Nancy’s Bulletin Board has been here since March of 2020 to connect us in real time with updates on events, activities, community resources and your feedback. At the bottom of the page please leave a positive comment, story, joke, pun, riddle or community news to post on this board.  Resident art and photography would post on this website’s “Show and Tell” board.  Or, you can email me your contribution at general_activity@otowfl.com and please note whether you want it published or not.

To make a reservation on the calendar, register for a Master the Possibilities (MTP) class or make an appointment to meet, please email me at general_activity@otowfl.com or give me a call at 727-799-2734.  If you are a new resident and have questions, do not hesitate to call or email me and we can also set an appointment to meet.

The next Farmers Market will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 10 – 5 at the East Activity Center S.E. parking lot off of World Parkway

The next Food Truck Night will be held on Wednesday, May 18,  3 – 7 pm at the East Activity Center Parking Lot near the pool

 

To Our Mothers’ Health: Through Blue Zone Choices 

(note: Jan is a resident of On Top of the World and writes for “Lifestyles After 50″ magazine.  She recently received an award for Profile from NAMPA (North America Mature Publishers Association)

By Jan Larraine Cox

About Blue Zone Areas

The blue zone areas of the world—Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California; and Okinawa, Japan–share certain practices that increase longevity and health.  The vitality these practices deliver lowers rates of disease while improving quality relationships, as the blue zones promote active engagement within their communities; not just enjoyment in the moment, but also long-term within one’s circle of friends.

The longest-lived women over 70 in the world live in the blue zone of Okinawa, Japan. There are certain common denominators they exhibit. First, they move naturally. Rather than joining a gym, they live in environments that encourage them to move: they grow gardens and don’t use modern conveniences for housework and yardwork.

Next, they feel a purpose, which they call ikegai; this translates into “why I get up in the morning”.  That inner knowledge grants them up to seven years of extra life expectancy,” according to blue zone researcher Dan Buettner. Image from bluezones.com

But even blue zone people experience stress. This can lead to chronic inflammation, which is related to many age-related diseases.  Okinawan women take a few moments each day to decompress by thinking of their ancestors. Having photos of them in the home is a natural segue to engaging in this practice.

Hara hachi bu is a mantra the Okinawans say before meals, which instructs them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The smallest meal of the day is prepared and eaten in the late afternoon or early evening. And that’s it for the rest of the day.

Lentils could be your green (or blue) answer to reaching your protein goals.  Beans are a cornerstone of the centenarian diet: black beans, soy and lentils are favorites.  Rather than concentrating on meat for protein, that is put on the back burner for all but once per week, and then only the size of a deck of cards.

Blue zone people drink alcohol moderately and regularly, with food and friends. And a sense of belonging to some sort of faith community that they attend weekly adds four to 14 years of life expectancy, according to research quoted by Dan Buettner.  Blue zoners put their families first, and keep parents and grandparents nearby.

Finally, Okinawans create moais—a group of five friends that commit to each other for life.  These social circles support healthy behavior, through contagious happiness.  Moai means meeting for a common purpose, for social, emotional or financial support, in times of need. Knowing there is always someone there for them provides a sense of security and lowers stress.

How do Okinawans form these moais?  Select four to eight people to join in for a walk or potluck moai, or wine at 5 pm. Stay in touch through group email or a closed Facebook group. They share blue zone recipes and walk certain special trails and neighborhoods to check out together.

They spend time outside each day, exposed to sunlight, which promotes stronger bones.  The Okinawans are active walkers.  Their top longevity foods are: bitter melon, tofu, sweet potato, garlic, turmeric, brown rice, green tea, shitake mushrooms, green onions and seaweed (kombu; wakame).

From them we can learn to eat 100% whole grains, two handfuls of nuts a day, a cup of cooked beans, and a variety of fruits and vegetables via 5 to 10 servings per day.

 

SHINE

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a Free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and Health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information.

SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential.

SHINE Counselors can be reached by calling 1-800-963-5337 or 727-217-8111.

 

  • Medicare Part C Advantage Plans with SHINE Zoom meeting Monday May 16th 2022 at 1:00 pm

(Provides an overview of Medicare Advantage Plan options available in Florida)

When: May 16, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/de0f3056/XUAPBxbmGU_sUwidQtCxRA?u=https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-ypqDgpGNRpJz6kKmryIoroqa4Lzpu9

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

  • Medicare Financial Assistance with SHINE Zoom meeting Wednesday, May 18th 2022 at 10:00 am

(Designed to provide an overview of Medicare options and how SHINE can help)

When: May 18, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/0d7a7693/IBqymmVxPU_9h_reqXK3KA?u=https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOqrqj4tHtX36KvWgSfD2ksKatPqFO0g

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

  • Medicare Part C Advantage Plans with SHINE Zoom Wednesday, May 25th2022 at 10:00 am

Provides an overview of Medicare Advantage Plan options available in Florida)

When: May 25, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/46a7780a/AhwW3pwB70eFRs09Vy8bKg?u=https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctfu6srzsoGdOosI74WRCtpmVgINzXYWE4

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

  • Medicare Part D Drug Plan with SHINE Zoom meeting Wednesday, May 25th 2022 at 12:00 noon – Lunch & Learn

(Provides an overview of Part D Drug plan options available in Florida)

When: May 25, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/9539defc/W2QUFycdH0qsrUSTvTp7wQ?u=https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rd-uprzssG9E-4-z9oNWF9ZUQZ57dHrKB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY?

Give One Day a Week, Make a Lifetime of a Difference

Neighborly/Meals on Wheels (MOW) Pinellas County urgently needs volunteers to deliver lunchtime meals to approximately 10 homebound seniors. All it takes is 1 1/2 – 2 hours a week and your vehicle! Shifts are weekdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Choose the day that works best for you and your location; we have nine throughout Pinellas County! To learn more and to apply, visit: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/c3dc50ca/dq6Yoyuz6xGde-MTgdRvyg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fneighborly.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2F

Give the Gift of a Lift! 

Imagine you no longer had transportation…how would you go to the pharmacy or get to the doctor? Last year Neighborly helped seniors get to over 10,000 appointments and we need your help to handle overflow requests. If you love to drive, have a safe driver record, a 2006 (or newer) vehicle, and enjoy helping seniors, this is for you! Neighborly has safety protocols to keep volunteers, and our clients, safe. Volunteers do not transport individuals in wheelchairs and do not lift clients. Choose one weekday or more in any region of Pinellas County. Volunteers use their own vehicle and generally serve between two and four hours a week (but can do more).To learn more or to apply, please visit https://link.zixcentral.com/u/c3dc50ca/dq6Yoyuz6xGde-MTgdRvyg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fneighborly.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2F and complete the online application and choose your orientation date (be sure to choose an orientation for Transportation Drivers!).  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority – Link to Current Schedule and Fares

Traveling in Pinellas County has gotten easier with PSTA’s (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) bus and mobility programs. As always, we recommend that you plan your trip before you go out. You can do so by calling our information line  (727 540-1900) or by planning your trip through google maps.

Use bus route 62 or 76 to go to Countryside Mall, Tyrone Mall, Shoppes at Boot Ranch, Downtown Clearwater, and one transfer away from the Beach Trolley. Currently we ask that all riders board through the back of the bus and wear their mask properly throughout the entire trip. The bus service is currently free, but we will resume charging bus fares July 5th.

Current bus fares:

Route19: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/7a3b631b/pGzOwOW06xGtEGLdYFsSiw?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpsta.net%2Fmedia%2F5112%2Froute-19-020721.pdf

Route 62: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/ed5ba217/XtrOwOW06xGtEGLdYFsSiw?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpsta.net%2Fmedia%2F5143%2Froute-62-020721.pdf

Route 76: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/7cd40a78/ZDPPwOW06xGtEGLdYFsSiw?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpsta.net%2Fmedia%2F5149%2Froute-76-020721.pdf

If the bus stop is not near your home, you can use our Direct Connect program that offers you a $5 discount to travel to or from a Direct Connect location (see picture for nearest Direct Connect location).  Use UBER, Lyft, or United Taxi to get to a Direct Connect location and then transfer to a bus to get to your destination.

Program Service Hours: 5:00a.m. until midnight – 7 days a week from

Link to program: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/1adca276/KA-QwOW06xGtEGLdYFsSiw?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpsta.net%2Friding-psta%2Fdirect-connect%2F

 

NOTICE TO OTOW CLUB AND ACTIVITY REPRESENTATIVES

I miss seeing all of our club and activity reps on a day-to-day basis and eager for the day when we are all together again.

Even though many club events and activities are still on hold, your Annual Club forms are due.  This packet includes important requirements and information for maintaining a successful club, 10 questions to answer, a request for updated information such as copies of your board’s activity cards, club member roster and an agreement to be signed, that’s it folks!  Please contact me with any questions.

 

FLORIDA VETERANS SUPPORT LINE

Talk with someone who’s been there.
If you or your loved one needs support or connections to community resources, call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) and talk to a trained specialist. Many of them are fellow veterans. Available 24/7 every day, all conversations are confidential and judgement-free.
All calls are:
Confidential
Available 24/7 every day

https://www.myflvet.com/

HURRICANE TIPS

  1. Purchase a battery-operated radio and a supply of batteries.
  2. Purchase flashlights with batteries. Use caution when using candles.
  3. Get an ice chest. Stock up on a week’s worth of water, food that won’t spoil, pet supplies, toilet paper, purchase a battery-operated fan.
  4. Refill medical prescriptions.
  5. Go to an ATM or bank and get cash.
  6. Fill your vehicle with gas. Fill a lawn mower container with gas.
  7. Do you need a generator? Never operate a generator indoors.
  8. Recharge cell phone batteries and use only when necessary.
  9. If you are evacuating, tell people where you are evacuating to and leave you contact information.
  10. Bring lawn furniture and outdoor decorations indoors.
  11. Sign up for the RAVE alert system from OTOW.
  12. Community updates will be posted on otowclearwaterinfo.com,

OTOW-TV Channel 732 and the Box Office (otowboxoffice.com).

  1. Make sure you have a first-aid kit, including bandages, ointments.
  2. Make sure important documents are safely stored.
  3. Don’t forget rain gear, blankets and home entertainment.

Don’t panic, but you may not have internet service for days.

WHEN A STORM HAS PASSED

  1. Do not go outside and begin cleanup on your own. Let OTOW

employees remove limbs and all damage. There could be wires down.

  1. Traffic lights may be out. Stop at all intersections.