FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING MAY NEWSLETTER
Check out this national portal to information, tools and resources to assist elders during all types of natural disasters: cdc.gov/aging/emergency
On April 16, the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services established the Administration for Community Living that created a single agency with the goal of increasing access to community support systems and full participation, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities. Visit hhs.gov/acl
Older driver safety
The Hartford has a web page focused on “older driver safety” that includes online assessments, publications and tools on driving safely. Visit hartfordauto.thehartford.com/Safe-Driving/Car-Safety
Income gap for elders
The Wider Opportunities for Women’s website examines the gaps between income and expenses for many older Americans. Visit wowonline.org/DoingWithout.asp
Senior Expo at the Central Florida Fairgrounds: The annual Senior Expo is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2-3 at 4603 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando. A free Olive Garden lunch is available for the first 500 people each day. Free admission.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will have their Annual Spring Luncheon at noon on Thursday, May 3, at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., in Orlando. It’s $14. For reservations, call 407-644-7092.
An AARP Driver Safety Program will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Plymouth Apartments, 1550 Gay Road, in Winter Park. The program helps participants refine driving skills and develop safe driving habits. Upon completion of the course, Florida drivers 50 or older will be eligible for vehicle insurance discounts. Registration is required. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Call 1-888-227-7669 or go to www.aarp.org/drive
Want to communicate better with elders? Take a 90-minute hands-on senior sensitivity class and personally experience some of the most common health concerns of elders, including hearing loss, limited vision and arthritis. It’s from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 9 at the downtown Orlando Public Library, in the third floor Albertson Room. To RSVP, call 407-835-7481.
The Jewish Pavilion will be hosting a free workshop on Brain Healthy Living at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Serenades by Sonata, 425 Ronald Reagan Blvd., in Longwood. Brenda Nieman, a certified Alzheimer’s disease trainer, will address the group. The workshop is open to the entire community, but an RSVP is needed so Serenades can plan for refreshments. Call 407-678-9363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Tips on being a savvy health advocate” will be presented by Betsy McKeeby, RN, Parish Nurse at First United Methodist of Winter Park at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the downtown Orlando Library, 101 E. Central Blvd, third floor Albertson Room. Parish nurses act as health counselors, educators, community resource liaisons and integrators of faith and healing. To RSVP, send an email to OfficeonAging@ocfl.net or call 407-836-7446.
You are invited to attend a presentation on running by Jack Gallagher on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish Center on Park Avenue. Jack will turn 78 in a few months and has been participating in the local running scene since 1987. Admission is free, but those wishing to make a donation are requested to make checks payable to “Saint Margaret Mary/ Haiti Ministry”. RSVP to Jack at email@example.com
Orange County’s annual hurricane expo is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2 at the Fashion Square Mall. You can talk directly with state, national and local disaster planning staff to learn how you can prepare.
Join volunteers and friends of the Jewish Pavilion for a free workshop on Body Language at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, at Horizon Bay; 217 Boston Ave., Altamonte Springs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-678-9363. Please RSVP.
MAITLAND SENIOR CENTER
The Maitland Senior Center is located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Call 407-539-6251 or visit itsmymaitland.com
Free phones for the hearing impaired! Please join us on Tuesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon to see if you are eligible for a free phone for your home.
Join us at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, for Bunko! Come play for fun and win prizes.
AARP Driver Safety program – The next class is on June 13. Certificate of completion is good for a possible car insurance discount, renewable every three years. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring a lunch. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP; no cash is accepted. Call 407-539-6251 to reserve a seat in the class. Seating is limited to 10 people.
Join Audrey every Tuesday in May at 10:30 a.m. for Line Dance Lessons. Class is 90 minutes and perfect for both beginner and intermediate dancers. Cost of the class is $4 to the teacher.
Join us every Monday and Friday in May at 1 p.m. to see your favorite movies! Check our calendar online to see what movies are showing in May.
Join John every Monday, Thursday and Friday in May at 9 a.m. for Yoga. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat. Cost of the class is $2 to the teacher.
Join our Knit & Crochet group every Monday in May at 10 a.m. Bring your current project and have some fun!
Join us every Monday in May at 1 p.m. for our Conversational French group. Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Must be fluent in French to participate.
Join Esther every Tuesday in May at 9 a.m. for Tai Chi classes. Cost of the class is $2 to the teacher.
Join us every Tuesday in May at 1 p.m. for our Conversational Spanish group. Spend some time chatting with others and making new friends. Must be fluent in Spanish to participate.
Join Donna every Thursday in May at 11:30 a.m. for Chair Yoga. Cost of the class is a $2 donation to the teacher.
Join Ann every Friday in May for Recorder classes. Beginning classes are held at 12:30 p.m. and intermediate classes are held at 1 p.m. Lessons are free. Please call the Senior Center at 407-539-6251 for specifics on this class.
The Maitland Senior Center presents a program for elders on the second Friday of the month that is staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders).