Category Archive: Motivational

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.

Women Rediscover Best Self After Age 50

Focus on Mental/Sexual/Financial Health at One Senior Place February 22 in Viera 

2-22-19 Rediscovering Your Best Self(VIERA, FL)  – Women of a certain age have something to celebrate: themselves! Senior vitality for women takes center stage at One Senior Place on Friday, February 22 at 2:00 PM when the topic turns to mental, sexual and financial health.  Sponsored by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50 will feature advice by women for women on charting a course for overall well-being in retirement. Attendees to the Viera marketplace for boomer and senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road can browse vendor tables before hearing from Dr. Victoria Follett, Professor at the School of Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology, along with osteopathic physician, Jamie Burrows from Partners in Women’s Health by Steward Healthcare. Doctors of osteopathic medicine regard the body as an integrated whole, rather than treating for specific symptoms only. Also speaking to attendees will be Laural Brown, Operations Manager for Raymond James Financial Services. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, which maintains a satellite office at One Senior Place in Viera. Attendees to Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50 are encouraged to call (321) 751-6771 and RSVP to reserve seating for the free seminar and 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.

Barbara Fradkin, Social Worker at One Senior Place, thinks women are overdue for the lessons in Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50.

“Women sometimes seem to forget themselves as they grow older, because their whole life has been spent caring for others,” said Ms. Fradkin. “This free seminar is a reminder that every day is a new day on your journey to be enjoyed. Life just doesn’t happen to you; you happen to life!”

Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50 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 Women’s mental, sexual and financial health are the subject of discussion during Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50 at One Senior Place in Viera on Friday, February 22.  To RSVP, call 321-751-6771. photo courtesy of buzz biz public relations

 

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 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 School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology or Partners in Women’s Health by Steward Healthcare.

Central Florida Community Arts Expands Performing Arts Classes for Healthy Aging Adults

CFCA-ArtsinAction19-page-0ORLANDO, Fla. (January 29, 2019) Since its launch in Fall 2017,  Arts in Action classes have been providing performing arts experiences throughout Winter Park and Maitland specifically designed for adults 60 and over. Starting in spring 2019, these programs are expanding to the Dr. Phillips neighborhood, with plans to expand into the City of Orlando. This program is presented by CFCArts and is sponsored in part by the Winter Park Health Foundation, Dr. Phillips Charities, the City of Orlando, West Orange Healthcare District, and AARP. These affordable ten-week courses foster creativity, artistry, and community and are open to participants of all experience levels.

CFCArts’ mission is to create opportunities for artists of every age to connect, serve, and perform. Tuition for each 10-week program is $35, with scholarship options available. Spring 2019 courses start February 25 and include Acting & Storytelling, Singing, Dance, Movement & Stretching, and Instrumental classes in ukulele and keyboard (instruments provided to participants). At the conclusion of each program, participants are given the opportunity to perform in a showcase for their peers, friends and families.  To register and learn more, visit CFCArts.com/ArtsinAction or call (407) 937-1800 ext 703.

“We are so excited to expand Arts in Action, and to be able to reach more seniors through the arts through this wonderful program” says Leah Porrata, CFCArts director of education & outreach. “We have been so encouraged by the experiences of our seniors in the Winter Park and Maitland area! Arts in Action has given them a place to connect with others and continue – or in some cases, begin – their performing arts journeys. ”

Classes this spring take place at venues throughout the Winter Park, Maitland, and Dr. Phillips neighborhoods in partnership with the Winter Park Public Library, Maitland Senior Center, Maitland Public Library, Orlando Ballet, Harbor Chase of Dr. Phillips, Calvary Orlando, Rosen JCC, Brookdale Senior Living and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

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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‘Tea & Sweets’ with the Legacy Book Club

Author Donna Puglisi at One Senior Place November 8

Author Donna Puglisi and Illustrator Will Lilienthal 2018(VIERA, FL)  October 29, 2018 –  With pinkies held high, attendees to the public meeting of the Legacy Book Club can enjoy Tea & Sweets on Thursday, November 8 at 1:00 PM at One Senior Place in Viera.  One Senior Place, the Experts in Aging, will host the Tea & Sweets event, featuring author/poet Donna Puglisi and members of the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, from the Florida State Association of the National League of American Pen Women.  Ms. Puglisi will discuss her books, “Diamonds in the Rough” and “Roses and Onions, One Layer at a time” at the Viera marketplace for senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road.

Tea for the free Tea & Sweets event will be provided by Senior Partner Care Services, while Ms. Puglisi will provide cake for attendees. For more information, call (321) 751-6771 or visit the website of One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, at www.OneSeniorPlace.com.

Event organizer Barbara Fradkin of One Senior Place explains more about the unique event.

“This will be a fun afternoon of discovery for all involved,” said Fradkin.  “As Donna says in her book, ‘May your layers be roses, some onions. But always look to your core; once the layers are peeled away- this is who you truly are!’”

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 (above) Shown here with her illustrator, Will Lilienthal, author and poet Donna Puglisi will be the featured speaker during Tea & Sweets, a meeting of the Legacy Book Club at One Senior Place on November 8 in Viera.  For more information, call 321-751-6771. photo courtesy donna puglisi

 

ABOUT DONNA PUGLISI — Donna Puglisi has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old and continues to draw on her life’s experiences in her writing. She grew up in Wisconsin with her parents and two sisters. Her mother was a poet, author, musician and composer. It was through her that Donna developed a love of poetry and the arts. Donna is also a dancer and choreographer.  The “Dance of Words” is in many ways a canvas for her writings. Humor, love, nature, tributes to veterans, firefighters and law enforcement make her work unique, touching everyone who reads her poetry. Honesty and passion shines through in her books, “Diamonds in the Rough” and “Roses and Onions, One Layer at a time.” The release of “The Power of Passion, Dancing Barefoot” is anticipated for 2019.

 

About the Legacy Club – The Legacy Club is a free program for Brevard residents 55 and older. Legacy Club members receive free (65 and older) to reduced (55 to 64) admission, on a space available basis, to Brevard Public Schools events (excluding FHSAA playoff games) as well as musical and theater performances. In addition, all members will have access to special events throughout Brevard County. For a membership application or more information, contact Sara Almond, Engagement & Programs Coordinator for Brevard Public Schools, at 321-633-1000 ext 644 or via email at Almond.Sara@brevardschools.org.

 

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.

IRCC Women a ‘Busty Bunch’

Viera Neighborhood of Military Veterans Raises Funds, Awareness for Breast Cancer

(VIERA, FL) October 15, 2018 –  Dedication, belief in a cause and plenty of hard work have resulted in a record fundraising total estimated in excess of $7,000 for breast cancer research raised from the retired residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, the patriotic community with a culture of giving. The neighborhood of military veterans supported the organizing and fundraising efforts of staff member Maureen Reeder, who has championed the cause for the past eight years. A bake sale, golf tournament and luncheon, silent auction, raffles and tee shirt sales through Rockledge Professional Firefighters have all contributed to the record-setting effort, which will culminate in a walk by the Busty Bunch team during the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on October 27 at the Avenue Viera. Currently in the #2 position out of 179 registered teams, the IRCC Busty Bunch is still accepting donations and walking registrations through their team page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/bustybunch.  Interested participants can also call 321-255-6026.  The annual nationwide walk events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Indian River Colony Club staffer and organizer of the Busty Bunch walking team and its related fundraising events, Maureen Reeder explains what the walk means to her personally.

“I walk not only for the thousands who are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, but in memory of my mom, my sister Eileen Doyle, my cousin, Linda Shehan, two lifelong friends, Sandy Lawson and Judy Larson– all lost to breast cancer,” said Ms. Reeder. “And for the survivors, so that they continue to be cancer free, including my sister, Karen Kleber and cousin, Susanne Sochlaski. I could not do this year after year without the contributions and help from volunteers at Indian River Colony Club.”

Kathi Skaar is the 2018 Chairperson for Indian River Colony Club’s Golf for a Cure tournament.

“IRCC is a very giving community and this event is another example.  We have 10 breast cancer survivors in our Women’s Golf Association and many more in Indian River Colony Club.  Raising money through fun events and holding a golf tournament is one way of honoring their courage and spirit while helping others here in Brevard County and beyond.”

Today, one out of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support. The donations raised by the Busty Bunch and the other 179 teams registered for the Viera event will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Donations will help more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year.

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, visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com or like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/colonyclubinviera/.

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Golf for a Cure 2018

PHOTO (photo courtesy of ircc):  The Women’s Golf Association at Indian River Colony Club held a tournament to fundraise for the Busty Bunch walking team, which will take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at the Avenue Viera on October 27. To join the walking team or make a donation to the Busty Bunch, call 321-255-6026. 

 Rockledge Professional Firefighters and Maureen Reeder 2018

PHOTO  (photo courtesy of ircc):  Maureen Reeder and members of the Rockledge Professional Firefighters fundraise for the Busty Bunch walking team in advance of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at the Avenue Viera on October 27. To join the walking team or make a donation to the Busty Bunch, call 321-255-6026. 

 

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.

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