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Mall Walking: Frequently Asked Questions

Mall Walking Guide

Mall walkingSurely you love to walk on those dry, cool evenings, but how often do we get such perfect weather? Sometimes it’s rainy, sunny, or blisteringly cold weather, especially this time of year, that can prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Luckily, some creative person came up with the idea of mall walking. Mall walking is beneficial because of the air-conditioned, enclosed space, level surface, and availability of drinks and snacks. The mall also offers many places to sit comfortably and use the restroom. Check out these frequently asked questions about mall walking.

Do all malls have mall walking programs?

Not necessarily. You may want to call your local mall to see if they do. If not, there may be some local groups that participate in mall walking.

How long should I be mall walking?

It is recommended to walk at least 30 minutes, if not more. If you can, you should be walking every day. As you continue your walking routine you will notice that your breathing should be getting better. You will also be able to walk longer distances the more you walk.

When is the best time to walk?

This largely depends on your mall. Some malls get very crowded during certain points in the day, and it is best to avoid walking during these times. Early morning is usually a good time to beat the crowds, especially on weekends.

Are there rules for mall walking?

Generally no, but you may want to ask management at your local mall. Otherwise it is best to be courteous to other shoppers and avoid running into anyone.

Do I need to warm up?

Before doing any exercise it is recommended that you warm up and stretch. This helps loosen your muscles and prepare your body for walking. Warm up for about 5 minutes before you begin.

If my mall doesn’t have a mall walking program, can I start one?

Be sure to ask management at your mall, but it is most likely that you can. You should ask to post fliers in the mall about your walking group, or even see if the mall can open a little early for your group to begin before shoppers arrive.

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Travel Tips for Seniors

Travel Tips for Seniors

travel tips for seniorsThe Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. During the 6-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year’s Holiday period the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the average number for the remainder of the year. And although heavy media attention focuses on crowded airports and bus and train stations on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving, when personal vehicle trips are added to the mix the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) reveals that Thanksgiving Day is actually a heavier long-distance travel day than Wednesday.

But, getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop traveling. Now is probably the best time for you to get out there and see the world. There are many discounts you can take advantage of at museums and other attractions. Traveling through the airport is now easier than ever, especially with the added convenience of wheelchair assistance. You can book your whole trip online or contact a travel agent to assist you. Here are some travel tips for seniors on how to maximize your experience other cities, states, and countries.

  • Check out elderhostel.com. This is a budget friendly site offering affordable rooms during your travels.
  • Utilize sites like Kayak and Hipmunk. These sites allow you to compare different airline costs, getting you the best deal for your flight.
  • Medication. Be sure you are well-stocked for your medication.
  • Rolling luggage. If you are worried about lugging bags through the airport, make sure you get one on wheels.
  • Request a wheelchair. If you have a hard time walking long distances, it is a good idea to request a wheelchair at the airport. Wheelchairs also have the added benefit of allowing you to skip security lines.
  • Ground-Floor room. If you have difficulty walking up and down stairs, request that your hotel put you on the ground floor when you make your initial reservation.
  • Take advantage of discounts. Many activities like museums, plays, and tours offer discounts for seniors. See if you can snag some for your trip.
  • Don’t overexert yourself. You just got to a new country and already want to see and do everything. Pick your top three or four activities and focus on them first. This way you won’t tire yourself or your companion(s) out just on the first day. If you feel weak, be sure to sit and rest for a while
  • Drink water. It is important to stay hydrated while you travel. In other countries, the water may not be as safe as you’d like. In these instances you should purchase only bottled water.
  • Travel Insurance. If you want to be extra cautious, you may want to invest in travel insurance. This can be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency. Some of these plans will pay for emergency evacuation by air back to your home country. Without insurance this evacuation can put you in debt.

If you have some travel tips for seniors feel free to share!


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Workin’ It: Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

eld_2134154bMany people look forward to the point in their career when they can retire. Others enjoy retirement, but become restless at the lack of a daily routine. AARP found that 80 percent of baby boomers will work beyond the age of 65 (the typical age of retirement). Seniors have valuable work experience and skills that businesses can utilize. There are likely opportunities for work or volunteering in your area, it’s just a matter of finding them. Below is a list of resources where seniors can search for jobs and volunteering.

Senior Job Bank

This site’s motto is “Helping employers connect with the over-50 talent pool.” Their focus is to provide jobs to seniors and help employers wanting to hire qualified ones. The site allows you to search, post a job and learn about employers. You can also find career and education information by state.

Career One Stop

This is a site offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. It offers a wealth of information about salary, education, resumes, interviews,  training, and benefits. The site is designed to help those who are unemployed, career professionals, students, businesses, and more.

The Senior Environmental Employee Program

This program is offered to retired, unemployed Americans over the age of 55. This program offers jobs to assist the Environmental Protection Agency. Jobs in this department include clerical work, professional (accounting, engineering), or technical (writer, researcher). Although this job is through the EPA, those in the program are not considered federal employees.

Local Library

Your local library is a great place to volunteer or work. They always need a helping hand shelving books or organizing. Contact your local library and see if there are any opportunities available.

Senior Corps

Senior Corps is a program for those age 55 and over. It allows them to volunteer as mentors, companions, coaches, or utilize their job skills in their community. Some roles include becoming a foster grandparent or senior companion to someone in your community.


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Penny Appezzato joins Just Like Family Home Care in Naples

PennyJust Like Family Home Care, a family-owned and operated nurse registry servicing seven Southwest Florida counties, has announced that Penny Appezzato joined the firm as Director of Operations and Administrator.

Appezzato has spent the past 11 years working in the home health care business. Starting out in the field as a Home Health Aide, Appezzato worked her way up to Operations Manager and then Director of Operations before joining Just Like Family Home Care.

“Since I have been in this field in this community for as long as I have, I have known Elisabeth Nassberg for a long time,” says Appezzato. “Just watching her and the company grow, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to finish my career. They are so warm and compassionate and run such a loving and organized office. It truly is Just Like Family.”

Just Like Family Home Care owner Elisabeth Nassberg says, “Penny portrays every quality we desire in our employees at Just Like Family Home Care. The combination of her work history and the compassion she brings to her job every day makes Penny a great fit at Just Like Family Home Care. I am confident that she will represent our company in the best possible light.” Nassberg and Appezzato met several years ago through PACE Center for Girls at Immokalee’s Love That Dress! event. Both are passionate about supporting local charities in Collier and Lee Counties.

Just Like Family Home Care is a family-owned and operated, state-licensed Nurse Registry. The company provides referrals to professional Companions, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Caregivers, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

Appezzato was born and raised in Naples. In her free time, Appezzato volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and CAMEO Naples (Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options), a local non-profit cooperative group marketing seniors. She is married to her husband, John of 30 years and has two grown daughters, Stefanie and Kelli.