13921 Shell Point Plaza, Fort Myers, Florida, 33908
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Shell Point provides a wide variety of independent living residences, three assisted living facilities, and a skilled nursing center with specialized rehabilitative services, memory care, and hospice. Browse the floor plans, locations, and sizes available in our five neighborhoods: The Island, The Woodlands, Coastal Links, Palm Acres, and Waterside. Visit www.shellpoint.org
King~s Crown, an assisted living facility located on The Island at Shell Point, offers an ideal setting for those who need light assistance throughout the day. The King~s Crown staff provides that extra personal help to make the day that much easier.
The award winning Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point offers state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient services with high functional outcomes and low hospital readmission rates in a resort-style setting. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists are available seven days per week and specialized therapy programs include aquatic therapy, cardiac and pulmonary care, orthopedics, stroke care, dysphagia and pain management. Dedicated staff physicians, a nurse practitioner making daily rounds, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and family support services staff set the standard for excellence in care. Additionally, the on-site pharmacy, lab, radiology services, salon, meditation chapel, and waterfront dining room make the Larsen Pavilion one of Lee County~s finest skilled rehabilitation centers.
Shell Point provides a wide variety of independent living residences, three assisted living facilities, and a skilled nursing center with specialized rehabilitative services, memory care, and hospice. Browse the floor plans, locations, and sizes available in our five neighborhoods: The Island, The Woodlands, Coastal Links, Palm Acres, and Waterside. Visit www.shellpoint.org
Retirees who live in full Lifecare communities have the assurance that their future healthcare needs will be met. Residents often have additional access to multiple resources that can prolong independence any stage of the aging continuum, like home care, day respite services, meals on wheels, and morning assurance programs.While not all Lifecare communities are able to offer such a broad base of supportive programs, Shell Points size allows us to develop far-reaching services that help residents in whichever way they most need assistance in their daily lives, said Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP, director of Outpatient Services at Shell Point Retirement Community.Many use these programs as an opportunity to remain in their independent living residences longer, potentially delaying a move to assisted living or skilled nursing care. In fact, these lesser-known resources, especially home care, can be extremely beneficial.Home care, for example, is a resident-paid service that provides functional support to maintain the residents independence at differing levels of care. Home care is more than just a resource to be used when your health becomes compromised, shared Sharon Dobbins, RN, Shell Point Home Care manager. Home care staff can function as an extra family member and caregiver of sorts, helping residents remain comfortable and safely in place.Shell Points Welcome Home home care program, recommended for those returning from a stay at the hospital or skilled nursing residence, helps residents get settled after discharge. It includes assistance with packing personal belongings, transportation, preparing the home for safety and cleanliness, stocking the pantry and refrigerator, preparing meals, and other personal care, like bathing and grooming.By providing home care and other supportive resources, Shell Point strives to provide its Lifecare residents with tangible services to support independence. This way, you conserve energy for the things you find most enjoyable, and those that enhance your comfort and quality of life, said Sharon.While Shell Point Home Care is only available to Shell Point residents, many local home care and supportive resources are available to Southwest Florida residents. Discuss your healthcare needs first with your doctor, who can connect you with recommended providers.
This is part two in a four-part series dedicated to an in-depth examination of advance directives: who is eligible to make an advance directive, what it is, how to create one, and what to do with the document after it is completed.What is an Advance Directive?An advance directive is a written or oral statement about how you want medical decisions made for you should you not be able to make them yourself. It can also express your wish to make an anatomical donation after death.Some people make advance directives when they are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Others put their wishes in writing while they are healthy, often as part of their estate planning.There are two types of advance directives to consider:A living will is a written or oral statement of the kind of medical care you want or do not want if you become unable to make your own decisions. It is called a living will because it takes effect while you are still living. You may wish to speak to your healthcare provider or attorney to be certain you have completed the living will in a way that your wishes will be understood.A healthcare surrogate designation is a document naming another person as your representative to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. You can include instructions about any treatment you want or do not want, similar to a living will. You can also designate an alternate surrogate.Once youve decided which type of advance directive works best for your needs, the next step is to better understand how to create one of these documents. This will be covered in the third installment of this four-part series.The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point Retirement Community is not open to the public, but rather serves Shell Point residents by providing fiduciary services, such as benevolent gift administration, charitable gift annuities, power of attorney and personal surrogate services, bill paying, estate and gift planning assistance, and the delivery of enhanced financial management services.
Organic coconut oil is beneficial as a booster to your night-time moisturizer. It has been shown to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it great for atopic dermatitis. However, if you have oily skin or adult acne, this oil is probably not the best choice for your face.If coconut oil is a bit too much for you when used alone, try this double-cleanse method at home.Use coconut oil to remove your makeup while pre-treating your skin. Apply in small circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a mini-facial massage as you go.To remove eye makeup, apply a small amount to a cotton ball and gently rub it over your eyes. Coconut oil will even remove waterproof mascara! This power-packed oil will nicely hydrate the fragile skin around your eyes preparing for eye cream.When you are finished treating your skin with the oil, gently cleanse the skin as usual. Your skin will feel especially soft and smooth.Moisturize according to your typical regimen.To learn more about these and other premium skincare products, contact the Seagrape Salon & Spa at (239) 2292960.
Recently, the American Heart Association lowered the bar for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. These guidelines are based on the detection, prevention, management, and treatment of high blood pressure. For many Americans, this means that they are at higher risk than they once were.If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, along with 75 million other Americans, your risks are even higher. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are several lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it in a healthy range:Lose a few. Blood pressure increase as weight increase, dropping excess weight is one of the most effective ways of gaining control.Exercise regularly. Consistent physical activity can help lower blood pressure and even avoid hypertension. Try walking or swimming 30 minutes a day.Eat healthy. Consider the DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This nutritional approach encourages consuming foods that are rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. It has been proven to decrease the risk of high blood pressure tremendously.Say no to sodium. According to Mayo Clinic studies, a small reduction in sodium can reduce blood pressure. Practice steps that can help include checking food labels, limiting intake of processed foods, and limiting salt intake with each meal.Reducing high blood pressure requires knowing the risk factors, symptoms, and implementation of a treatment process that may involve medication or other treatments.Talk to your physician if you struggle with high blood pressure and together you can find a manageable solution that will help you. Shell Point residents benefit from a full-time, onsite medical team and wide variety of services designed specifically for the unique health needs of senior adults.
Spring is here, and its a good time to upgrade your web browser to ensure that you get the best experience possible when accessing www.shellpoint.org and your other favorite websites. While the site was designed to be compatible with a wide range of browsers, it is important to keep in mind that an out-of-date browser will not correctly display the web page. This problem could be true for any web page you visit with an outdated browser. On top of just the experience on the site, an older browser also leaves security holes that havent been closed. So updating your browser will not only let you see the webpage correctly, it will also help secure your computer from viruses and malware.However, I should caution you that changing your browser often change the look and use of a browser. For example, Internet Explorer in version 10, removed the File, Edit, View, Tools, and Help bar from the default, and moved most of it into a button that looks like a gear. So, if something changes after you update, it most likely is still there, just in a different location.Follow these steps to understand if an update is necessary:Determine which browser you are using. For PCs, the most common three are Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. For a Mac, most people use Safari, but can also use Chrome, or Firefox.To check for your current version, use the steps below:Internet ExplorerCurrent version: 111. Click on the gear icon (Or Help if you have if on a toolbar)2. Click on About Internet Explorer.3. Read the line that says Version.ChromeCurrent version: 21. Click on the three stacked lines under the X on upper right.2. Click on About Google Chrome3. Read the line that says Version.FirefoxCurrent version: 271. Click on Firefox.2. Hover over Help, and click on About Firefox.3. The version is listed right under the word Firefox.Safari (On a Mac)Current version: 71. Click on Safari across the top.2. Click on About Safari3. Read the line that says Version.If the version browser you have doesnt match the current version, then it is time to update. Luckily, there is a relatively easy way to update your browser. Most people can go to the following website, www.browsehappy.com, click on the matching icon, then just download and install the current version.At Shell Point Retirement Community, residents benefit from on-site technology services to answer their questions about computers and electronics, as well as a computer teaching center and a resident computer center.
Our previous Savor the Flavor blog post examined what types of food you should be eating to stay healthy. But health-conscious food consumption isnt all about what you eat! Here are a few tips that will teach you how to mix up those healthy foods to keep your plate appetizing and your diet on track.Try to cook at home. This can be hard sometimes with how busy our schedules can get but try to eat at home as much as you can. It is less tempting to eat something unhealthy if you only have healthy food at home.Watch your portion size. You can still eat the foods you love but stick to eating smaller portions and it wont add more calories to your diet.If you do eat out, stick to your health goals. This can be easy eating at one of Shell Points four restaurants because there is an abundance of delicious healthy food available. If you say you are going to have a salad dont change your mind when you get to the restaurant and smell a cheeseburger; stick to your plan of eating a salad.Be active! Keep your body moving and you wont have to worry about the numbers on the scale going up.Do not skip breakfast; it really is the most important meal of the day. Start your day off right by eating whole grains, fruit, or low-fat yogurt in the morning and eating healthy the rest of the day will be easier.Now you have all the ingredients to create a healthy diet plan. Dont be afraid to try some new things to find the recipe for success. Who knows? You may like it more than you thought you would. Linda Rakos has a bachelors degree in food and nutrition from Carnegie Mellon University, and more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry. As assistant director of Hospitality Services at Shell Point Retirement Community for over 20 years, she ensures that all menu programs meet nutritional standards and are in compliance with regulatory agency requirements.
Last week we reviewed the basics of Chronic Care Management (CCM) programs. Here are answers to some common questions about this service:What CCM services are provided?CCM services can include phone calls, prescription refills and questions, 24-hour availability by phone, referral to specialists, and developing/updating individual electronic care plans, among other services.Why CCM?This level of care is designed to improve processes and services that reduce hospitalization, re-hospitalizations, and undesired complications for patients.Which staff members are involved in CCM?The physicians, nurse practitioners, and CCM coordinator are primarily involved with documentation and coordination of CCM activities, although all medical center staff will be reporting time spent with appropriate non-face-to-face activities on behalf of patients as we chart your healthcare course hand in hand.
Vitamin B12 is an critical vitamin for the human bodys complete health. The vitamin aids the bodys functions that are responsible for making red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and other functions. Not getting enough of this vitamin can be harmful to your health.Vitamin B12 cannot be synthesized by the body; instead, it must come from food or supplements. Foods such as meat, eggs, poultry, dairy, and other animal products contain this important vitamin.According to a case study by Massachusetts General Hospital, a deficiency of vitamin B12 may develop slowly, causing symptoms to intensify over time. These symptoms can include:Strange sensations, numbness, or tingling in the hands, legs, or feetDifficulty walkingAnemiaA swollen, inflamed tongueYellowed skin, or jaundiceDifficulty thinking and reasoning, or memory lossParanoia or hallucinationsWeaknessFatigueIf you are over the age of 50 or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor. A blood test can determine if your vitamin B12 levels are low. Prevent vitamin B12 deficiency could be as simple as taking a daily multivitamin, but always consult your doctor before making changes to your daily medication and vitamin intake.Source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/vitamin-b12-deficiency-can-be-sneaky-harmful-201301105780
Sleep helps keep your mind sharp and provides your body with energy. But, did you know that your skin can benefit from sleep, too? Here are some tips to make sure your skin gets the most from those precious hours of beauty sleep.Cleanse your skin every night. Your face is exposed all day to the environment around you. It is important to refresh your skin as it repairs itself at night. This is the best time to use high-performance products for maximum absorption.Wash your skin earlier in the evening. Too tired to wash late at night? Perform your skin ritual earlier in the evening. The best time for you may be just before you sit down to relax with a favorite TV show or book.Always use a moisturizer at night. Leaving skin bare at night allows moisture to evaporate from your skin, leaving it dull, tired, and dry in the morning. Choose a moisturizer with active ingredients, such as retinol, lactic acid, or arginine to absorb deeper into the skin and encourage cell regeneration.Avoid applying cream too close to your eyes. During the night, microscopic amounts of cream will be picked up by your eyelashes. This can be an irritant and cause unnecessary puffiness around your eyes.Sleep with your head slightly elevated. This helps reduce fluid retention in the eye area so youre less puffy in the morning. The right pillow will lift your head to align with your spine.Get a good nights sleep. Sleep can reduce dark circles. Lack of sleep compromises the bodys circulatory system, resulting in stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes. Skin will look pale and tired.Now that you know how to plan your nighttime skin care ritual you can ensure that your skin will be glowing when you wake up.
Do you know how to avoid gaining weight during the holidays without spending too much time exercising? Keeping weight off without a trip to the gym is easier than many think.The key is portion control: try a little bit of everything, but dont go overboard and consume too much in one sitting. Give yourself permission to try those special holiday dishes in small quantities. If you try to stop yourself from sampling a dish, it can intensify cravings. The secret to enjoying all the great food without the subsequent guilt is to have a little of everything.Create a goal and stick to it. Envision why you want to keep weight off during the holidays, and picture it as you are serving Thanksgiving dinner onto your plate. This step is critical if you want to be able to enjoy your holidays and maintain your weight throughout.Pay attention to portion sizes and overall caloric intake. Whether its meal size or the impulse to snack, calories can add up quickly. Avoid the tempting candy or chocolate bar in the candy bowl, and pick a healthy, filling snack. Otherwise, snacking between meals can add up to a lot of extra calories.Just remember: stick to your goals, watch portion sizes and snacking, and savor each bite.
Insomnia is a commonly encountered clinical problem that relates to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. This sleeping disorder can lead to dissatisfaction, fatigue, low energy, mood disturbances, and decreased performance.Insomnia may be categorized based on its duration. Acute insomnia, is brief and often happens when stressful situations arise. Chronic insomnia occurs multiple times throughout a week and the causes can vary from environment, clinical disorders, and possible medications. Following certain routines of good sleep hygiene can restore chronically disrupted sleep patterns and fight insomnia. Practice these eight tips and record your results.Maintain a regular sleeping and waking schedule.Avoid afternoon snoozes.Work out earlier in the morning and not at night.Refrain from drinking alcohol or caffeine at night.Avoid heavy or spicy meals before you go to sleep.Make time for relaxing before bed.Assess your bedroom settings to optimize the environment for sleep.Speak with medical provider to determine if certain medications are the cause.The guarantee of effective treatment for insomnia is knowing the symptoms of a sleep problem, careful evaluation of factors underlying the insomnia, development of a specific diagnosis, and then implementation of a treatment process that may involve medication or other treatments. Talk to your physician if you struggle with insomnia and together you can find a solution that will help you sleep well.A version of this post was previously published on the Shell Point Health & Wellness Blog in 2012.
By Tiffany Williams, Managing Executive, FineMark National Bank & Trust office at Shell Point Retirement CommunityPursuant to a new Federal regulation, as of March 1, 2013, the Treasury required almost all beneficiaries to receive payments through direct deposit. Paper checks are still available to some beneficiaries under limited circumstances.It has come to FineMarks attention that individuals are fraudulently redirecting social security payments. These unauthorized direct deposit changes are affecting seniors all over the country and it is happening in Southwest Florida. Please take action if you receive a letter from Social Security Administration stating a change has been made to your account. If you have any concerns that your Social Security number may have been compromised, you should contact your local Social Security office. It is also a good idea to contact the credit bureaus about possible identity theft and have alerts placed on your file.Equifax: 1-877-576-5734; www.alerts.equifax.comExperian: 1-888-397-3742; www.experian.com/fraudTransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.comYour most important personal identifier is your Social Security number. To ensure it is safeguarded and to prevent identity theft, never give your social security number or bank account number to an unknown individual over the phone or via email. The growing incidence of fraudulent changes to Social Security beneficiary accounts is a serious issue facing the Social Security Administration. For more information and updates on the progress the Office of the Inspector General is making, visit http://oig.ssa.gov.FineMark National Bank & Trust has an office on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. If you have questions about this article, contact us by phone at (239) 461-5999.
This is part one in a four-part series dedicated to an in-depth examination of advance directives: who is eligible to make an advance directive, what it is, how to create one, and what to do with the document after it is complete.Who is eligible to make an advance directive?Every competent person has the right to make decisions concerning his or her own healthcare, including the right to choose or refuse medical treatment. When a person becomes unable to make decisions due to a physical or mental change, such as being in a coma or developing dementia (like Alzheimers disease), he or she is considered incapacitated.To make sure that an incapacitated persons decision about healthcare will still be respected, the Florida legislature enacted legislation pertaining to healthcare advance directives. The law recognizes the right of a competent adult:to make an advance directive instructing his or her physician to provide, withhold, or withdraw life-prolonging procedures;to designate another individual to make treatment decisions if the person becomes unable to make his or her own decisions; and/orto indicate the desire to make an anatomical donation after death.Since anyone is eligible to make an advance directive, the next step is to better understand the document in question. This and more will be covered in August, during the second installment of this four-part series.The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point Retirement Community exclusively serves Shell Point residents by providing fiduciary services, such as benevolent gift administration, charitable gift annuities, power of attorney and personal surrogate services, bill paying, estate and gift planning assistance, and the delivery of enhanced financial management services.
According to a recent survey, a third of Americans 40 and older have done no planning for their long term care needs. They dont want to think about what the future might bring; however, this wait and see approach to life can leave you unprepared for unpleasant surprises. Conversely, planners organize in advance for all possibilities both good and bad. By considering the future, planners protect both themselves and their children from having to assume that responsibility later on.The odds are great that you or someone you love will need long term care. The need for long-term skilled nursing care is generally instigated with a health crisis of some kind. Stroke, heart attack, or a variety of diseases can strike without warning, creating a need for immediate 24-hour care.Diseases that progress gradually, such as Alzheimers or Parkinsons, may also require care and, while the onset may be gradual, the decision to seek long term care is often precipitated by a crisis of some kind. Even a planned surgery, such as a hip or knee replacement, can require follow-up, long-term, skilled nursing care. The cost of this care can be staggering, and around-the-clock home care for a licensed home health aide or private nurse may be overwhelming.Dont leave these important matters undecided. As you thoughtfully plan for the future, make these decisions now, and take charge of your own life. Begin by attending an educational seminar about options for retirement living, hosted by one of Shell Points expert retirement counselors. Call (239) 441-2224 to sign up for a session that is convenient for you.Since its founding in 1968, Shell Point Retirement Community has provided full lifecare as its primary continuing care product to thousands looking for worry-free retirement. Learn more about Shell Points lifecare contracts at www.shellpoint.org/lifecare.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 58 million Medicare beneficiaries will begin to receive new Medicare cards over a 12-month period, starting in April 2018. This is to eliminate your Social Security Number (SSN) from the card in order to fight medical identity theft. These numbers will be replaced with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) made up of up to 11 letters and numbers to be used for billing, eligibility and claim status.In addition, there are several things you need to know about your new Medicare card:Your new card will automatically come to you. You dont need to do anything as long as your address is up to date.Your new card will have a new Medicare Number thats unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to protect your identity.Distribution takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friends or neighbors.Once received, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.If youre in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicareyou should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.Your Medicare coverage and benefits will remain the same, unless you updated or changed.Healthcare providers and physicians will ask for your new Medicare card the next time you need care, so make sure to bring it with you.Only provide your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, your insurers or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.If you forget your new card, you, your doctor or other health care provider may be able to look up your Medicare Number online.Residents benefit from complementary appointments through the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, where questions about Medicare and financial planning can be answered. For more information about this change, visit https://www.cms.gov/medicare
Flu season, which typically peaks between December and February each year, is now in full swing. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot to stem the tide of viruses that spread during this season.According to the CDC, seniors are particularly susceptive to the flu virus, and are also at a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu, resulting in serious illness. A flu shot not only reduces the risk of sickness, but also reduces the chances of hospitalization from complications.The flu vaccine works by causing the body to develop antibodies that provide protection against infection. Viruses that cause various flu strains evolve over time, and each seasons flu vaccine contains a different mix of inactive viruses. Youll be best protected by getting a yearly shot at the start of flu season. This also allows two full weeks for antibodies to form before the flu virus begins circulating.Shell Point Retirement Community has its own on-site pharmacy and medical center, which offers flu shots to its independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing residents. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about whether a flu vaccine is the right decision for you this year.
Currently, almost 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is projected that another 12 million are likely living with this disease undiagnosed.Physical therapy can significantly improve the quality and functionality of daily life for patients living with COPD. Exercises are primarily focused on lower extremities, involving elastic bands, pedaling, and movements completed while seated. Other tasks include balancing on one foot, and breathing drills to help patients be more active with less shortness of breath.Specialized training assures that physical therapists follow pulmonary protocols throughout these sessions, including closely monitoring vital signs and assessing patient exertion levels. Patient education is also an important part of therapy, so therapists focus on teaching patients how to manage their COPD condition by setting therapeutic goals for energy conservation, breathing techniques with mobility, improvement of postural restrictions, and working to increase aerobic activity tolerance.The Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point Retirement Community offers COPD therapy, along with many other specialized inpatient and outpatient therapy programs that can assist with a variety of diagnoses. For more information about rehabilitative services, call the Admissions team at (239) 415-5432, or visit www.shellpoint.org/rehab.html.
The internet is a powerful tool for seniors who want to stay connected with their loved ones and continue learning. Its also a convenient place for scammers to commit fraud, especially against older adults.Whether from identity theft or malicious software hacks, there are ways seniors can prevent themselves from becoming a target.Avoid Responding to Unfamiliar Emails. Scams come in many forms, but email is a primary method for scammers to connect with unsuspecting victims. Never respond to an email that asks for personal information like your address, phone number, or credit card information. Instead contact the company or vendor directly.Practice Safe Web Browsing. Be aware of what and where you click while visiting a website. One careless click can lead to a popup ad that could potentially cause harm to a computers hard drive. Also, look at the websites address for misspellings or illegitimate naming.Avoid FREE Gifts. If the deal seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Scammers create these types of emails or ads, and vacations, prizes and giveaways are typically bait-and-switch tactics aimed at accessing personal information.At Shell Point, residents have access to a Technical Support Services team that provide a variety of services to help alleviate any frustration that can be associated with the ever-evolving arena of computers and technology.
A recent consumer survey by the American Massage Therapy Association found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a collective total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months. The primary reason they received massage was for medical purposes. Why? Because studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of massage to be far-reaching and long-lasting Increased quality of life and relief from a multitude of health issues.Here are 18 reasons why Shell Point residents have decided to give the therapeutic benefits of massage a try.Manage low back pain.Help fibromyalgia pain.Reduce muscle tension.Enhance exercise performance.Relieve stress and reduce anxiety.Relieve tension and migraine headaches.Sleep better.Ease symptoms of depression.Improve cardiovascular health.Reduce pain of arthritis.Improve balance.Promote relaxation.Lower blood pressure.Help chronic neck pain.Increase range of motion.Boost immunity.Temper effects of dementia.Aid in recovery from illness or injury.Interested in incorporating massage into your regular healthcare regimen? Call Shell Point Salon & Spa at (239) 489-8400 to make an appointment with a trained professional.https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Research-Roundup.html
By Tiffany Williams, Managing Executive, FineMark National Bank & Trust office at Shell Point Retirement CommunityIts common for grandparents to want to shower their grandchildren with gifts, including toys, clothing, trips, dinner outings, and even a little cash slipped in their pockets here and there. However, there can be important tax advantages in making lifetime gifts to grandchildren, such as funding for educational expenses, a first home, starting a business, or a life insurance program. The following are ideas for lifetime gifts you might want to consider for the long-term benefit of your grandchildren:Trust Gifts to Minors an account in a minors name where a custodian has a fiduciary duty to manage the account until the minor reaches the age of majority, he/she will then have complete rights to the funds in the accountUniform Transfers to Minors Account extension of Trust Gifts to Minors that allows items other than cash or securities to be considered giftsCollege Savings Plans prepayment of qualified higher education expenses at eligible educational institutionsU.S. Savings Bonds fixed rate of interest over a fixed period of time which are not subject to state or local income taxesLife Insurance contract between the policy holder and the insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a designated beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of the insured personTax Free Payment of Tuition and Medical Expenses direct payments for someones educational or medical expenses are exempt from the federal gift tax, without regard to the annual exclusion limitationThe next time you feel like showering your grandchildren with gifts, consider making a long-term gift that will help provide financial security in the future. If you would like to discuss any of these options in greater detail, a good place to start is your trusted financial advisor or banking institution.Finemark National Bank & Trust has an office on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. If you have questions about this article, contact us by phone at (239) 461-5999.
When preparing to make a move to Assisted Living, it is common to ask How I am going to pay for this service? The primary payer sources for Assisted Living are paying privately and Long Term Care Insurance. If finances are of concern, it is important to keep in mind that if you served in the military, or if your spouse served in the military during active wartime, then you may be eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance Program.The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a special benefit to war-era veterans and their surviving spouses called Aid and Attendance. This tax-free benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long-term care in the home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home.This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living, such as dressing, bathing, feeding, grooming, or personal hygiene needs. It also provides a secure protective environment.Eligibility RequirementsMust have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of warMust have anything other than a Dishonorable dischargeA surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passingMust require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of livingMust meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA, andMust be 65 years and older or totally disabledEligible Wartime PeriodsUnder current law, TheVA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:World War I (April 6, 1917 November 11, 1918)World War II (December 7, 1941 December 31, 1946)Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 January 31, 1955)Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 May 7, 1975)Gulf War (August 2, 1990 through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)
Q: I like the convenience of using my debit card, but Im worried about the security. Are there places I should avoid using my debit card?A: Local law enforcement recently sent a fraud alert that warns consumers to be careful using debit cards in certain places. This warning comes after skimmer machines were discovered on gas pumps at several local gas stations. The Lee County Sheriffs office urges people to think twice before using debit cards at the following locations:Online Hackers and vulnerable websites are two reasons you should avoid using your debit card online. If your card number is stolen and used, the money comes directly out of your checking account and it could take weeks, if not longer, to get it back.Restaurants When using a debit card at a restaurant, you give up control of your debit card and trust your personal information will be protected. Although most servers are trustworthy, you may not want to risk getting that unscrupulous server who secretly brings a handheld card skimmer to work.Big Ticket Items Its safer to use a credit card when purchasing expensive items, such as electronics, vacation rentals, entertainment tickets, etc. When you use a credit card, you can dispute a charge after a purchase, whereas with a debit card, the money comes directly out of your checking account.Gas Stations Fuel pumps are a favorite target for card skimming thieves as mentioned above. The devices are used to fraudulently collect credit and debit card numbers and they can be difficult to spot.Suspicious-Looking ATMS Just like at gas stations, skimmers can be attached to ATMs, so its important to take a good look at an ATM before you use it. If anything looks suspicious, just walk away.FineMark National Bank & Trust has an office on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. If you have questions about this article, contact us by phone at (239) 461-5999.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes that care management is one of the critical components contributing to individuals improved health, as well as reducing expenses. A Chronic Care Management (CCM) program may help avoid the need for more costly services in the future by proactively managing patient health and functional decline, rather than predominantly treating disease and illness.CCM now allows 20 minutes per calendar month of non-face-to-face care coordination, directed by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional, for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions. Examples of chronic conditions include, arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and osteoporosis, among others.Only one practitioner may be reimbursed by Medicare for the CCM service provided to a beneficiary during a given calendar month; there is no charge or co-pay to beneficiaries. A comprehensive care plan is established, implemented, revised, and monitored, and CMS expects the billing practitioner to coordinate with specialty practitioners to assist with care, as needed.Shell Point residents benefit from an onsite medical center, staffed by fulltime physicians and ARNPs. For frequently asked questions about CCM programs, stay tuned for next weeks post.
November is lung cancer awareness month. According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common type of cancer. Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from the disease.Most people associate lung cancer with smoking, but anyone can get lung cancer even non-smokers. There are many other factors that can cause lung cancer, such as genetics, second hand smoke, and exposure to radon gas.Lung cancer symptoms include:Coughing, especially if it persists or becomes intensePain in the chest, shoulder, or back that is unrelated to pain from coughingA change in color or volume of sputumShortness of breathCoughing up bloodChanges in the voice or hoarsenessHarsh sounds with each breath (known as stridor)Recurrent lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumoniaCoughing up phlegm or mucus, especially if it is tinged with bloodIf you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you contact your doctor right away.
Getting older is unavoidable but the choices you make along the way are not. From the foods you eat and the ways you stay active to the relationships you form along the way, it all impacts the speed that you age. There are four factors that play a key role in the aging process.What You Eat Simple changes in your eating habits can go a long way. Switching to a low-calorie diet can reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even improve functioning in your liver, fat and muscle tissue. Consider skipping processed meats on your next grocery trip as they contain four times more sodium than unprocessed meats.Get Moving A body in motion will age much better than an idle one. A Mayo Clinic study found that interval training leads to changes in muscles at the cellular level, which in turn reverses the natural declining that occurs with aging. If you dont exercise regularly, its not too late to start now.Brain Games Healthy aging not only relates to your body, but your mind too. Studies have found that getting involved in activities that require higher-level thinking have the potential to reactivate pathways in the brain. Activities like intricate dancing, art, writing, and craft work are just a few ways to keep your mind and body young.Stay Connected Socializing is a very important part of getting older; forming new bonds and maintaining old ones can potentially lengthen your life expectancy. Research has shown that people who have strong social connections are three times more likely to remain healthy for a longer period of time. Try volunteering or joining a club, stay in touch with friends and family, and avoid isolating yourself from others. Shell Point residents benefit from a full-time Resident Life team, who provide a wide range of programming that target the six dimensions of wellness. To learn more about life at Shell Point visit www.shellpoint.org/lifestyle.
Shell Point residents are remarkably proactive, and it is common to hear questions about memory and brain function during wellness checkups. While some forgetfulness is a normal part of the aging process, there are many ways to help ones brain stay healthy and active. Here are five simple steps that anyone can take to boost their overall brain power.Get moving! Research links physical activity and the brains ability to process information quickly. Aerobic exercise is particularly effective at stimulating the bodys systems. Morning stretching, aquatic exercise, and evening walks can all get the gears going faster than a sedentary lifestyle would.Hit the links. Take a swing at improving brain function by playing a round of golf. Studies have found that this game can boost brain power, causing positive structural changes tied to sensorimotor control. Listen to music. Numerous studies support the effect that music can have the brain. Not only does it relax the listener, but catchy tunes can improve verbal fluency and spatial processing.Get a good nights sleep. One of the easiest ways to boost brain function is by getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Establish a sleep routine and stick to it; slip in a power nap if you didnt catch enough ZZzzzs.Become a lifelong learner. The brains stays sharpest when it is being used, so take up an educational hobby. Whether it is learning to play an instrument, traveling to new locations, or speaking a second language, studies support lifelong learning.Shell Point residents have access to an onsite medical center staffed by five full-time physicians and three ARNPs. Plus, an array of specialty physicians, ranging from cardiology to orthopedics, see patients onsite at Shell Point. Residents, as well as individuals from outside of Shell Point, have access to The Rehabilitation Center at The Larsen Pavilion, which provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy. For more information about Shell Points comprehensive healthcare, visit http://www.shellpoint.org/healthcare.php.
With cooler weather comes flu season. And, like every year, there are things you can do to avoid this unpleasant bug. According to the Center for Disease Control, seniors are particularly susceptive to the flu virus, and are also at a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu, resulting in serious illness.Transmission of sickness is easy. When someone nearby coughs or sneezes, sending out germs into the air, its only a matter of time those microscopic, contaminated droplets reach your air passage and enter your immune system. Another way to contract the flu is from touching a contaminated surface. When you come in contact with a germ-infested surface and put your hands on your eyes, nose, or mouth, your fingers bring the virus directly into your body.Staying healthy takes a little more effort. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself, your family, and neighbors. The flu vaccine works by causing the body to develop antibodies that provide protection against infection. Viruses that cause various flu strains evolve over time, and each seasons vaccine contains a different mix of inactive viruses.If you are not feeling well, stay home and take care of yourself. Avoid visiting facilities where people with poor immune systems reside, as many may be very vulnerable to the flu. If you have further questions, please follow up with your health care provider or visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.
Helping finance a grandchilds college education can bring great personal satisfaction. When done correctly, supporting their future education can also minimize potential gift and estate taxes. Here are some common strategies:Outright Cash Gifts. One way to contribute is to make an outright gift of cash. To minimize any potential gift tax implications, youll want to keep your gift under the annual federal gift tax exclusion amount of $13,000 for individual gifts or $26,000 for joint gifts made by both grandparents. A larger gift may be subject to federal gift tax.Pay Tuition Directly to the College. Another option is to bypass your grandchild and pay the college directly. Under federal law, tuition payments made directly to a college are not considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. However, only tuition qualifies for this federal gift tax exemption.529 College Savings Plan. A 529 college savings plan is a tax-advantaged savings vehicle that can be a smart way for grandparents to contribute to their grandchilds college education while paring down their own estate. Contributions to your account grow tax deferred and earnings are tax-free if the money is used to pay the beneficiarys qualified education expenses. Funds can be used at any accredited college in the United States or abroad.Before you make any decisions on giving, its important to do your homework and consult with your trusted financial advisor. Additionally, Finemark National Bank & Trust has an office on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. If you have questions about this article, contact us by phone at (239) 461-5999.
If you were to ask ten different people, What does wellness mean to you? you would probably get ten different answers. Just as no two people are alike, no two journeys to wellness are identical either. One fact that most people can agree on is that wellness is important and that striving for a personal balance in the areas of mind, body, and spirit can lead to true wellness and personal satisfaction.Shell Point has always promoted a culture of wellness to its residents, a holistic philosophy of wellness that expands across the community and throughout all levels of care. Through the LifeQuest Wellness Program, Shell Point fulfills its commitment to providing integrated programs and resources to promote a culture of wellness that supports personal growth, healthy living, and a positive life experience. The six dimensions of LifeQuest include: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Educational, Community & Social, and Natural Environment.We often hear about the importance of seeking balance in our lives. Finding a balance between the six dimensions of LifeQuest ensures a holistic approach to overall well-being and sustained happiness. LifeQuest encourages a positive and balanced approach to personal wellness, active aging, and community involvement throughout all levels of care.To learn more about LifeQuest at Shell Point and how you can be a part of this vibrant community, call (239) 441-2224 or visit www.shellpoint.org.
Now, more than ever, social media is leaving a tremendous impact on our culture. From connecting with friends on Facebook to checking local sports news on Twitter, these popular websites have become an everyday habit for many. Aside from catching up with old pals or searching the latest trends, social media can also make you more susceptible to cyber threats.Recently, The Lee County Sheriffs Office Economic Crimes Unit found a pattern of suspicious behavior involving local individuals targeting friends, high school acquaintances and friends of friends via social media in an attempt to commit fraud. By using sites like Facebook or Instagram, these suspects can identify their victims and lure them into a scam. These types of cons involve the scammer contacting their targets, usually claiming they need help getting money to someone via the targets bank account. In exchange, the suspect will offer to pay the victim money for their good deed.Once the transaction happens, the scammer will deposit a fraudulent check via the banks mobile app and immediately begins withdrawing funds leaving the account empty, or worse, in the negative. As a result, the victims are responsible for the lost money and in some cases may even lose banking privileges or lowered credit scores.Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:Do not release your bank account, PIN number, or password information to anyone.Do not allow anyone to deposit checks into your account, unless they are your employment provider or banking agent.Do not give anyone access to your bank account or personal funds.Do not assist in cashing someone elses check; there are business for that.If you are ever unsure of a situation, dont act on it. Instead, contact your bank or trusted financial advisor for any questions related to your finances.The Lee County Sheriffs Office encourages everyone to keep in mind that, if you would not lend an individual money, then you certainly should not give him or her access to your bank account. In the end, you will be held responsible for any misuse or fraudulent use of your account.For additional information about this scam, contact the Lee County Sherriffs Fraud Line at 239-258-3292.
Shell Point resident Dotty Morrison retired early at 56, and soon after joined the Shell Point Photo Club, Village Church Choir, and more. I like being challenged to learn new things, and love meeting people, shared Dotty.A fast-paced, go-getter by nature, Dotty slowed down for a total knee replacement in early 2016, followed by physical therapy at the Shell Point Rehabilitation Center. To stay focused and positive during recovery, Dotty set a short term goal: walking on a four-hour hiking and birding excursion organized by the Caloosa Bird Club.Dotty discovered how many dimensions of wellness can be incorporated into one activity as she trod the nature boardwalk at Lee Countys Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve just a few months later. This birding enthusiast combined community and social, natural environment, educational, physical, spiritual, and even emotional dimensions, as she experienced the satisfaction of her hard-earned accomplishment.Down the road, reinforced by her ongoing rehab program, Dotty plans a physically challenging trip to the Galpagos Islands. Considered one of the worlds foremost destinations for wildlife viewing, its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species. Dotty hopes to take her new knee for a long walk to observe this unique ecosystem firsthand.If you would like to learn more about Shell Points outpatient rehabilitative therapy program, which helped Dotty get back on her feet, contact the Rehabilitation Center at the Larsen Pavilion at (239) 454-2256.
When a loved one is seriously ill, finding the best care available is your top priority. You may be familiar with the terms palliative care, and hospice care, but do you know the difference between the two? While the two are often conflated, palliative care and hospice care differ greatly.Hospice provides medical care during terminal illnesses, in addition to emotional, spiritual, and physical support, following a prognosis of six-months or less. Medicare, which covers a significant portion of hospice care, also requires that the patient cease any treatments intended to cure the illness. These treatments might include chemotherapy, drugs to combat psychosomatic conditions, and more. Ultimately, hospice care aims to keep the patient as comfortable as possible as terminal illness progresses into its final stages.On the other hand, palliative care may be provided at any time following the diagnosis of a serious illness, such as renal disease and any progressive disease (pulmonary, cardiac, etc.). Unlike hospice, palliative care does not require the cessation of curative treatments, while still providing the same relief from pain and symptoms. Ultimately, palliative care focuses on improved quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.The Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point has partnered with Hope Hospice to offer hospice care through a 9-bed, general inpatient unit. The Larsen Pavilions compassionate, personalized healthcare is complemented by its scenic waterfront setting. To learn more about this and other services at the Larsen Pavilion, including memory care and specialized rehabilitative therapy, call (239) 415-5432.
By Tiffany Williams, Managing Executive, FineMark National Bank & Trust office at Shell Point Retirement CommunityFalling victim to financial abuse can be a stressful and scary situation. As the senior population continues to grow in our country, financial elder abuse will continue to grow with it. Sadly, during hard economic times, the prevalence of financial exploitation increases. Fortunately, this type of crime is completely preventable.The staff at FineMark National Bank & Trust has compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself from financial abuse:Never give your Social Security number, account numbers, or other personal financial information over the phone unless you initiated the call.Dont open emails from unknown sources.Beware of any notice claiming you have won a lottery.Shred receipts, bank statements, and unused credit card offers.Review your accounts regularly for unauthorized charges.Report lost or stolen checks immediately.Order copies of your credit report once a year only use Equifax, Experian or Transunion to generate these reports.Lock up your checkbook, account statements, and other sensitive information.Do business with companies you know are reputable.If a stranger is sending you a payment, insist on a check for the exact amount. Never accept a check for more and wire the difference back.Never let someone pressure you into agreeing to loan terms before youve had a chance to review them in writing with a trusted advisor.Report any unusual account inquiries you receive whether by phone or email to your bank, who will take measures to protect your account.Carefully choose trustworthy people to act as your agent in all estate planning matters.FineMark National Bank & Trust has an office on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. If you have questions about this article, contact us by phone at (239) 461-5999.
Its no secret that the holidays can be an overwhelming time of year when it comes to food and overeating. Irresistible dishes, homemade desserts, and seasonal delicacies drive many of us to splurge because this wonderful time of the year only happens once.However, it is possible to eat healthy during the holidays, if you take a mindful approach. Mindful eating is a technique that incorporates awareness and knowledge about the foods you consume. This isnt necessarily a diet trick, but a lifestyle approach that allows your mind to follow your gut.Mindful eating can be challenging at times, but taking a mindful approach to holiday eating is important for your health.Ask yourself questions. A helpful question to ask yourself is whether you are really craving the food in front of you? Or do you just want it because its easily accessible? Asking questions before consuming food can increase your awareness and, in turn, help you make better choices.Increase your food IQ. Talking with a wellness professional or even doing research online to be knowledgeable about what youre eating can go a long way toward dissuading you from making a poor choice. For instance, holiday cookies might not seem as appetizing after researching the effects of artificial flavoring and sugar on your body.Overcome the cycles. Break negative cycles of behavior or faulty thought patterns, like those that many have in connection with making and breaking New Years resolutions. Ask yourself: How do I feel after heavy eating? How does this affect my digestion and energy levels? Whats a realistic step toward better change? Identifying practical steps before you take action will result in again making better choices more than a passing resolution.Avoid feeling pressured. Its okay to say no and turn down the plethora of dishes your host has prepared. Take the approach of Ive enjoyed every bite, but I dont think I can take another.Shell Point Retirement Community offers an array of resort-style dining options across its six onsite restaurants. Each dining venue brings varied options to the table, from gourmet to casual dining. All restaurants are open to the public.
Aromatherapy, which involves the use of essential oils as a complementary health approach, has recently grown in popularity. A wide variety of essential oils, each containing its own blend of active ingredients, can be applied topically or through the use of a diffuser for inhalation to obtain diverse benefits.Lavender has long been embraced for its relaxing properties. Massaging lavender essential oil into feet, or diffusing at bedtime, can reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. Lavender is also a must have in the kitchen, thanks to its ability to take the sting out of a minor burn to the skin.Peppermint oil, first bottled and sold in 1762, is associated with refreshment and renewal. It has been shown to improve alertness, tension headaches, irritable bowel symptoms, physiological performance, and even neuralgia symptoms.For centuries, frankincense has been highly regarded as a fragrant component of perfume and incense. More recently, the anti-neoplastic properties present in this essential oil has made it a popular choice for disinfecting minor cuts. Lately, scientists have even posited that this essential oil may be a natural treatment for cancer, and initial studies with bladder cancer cells suggest success in suppressing cancer cell viability.Seagrape Salon and Spa, located in The Club at Shell Point, provides specialized massage and skin care services enhanced by dTERRA essential oils. Not all essential oils are created equal; doTerra essential oils are certified pure therapeutic grade oils.Interested in trying essential oils for your wellbeing? Schedule an appointment at Seagrape Salon and Spa at The Club by calling (239) 225-2960.
During these times of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever before to thoroughly assess potential investments before making big decisions. Dont hesitate to seek professional investment advice from an experienced and trusted financial advisor.The process of selecting the best investment for a particular need or situation is made easier by clearly answering the following questions.Why are you investing? Do you need current income for expenses; are you looking to preserve or accumulate assets?When will the money be needed? At any moment? A year or five years from now?How much risk can you assume? Can you afford to lose all or a part of the investment and not affect your lifestyle?Are taxes a concern? If the investment is taxable, will the additional tax push you into a higher tax bracket?What is the economic outlook? Investment opportunities will vary, depending on whether the economy is growing or shrinking.Do you have the skill and knowledge to manage the investment? Is professional money management needed?The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point Retirement Community is not open to the public, but rather serves Shell Point residents by providing fiduciary services such as benevolent gift administration, charitable gift annuities, power of attorney and personal surrogate services, bill paying, estate and gift planning assistance, and the delivery of enhanced financial management services.
Hurricane season is fast approaching and now is the time to prepare. Being ready for a storm at the beginning of hurricane season will ensure you arent caught off guard if a storm is predicted to come this way. Here is a convenient chart for you to prepare an emergency evacuation kit so you are organized if you have to leave your home for a few days.It is always best to be prepared for a storm. As Southwest Florida residents learned from Hurricane Charley in 2004, storms can be unpredictable when they make landfall. Dont procrastinate; create your hurricane plan today.In the event of a storm, the Shell Point Hurricane Management Team will maintain up-to-date information for residents and family members on the resident website, www.shellpoint.net.
What are your wellness goals for 2017? Whatever it is that you planned, pursue it; go for it, and dont let anything stop you. Most importantly, resolve to take care of yourself holistically, especially considering the physical and emotional aspects of wellness.PhysicalWhat can we do to take care of our physical bodies? Start by eating healthy and consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, fewer sugar and fats, lean meats instead of fatty meats, enough protein, and the right amount of carbohydrates. Dont take extreme measures, but strive for a healthy, well-balanced diet.Other physically healthy measures include hydrating your body; exercising at least three times per week at your own pace, doing activities that you enjoy; getting wellness checkups; and visiting the doctor regularly.EmotionalEmotional needs are also an aspect of a persons wellbeing and health that should not be neglected. When ones emotional health is suffering, ones physical health will suffer also.Find a good balance in your life between personal times to enjoy leisurely activities, socialize and invest in quality relationships and friendships, think positive and be grateful for lifes blessings, dont spend time worrying about small things, and take one day at a time.Shell Point residents routinely set personal goals through Shell Points LifeQuest wellness program, striving to reach a balance among the six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, educational, community and social, and natural environment. Explore these dimensions and learn more online at http://www.shellpoint.org/lifequest.