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Ken Whittaker Earns Designation from Fi360

Branch Manager with Raymond James Financial Services awarded AIF®

(MELBOURNE, FL)  February 18, 2019 –  Ken Whittaker, of Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Ficuciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies® , the standards-setting body for Fi360. The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Center’s Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. On an ongoing basis, completion of continuing education and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards are required to maintain the AIF designation. Whittaker, a resident of Melbourne, Florida is the president of Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, a professional practice, where advisors provide financial planning services for clients in Brevard County and Central Florida.  They are located at 1692 West Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne, 32901. For more information, call 321-723-3352 or visit the website at http://raymondjames.com/whittakercooper/.

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PHOTO  Ken Whittaker, of Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, has earned the AIF® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies (photo courtesy of whittaker cooper financial group)

 

ABOUT WHITTAKER COOPER FINANCIAL GROUP –

The Whittaker Cooper Financial Group Inc. is a professional practice, where advisors provide financial planning services for clients in Brevard County and Central Florida.  Begun in 1985, Whittaker Cooper Financial Group is headquartered at 1692 West Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne, 32901. Financial Advisors include Kenneth Whittaker, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CLU, ChFC and I. Wayne Cooper, CPA.  Whittaker Cooper Financial Group maintains a satellite  office inside of One Senior Place in Viera, located at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, 32940. For more information on Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, call 321-723-3352 or visit the website at http://raymondjames.com/whittakercooper/.

Whittaker Cooper Financial Group is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.  Raymond James is not affiliated with One Senior Place, the Center for Fiduciary Studies or Fi360.

 

ABOUT Fi360–

Fi360, a fiduciary education, training and technology company, helps financial intermediaries use prudent fiduciary practices to profitably gather, grow and protect investors’ assets. Since 1990, the firm has provided financial professionals with the tools necessary to act as a fiduciary in their work with investors.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Fi360 is the home of the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation, the Fiduciary Focus Toolkit™ and the Fi360 Fiduciary Score® . Fi360 is also the parent company of CEFEX. Learn more at www.Fi360.com, via Twitter or on LinkedIn.

‘Every Day is Veterans Day’ a Patriotic Musical Salute March 2

Rousing marches and American songs at popular annual event 

Every Day is Veterans Day flyer 2019(SUNTREE, FL)  –  One Senior Place, the Viera marketplace for senior resources, presents the sixth annual Every Day is Veterans Day, a patriotic concert at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Suntree on Saturday, March 2.  The public is invited to the free musical salute to veterans at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne, 32940.  Co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, Every Day is Veterans Day will feature a 3:00 PM pre-concert reception for the public, with refreshments and information from numerous veteran and military organizations.  At 4:00 PM, “Reveille” will open a patriotic concert by the Space Coast Symphony Winds and Indialantic Chamber Singers, starting with a Posting of the Colors by the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Florida Institute of Technology ROTC Color Guard. The Space Coast Highlanders bagpipe and drum band will proceed through the 800+ seat auditorium for the event that includes a special pinning ceremony for U.S. military veterans who served during the time of the Vietnam conflict; from 1955-1975.  The pins are presented in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.* The multi-year commemoration period began on Memorial Day, 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day, 2025. Rousing marches by John Philip Sousa as well as songs of America will be performed by the Space Coast Symphony Winds and Indialantic Chamber Singers, considered Central Florida’s premier choral ensemble.  Attendees are invited to wear red, white and blue in patriotic solidarity. While there is no charge for the reception or the concert, free tickets must be reserved through the symphony website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or by calling toll-free to (855) 252-7276.

One Senior Place Founder and CEO, Don Kramer, is delighted to present the special musical salute to veterans for the sixth annual Every Day is Veterans Day event by the Experts in Aging.

“We are beyond excited to be hosting this very special reception and concert honoring veterans and their families,” said Kramer.  “Each year, Every Day is Veterans Day has grown larger.  We are pleased to return again to the comfortable Scott Center in Suntree for a patriotic musical salute to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform.  We hope many people will also attend the pre-concert reception for some delicious refreshments and a visit with the military organizations and event sponsors.”

Every Day is Veterans Day is just one of the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place in Viera.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com or call 321-751-6771.

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SCSO Patriotic Concert

Photo Space Coast Symphony Orchestra wind band players will perform patriotic favorites during Every Day is Veterans Day, a One Senior Place special free event in the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne on Saturday, March 2.  To reserve a free ticket, call toll-free (855) 252-7276. photo courtesy Space Coast symphony Orchestra

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Photo  — Veterans and the general public are invited to Every Day is Veterans Day, sponsored by One Senior Place and VITAS Health Care.  The special free patriotic concert will be held at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne on Saturday, March 2.  To reserve a free ticket, call toll-free (855) 252-7276. photo by judith vaughn photography

 

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*The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War began on Memorial Day, 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day, 2025. During the commemoration period, Americans are called upon to offer Vietnam veterans and their families a thank you on behalf of the Nation, both privately and during public ceremonies and programs across our country. In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To that end, the Commemoration is providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins for dignified public presentations to living U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period as a lasting memento of the nation’s thanks. Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

 

About One Senior Place– Now in its 13th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

 

ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations. 35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40″ Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

Public Invited to ‘Holiday Toy Gala’ Dec. 7

One Senior Place Collects Toys, Serves up Good Time

(VIERA, FL)  November 26, 2018 –  Not every Brevard child will wake up Christmas morning to a pile of gifts under the tree. For the thousands of Brevard parents who struggle to cover the essentials, Christmas presents for their kids are simply out of reach.  One Senior Place in Viera will be helping needy families cope, when they host a Holiday Toy Gala to benefit one of Brevard’s biggest toy drives on Friday, December 7 at 6:00 PM at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road.  Admission to the smart casual event is free, with a new, unwrapped toy or gift for children or teens. Walmart gift cards are particularly welcome. The large toy drive by His Place Ministries is now in its 16th year and will provide toys and gifts for more than 3000 Brevard children, many of them considered homeless.  Collected toys are staged in a room where parents can “shop” on December 20 for free gifts according to the gender and age of their children.  Approximately 800 families benefited from the toy drive last year, for children aged from toddlers through 17.  Gifts for teen girls are often underrepresented and therefore especially needed. The Holiday Toy Gala and “fun-raiser” is sponsored by A Mother’s Touch Movers and will serve up heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine and beer at the Viera marketplace for senior resources, with smooth jazz provided by saxophonist, Fred Cavese.  Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for various prizes and make additional donations for gift cards if desired.  To RSVP for the Holiday Toy Gala, call (321) 751-6771.  For more information about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

CEO and founder of One Senior Place, Don Kramer explains why the Holiday Toy Gala is an important event.

“Every parent wants to be able to give their kids a happy Christmas, but many just cannot,” said Kramer. “In addition to the struggles caused by the economy, many families are also dealing with financial burdens caused by the death of a wage earner or because of medical expenses due to illness.  That’s where the toy drive and donations come in. It’s all about helping kids experience the joy of Christmas, regardless of their family’s income.”

For information on the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place, call 321-751-6771.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

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Photo  Now in its 16th year, the toy drive by His Place Ministries of Melbourne will collect toys for approximately 3,000 Brevard children. On December 20, parents in need can “shop” the free assortment of gifts for their families. One Senior Place will host a Holiday Toy Gala on December 7 to collect toys and raise funds for gift card purchases.  Admission to the free event is one unwrapped toy. RSVP to 321-751-6771. photo courtesy john bertran

 

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Holiday Toy Gala 2018

 

About One Senior Place– Now in its 13th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

Holiday Pet Food Drive at One Senior Place

Holiday Pet Food DriveThe Seniors Intervention Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for Seminole County seniors. While non-perishable food pantries are filling up over the holiday season, many seniors also struggle to feed their beloved pets. Please help us feed these pets by donating wet or dry cat and dog food this holiday season. Donations will be collected at One Senior Place Greater Orlando located at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Seniors Intervention Group is also collecting non-perishable food items such as cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, boxed meals (mac and cheese/noodles), instant mashed potatoes, rice, canned tuna/chicken, spaghetti, fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, microwave popcorn, and Ensure/Boost. Personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, combs/brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, Depends, Q-tips, denture cleaner, as well as cleaning products like  laundry detergent and dish detergent are also appreciated.

For more information about accepted items, please contact Seniors Intervention Group directly at 407-790-1948.

Save the Date for Special Veterans Event!

March 2, 2019 Patriotic Musical Salute & More

One Senior Place, the Viera marketplace for senior resources, will present the sixth annual Every Day is Veterans Day, a patriotic concert event at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Suntree on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The public is invited to the free musical salute to veterans at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in north Melbourne, 32940.  Co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, Every Day is Veterans Day will feature a 3:00 PM pre-concert reception for the public, with refreshments and information from numerous veteran and military organizations.  At 4:00 PM, “Reveille” will open a patriotic concert by the Space Coast Symphony Winds and Indialantic Chamber Singers, followed by a Posting of the Colors. After a moving rendition of the national anthem by The Indialantic Chamber Singers and soloist Beth Green, the Space Coast Highlanders bagpipe and drum corps will proceed through the 800-seat auditorium.  Rousing marches by John Philip Sousa as well as songs of America will be performed for the enjoyment of the audience, which is invited to wear red white and blue in patriotic solidarity.  A military chaplain will provide the invocation and benediction for the event and “Taps” will be played at the conclusion of the concert.  There is no charge for the reception or the concert and free tickets will be available in the coming months. For more information, call One Senior Place at 321-751-6771.

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Chateau Madeleine Adds Multi-Sensory Environment to Aid in Central Florida Memory Care

State-of-the-art Therapy Room for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Patients at Suntree’s Only Senior Living Community 

(SUNTREE, FL)  October 8, 2018 –  The new Chateau Madeleine, Suntree’s only senior living community will bring a little bit of Holland to Brevard, in the form of a 325 sq. ft. custom designed “multi-sensory therapy room” for use with Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.  Known as a Snoezelen®, the Dutch-conceived multi-sensory environment will be built inside the memory care and senior living community that is nearing completion adjacent to the Fresh Market off Wickham Road in Suntree. The term Snoezelen comes from two Dutch verbs: “snuffelen” (to seek and explore) and “doezelen,” (to relax).  Snoezelen multi-sensory environments are relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation and anxiety, but they can also engage and delight the user, stimulate reactions and encourage communication. Memory enrichment programs, family support groups, pet therapy, supervised activities, mobility and transport assistance as well personal living assistance for bathing, dressing, medicine administration, grooming and more will all be included for one monthly price at Chateau Madeleine. 24-hour on-site licensed health care professionals and around the clock emergency response monitoring will provide additional peace of mind for residents and family members alike. Pet friendly, the locally owned and operated 70,000 sq. ft. senior living community will offer residents the opportunity to “age in place.” In addition to large private rooms for memory care residents, both one and two bedroom luxury apartments are planned for supported independent living and assisted living residents.  Three chef-prepared meals per day and concierge services are included in the monthly rental price, with no buy-in fee. Pre-Lease reservations feature a special monthly rate for three years. For more information about Chateau Madeleine, call (321) 701-8000 or visit  www.SuntreeSeniorLiving.com.

Snoezelen Therapy Room at Chateau MadeleineThe Snoezelen® is a ‘multi-sensory environment’ which can be customized for a variety of user experiences.  Chateau Madeleine, Suntree’s new senior living community will feature a Snoezelen  therapy room for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.  For more information, call 321-701-8000. photo/rendering courtesy of chateau madeleine

 

Chateau Madeleine Administrator, Ron Aylward shared that staff has been overwhelmed by the intense interest in Suntree’s only senior living community and especially in the Snoezelen multi-sensory therapy available to memory care residents.

“Therapy in the multi-sensory environment at Chateau Madeleine is a real game changer,” said Aylward. “This is the first Snoezelen in a memory care setting in Central Florida, and the benefits to the resident patient include greater awareness and attention along with an overall improvement in quality of life.”  Because Chateau Madeleine was started by a physician, the latest medical advances were considered during its design. We have Dr. Abe Hardoon to thank for that.”

Yvette Jenkin, Director of Sales and Marketing, went into more detail about how the Snoezelen would be used for residents and its ability to provide a customized experience via a wifi controller.

“The room is designed to offer supervised multi-sensory therapy for up to three residents at a time.  Family members can be trained in the use of the Snoezelen controller, so they can also use the Snoezelen with their loved ones. We are able to customize the therapy to any one of numerous experiences for the resident, depending on their assessment. One person may require a therapy that provides active engagement, while another resident may benefit from a  calming session. This is truly amazing, state-of-the-art technology that will be available right here in Suntree.”

For Chateau Madeleine pre-leasing information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yvette Jenkin at 321-701-8000 or visit www.SuntreeSeniorLiving.com.

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Photo (attached) –  The Snoezelen® is a ‘multi-sensory environment’ which can be customized for a variety of user experiences.  Chateau Madeleine, Suntree’s new senior living community will feature a Snoezelen  therapy room for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.  For more information, call 321-701-8000. photo/rendering courtesy of chateau madeleine

About Snoezelen® — For information, visit www.snoezelen.info.

About Chateau Madeleine   Begun by Dr. Abe Hardoon, Chateau Madeleine Senior Living & Memory Care is located in the Suntree area of Brevard County, Florida.  A resort-like community designed for aging in place, locally owned Chateau Madeleine features spacious one and two bedroom apartments for residents desiring supported independent living and assisted living. Large private rooms are available for those requiring memory care.  The pet-friendly and non-smoking campus features world class amenities, three chef-prepared daily meals and platinum concierge services for one all-inclusive monthly rental fee. Licensed on site medical staff and assistance with activities for daily living provide peace of mind in a luxurious environment of care, comfort and compassion. For pre-leasing information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yvette Jenkin at 321-701-8000 or visit www.SuntreeSeniorLiving.com. ALF License pending.

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Openings in the SCSEP job training program

The Orlando Office of the Senior Community Service Employment Program has a several slots available for adults age 55+ who are looking to re-enter the job market. 

Adults age 55+ who meet federal program guidelines are then matched with local nonprofits and government agencies so they can increase skills and build self-confidence, while earning a modest salary. This is a “job training” program and is a path toward permanent employment in the community.  Click here to see the AARP website for more details.

Federal guidelines include – but are not limited to:

  • Income 125% of Federal Poverty Level
  • Age 55+

CALL the Orlando Office for more information – 407-852-1608 …. One Senior Place does not have any additional information on this program.

Thank you for sharing in the community and helping adults age 55+ know there are slots available in this program.

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