This is to remind
readers how they can connect with community resources for themselves, family
or friends. We reached out to Belinda Stewart, communications manager for 2-1-1
Brevard, an organization that offers information and referral and
crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here’s what she said:
“By dialing 2-1-1, residents can get information from trained
specialists about whatever help may be available in the community, whether
the issue is domestic violence, money troubles, parenting, caring for an
aging relative or anything else. Last year, we made more than 44,000
referrals to almost 425 organizations in Brevard.” So the bottom line, fellow
Brevardians, is that you need to remember two phone numbers; six simple
digits. “People can call us anytime and we’ll try to connect them with a
resource for help, but please: If anyone is in danger, the number to call is
9-1-1,” Stewart said.
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an award-winning volunteer-based
program at the
Department of Elder Affairs that provides information and free, unbiased
counseling for people on Medicare, their families, and their caregivers.
Trained counselors provide personal and confidential assistance over the
phone or at local counseling sites. To speak with a SHINE counselor,
call our Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER
Seniors Helping Seniors Southern Brevard County
Welcome to Seniors
Helping Seniors in-home services where we match seniors who need
help with seniors who want to help throughout Southern and Central Brevard
County, Florida. It’s a unique relationship built between people who
understand the ups and downs of life. We work with you to find a senior who
can help meet your personal needs, schedule, and personality. We can help out
just a little or a lot.
If you live in or near
Southern and Central Brevard County we are here for you. Just call today at 321-722-2999
or e-mail email@example.com.
Chickadee Pickup & Delivery;
They pick up
prescriptions, groceries, documents and more. Monday thru Friday
9am - 4pm
July 9, 2014
Downsizing 4 Seniors
Owners: Donna Jones, Carolyn Neale
Products/services: So many seniors need help transitioning to
another lifestyle over the latter part of their lives. We can help them do
that by downsizing, moving to independent/ assisted living and aging in
place. We help them determine what items to keep and which items to go to
family or to be donated.
What were you doing before this? We were both in banking and
finance for a combined 40-plus years, specializing in the senior marketplace.
Why did you go into this venture?
We saw a void
in Brevard for this type of service and through research with the National
Association of Senior Move Managers. Many seniors on the Space Coast have no
family or no family geographically close enough who are willing or able to
Sell us on your business in two sentences: Our goal is to preserve
memories in meaningful ways while helping the seniors and their families with
the emotional and physical aspects of transition to the next phase of their
lives. We will do this with compassion, patience and care.
is a good resource
June 19, 2014
Dear Abby: Helping a parent or other adult
relative handle their finances and health care can be a challenging gift to
You want to honor their wishes and respect their
boundaries, while at the same time acting in their best interest.
But it can be hard to know where to begin and whom to
trust, and you always wonder if you’re forgetting something.
To help your readers carry out this important role, the
Federal Citizen Information Center created the free Family Caregivers Kit. It
features publications from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that
explain how to manage a loved one’s money and protect seniors from scams.
And it also contains publications from the FDA’s Office of
Women’s Health to keep track of medications and learn to use them safely. The
kit is full of practical tips toe help caregivers.
Abby, thanks for sharing the free Family Caregivers Kit.
— Sarah Crane, Acting Director, Federal Citizen
Dear Ms. Crane:
Thank you for offering this important information to my
It is important because accepting this kind of
responsibility should not be done without fully understanding what it will
The publications you sent to me — and will send to my
readers — provide an illuminating overview of the responsibilities involved.
Readers, this year’s packet is not to be missed,
particularly if you have aging relatives or a friend who might need you to
handle his/ her affairs, even for a short period of time.
These booklets are free and include the “Managing Someone
Else’s Money” series of publications, which cover Power of Attorney and
Managing Trusts, Property and Benefits.
They are in an easy-to understand format.
Also included is a pamphlet on using medications wisely.
Did you know that 125,000 people die each year because they didn’t take their
medication as directed — and many more get sick because they didn’t properly
follow the directions on the label?
Another pamphlet shares information on recognizing and
avoiding health scams.
But wait! There’s more … You will also receive a copy of
the 2014 Consumer Action Handbook, which contains not only information you
need to make the best decisions about what you buy and the service providers
you use but also a sample complaint letter to help you get results. To order
this free kit, go to http://promotions.usa.gov/dearabby.html
You can also order the kit by calling 888-878-3256 weekdays
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, or by writing: Family Caregivers Kit, Pueblo,
CO 81009. Every household in the country should have this information on hand
“just in case.” So order a kit for yourself and more to share.
— Love, Abby
Today Thursday March 20, 2014
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helping hand at home? It’s out there
Subsequent to a recent hospital
stay, I rehabilitated at Health South Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital. I
highly recommend hip replacement patients and stroke victims start the rehab
process in a licensed facility because they receive more intense treatment.
At my discharge briefing, there were two others preparing
to leave for home. One was a retired military man who lived alone but could
fend for himself, while the other was a frail woman who could not.
When the discharge planner asked if anyone had a question,
the woman said she was concerned about being able to cook.
When the subject of using the Meals on Wheels Program was
raised, she was informed about a waiting list because of a lack of drivers. I
mentioned using a nonskilled care assistance service such as Seniors Helping
Seniors, one of several such providers in Brevard County.
Seniors Helping Seniors will come into your home as
often as you want and do things such as cleaning, cooking meals, reminding
you to take medications, taking you to doctor appointments and staying with
you, among other things. The service is offered in a minimum block of two hours
at a cost of $32 to $36, or about $500 a month. Compare that with a monthly
cost of $4,000 to $5,000 a month in an assisted living facility.
To contact Seniors Helping Seniors, call 321-722-2999.
Consider a family living in New York that has a relative
living locally who is in need of such services. All they need do is call Helping
Seniors of Brevard County, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide
information and education. They can be contacted at 321-473-7770. You can
then talk to a counselor to develop a program to help your family member.
Providers such as Seniors Helping Seniors, a national
franchise owned by a woman who worked for Mother Teresa for 10 years, and
information and education providers such as Helping Seniors of Brevard are
part of the solution.
Joe Steckler is a retired Navy captain and elder advocate
in Brevard County. He does a weekly radio show, “Focus on Seniors,” on
WMEL-AM (1300) and is president of Helping Seniors of Brevard County Inc.