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I'm Samantha Hersch your local Publisher. Please let me know how I can help you. We are Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties most comprehensive and reliable source to find and compare Senior Housing such as Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing. Health at Home options like Home Health Care, Non-Medical Home Care, Hospice and Senior Resources, and Activities and Entertainment. Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business, or just want to know what's happening around town, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to! Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate, throw in insurance and legal issues on top, and then manage it all in a crisis… no one should have to do it alone. Let me help you. Call 941-351-3630 or email me today!  Thank you for using Seniors Blue Book, enjoy!

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Jul 18, 2023 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

SBBU: Balance Physical Therapy Workshop

Did you know dizziness can be effectively managed with physical therapy and is often caused by a small sensor in the inner ear? Did you know that over 70, the leading cause of dizziness, positional vertigo, is caused by tiny calcium crystals loose in the inner ear?Last, Did you know falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in seniors and can be avoided with proper assessment and physical therapy care?Must be a YMCA member to attend. Call 941-798-9622 to join!


May 09, 2023 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

Join us every 3rd Tuesday 6 p.m. ETGreater Hurst Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church 2730 North Links AvenueSarasota, FL 34234 To register and for more information, please call  800.272.3900.


Jul 25, 2023 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

SBBU: Incontinence, How to Choose the Right Product

Juli Wolf will provide samples and information on how to choose the correct incontinent care! Learn to live your best life comfortable and secure!Keys to finding the perfect product for you or for your loved one: Avoid chain stores; Don't Assume you know the brands, know all your options!Must be a YMCA member to attend. Call 941-798-9622 to join!


Jun 14, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

It's Just Parkinson's

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Local Aging Options

The Gallery at North Port

Memory Care 1322 North Main Street, North Port, Florida, 34286

AT THE GALLERY, EVERYONE IS ADMIRED.Welcome to The Gallery at North Port, where a unique collection of stories, backgrounds, and people are revered and shared amongst family and friends. Traditional galleries are devoted to displaying works of art, a place designed to inspire others, to stimulate feelings, to create connections, and largely to enrich the greater community. The Gallery at North Port is no different, only here the work of art being celebrated is you.The Gallery offers different levels of lifestyles and care where vibrant connections are made and something new unfolds every day to become part of your story to share.  The Gallery team members recognize that, just like our communities, you are unique and are the author of your story. We are dedicated to adapting to your preferences so you can continue to live your life on your terms.We offer enticing spaces that invite people to gather and appreciate the greatest work of all, you.

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Truewood By Merrill, Port Charlotte

Independent Living 2500 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, Florida, 33952

Youll enjoy endless blue skies and the sway of palm trees just beyond Charlotte Harbor. The Port Charlotte senior living community is 40 minutes from Fort Myers and central to Fawcett Memorial Hospital and shopping at Port Charlotte Town Center. Local highlights include the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and Military Heritage Museum. The lively community atmosphere boasts a robust activities calendar. Stay energized for active days with chef-prepared meals, and choose from events like karaoke, ice cream socials, bingo and more. Spacious social rooms are the perfect places to explore your favorite hobbies or discover new ones. Outside, soak up everything that makes the Sunshine State so great. Plan your visit today.

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Interim Healthcare of Sarasota

Non-Medical 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Ste. 202, Sarasota, Florida, 34231

At Interim HealthCare we understand how important it is to have someone you can depend on when you or someone you love wants to stay at home to maintain the highest level of health and independence. Our mission is to improve peoples lives and that is what we do every day. With a broad range of home care expertise, our trained professionals offer comprehensive home care and supportive services that are cost-effective and highly personalized. Whether you need help for a short time after you come home from a hospital stay or you need assistance in doing some of the tasks of daily living, Interim HealthCare is here for you and your family. Were ready to listen to what you need and to talk with you about the many services and care we can provide. If you are looking for people you can trust, please call us first. When it matters most, count on us.

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Truewood By Merrill Venice

Assisted Living 1121 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, Florida, 34292

DISCOVER A WELCOMING SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITYIN VENICE. WE KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT HERE. Our community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. We offer the best in assisted living and memory care from a family-owned company that knows connection is everything. Choose from a variety of floor plans and enjoy scheduled transportation, 24-hour staffing, and weekly housekeeping .Our dining program keeps up with your schedule, providing fresh and healthy meals prepared by our culinary team. You'll live a full and happy life built around your delights and hobbies.

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7 Tips for Seniors to Create a Beautiful Patio Garden

Gardening is a great way for seniors to feel a sense of purpose, gain a renewed appreciation for nature, and grow something beautiful to enjoy. Its also a fantastic way to stay active. Not everyone has the space or ability to maintain a large garden, which is where patio gardening comes into play. With these seven tips, you can create a beautiful and manageable garden right on your own patio!Start small: If youre new to gardening, we suggest beginning with a small garden that is easy to manage. Choose a few plants that are low maintenance and require minimal effort, and grow from there.Use containers: One of the biggest advantages of patio gardening is the ability to maintain your plants in containers easily. This allows you to control the soil quality, water levels, and sunlight exposure for each plant. Plus, it makes it easier to move your plants around as needed for optimal growth. You can even get creative with your containers by using repurposed items like old buckets or teapots.Ensure proper drainage: Look for containers that are the right size for your plants and have adequate drainage holes to prevent overwatering or waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot. Also, use a good-quality potting mix with good drainage properties.Choose the right plants: It's important to choose plants that are well-suited for container gardening and can thrive in the limited space and conditions of a patio. Look for plants that are labeled as "patio" or "container" varieties, and consider factors like sunlight, water needs, and temperature tolerance. Some great options include herbs, succulents, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and flowers like marigolds, petunias, and geraniums.Provide sufficient sunlight & water: Most plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Make sure your patio garden is located in a spot that receives adequate sunlight. Container plants dry out faster than plants in the ground, so youll need to check the soil regularly and water as needed to ensure your plants are moist but not waterlogged.Use the right tools: The best gardening tools for seniors offer lightweight materials, ergonomic shape or design, longer handles, and electric or automated features. These tools can help reduce strain on joints and muscles and make gardening enjoyable. If you need new tools, Amazon has a great list of senior-friendly gardening supplies!Ask for help: Don't hesitate to ask for help from friends or family members if needed. Gardening can be a fun social activity, and sharing the workload can make it more enjoyable. In fact, gardening is a favorite pastime for many residents at Resort Lifestyle Community. Here are a few recent highlights.Many of our communities love growing plants and nurturing friendships along the way. If this sounds like a lifestyle youd love, contact Stone River Retirement Community today. Wed enjoy the opportunity to welcome you!

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Medicare Open Enrollment Period When and How to Sign Up

Weve all been impacted by the storm, and now more than ever its essential to take charge of your healthcare. We realize you may have other things on your mind, but your health is a priority. And staying healthy starts with the right healthcare coverage, which is why we want to help you with this years Medicare Open Enrollment. Whether youre aging into Medicare, or youve been covered for years, you have options when it comes to coverage, and the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (which runs from October 15 to December 7) is your opportunity to assess your healthcare needs for the coming year. Learn what new plans have to offer, compare benefit options and enroll, so you can make sure you have the absolute best health coverage for you. You can opt for Original Medicare coverage, which is Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Part B (doctor coverage), but you could be on the hook for 20% of your expenses. Youd have to pick up additional drug coverage to cover prescriptions and supplemental coverage if youre concerned about out-of-pocket costs. Or you can compare the many options available from Medicare-approved private companies offering what are called Medicare Advantage Plans (or Medicare Part C.) These plans are often called all-in-one plans because they can include several different benefits in one, which can be any combination of drug coverage, hearing, vision, and/or dental, plus they can be low-to-no cost and offer spending caps. Open Enrollment Options     Original Medicare     Part A - hospital coverage     Part B - doctor coverage     Medicare Advantage (Part C) Medicare Advantage Plans Can Include     Drug coverage     Hearing     Vision     Dental     Spending caps This enrollment period really is your chance to make sure youre in great shape for the next year! Call our partners, the Medicare experts at HealthShare360 for help learning about your options, comparing coverage, and enrolling during the Open Enrollment Period. Connect with HealthShare360 at 844.878.5012 or FLMedicare.com. * If you already receive Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will automatically enroll you in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). Theyll mail you all the information you need a few months before you become eligible. If you dont receive Social Security benefits and are not ready to apply for them yet, you should sign up for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday.You can do this using the SSA online application or you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), 8:00 am 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  

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Smart Moves for Investors After a Down 2022

Many investors were glad to see the end of 2022. But whats ahead this year? And what moves can you make in response to last years results? To begin with, heres what happened: 2022 was the worst year for the financial markets since 2008, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping nearly 9%, the S&P 500 losing more than 19% and the technology-heavy Nasdaq falling 33%. Several factors contributed to these results, including the moves by the Federal Reserve to aggressively hike interest rates to combat inflation, the Russia-Ukraine war, recession fears and increased concern over COVID-19 cases in China.However, 2023 may be different. Many experts believe that inflation may moderate considerably, especially during the second half of the year. If that happens, the Fed may well pause its interest rate hikes and perhaps even consider cutting rates a move that is often positive for the financial markets. Also, if a recession emerges, but its relatively short and mild, as expected, the rebounding economy may be favorable for the investment outlook.   Regardless of what transpires this year, though, you can help move toward your financial goals by following some basic steps that make sense in all investment environments. Here are a few to consider: Focus on the long term. It can bedisconcerting to look at investment statements containing negative results, as was the case for many people throughout 2022. But its important to view a single years outcome in the larger context and historically, the stock market has had many more positive years than negative ones, though, of course, past performance is not a guarantee of what will happen in the future. In any case, its generally not a good idea to overreact to short-term downturns and make moves that could work against your long-term strategy. Keep adequate cash in your portfolio. Thevalue of your investments may have gone down in 2022 but you didnt really sustain any actual losses unless you sold those investments for less than what you paid for them. To avoid having to sell investments to supplement your income or to pay for unforeseen costs, such as a major home or car repair, try to build the cash portion of your portfolio, so it covers a few months worth of living expenses.When youre retired, and it becomes even more imperative to avoid selling investments when their price is down, you may need an even bigger pool of available cash. Look for opportunities. Although 2022 was certainly a down year for the financial markets, some developments have presented new opportunities for investors. For one thing, the contribution limits have increased for IRAs, 401(k)s, and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), all of which are pegged to inflation. Also, with interest rates considerably higher than they were a year ago, fixed-income investments may offer more income and provide added stability in portfolios during times of economic weakness.When youve been investing for a long time, you will experience down years in the market, such as the one in 2022. These years are an inevitable part of the investment process. But since you cant control what happens in the financial markets, you need to concentrate on what you can control and that may be a lot more than you think. Chad Choate III, AAMS Edward Jones828 3rd Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34205 941-462-2445 chad.choate@edwardjones.com

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

For more information on the author, Community Eye Centers, CLICK HERE!Light rays enter the eye through the cornea, pupil and lens. These light rays are focused on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The retina sends signals through the optic nerve to the brain where these signals become the images we see.The retina has two areas: the peripheral retina which gives us our side or wide-angle vision and the macula the small area at the center of the retina. The macula gives us our pinpoint vision allowing us to see clearly.Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light- sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration. Although macular degeneration is almost never a totally blinding condition, it can be a source of significant visual disability.Wet and Dry Macular DegenerationThe dry form of macular degeneration occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula gradually break down, resulting in distortion of sharp, central vision.When this form becomes advanced, it can result in the wet form of the disease. Blood vessels in the eye begin to leak blood and fluid. Loss of vision can happen very quickly.Symptoms can include wavy or distorted vision, blind spots in vision dark, blurry areas in the center of vision and diminished or changed color perception. Any of these changes warrant a prompt visit to your physician.When AMD is diagnosed and treated in its early and intermediate stages, vision loss can often be slowed and the risk of its progression to the wet form reduced. While there are numerous medications and treatments available, treatment has to be aimed at the patients specific manifestation of the disease. Seven different forms of the disease exist and no one treatment is effective for every patient. Years ago, AMD often resulted in legal blindness. However, new treatments have produced much better outcomes. Healthy choices can also help the prevention of developing this disease.

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What we eat matters, and can directly affect our overall health. Learn what foods give you great health benefits, and what foods you should avoid. .

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Master the art of positivity and be on your way to joy and happiness! 

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Sales Counselor

ResponsibilitiesUnder supervision from Director of Sales and Marketing, receives walk-in/call-in visitors and uses software systems to identify and contact leads. Effectively explains and demonstrates to prospective residents and their families the benefits of residing and receiving care at the community. Communicates sales and contractual information and closes contract sales to maintain and improve occupancy levels. Solicits assistance of community associates to promote and explain community services, practices, policies, pricing, and other information necessary to close the sale.1. Routinely reviews software databases to identify and follow-up on leads from all sources. Calls a lead and obtains additional information on personal residential and care needs. Effectively works with prospective residents and families to secure apartment homes. Maintains long term contact with prospects utilizing soft touches, calls, home visits, etc. to encourage continued familiarity. Encourages and promotes visits and tours of community(s). Meets established goals regarding contacts and tours to achieve/exceed monthly sales goals. Enters updated prospective resident information and status of relationship into the lead management system daily.2. Maintains positive and understanding relationships with current residents and their family. Encourages their positive promotion of community to friends, acquaintances, and family. Identifies religious, civic, and social groups to which current residents belong to expand referral network. Cultivate leads with current residents through positive interaction and interest in activities and concerns. Follows-up with resident referrals as identified. Explains and promotes the Resident Referral Program to current residents.3. Conducts weekly outreach visits to referral sources to obtain and increase community referrals.4. Assists in identifying innovative events and methods to increase visitation of targeted groups. Assists in planning, sponsoring, organizing, and executing special events to inform and attract referrals and prospects to visit community. Presents and demonstrates the value and benefits of the community for its residents as appropriate to stimulate interest and sales.5. Obtains and maintains knowledge of competitors. Communicates community features to best compete with competitors strengths and weaknesses. May visit competitors communities to understand how to best refer and market services and products.6. Conducts personal tours of communities for prospective residents and family. Utilizes Atlas Sales Training to develop top 3 needs to push sale forward. Schedules meetings with staff department heads as requested or as deemed necessary to effectively convince potential residents of abilities to meet their residential and care needs. Understands needs of potential residents to highlight community features that will satisfy them.7. Explains fee structure in a manner that will be most meaningful and that will clearly reflect the benefits and value of prospective residents choices. Explains the physical and financial assessment processes to prospects.8. Closes contractual arrangements. Communicates availability of apartment homes and status of waiting lists. Obtains necessary personal information and prepares standard, legal documents required for signature and coordinates lease signing with Executive Director.9. Turns over completed sale to Move-In Coordinator to coordinate needs relating to logistics of new resident moves including such things as obtaining all pertinent move-in paperwork, transference of keys, furniture move-in coordination, unit preparation, new resident orientation and welcoming, etc. Maintains continued contact to reflect concern and interest for their continued wellbeing and satisfaction after relocation to the community.10. May provide input regarding the development of promotional brochures, videos and mailings as used in networking referrals and marketing to prospective residents.11. Prepares written reports and communicates status of current success in a clear and concise manner.This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities. An associate should perform all duties as assigned by his/her supervisor.QualificationsExperience Minimum of three years of progressive experience in the real estate, hospitality or health care field including experience in such areas as promotion, public relations, or admissions, including a minimum of two years with a proven sales or promotion track record. Prior experience selling or promoting senior residential and health care services is highly preferred.Certifications, Licenses, and Other Special Requirements Reliable car transportation with insurance, plus a valid drivers license.Management/Decision Making Applies existing guidelines and procedures to make varied decisions within a department. Uses sound judgment and experience to solve moderately complex problems based on precedent, example, reasonableness or a combination of these.Knowledge and Skills Possesses extensive knowledge of a distinct skill or function and a thorough understanding of the organization and work environment. Has working knowledge of a functional discipline. Has knowledge of residential, psychological, social and health care needs of seniors. Knowledge of competing organizations strengths and weaknesses and ability to maintain this information to maximize sales and occupancy potential. Ability to assist with the development of marketing strategies to compete within the local market. Ability to successfully persuade potential residents and families to make deposits and ultimately move to community. Ability to relate positively with networking sources and provide solutions to perceived needs for their referrals. Ability to explain complex alternative contractual arrangements in a clear, concise and patient manner to prospective residents to best convey the benefits to be gained by their choice. Flexibility to adjust hours of work to the needs of potential residents and referral sources. Ability to develop work schedules, work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to handle multiple interruptions to schedules to meet the needs of potential residents and families. Knowledge of marketing software and the ability to accurately and efficiently maintain lists, reports etc. for effective follow-up use by self and others. Ability to effectively communicate promotional and sales needs and information to internal marketing and support staff. Willingness to follow up with potential referral sources and assist with specific leads as requested. Ability to work effectively with team members in a positive and energetic manner.This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities.

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Senior Fitness Instructor

Looking to hire more Senior Instructors for classes at the YMCA, specifically for Yoga, Chair Yoga, Dance, tai Chi, Stretching and Active Living. 

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Memory Care Sales Director

Please contact Jan for more information, or to apply:Jan HouckSales DirectorThe Windsor of Lakewood Ranchjan.houck@legendseniorliving.comPhone: 941-907-9177Mobile: 407-592-3774

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