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I'm Tanyah Lockett, your local Director of Sales. 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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Jun 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Classic Car Show at Stone River Retirement

2nd Annual Classic Car Show.  Proceeds donated to the Alzheimer's Association.  Music - Raffles - Door Prizes - Trophies - Food.  Gettel Toyota of Lakewood Ranch to showcase a selection on brand new cars.

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BrightStar Care of Venice

Non-Medical 425 Commercial Ct., Unit F, Venice, Florida, 34292

Dedicated In-Home Care by BrightStar Care of Venice and Port CharlotteBrightStar Care of Venice and Port Charlotte is dedicated to providing the best in-home care for you or a loved one. We are a Nurse Owned and Family Operated Private Duty Home Care Agency, offering a range of services to meet your needs:Companion Services: Meal preparation, transportation, light housekeepingPersonal Care: Bathing, dressing, transfersSkilled Care: Assessments, medication management, med box fillsMedical Staffing: Providing professional healthcare staff for various needsBrightStar Care is Joint Commission Accredited and has been recognized as a Leader in Excellence, Provider of Choice, and Employer of Choice from 2016 to 2020 by Home Care Pulse. All our caregivers are background checked, drug tested, bonded, and insured.We are available 24/7 and just a phone call away, ready to provide reliable and compassionate care whenever you need it.

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Aston Gardens, The Inn at

Memory Care 9000 Ibis Way, Venice, Florida, 34292

Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe is a truly exceptional retirement community, offering a serene and picturesque environment for senior living. The Mediterranean architectural styling adds to its charm, creating a distinctive and inviting atmosphere.The expansive 37-acre property, adorned with lush tropical foliage, walking paths, and water features, provides residents with a tranquil and carefree setting to enjoy their retirement years. Being nestled in the historic and charming gulf shore town of Venice, with its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and downtown Venice, adds to the allure of this community, offering residents the best of both worlds: natural beauty and small-town charm.It's impressive to hear that Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe has been recognized by the local community with prestigious awards for nine consecutive years, highlighting its commitment to excellence in senior living. This track record of recognition speaks volumes about the quality of life and level of care provided to residents.For anyone seeking the best in senior living, Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe seems like an ideal choice. The invitation to visit and experience the exceptional lifestyle firsthand demonstrates the confidence and pride the community takes in what it has to offer.

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Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe

Assisted Living 9000 Ibis Way, Venice, Florida, 34292

Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe is the premier retirement community in Venice, FL, offering a range of senior living options tailored to meet the unique needs of each resident. Located at the heart of one of Coastal Livings 2020 Best Places to Live on the Coast, our community combines the charm of Venices historic downtown with the tranquility of the Gulf of Mexicos beautiful sunsets.Our senior living options include Active Independent Living, Assisted Living, and our nationally-recognized SHINE Memory Care program. Each option is designed to provide the perfect blend of support, amenities, and relaxation, ensuring a rich and fulfilling lifestyle for our residents. Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe features exclusive senior lifestyle programs, all-inclusive amenities such as a professionally designed on-site putting green, a Bocce Ball court, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a senior-focused health club and fitness center, an on-site professional beauty salon and spa, and live weekly entertainment in our lounge.Our dedicated staff is committed to delivering exceptional care and personalized services, helping residents feel right at home. Whether enjoying chef-prepared meals, engaging in a variety of daily activities, or relaxing in our elegant surroundings, residents at Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe can embrace each day with comfort and confidence. Schedule a tour today to discover why we are the best senior living community in Venice, FL.

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Freedom Village of Bradenton Assisted Living

Assisted Living 6410 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida, 34209

Assistance with daily tasks. Companionship at just the right time. Someone you can trust, who brings a smile to your face. Assisted living gives you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy each day and live as independently as possible.THE RIGHT HELP MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.Were proud to be recognized for our high standards for assisted living, earning first place in the 2021 Manatee Readers Choice Awards from the Herald-Tribune.When you want the best care in assisted living, count on the qualified professional help youll receive at Freedom Village of Bradenton. We collaborate with you to design a plan for your specific needs including bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, and other activities of daily living. Because were a Life Plan Community, youll have the advantage of being able to transition seamlessly to other levels of care if needed.The cost of assisted living is covered by a monthly fee that includes a maintenance-free residence, personalized care, dining and more. Residents have access to all community services and amenities, such as fitness classes, chef-prepared dining, and a full-service salon and barbershop.We also offer respite care to give seniors and their caregivers a break from their usual routine. Seniors can receive the personalized care they need while they enjoy the vibrant lifestyle in our assisted living facility, allowing caregivers the time to rest or take care of other responsibilities. Reservations are required to book a short respite stay.

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Handle with care!No one wants to lose an item or incur damage when moving their possessions to their new home. And when youre moving high-value items, the seriousness of losing or breaking something is very real.  High-value items can mean a number of things. It can be grandpas baseball card collection that cant be duplicated, sterling silver candlesticks from your wedding or even jewelry. How you decide what is valuable can be up to you or you can contact an appraisal expert to help you put a price on the item.  According to an article on move.org, some moving companies will tell you that anything that is over $100 per pound will be considered high value. Others may say that anything that is worth over $1000 is also in this special category.  Hiring a move management company, like WayForth, that can handle your special items is key to making sure that these items are protected. Start by asking questions about how the organization categorizes high-end pieces and how they will handle these items.  WayForth is your trusted move management company that will ensure your move is protected. Our moving professionals are trained to take care of every item carefully and considerately. Contact our team of experts today for help with your next move! Use a special inventory list Moving companies should use a special high value item inventory list that is kept separately from your other possessions inventory. This can help both you and your moving organization know what should be treated at a high value. It can be helpful at the beginning of the process and at the end when items are delivered.  Proper materials make a difference Whether you decide to pack your special items yourself or have a company pack them, make sure to use the proper materials to cushion and protect your valuables. This is not the time to use a box from the grocery store! Instead, make sure items are in boxes designed with a double wall. Some companies can even build a special crate if a piece of artwork or sculpture needs one.  Make sure that whoever is packing understands the proper process. Professional packers know how to make the most of the space in a box or container while protecting each individual piece. Each box should be clearly marked so that the movers know that the box contains fragile or high-value items.  Take precious things with you There are some valuable items that are better off with you than in a moving truck. Medications, precious jewelry or special collections such as sterling silverware might be safer in your car where you can keep an eye on them. If youre in doubt, see if the items will fit in your car or have a family member or trusted friend transport them for you.  Let WayForths move management team help you or a loved one with all the details of moving including downsizing, packing and unpacking. Contact us today. How you move matters, move with WayForth. About the Author: WayForthWayForth is the definitive provider of comprehensive and personalized moving solutions for life and business. Since 2016, WayForth has led the way in move management, providing solutions to over 15,000 individuals and families. How you move matters and no matter the destination, WayForth serves as a guide making lifes transitions easier to navigate. Call 1.844.WAYFORTH today to learn how we can help with your next move!

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3 Reasons to Settle Down in Florida After Retirement

Retirement is a time to rest, relax, enjoy hobbies, and spend more time with friends and family. There are many places you can spend your retirement years, but Florida offers a unique experience for seniors. If you are considering independent living in Bradenton, FL, youll find everything you are looking for and more. Whether you are planning to stay active every day, relax with a spouse, or do anything in between, Florida can cater to you. Here are three reasons to settle down in Florida after retirement. 1. The WeatherTheres no doubt about it, Florida attracts retirees from all over the country because of the wonderful weather. The warm climate opens the door for outdoor activities all year round, and theres no need to worry about snowstorms or freezing temperatures. Fresh air and sun are proven to be good for your health and improve your mood, and there is no shortage of those things in Florida. Communities that offer independent living in Bradenton, FL, feature beautiful outdoor areas to relax or enjoy activities so you can make the most of your retirement. 2. Access to ActivitiesSince Florida is home to so many retirees, there is never a shortage of activities to keep you busy. From book clubs and walking groups to art classes and lifelong learning courses, there are activities that cater to all interests. Activities are an easy way to learn new skills, stay social, and add variety to your daily schedule.Whether you want to settle down in your own home or transition to independent living in Bradenton, FL, youll have ample opportunities to pick up new hobbies and stay active.3. Strong Senior CommunityFlorida has more retirees than almost any other state. That means making friends and being part of a strong senior community is easier than ever. As you move through the later years in life, maintaining strong social ties is especially important. Seniors who do not take time to socialize can experience loneliness, which comes along with significant negative health effects. Transitioning to independent living brings a community right to your door and keeps feelings of isolation at bay. Retire in Independent Living in Bradenton, FLBradenton is a wonderful place to spend retirement and offers a variety of assisted living options that cater to every seniors interests and needs. Whether you plan to stay active for years to come or are ready to settle into a slower pace of life, you can find what you need in Florida.

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Beginning next year, it could become a criminal offense to evade the rules on transferring money to family or friends in order to qualify for government-financed nursing home care.Tucked away in the fraud and abuse section of a health insurance reform bill that President Clinton signed in August is a provision that makes it a felony for a person to transfer assets less than three years before applying for long-term care benefits under Medicaid. Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, is jointly financed by state and federal governments. The program pays more than half of all the nursing home bills in this country and is one of the fastest growing segments of state budgets.Medicare, the fully federal health care program for those 65 and older, generally does not cover nursing home bills. Nor do private medigap policies. That leaves only private funds, long-term care insurance or Medicaid to pay for nursing home care.With nursing home bills averaging $40,000 year, many elderly people simply cannot afford to pay them and must immediately turn to Medicaid for help. Other people enter nursing homes as paying patients, but turn to Medicaid once they use up their savings.But the concern is over the increasing number of middle- and upper-income people who, with the help of attorneys, arrange their finances so as to preserve the bulk of their assets for their heirs while becoming poor enough - at least on paper - to qualify for government nursing home payments.Under current law, anyone who transfers assets within three years of applying for Medicaid can be denied benefits for a period of time. The new law, which takes effect next year, will make that kind of asset shifting a criminal offense, punishable by up to five years in jail and or a $25,000 fine.There are differing opinions as to how the new law will actually affect the elderly, their families and their legal advisors."The intent is not to put Grand-ma in jail but to have a chilling effect on the Medicaid estate planning bar," said Stephen Moses, research director of LTC Inc., a private firm that designs and markets long-term care insurance."I don't expect anybody to be prosecuted under it," Moses added. But he hopes the mere threat of criminal prosecution will refocus the national debate on how to finance long-term care.Ira Wiesner, president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), whose members specialize in Medicaid estate planning, called the new law "unprecedented" and said it was decidedly the wrong approach to long-term care problems."Out of an inability or unwillingness to deal with the fundamental issue of society's need to take care of its citizens who suffer long-term chronic illness, the best solution they can come up with is putting seniors in jail," Wiesner said. "They are hurting the wrong people and they are not addressing the problem."Moses of LTC Inc. believes the way to address the problem of long-term care is for people with money to take personal responsibility for their future. That means using their private savings or purchasing long-term care insurance (which his firm sells) to pay for their own nursing home bills, preserving Medicaid's scarce resources for the truly needy."It is very sad that it has come to the point that Congress concluded that it has to criminalize Medicaid estate planning," said Moses. "But I understand the anger and frustration of public policy makers who have been unable, despite 15 years of attempts, to constrain the flow of these funds to middle- and upper-middle-class seniors."James Felman, a criminal attorney in Tampa, Fla., who analyzed the new law for NAELA at Wiesner's request, said he doesn't expect the government will ever get the chance to flex its muscle on this issue."I cannot imagine the federal government would have much interest in prosecuting a helpless old person," Felman said. The more likely targets, he said, would be the beneficiaries of an egregious case of asset transfer - for example, adult children who would inherit a nursing home patient's money, or the lawyers or financial advisors who set up the plan.But Felman says the law is so poorly worded that he doubts it would survive a court challenge.Felman explained that the law only applies criminal sanctions when someone is denied Medicaid benefits.Submitted By: Advocates in Aging| Law Office of Wiesner Smith- click for more information*Written By: Mary Beth Franklin, Maturity News Service

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Seniors’ Guide To Improving Heart Health

Your heart is definitely one hard worker! Beating anywhere between 60 to 90 times per minute, it is crucial that we take care of it. In fact, since we depend on it to circulate necessary oxygen and nutrients around our body, the thought of it failing can be extremely scary.Heart health, like other forms of health, can be protected by taking care of yourself. We have compiled some tips for you to better care for your heart and to live a healthier life!Maintain Blood Pressure Levels in Normal RangesBlood pressure refers to the force of your blood when it is moving through your different blood vessels. This means that when you are having high blood pressure, your blood is moving in a forceful manner through your body and your heart. Having prolonged high blood pressure can cause many problems within your heart and it shouldnt be ignored once discovered. In fact, it is easily treated.A healthy blood pressure should be 120/80, or at least somewhat close to this reading. It is important to check it at least once to twice yearly to monitor any sudden changes, doing it more often if you are recording numbers outside of a healthy range.If you are coping with high blood pressure, it is important to make some lifestyle changes like reducing your salt and fried food intake, exercising more, and cutting out alcohol.Keep a Look Out for Your Cholesterol LevelsIt is important to first note that cholesterol isnt all bad there is both good and bad cholesterol and it is important to keep both of them at optimal levels. When you go for a full physical check-up with your doctor, they should do a fasting blood test to ensure that they are where they should be. Otherwise, this can significantly increase your chances of having a heart attack or heart disease.Maintain a Healthy WeightYou should love your body no matter what size you are, but research has shown that it is harder to have healthy blood flow throughout your body and to your heart when you are overweight or obese. When your blood flow is obstructed or changed, it can cause a build-up of plaque in your arteries and increase your risk for diseases relating to the heart.Quit SmokingSmoking is highly addictive and can come with many adverse health effects. More importantly, it can have a severely negative effect on the health of your heart and increase the risk of heart conditions.Get the Best of Senior Living with Aston Gardens At Pelican MarshIf you have concerns about your heart health or any existing heart conditions, it is always important to consult your doctor or any other appropriately-licensed physician for professional medical advice. This is why we include comprehensive round-the-clock medical care here in our assisted living community. In fact, it is only one of the many amenities that are available to all our residents.For more information on how our dedicated team can support you and your loved ones, contact us today.

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The Gallery at North Port: Independent Villas | Experience Senior Living

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.941-218-2900

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Should I Be Using Key Words?

The answer is YES! Keywords are a key component of a healthy marketing strategy, learn more by clicking play! If your target client is the 55+ demographic, you'll want to watch our weekly series called "The Art of Marketing Well". In this series, our Director of Sales, Kelly Wain, brings you quick-tip marketing videos to expand your business reach. For more information, connect with us on Linkedin! https://bit.ly/3av24xL

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Medicare’s Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment Is October 15 - December 7Many people in the hurricane-affected areas may not even realize Medicares Open Enrollment (also called Annual Enrollment) began October 15 and runs until December 7. For patients eligible for Medicare benefits, Open Enrollment is the only time of year you can make changes to your health and drug plans for the following year (with few exceptions). Decisions you make today about your healthcare and coverage can change the rest of your life. We share tips from a Medicare Advisor to help you get the most out of healthcare and get the most out of Medicare.

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Motion Is The Health Potion

Join us for the Art of Aging Well , where Kelly Wain, a certified health and wellness expert shares tips to keep you aging well.

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Business Development Manager

The Business Development Manager will handle the networking and development of referral resources within the Senior community. Marketing the business (visiting properties, events, clinical sites) Perfect for a retiree or someone with some social services experience within the hospitals, Hospice or SNF industry. Only 8-10 hours per week to start. Base salary plus commission offer.  Areas of interest are Port Charlotte, Englewood, Venice.  Contact Gisel Garcia at 239-990-1949

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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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FT Membership Director/Sales position

Town Square Sarasota, 3883 Central Sarasota Square Blvd. is looking for a FT Membership Director/Sales position for a fun and faced paced environment!  Help families and their loved ones find the solution of an innovative Adult Day Program!   Want to find joy in your career?  Work normal hours?  Call Jill today at 941-336-5061 or send your resume to jgrinnell@townsquare.net. We are also looking for FT and PT Program (Activity) Assistant's and Personal Care Assistants.

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