Category Archive: Motivational

$2000 Donation To Thrift Store Helps Homeless Veterans

IRCC Foundation Donation May 2018 left to right Julie Roberts, IRCC CFO, Jerry Vaughan, General Manager, Skip Taylor, IRCC Foundation Chairman, Larry Logan

$2,000 Donation to Thrift Store Helps Homeless Veterans

Indian River Colony Club patriotic culture centered on service to others

 

(VIERA, FL) May 14, 2018 –  The bonds forged by brothers and sisters in arms remain strong long after discharge from military service.  So it should come as no surprise that the debt of service is uppermost in the minds of the retired residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera. On May 1, the charitable foundation for the patriotic neighborhood of military veterans presented a check for $2,000 to Down the Road Thrift, to assist the store with its signature mission: supporting veterans in need.  Down the Road Thrift is a 501c3 organization, benefiting veterans in need and their families by providing clothing and basic necessities at no charge. The monies donated by the IRCC Foundation will aid in the purchase of household items needed by down and out veterans, as well as for assisting homeless vets with the transition to housing.  Down the Road Thrift, Inc. is located at 4657 S. US Hwy 1 in Rockledge.

 

IRCC Foundation Chairman, Skip Taylor commented on Indian River Colony Club’s history of charitable giving.

 

“IRCC has maintained a patriotic culture centered on service to others from our very beginning in 1986,” said Taylor.  “Through the generosity of the IRCC community, our Foundation will continue to support veterans causes, to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

 

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.”  A haven for military retirees, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over. For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000 or visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com.

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PHOTO attached (photo courtesy of ircc):  The Indian River Colony Club Foundation assisted homeless veterans through a $2,000 donation to Down the Road Thrift Store. The store helps the veterans with basic home furnishings at no charge. Pictured left to right:  Julie Roberts, IRCC CFO; Jerry Vaughan, General Manager; Skip Taylor, IRCC Foundation Chairman; Larry Logan, IRCC Foundation Vice-Chairman; Bobbie Warner, Director of Down the Road Thrift.  For more information, call 321-255-6000.

 

About Indian River Colony Club –  Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club was originally conceived as a retirement destination for military retirees. IRCC began to take shape in 1986, its vision to create a private country club-like environment for members.  Membership has now expanded to include non-military personnel who want the energetic, patriotic lifestyle cultivated by three decades of members. Still predominantly a haven for military veterans, IRCC maintains a culture centered on service to others. IRCC is a gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera, owned entirely by its membership. “The Place Patriots Call Home” enjoys 24-hour gated security, a generous maintenance package and a full complement of newly renovated and 100% debt-free country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over, including an 18-hole, par-72 private golf course.  The patriotic neighborhood was named one of the 2018 Top 20 Golf Communities in North America by Golf Course Home Network. For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000 or visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com.

 

ABOUT DOWN THE ROAD THRIFT — Owners of Down the Road Thrift, Inc., Jerry Vaughan and Bobbie Warner always enjoyed shopping at thrift stores. Jerry is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Bobbie is the daughter of a Navy veteran, so when they decided to open their own thrift store, they knew it would be geared toward helping veterans and those living outdoors in homeless veterans’ camps.  Down the Road Thrift, Inc. is a 501c3 organization, benefiting veterans in need and their families by providing clothing and basic necessities at no charge.  It is located at 4657 S. US Hwy 1 in Rockledge, Florida, 32955. The motto for the unique non-profit endeavor is, A Veteran Helping Veterans.  To make a monetary donation, request a pickup of household goods or for more information, visit www.DowntheRoadThrift.org or call (321) 349-0134.

When Stroke Strikes Home

By Vel Johnson, Vasaj Communications

The call came at 4:00 in the afternoon, Sunday, May 7, 2017. My mother was on the other end. “Hi Baby.” “Hi Mom. How are you?” It was the usual way we’d begin most phone calls. But this time there was a momentary, almost menacing silence, as she replied, “I don’t know. … I’m not feeling quite right.”

Mom then asked if I’d come over and “bring my clothes” to spend the night. I knew SOMETHING had to be wrong at this point. “Mom, do you want me to call 911?” “No Baby … not yet,” she said.”

It was a full hour’s drive to Mom’s door. I told her I was going to call my brother, who lived just minutes away from her. She said, “Okay.” My brother didn’t answer, as he was at work. I sent a quick text message, “Eric, call me ASAP” and then threw a couple of things in a garment bag to go “spend the night” with Mom.

While heading out the door, I called Mom back. Sounding a bit more distressed this time, “The paramedics are on their way!” she said. My heart plummeted. “Okay, Mom! I’ll stay with you on the phone until they get there.”

Flying down the expressway like a bat out of Hell, thoughts racing, and tears streaming down my face … “Everything’s going to be okay, Mom! Everything’s going to be okay!” She was alone, afraid, and experiencing a tingling sensation that made her immobile. I couldn’t get there fast enough.

Stroke does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age.

When the paramedics arrived, paralysis had already begun to grip the left side of Mom’s body like a tight glove. She was unable to get to the door. “I’m in here,” I could hear her yell softly through the phone, “I’m in here.” Then there were the voices of her rescue team … “Thank God they were able to get to her in time!”

The subsequent days were scary ones for my brother and me. Seeing our once vibrant and independent mother now require assistance with everything from bathing and dressing to many of the things we often take for granted, was not easy.

According to the National Stroke Association, there are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.

It’s said that the greatest battle with stroke survival is the will to fight. During the following weeks, Mom’s stay at a rehabilitation facility included a regime of strong faith and prayer, coupled with comprehensive occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a brain attack. There are two main types of stroke: Ischemic, due to lack of blood flow or a blocked artery; and hemorrhagic, due to leaking or bursting of a blood vessel. About 85% of strokes are ischemic.

Mom’s stroke was ischemic.

Hope After Stroke

When Mom was released for home, Eric and I had to quickly learn the role of caregiver, readjusting our lives to make sure she had everything she needed to properly mend.

“My mother’s stroke was a wake-up call for me to be more aware of my health and life in general. To watch her go through it and bounce back with the help of therapy and motivation, with my sister and me by her side, impacted me greatly. It reminded me that with any pitfalls in life we must have a positive mindset and attitude. With a strong will, drive, and determination, mixed with prayer and faith, and we can overcome anything. My mom’s situation serves as a perfect reminder for me to believe strongly in that!” – Eric Johnson (proud son of a stroke survivor)

Through continued homecare and outpatient therapy, and tons of love and affection, Mom has been recovering well.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Sadly, not enough people know how to recognize when stroke is happening. Education is key.

If I could help prevent another person from experiencing the attack my mother endured one year ago, I would. I recently learned that 80% of strokes can be prevented. I may not be able to bring about change. But I am committed to a renewed sentiment and lifestyle of healthy living and arming myself and others with information about stroke prevention and saving the lives of our loved ones.

National Stroke Awareness Month

As May is National Stroke Awareness Month, organizations across the country are galvanizing to fight against this terrible disease. My goal is to help raise awareness about stroke warning signs and symptoms, risk factors, preventative measures, and what we all can do when someone is having a stroke.

BEYOND WELLNESS

At Vasaj Communications, I’ve created BEYOND WELLNESS, a free event and platform to honor and celebrate stroke survivors, their families, and caretakers in a fun, relaxed, interactive atmosphere. Lunch will be provided for all who register, and presenters will provide resources and practical step-by-step tools to empower stroke survivors and their circle of care with support needed to thrive again. Experts will be available to answer questions about rehabilitation, technology, and improving your quality of life as a stroke survivor. Warning signs and risk factors of caregiving stress will be identified, with tips and resources provided for staying emotionally and physically well.

I’m honored to be able to present a celebrity presenter as my keynote speaker, known as America’s Stroke Coach,” Valerie Greene. A captivating speaker with a great sense of humor, Valerie’s message uplifts, inspires and motivates. With passion and insight, she touches hearts and encourages people in all walks of life to keep moving forward. I encourage you to bring a friend and a loved one with you to BEYOND WELLNESS and come hear Valerie’s message: Stronger Than Stroke. She will leave you on the edge of your seat as she describes how she was able to rebound from a massive stroke at age 31 and turn it into a gift for changing the world.

The Event is FREE

The event is free. However, we are looking for partners to help offset programming costs. If you own or work with a health or rehabilitative care organization, or serve the senior community in a special way, consider becoming an event sponsor or vendor and email through the website, or directly to me at vel@vasajcommunications.com, for additional information. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. and programming will commence at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required to attend the event. To learn more, please click below: https://vasajcommunications.lpages.co/beyondwellness/

If you’re in another city or unable to join us, but would like to help assure our event’s success, please consider the donation experience by clicking below: https://vasajcommunications.lpages.co/beyond-wellness-donation/

I will never take stroke for granted. – Vel Johnson

This is a photo of my mother, brother, and me. We hope you can celebrate life with us Friday, May 25, 2018, at BEYOND WELLNESS.

Please share this with someone you know and love.

 

Stay well,

Vel Johnson

Vasaj Communications Gives Back to Community Hosting Free Stroke Awareness Event

Orlando, FL – May 10, 2018 – Vasaj Communications, a premier public relations firm based in Central Florida, has unveiled BEYOND WELLNESS, a community platform designed to honor and celebrate stroke survivors, their families, and caretakers during May, National Stroke Awareness Month. The event will include a complimentary meal and be held Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 715 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714.

“My mother had a stroke one year ago while no one around her realized she was having a medical crisis,” states Vasaj Communications Founder and CEO Vel Johnson. “When I realized there was a dire need for better education about stroke awareness, I created BEYOND WELLNESS. We’re planning to provide experts and resources for learning the warning signs and risk factors associated with stroke. The event will offer a combination of messages of inspiration and hope, lifestyle empowerment tools, and business networking, through our expo.” BEYOND WELLNESS will elevate the discussion of overcoming caregiving stress, with tips for staying emotionally and physically well. It will also heighten the awareness of methods of empowerment for stroke survivors and their circle of care, with support needed to thrive again.

Highlighting the program will be celebrity presenter Valerie Greene, known as “America’s Stroke Coach.” The renowned speaker survived a massive stroke at age 31 and has turned it into a gift for changing the world. Her message, “Stronger than Stroke” is expected to uplift, inspire and motivate all who attend.

The public is invited to attend this event. Admittance is free; however, pre-registration is required One Senior Place is serving as Host Partner for BEYOND WELLNESS. Sponsor and vendor partnerships include Advanced Life Management, Guarded Wellness, Heart Health Management, and other health and rehabilitative care organizations, along with groups who serve communities for age 50 and above. Vendor and sponsor opportunities are still available. Registration may be made by visiting the event’s website at https://vasajcommunications.lpages.co/beyondwellness/.

 

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ABOUT VASAJ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Vasaj Communications, Inc. is a Central Florida-based nationally recognized, award winning, public relations firm, specializing in media relations and publicity for non-profits, corporate groups, and political platforms. Vasaj Communications embraces a dedicated approach to smart and consistent messaging and design with uncompromising high quality to execute successful PR campaigns. Please visit www.vasajcommunications.com for more information or email info@vasajcommunications.com.

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Parkinson’s Event Offers Health, Hope, Happiness in Suntree April 26

Janice Moia Rock Steady Boxing trainer

Parkinson’s Event Offers Health, Hope, Happiness

Free afternoon for patients and caregivers April 26 in Suntree

 

(Suntree, FL) April 9, 2018 – Parkinson’s disease is a chronic movement disorder, with symptoms that worsen over time.  3,000 of the nearly one million people living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S. are here on the Space Coast.  On Thursday, April 26, the Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard and One Senior Place will present Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree, 32940.  The educational event will feature three speakers and is designed to provide guidance and hope for those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as for caregivers of family members with a PD diagnosis.  Often developed between the ages of 50 and 60,  Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include tremors or shaking, often in a hand, arm or leg, stiff, weak or aching muscles and difficulty with walking and balance.  For more information about Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness, call 321-751-6771.

 

Three main topics will be covered by experts and health care professionals.  Dr. Ira Goodman of BioClinica will provide information about the latest clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease; Susan Blakeslee of VITAS Healthcare will lead a discussion on the relationship dynamics and challenges for Parkinson’s patients and their spouses/caregivers; and details on the ‘Rock Steady Boxing’ exercise program will be presented by fitness trainers Janice Moia of Advance Fitness and David DiQuollo of Unlimited Kickboxing. Event sponsorships for the free event are providing funding for Rock Steady Boxing training and certification for the aforenamed facilitators.

 

Marieke Kreps, president of the Brevard Parkinson’s Support Group, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization, explains why Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness will be valuable to attendees.

 

“Navigating resources and information can be overwhelming for a Parkinson’s patient or caregiver,” said Ms. Kreps.  “At this inspirational event, medical professionals and experienced advocates will share information about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, drug and surgical therapies, and a variety of care options.  We want people to know there is hope and support for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.”

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PHOTO ATTACHEDFitness Trainer Janice Moia of Advance Fitness in Melbourne takes client Jeff Wallace through a session of Rock Steady Boxing.  Ms. Moia will discuss the benefits of the Rock Steady Boxing exercise program at Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness in Melbourne on April 26.  For more information, call 321-751-6771.

 

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Source: From the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: http://www.pdf.org/about_pd

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms. The specific group of symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. Primary motor signs of Parkinson’s disease include the following.

  • tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

 

About Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard – Originally organized as a traditional support group, The Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard was awarded a not-for-profit 501c3 status in 2017.  The group boasts an advisory board comprised of many professionals in the healthcare industry, as well as those whose family members have been affected by the disease.  The goal is to provide professional education, community resources, and guidance for members, with funds raised through a series of sponsored Care Fair events.  For more information, visit their website www.brevardparkinsonsg.org or contact Marieke Kreps s_m_kreps@msn.com.

 

ABOUT ONE SENIOR PLACE– Now in its 11th 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.

“Veterans Benefits: Best Kept Secrets”

One Senior Place & VITAS Healthcare’s Veteran’s Benefits Resource Fair A Success!

The Best Kept Secrets About Veterans Benefits Were Revealed!

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Last Friday, March 16th from 2-4pm One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare held their first free Veterans resource fair to share the Best Kept Secrets when it comes to Veterans Benefits.  Four presenters came out to speak on their respective specialties in order to give the Veterans the best assistance they could receive.  They included:

 

Doug Walton from FDVA: Disability Benefits

Dennis Vannorsdall From the Brevard Veterans Service Office: Aid and Attendance

Don Murphy From Cape Canaveral National Cemetery: Burial Benefits

JC Burchette From Eastern Florida State College: GI Bill

 

The event brought at least 40 individuals out to the Veterans Memorial Center, with an overall estimated 70 people in attendance including various vendors and organizations.  Attendees asked great questions not only to the presenters, but also to the vendors. There was a local high school JROTC that came and presented the Flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterwards, the Museum donated a check to support their program. Everyone was thrilled to see them come out and show off their skills.  Rob Medina from Congressman Bill Posey’s office gave the invocation and spoke briefly.  Mr. Medina commended both One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare for holding such a great event for our Veterans.

One big highlight of the event was when a 94 year old World War II Veteran got up and asked a question. He briefly went into his service to our country and mention that he and his 92 year old wife are doing well. He told a few jokes and everyone truly enjoyed his contribution to the event.  He was given a huge round of applause which was very touching.  The entire event was a wonderful success!

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The team involved would like to give a special thanks to those who came out to support the event including One Senior Place CEO and Founder, Don Kramer; OSP Referral Specialist, Barbara Fradkin, BSW; along with VITAS Healthcare representatives Sara Goldberg, Brianna Sequeira, and Kathi Ridner.  We would also like to thank the 15 various vendors that were in attendance who aided in the explanation of various Veterans benefits and services as follows:

 

VA Clinic Viera

Vet Center Melbourne

UCF Restore

Space Coast Honor Flight

Volunteers of America

211 Brevard

Aging Matters Brevard

Helping Seniors Brevard

Sonata Viera

Housing for Homeless Titusville

Jewish War Veterans

 

One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare look forward to bringing this event to the community again and again to give the Veterans of our community the important information and recognition that they need and deserve!

A Guidebook to Planning for Old Age

Submitted by: Kathleen Flammia, P.A., Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, One Senior Place Resident Business

16548-Loverde 2Joy Loverde. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 2017. 313 pages. Click here to order book via IndieBound.org

Millions of Americans are facing old age essentially alone.  One in three baby boomers is single or no longer part of a couple due to divorce or death.  Others may be in a relationship where chronic illness has struck both partners simultaneously. Children may live too far away or lack the resources to offer a parent meaningful help.

But there is no reason why circumstances like these should bar anyone from a quality old age.  It just takes planning, which is where this empowering book comes in. Full of helpful checklists and worksheetsWho Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? is an essential guide to preparing for and navigating the inevitable losses that aging entails – the loss of functioning, the loss of loved ones and friends, and the loss of income.

Joy Loverde, a consultant and speaker on aging issues and the author of The Complete Eldercare Planner, has written a self-help book that offers both emotional and practical advice.  The first chapters address overcoming the psychological barriers to planning.  After all, the prospect of growing old and needing care is something most people would prefer not to think about, much less plan for.  One early section suggests ways to avoid self-sabotaging thoughts.  Other section headings include “Lessen the Grip of Guilt” and “Motivate Yourself.”

The book then turns to the planning work at hand.  An early chapter deals with how to stay afloat financially.  Near the top of the list are getting one’s legal affairs in order, including consulting with an elder law attorney.  Loverde suggests ways to create an income stream in retirement and lists scores of job possibilities.  She even has recommendations for lowering grocery bills.

Kathleen FlammiaSucceeding chapters present ideas and resources for successfully aging in place alone, exploring housing options both in the U.S. and abroad, coping with widowhood, “foraging for a family,” staying connected with those you know and making new friends, and evaluating medical providers.  One chapter is devoted to considerations in adopting a pet.

The final chapters deal with strategies for coping when old age becomes seriously challenging.  Loverde covers “the game changer” of chronic illness, including how to effectively advocate for yourself or find a professional to advocate for you.   A chapter titled “‘Just Shoot Me’ Is Not a Plan” maps strategies for ensuring quality care at the end of life.  There is even a list of resources for those considering “suicide tourism.”

Throughout the book, Loverde provides names of helpful organizations, and one fun feature is that each chapter ends with one recommended book, YouTube video, movie, song and TED Talk on that chapter’s topic.  Near the end Loverde includes a multi-page goldmine of useful websites (ElderLawAnswers among them).

This is not the kind of book anyone looks forward to reading, but it is a book that is essential reading for anyone who wants to start laying the groundwork now for the best possible old age.

To read more about Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?click here.

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The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia has been serving Orange County and surrounding areas for the past fourteen years. Kathleen Flammia began her Elder Law practice in the heart of Winter Park, Florida after being in the criminal defense arena for 15 years.

‘Live Long & Prosper’ Series brought to you by Whittaker Cooper Financial Group: “You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility”

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Columnist, Radio Host Kicks off ‘Live Long & Prosper’ Series

Health and Well-being advocate Lillian McDermott to speak at One Senior Place 

 

(VIERA, FL)  January 3, 2018 –  Too many Christmas cookies? Deflated energy? A New Year’s resolution gone awry?  Live Long & Prosper! is a new discussion series and a good reason to visit One Senior Place on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 PM.  Newspaper columnist, radio show host and Certified Life Coach, Lillian McDermott will kick off the new series at the Viera marketplace for boomer and senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road with a high energy talk entitled, You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility.  The signature talk by Ms. McDermott espouses the importance of personal responsibility in self-care and the opportunity to learn and grow.  Sponsored by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, the series of free monthly events will feature advice from professional women and men on charting a course for well-being during retirement.  Attendees will also receive a free soft-bound resource and planning guide by the MIT AgeLab.  Refreshments and a prize drawing will be provided by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, which maintains a satellite office at One Senior Place in Viera.  Attendees are encouraged to call (321) 751-6771 and RSVP for the event to reserve seating and free resource materials.  For more information about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit their website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or call (321) 751-6771.

 

Raymond James Investment Advisor Representative, Jim DeLaura, thinks You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility describes the perfect mindset for the series of discussions on well-being in maturity.

 

“People today who are eying retirement want to do it the right way; with physical and financial health that will help them enjoy every second,” said Mr. DeLaura. “The new discussion series at One Senior Place is the perfect place to listen, learn and ask questions as they prepare to make the leap.  Lillian McDermott has a message and a name that is synonymous with health, well being and confident self-care.  Who better to address folks who are wanting to Live Long & Prosper?”

 

You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility 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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PHOTO  (attached) The role of individual responsibility in growth, learning and well-being is the subject of discussion by radio host and columnist Lillian McDermott at One Senior Place in Viera on Thursday, January 18. To RSVP, call 321-751-6771. photo courtesy of lillian mcdermott

 

ABOUT LILLIAN McDERMOTT – Lillian McDermott has been in Sales & Marketing most of her career and is the owner of Lillian M. McDermott & Associates. A daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend, her purpose is to reach out to all who are open.  Ms. McDermott’s belief is that life is perfect and a huge classroom full of gifts & lessons if one chooses to look at life with gratitude!

Even though Lillian has a full-time career in legal and medical marketing, she is also a soloist at her church, a Certified Life Coach and the host of The Lillian McDermott Radio Show.  Her show can be heard weekdays at 8 am on “The Biz” AM 1600 , FM 100.3;  at noon on AM 1510, FM 94.7, FM 99.9, FM 100.7; and Saturdays,  at 11 am at “WBOB” AM 600, “The Answer” FM 101.1.  The show is heard from Southeast Georgia, Northeast Florida to West Palm Beach.  The Lillian McDermott Show has listeners all over the world through the internet, YouTube and on-demand through iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio.  Visitors can listen LIVE at http://www.lillianmcdermott.com/.

 

The purpose of the show is to empower those who have forgotten they matter and create 100% responsibility for everything we do.  Each week, the focus is to share friendly and respectful discussions that lead to growth. From the wise unknown person to internationally renowned celebrity experts, all come on the show to share “love and knowledge.”  The show has allowed Lillian to reach an ever-increasing circle of “Listening Friends,” with whom to share the message of hope.

 

WhenYouNeedaFriend.com was created to offer a different perspective and be a friend to anyone who needs a good friend to turn to.   Lillian’s commitment is to promote healing; her mission is to make awareness, responsibility and truth a part of our everyday life.  Her hope is for listeners and readers of her column to feel empowered to live the life of their dreams.  Contact Lillian McDermott at Lilly@WhenYouNeedaFriend.com or by clicking on  the “Contact” button at http://www.lillianmcdermott.com/.

 

ABOUT ONE SENIOR PLACE– Now in its 11th 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 WHITTAKER COOPER FINANCIAL GROUP –

The Whittaker Cooper Financial Group Inc. is a full service firm offering accounting and tax services, and 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. Principals include Branch Manager 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. 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.  The accounting and tax advice and services of Kenneth Whittaker, I. Wayne Cooper and Whittaker Cooper Financial Group are independent of RJFS. Raymond James is not affiliated with Lillian McDermott, the Lillian McDermott Show, MIT AgeLab or One Senior Place. Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website’s users and/or members. Opinions expressed are not  necessarily those of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information, contact: Kathi Ridner, Director

Kathi@OneSeniorPlace.com  or call 321-751-6771

The Community is Invited to help SCSO host Christmas Village and Santa’s Toy Store for Area Youth in Need

Each December, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Foundation joins with community care providers and local business partners to host a “Christmas Village” to help provide a brighter holiday for children in foster care, as well as those who have faced abuse or neglect. Volunteers hold toy drives and raise funds to obtain thousands of toys, then set up a festive Christmas Village, complete with games, cookie decorating, crafts, and visits with Santa. While the children enjoy the activities, their parents and caregivers secretly shop for toys to help provide a bright Christmas morning. Families attending the event are by invitation only.

Watch the excitement of a past year’s event in the video below!

The SCSO is excited to announce that we are partnering with Seminole County Government and the Seminole County Fire Department to ensure this year’s event is a huge success and every child who participates has a happy and joyful holiday season.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

DONATE TOYS!

CVDonate toys individually, or as a family, or encourage your company, church or civic group to put out boxes and have a toy drive. We are in need of several thousand new, unwrapped toys to reach our goal!

The children served range in age from infant up to 18, and we especially need items for teens (accessories, watches, electronics, bicycles, etc.). Please deliver toys by Friday, December 15th at any of our Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, library or fire station locations listed here. **ONE SENIOR PLACE WILL ALSO BE COLLECTING TOYS THROUGH DECEMBER 15.**

Not sure what to donate? Here is a list of suggested items for our middle and high school aged kids.

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GIVE!

Financial donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated. Donations may be made by clicking on the button below, or send checks made payable to the SCSO Community Foundation to 100 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773.  Click here to donate.

VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up the Christmas Village on Friday, December 15th. This involves decorating dozens of trees and the Santa photo area – it’s a task any holiday decorator would love! Volunteers are also needed for the day of the event on December 16th. Some of the tasks include assisting with serving food to volunteers, helping with registration, supervising the children’s activities, and gift wrapping. Volunteer alone, bring your family, or get your company or group involved! Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old and a background check is required.

Interested in helping with the 2017 Christmas Village? Please click here to download the application form or email Barbara Sellers for details.

SPONSOR!

Corporate partners or individuals contributing $500 or more will receive signage at the event, have logo placement on materials, and be publicly acknowledged throughout the event and on social media. For more information or to send logos, please email the Seminole County Sheriff’s Foundation.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Foundation 

Foundation@SeminoleSheriff.org

100 Eslinger Way Sanford, FL 32773 – 407.665.6880

 

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