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How Will Retirement Change My Life?

How Will Retirement Change My Life?
teatime3 The AARP had an article recently entitled How To Retire Happy. Point number three was:

3. How will retirement change my life?

You will discover that retirement is the doorway to a new stage of your life, one where you control your time and your activities. Want to go to an afternoon movie in the middle of the week? You can do it! Want to spend a couple of days watching the annual golf tournament? You've got the time! Want to learn to play the piano or speak Spanish? Go right ahead.
That sounds about right. If you retire and move into a retirement community, I'd also add - Meet new friends, always have someone to go out to eat with, let someone else mow the lawn and worry about maintenance, go on more trips, play more games, have an entire staff of lovely people at your beck and call, eat a watermelon that looks like a shark, listen to a steel drum band, wear a hula skirt for no reason, and on and on and on. shark_veranda veranda_band veranda_hula   People often think retirement equals boredom, but I'd venture to say that those people have never spent a day at Veranda of Pensacola! Come by for a tour and join the fun!Read more

Benefits of Swimming

Benefits of Swimming
verandaswim   The residents at Veranda of Pensacola love our swimming pool. It's used throughout the day in a variety of ways  - from water aerobic classes to the leisurely afternoon swim. The healthy benefits to swimming are well-known, but is swimming better than other exercises, walking for instance? According to The New York Times, YES.
The unique advantage of swimming is that it is done in water, which provides buoyancy and cooling, Dr. Tanaka said. “So the incidence of orthopedic injury as well as the rate of heat-related illnesses are both low,” he said.
The article did, however, list a negative aspect of swimming:
But swimming has a notable drawback. “It seems to stimulate appetite,” Dr. Tanaka said, more so than do vigorous land-based exercises like running.
While that may be a drawback for some people, considering our fantastic culinary team, residents at Veranda call that a win/win! Happy Swimming!Read more

The Median Age of Florida

The Median Age of Florida
Median Age of Florida A recent story by US News listed a number of states where the median age is declining. Spoiler alert, Florida wasn't one of them. :) The (youngest) states listed in the story are:
  • North Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
Where is Florida in this list?
Florida had the highest proportion of people age 65 and older of any state (18.7 percent). And in the county of Sumter, Florida, over half the population (51.6 percent) is composed of senior citizens. Maine has the oldest median age of any state in the country, 43.9 years, and 17.7 percent of residents are senior citizens. New Hampshire experienced the largest statewide increase in the median age, growing from 42 in 2012 to 42.3 in 2013.
We LOVE seniors, so it's good to know we are in the right state!   To read the full article, click here.Read more

Seniors Are Using the Internet

Seniors Are Using the Internet

Seniors are using the internet

Today, 59% of seniors (ages 65 or older) report they go online- a six percent increase since April 2012 according to the Pew Research Center. This is quite understandable as the internet is an increasingly vital piece of our culture. Seniors are using the internet for news and information, government services, health resources, and  social networking sites to keep in touch with family and friends. "Some 81% of older adults who use social networking sites say they socialize with others on a daily or near daily basis."

So, where are the other 41%?

Computers and the internet are still a pretty new phenomenon. Although many people may not remember the days before the cell phone, home computers, and Facebook. It wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to say hello to someone you either mailed them a letter or went by their house. But in a world that is forever growing and changing, these technologies are a necessity. Not just for connecting with old friends, reading this blog, and getting the local news but  it is saving lives. Computers and the internet have made sharing ideas, solving problems, helping people and  learning easier and more accessible. Think about the doctors from around the world sharing ideas about cures, teaching new techniques, and using computer technology to heal.

We know that seniors are using the internet but we need to be willing to offer assistance to those that need guidance on getting started. At Veranda of Pensacola; our residents have access to a computer with high speed internet access as well as a confident, capable, patient staff willing to assistant anyone with navigating the wonderful world of the internet.

References: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/

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When Should You Stop Driving?

When Should You Stop Driving?
senior_transportation One of the hardest decisions for seniors to make is knowing when to hang up the car keys. Driving means independence, yet no one wants to have an accident and hurt another person. Growing older doesn't automatically mean you're a worse driver, but health issues may hinder one's ability to drive safe. So how do you know when you should stop driving? According to the AARP, below are ten warning signs to help you make your decision:  
  1. Almost crashing, with frequent "close calls"
  2. Finding dents and scrapes on the car, on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc.
  3. Getting lost, especially in familiar locations
  4. Having trouble seeing or following traffic signals, road signs, and pavement markings
  5. Responding more slowly to unexpected situations, or having trouble moving their foot from the gas to the brake pedal; confusing the two pedals
  6. Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps
  7. Experiencing road rage or causing other drivers to honk or complain
  8. Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving
  9. Having a hard time turning around to check the rear view while backing up or changing lanes
  10. Receiving multiple traffic tickets or "warnings" from law enforcement officers
  The good news is that IF you do need to stop driving, you can still remain very independent. We have many transportation options for you and would love to help you get where you need to be.Read more

When Is It Time to Retire?

When Is It Time to Retire?
  When_to_retire I found an interesting blog post recently from a gentleman describing exactly how he knew it was time to retire. Here's a quote:
Overcoming my biggest fear. I have always felt one of the biggest risks of entering retirement is not having enough to do to keep busy, engaged and actively involved over the time ahead. In talks with many retirees over the years, too many find themselves bored with the tedious life they live once they retire. No one wants their retirement days to stretch painfully on. Fortunately, I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to staying active I have my bases pretty well covered.
What struck me is that he says many retirees find themselves bored and their lives are tedious. This may be true for a lot of seniors, but it doesn't have to be! The residents at Veranda are full of life and energy. They engage with their neighbors, take advantage of the activities offered, go on fun trips, embrace new learning opportunities, and bring joy to their friends, the staff and their families.  Retirement communities exist so that retirees can live the best possible life no matter the age. To read more about how one gentleman made the decision on when to retire, see the full article HERE. Enjoy!Read more

Best Retirement Community

Best Retirement Community

Discover why The Veranda of Pensacola is the Best Retirement Community for you...

Best Retirement Community

Regular water aerobics classes in our indoor heated pool and, because it’s heated, it gives a therapeutic benefit as well. Our classes provide for a great workout, minimizing the risk of injury.  It is an excellent opportunity to improve the quality of life for those recovering from surgery or injury, those with arthritis and seniors who may have a problem with balance.  Classes emphasize toning, range of motion, endurance and flexibility.  We use buoyancy equipment for additional resistance for strengthening of the muscular and cardiovascular systems.

Best Retirement Community Pool

Seen any good movies lately?  Experience your favorites in the plush surroundings of our 42 seat stadium seating theatre on a 10’ screen and surround sound.  Of course, we didn’t forget the popcorn!

Our library is quite cozy with its gas fireplace and extensive collection of books.

Best Retirement Community Library

All of our Gulf Coast retirement apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen. A private Dining Room is available to enjoy those special occasions with family and friends.

Best Retirement Community Kitchen

The majestic entry at The Veranda retirement community acts as a reception area for residents, their families and guests.  Boasting contemporary architecture, two fireplaces, a water fountain and an 8’ Ivers & Pond concert piano from 1921, it is grand indeed.

Best Retirement Community Piano

For peace of mind, we have included a personal emergency response system located in each apartment as well as 24 hour recorded camera surveillance on all entrances.

Social activities include afternoon tea in the grand lobby with entertainment provided by a pianist on our grand piano.  If you prefer the outdoors, join us on the gazebo for ice cream socials and cookouts.

Best Retirement Community Gazebo

With educational seminars, planned social and cultural activities, and richly landscaped grounds, The Veranda is the ultimate in luxurious apartment living.

Come on over, life is calling!

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