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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 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 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 or by calling 321-751-6771.



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


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.

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

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


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

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 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.

Can Medicaid Take My Florida Homestead?

Submitted by: The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan, Board Certified Elder Law Attorneys, One Senior Place Resident Business

H&B new picAs elder law attorneys, one of the most common questions we are asked by clients is whether Medicaid can take their Florida homestead property. The simple answer is “No, generally Medicaid cannot take your homestead property during life, or, with proper planning, upon death.” But, as is the case with most legal questions, the answer isn’t always so straight forward. This article is a more complete answer to the question at hand.

One of the reasons there seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding whether Medicaid can take homestead property is likely due to the fact that Medicaid rules vary from state to state. When applying for Medicaid benefits in Florida, the homestead is considered exempt and protected if: 1) a spouse or dependent/disabled child continues to reside in the home; or 2) the individual (or, on his or her behalf, a designated representative) states an “intent to return” home. The homestead will remain exempt during the lifetime of the applicant if the above criteria is met.

In addition, Florida has constitutional protection for homestead many states do not offer. In many states, creditors, including Medicaid, can force the sale of homestead property. This is not the case in Florida if the home is left to the surviving spouse or other family member. So, if you are discussing this issue with your brother in New Jersey there might be a different answer for New Jersey homestead but here in Florida, an individual can qualify for Medicaid while still owning his or her home.

So, what exactly is homestead? The Florida Constitution defines homestead as real property of no more than 1/2 of an acre of contiguous land in a municipality, or 160 acres outside a municipality, owned by a natural person, and the improvements on it. There is extensive case law about what exactly constitutes homestead, but that is beyond the scope of this article. For purposes of this article, homestead is the dwelling and attached land where you, or your family, reside. Rental properties and vacation homes are not typically considered homestead property. Further, in Florida, an individual can usually only have one homestead property. Homestead property is protected from Medicaid under Florida law, but additional properties are not.

It is important to keep in mind there are scenarios that may cause a Medicaid recipient to lose their homestead during their lifetime. Although the Medicaid rules allow retention of homestead as an asset, the Medicaid income rules can create practical challenges. Once approved for Medicaid, the bulk of the individual’s monthly income must be paid to the nursing home where the person is residing. Consequently, even though the homestead is not considered a countable asset, the real problem occurs if the applicant or applicant’s family can no longer afford to pay the taxes, insurance, and/or mortgage on the homestead property. If expenses on the home cannot be paid, Medicaid will not take the person’s home, but the inability to pay for upkeep and maintenance could force the sale of the home and, upon the sale of the home, the proceeds from the sale are not protected and may cause the loss of Medicaid eligibility if not timely planned for.

As you can see, the question of whether Medicaid can take your Florida homestead is not a simple answer of “Yes” or “No.” There are several factors that determine the correct answer. It is always prudent to consult with an elder law attorney regarding your specific situation in order to receive the most appropriate explanation. If you have questions concerning qualifying for Medicaid or any other elder law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan at (407) 977-8080.

City of Lake Mary to Host 12th SHRED-A-THON

1-26 Shred a Thon Save The DateThe City of Lake Mary and the Lake Mary Elder Affairs Commission will host the 12th annual Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00am until 1:00pm. The event will be held at 660 Century Point, in the Digital Risk parking lot. Located a short distance from the Senior Center, exit Rinehart Road on Wallace Court and then turn right on Century Point. In January 2018, the event attracted more than 1,300 citizens and small businesses who shredded more than 49 tons of material.

The Shred-A-Thon is being repeated to maintain awareness of identity theft and to provide citizens and small businesses of Lake Mary and surrounding areas an opportunity to safely dispose of sensitive personal and business documents. The theft of sensitive personal information is a significant contributor to identity theft. Computer hard drives will also be destroyed on site.

Business and individual sponsors are critical to the success of the event. Committed as Gold Sponsors of this year’s event are Shred-it Orlando, the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, Park Jewelers and Waste Pro. (Click here for Sponsorship Form)

Supporting Sponsors contribute $50 or more and may place advertising, promotional material and coupons in special bags that will be given to the first 1,000 participants. All materials to be placed in the bags must be delivered to the Senior Center by the close of business on January 21.

All contributions, regardless of amount, are welcome and appreciated. The City of Lake Mary is recognized by the IRS as a 170 (c) organization permitted to accept donations, which may be tax deductible.

Funds raised since the inaugural event in 2007 have been used to expand Senior programs and activities as well as an expansion in 2017. Citizen participation at the Senior Center during the same period has increased by more than 55%. Attendance is expected to again top 27,000 this year.

For more information about supporting the Shred-A-Thon and senior programs, please contact Deb Barr, Lake Mary Senior Programs Manager at 407-585-1466 or Mike Bley, Chairman, Elder Affairs Commission at 407-221-6699.


IRCC Named To Top 20 Golf Communities List

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IRCC Named to Top 20 Golf Communities List

Indian River Colony Club in Viera has culture, amenities that set it apart


(VIERA, FL) June 1, 2018 – Ever wondered what’s behind the walls at Indian River Colony Club in Viera?  Just one of the Top 20 Golf Communities in North America, according to the editors of, a leading online real estate website for U.S. golf properties.  Editors acknowledge that golf is no longer an all-encompassing pastime, noting that, “progressive country club communities have pushed beyond golf to augment their community experience to enrich residents with a wide variety of soul-satisfying activities that match their passions and interests.”  Eight amenity categories differentiated the Top 20 Golf Communities winners.  The 55+ neighborhood of predominantly military retirees was recognized for their Indian River Colony Club Foundation, a not-for-profit entity designed to accommodate the community’s commitment to charitable giving.  Also known as “The Place Patriots Call Home,” 453-acre Indian River Colony Club features a one-of-a-kind private par 72 golf course with 18 challenging holes nestled among natural preserves, lakefront and golf course homes. Each hole is shaped around a scenic lake or pond and impeccably maintained by a professional, full-time staff.  Features include a Pro Shop, aqua driving range, two putting greens and practice bunkers. For more information, call 321-255-6000 or visit


President of the 120-member Men’s Golf Association at Indian River Colony Club, Ed Baker points out the value of camaraderie at the golf community.


“The purpose of the Association is to promote sportsmanship, fellowship and competition in amateur golf,” said Baker. We participate in organized play at least twice weekly, usually with foursomes in friendly competition with other foursomes. In addition to golf, we enjoy the 19th Hole following play and meet as a group for lunch monthly. Our golfers have varying skill levels and the camaraderie experienced by the membership is unsurpassed anywhere.”


A Women’s Golf Association at Indian River Colony also enjoys an enthusiastic membership.


For non-golfers, IRCC boasts a wide array of debt-free amenities, including three Har-Tru tennis courts, a heated 3000 sq. ft. swimming pool with lap lanes, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a country club serving casual to gourmet cuisine and on-site Colony Hall for parties, theater, dancing and more.  The community has over 40 activity groups and clubs, catering to the individual interests of its members.


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


PHOTO attached (photo courtesy of ircc):  An aerial view of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, recognized as one of the Top 20 Golf Communities in North America.  For more information, call 321-255-6000.


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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

SPECIAL May Elder Law Month Workshop

Kathleen FlammiaIn honor of May National Elder Law Month, we are offering a *FREE* and *SPECIAL* Workshop. This event will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at One Senior Place located at 715 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714.

During the first half of the workshop I will be discussing the in’s and out’s of Elder Law, what documents you need and what you need to do to save your assets from the always growing Nursing Home costs!

The last portion of the workshop will be dedicated to a FREE Estate Planning document review by an Attorney. If you would like your current Estate Planning documents reviewed for FREE by an ATTORNEY, call 407-478-8700 today! We are only accepting the first 20 pre-registerered guests, so call now before it’s too late!


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