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