seniors

Beacon welcomes new director

Beacon welcomes new director

The Beacon welcomed new Executive Director Andrea Myers Aug. 31 to the lead the team with her heart for senior care. Originally from Miami, Myers moved around growing up and migrated to Gulf Breeze six years ago. She has three children and was impressed with the Santa Rosa County school district and said it was […]

Navarre volleyball team in position to contend this year

Navarre volleyball team in position to contend this year

As uncertain as everything is for Navarre’s volleyball team moving forward into a season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no doubts or questions looming about its potential. Experience isn’t in short supply for the Raiders, who are coming off an eight-win season. They harbor aspirations of contending for a district title and more. Lilly […]

Class of 2020 gets morale boost from donated signs

Class of 2020 gets morale boost from donated signs

Senior year is different for the class of 2020 at Navarre High School. With schools closed until at least May 1 and communities in quarantine under state mandates, common milestones are being missed. Award ceremonies, prom, signing friends’ yearbooks and even their graduation ceremony may be cancelled due to social distancing concerns. Kelly Urban’s son […]

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Friends and family of those in assisted living and nursing homes are barred from seeing their loved ones until at least April 13 according to federal guidelines. COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the U.S., and the elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications or death from […]

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

In light of growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic concerns, Dollar General stores in Navarre will hold a seniors shopping hour from 8 to 9 a.m. each day. Starting Tuesday, stores “strongly encouraged” the first hour of opening to be dedicated solely to senior customers due to their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 infection according to a corporate […]

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

People age 60 and older in Florida already number more than 5 million, accounting for a little over 25% of the state’s population. That number is projected to rise significantly in the years ahead, hitting the 8 million mark by 2040. That is why having a state plan on aging in place is critical.   […]

Preparation key for seniors ahead of major storms

Preparation key for seniors ahead of major storms

Major storms such as a hurricane or tropical storm impact people of all ages but can be particularly challenging for the elderly. Having somewhere to go to be safe and ensuring medications and medical supplies are on hand, as well as making sure an emergency plan is in place for any routine treatments, are all […]

To the class of 2019

To the class of 2019

Our community is getting ready to celebrate a new chapter in the life of our youth as the oldest of these graduate high school. Seniors, congratulations on your achievement. Graduation day marks a turning in your life from childhood to adulthood. As you move the tassel to the other side of your cap, you are […]

Columbiettes host successful luncheon for seniors

Columbiettes host successful luncheon for seniors

Janet Craven is staying busy on a Wednesday afternoon. She’s at St. Sylvester Church in Navarre making sure the annual Senior and Snowbird luncheon goes off without a hitch. Looking around the room, it appears everything is running smoothly. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse is a problem in America. In Florida alone last year, there were reports of more than 38,000 cases involving seniors 60 and older, including close to 3,100 (3,076) in the Northwest Region of the state. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is focused on addressing the needs of Florida’s aging drivers. The state has more residents over the age of 65 than it does under the age of 18. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Seniors played key role in Raiders’ success

Seniors played key role in Raiders’ success

Friday marked the end of the road for the seniors on Navarre’s football team. The Raiders lost 49-27 to Crestview in the Region 1-6A regional championship game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Nearly 30 seniors played their final game that night. Navarre head coach Jay Walls talked a little about what that group has meant […]

Robots have place in future of caregiving

Robots have place in future of caregiving

Caregiving in the 21st century is going to look decidedly different than it did in the last one. Robots won’t replace humans, but the idea of having socially assistive robots in nursing homes and assisted living facilities could take pressure off a caregiver shortage that is expected to hit 450,000 by the year 2025. Read […]

Florida among states not getting any younger

Florida among states not getting any younger

America isn’t getting any younger and Florida is among the leaders in greying states. In less than 10 years, the percentage of Americans 65 and older living in Florida will stand at 26 percent, up significantly from the current 19 percent, which as of now, is the highest in the country. Read the full article […]

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 […]

Class at senior center offers beginner instruction in line dancing

Class at senior center offers beginner instruction in line dancing

Hip Hop music is the last thing you’d expect to hear coming out of a tablet at the Holley Navarre Senior Center.  “Moves Like Jagger” probably isn’t a hit song you’d expect to hear either. Yet that’s exactly what one hears playing on a Tuesday afternoon during a line dancing class. Donations are accepted for […]

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 […]

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 […]