Overselling solar sends wrong message to Florida's senior citizens

This opinion piece originally appeared in The Sun Sentinel.

I read the recent opinion piece by Lynn Jurich about her solar “guarantee” of a brighter future for the Sunshine State and could only cringe for those senior citizens who may hurry out to purchase a solar system. I am all for a healthy, cleaner and safe environment, but when we see the word “guarantee,” as used in the headline, attached to products and services, it can cause us great concern.

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Let’s Hope Congressional Panel Doesn’t Disrupt Quality Care for Our Seniors

The United States Congress Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled “Examining Federal Efforts to Ensure Quality of Care and Resident Safety in Nursing Homes” on Thursday, September 6th.  The plan is to examine reports of substandard care occurring at skilled nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid program.  Also, the subcommittee will explore the role of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services relating to the management and safety of these facilities.

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Grandparents Day is Meant to be a Day of Celebration

Every year just after Labor Day, we like to give our grandparents their day in the sun by celebrating their lives on Grandparents Day. The celebrations range from special meals to family gatherings, to fun times at the movie theater, but not all are able to enjoy the jubilant occasion.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

In this fast paced, instant gratification world of ours, everyone seems to want their desires fulfilled easier, faster and quicker.  Think about it, by pressing a few keys on your computer or phone, you can have the answer to any question instantaneously.  By punching a few more keys, you can have a product delivered to your home or office in a few hours. However, there are no quick fixes when it comes to your health.  The key to having good health is having a steady plan and working it over time everyday.  If you follow our tips, you will certainly be headed in the right direction to living a healthy, longer life and your heart will certainly thank you for it.

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National Senior Citizens Day is a Great Time to Honor Our Elders

30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21st National Senior Citizens Day.  This special day is a creative way to pause and show our appreciation for those older Americans who have played a vital role in making the United States the greatest nation in the world. Take time to show our elders how much they mean to you and how grateful you are for their contributions across America.  Even if it is a simple phone call, a text or a hand written card, taking the time to honor them is what truly matters.

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Caffeine May Give Your Long Term Memory a Boost

Are you one who loves to start your day with a warm cup of coffee?

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The Summertime Sun and Heat Can be Deadly

It is always a good idea to protect your skin from the sun, but in the summer months it pays dividends to be extra cautious of the sun.  Ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in 15 minutes. No matter your age, take extra steps to be safe this summer and protect yourself from the sunshine. 

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Overcoming Loneliness: You may have to get out and move it

A record number of our senior citizens are living alone and with baby boomers joining the ranks, these statistics will continue to grow.  According to the Institute on Aging, nearly one-third of our older adults live alone and older women are twice as likely than men to live by themselves.

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Let's do our part for Alzheimer’s and brain awareness

Every year during the month of June, the United States has the opportunity to bring awareness to Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

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Opinion | Social Security a crisis ready to bubble over

Conwell Hooper | Guest columnist

It appears that age 62 is the most popular age to receive Social Security, according to a June 19 News Sentinel article, but what what happens if our Social Security trust fund runs dry one day? With the recent news from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust fund, let's just hope we have the luxury to choose in the future. The trustees have often said Social Security will be depleted by 2034 if we don't make changes, but for the first time in 36 years, costs will exceed income, forcing the program to dip into our reserves to cover benefits. This news is frightening for our seniors and future generations.

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