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Celebrating our Seniors

This May we are celebrating Senior Citizens at Just Like Family Home Care as May is Senior Citizens Month. The history of Senior Citizens Month goes back half of a century.

According to the Administration on Aging, when Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.”

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month ofMay asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the Coun
try through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

The older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. 

At Just Like FamiImagely, we see the growth first hand and we know many of our local Seniors are in need of more than just caregivers. They need everyday toiletries, clothing, cards and more. Join us Wednesday May 14 from 5-7:30 p.m. for a Celebrity Bartender Night at Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar in Naples to celebrate Senior Citizens Month. A $20 donation at the door will provide you with a drink ticket and food.

 


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Mapping Aging (Again)

Not too long ago, we poured over some really interesting maps about aging trends in the United States.  Those maps showed county-by-county trends, and essentially brought us to the conclusion that we are slowly aging as a country, especially in Florida, and less-so in the Mountain West.  But how do we stack up against the rest of the world?  The answer says a lot about where we’re going as a country.

Here’s the median age in each state as of 2010.

0YJXFYeJust like before, the trends are obvious.  Older, more developed Northeastern states are more aged, the rugged, relatively unpopulated Mountain West is younger, and New England, Pennsylvania and Florida are the oldest areas in the country.  Let’s parse this down further, and look at a big county-by-county map.

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It’s very interesting to see it this way.  The county maps from last time showed trends into the future, this map shows the age of each county right now.  It’s very unexpected that Maine is the overall oldest state by median age, though!  But less surprising is the presence of the country’s oldest county, Sumter County, in Florida.

Now, let’s look at trends for the entire world, with the under 30 percentage in each country in 2005, and the projection of the same in 2025…

world_age_structure_2005_2025It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where the shift is occurring there.  The more “developed” countries are getting older, while the less “developed” countries are getting younger as their populations explode.  The reasons are pretty easy to guess: easy access to birth control in the “Developed World” alongside far greater longevity and more comprehensive healthcare services in those countries letting more people live longer.  The areas of the world that are healthiest are understandably becoming the oldest!

Let’s take a look at two specific examples to make this more clear…

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This is the average age in each Australian Land District.  Australia is a country very similar to the United States, with a colonial heritage derived from the British Empire that started on a vast, untamed continent, with an even more untamed West and interior.  The main differences are that the country is younger, and that the continent in question is a bit more inhospitable than North America was (to put it mildly).  The demographics reflect that, with a pattern similar to the United States’, but more extreme.  The giant Great Victoria and Gibson Deserts have extremely young populations, just like the American Mountain West and Alaska do, as does the relatively unpopulated Northern Territory.  The older, major coastal cities and their sprawls, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne, make a line along the country’s southeast coast that fills the area with an older population, just like the American Northeast Corridor.  Additional splotches of red surround the other large cities, Adelaide and Perth.  You can see the trends developing that in a few more decades will make Australia’s age map will look a lot like ours does now as the continent fills-in with more people,.  So this is where we were around 50 years ago.  Where will we be 50 years from now?

Let’s look to an unlikely place for the future…

Naselja-median_starostiWeren’t expecting that, were you?  Croatia is a prime example of where the US is going in regards to aging, as it’s a very developed European country, but not as extreme an example as countries in Western and Northern Europe, thanks mostly to the relatively recent wars in the region.  As you can see, even the youngest areas bottom out at an average of around 35 years, with huge swaths of the country averaging in the mid-50s in age.  This is where we are going, as our health improves, and our lives get longer, and our birth rate slows.  Essentially, while we still think of ourselves in terms of our cultural and political competitors, like Russia, China and Brazil, we’re actually slowly turning into the United Kingdom and Japan in terms of demographics.  It will be extremely interesting to see how that affects our character as a country moving forward.


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The Greyist Cities

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A recent trivia question we posted on our Facebook page about the “greyest” country in the world, Monaco, got us thinking about what the most elderly-friendly cities in the United States are, with the largest percentage of senior citizens, and what attracts them there, like mild temperatures and recreation options (like golf and beaches).  It’s obviously an interesting topic to us!  Well, thanks to Business InsiderRetirementhomes.com and Golflink.com, we have the numbers right here, and, sure enough, our own Naples is on the list!

NATIONAL AVERAGE
Senior citizens: 12.9%
Average temperature in November: 63°F
Golf courses: 6.5 per 100K
Retirement homes: 9.1 per 100K

#13 – HOT SPRINGS, AK
Senior citizens: 20.8%
Average temperature in November: 63°F
Golf courses: 62 per 100K
Retirement homes: 34 per 100K

#12 – OCEAN CITY, NJ
Senior citizens: 20.9%
Average temperature in November: 56°F
Golf courses: 204 per 100K
Retirement homes: 7 per 100K

#11 – LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
Senior citizens: 21.1%
Average temperature in November: 74°F
Golf courses: 11 per 100K
Retirement homes: 18 per 100K

#10 – PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
Senior citizens: 22.1%
Average temperature in November: 80°F
Golf courses: 40 per 100K
Retirement homes: 5 per 100K

#9 – CAPE CORAL, FL
Senior citizens: 22.5%
Average temperature in November: 81°F
Golf courses: 57 per 100K
Retirement homes: 5 per 100K

#8 – PRESCOTT, AZ
Senior citizens: 22.6%
Average temperature in November: 60°F
Golf courses: 20 per 100K
Retirement homes: 39 per 100K

#7 – BARNSTABLE, MA
Senior citizens: 23.6%
Average temperature in November: 51°F
Golf courses: 17 per 100K
Retirement homes: 4 per 100K

#6 – PALM COAST, FL
Senior citizens: 24.2%
Average temperature in November: 76°F
Golf courses: 61 per 100K
Retirement homes: 21 per 100K

#5 – OCALA, FL
Senior citizens: 24.2%
Average temperature in November: 77°F
Golf courses: 135 per 100K
Retirement homes: 42 per 100K

#4 – VERO BEACH, FL
Senior citizens: 25.5%
Average temperature in November: 79°F
Golf courses: 187 per 100K
Retirement homes: 99 per 100K

#3 NAPLES, FL
Senior citizens: 25.5%
Average temperature in November: 82°F
Golf courses: 545 per 100K
Retirement homes: 80 per 100K

#2 BRADENTON, FL
Senior citizens: 26.5%
Average temperature in November: 80°F
Golf courses: 159 per 100K
Retirement homes: 65 per 100K

#1 – PUNTA GORDA, FL
Senior citizens: 30.5%
Average temperature in November: 81°F
Golf courses: 348 per 100K
Retirement homes: 98 per 100K


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The Elderly and Activity

Wondering what’s what with staying active and being over 65?  This fantastic infographic (seriously, we LOVE these) from Evergreen Rehab does a great job of explaining it.  They’re a national firm specializing in physical rehabilitation, so they know what they’re talking about!

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The Sunshine State

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re proud to call Florida, the Sunshine State home, but let’s be honest: Florida gets overlooked a lot when people talk about interesting histories or facts about states.  Everyone’s too busy focusing on the weather and DisneyWorld!  It might be because although we’re geographically in the American South, Florida is very different culturally from the rest of the South unless you’re talking about the northernmost part of the state.  People don’t know where to place us!  So, in honor of the state we call home, here are 25 interesting facts and historical oddities about our state!

  1. The so-called “Five Flags of Florida” are the flags of the Spanish Empire (flown 1565-1763), the Kingdom of Great Britain (flown 1763-1784), Spain (flown 1784-1821), the Confederate States of America (flown 1861-1865), and the United States of America (flown 1784-1861 and 1865 to present).
  2. Clearwater, FL, is the most lightning-struck (per capita) city in the United States.
  3. Florida is the most visited state in the country, with nearly 80 million visitors every year.
  4. Florida produces more citrus fruit, tomatoes, green peppers, watermelons, sweetcorn and sugar than any other state.
  5. The muckland south of Lake Okeechobee is the largest body of organic soil on Earth.
  6. Lake Okeechobee is actually a massive sink hole, a gigantic indentation in the limestone bedrock of the state.
  7. The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race, running 42 miles from Palatka, FL to Jacksonville, FL along the St. Johns River.
  8. The official state song, “Old Folks at Home (Suwannee River),” was written by Stephen Foster, who never set foot in Florida, and chose the river because he and his brother saw it on a map and decided it “sounded best.”
  9. Florida produces 75% of America’s oranges, and an absurd 40% of the entire planet’s supply of oranges!
  10. DeFuniak Springs, FL is home to one of the two almost perfectly round natural lakes in the world, Lake DeFuniak.
  11. Plant City, FL holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake: 827 square-feet, 6,000 pounds.
  12. Key West, FL has the highest average temperature of any municipality in the United States.
  13. The world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight was flown in 1914 from St. Petersburg, FL to Tampa, FL.
  14. Mechanical refrigeration technology was invented in Apalachicola, FL in 1851 by Dr. John Gorrie.
  15. St. Augustine, FL is the oldest continuously inhabited non-native settlement in North America, founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.
  16. The most active hurricane season in recorded history for Florida is a tie between 2004, when four full-fledged hurricanes, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne, came ashore in the state, and 2005, when another four, Dennis, Katrina (yes, THAT Katrina), Rita and Wilma all came ashore here.
  17. Florida has the 4th largest state population in the county, the 4th largest state GDP in the country, and is the 4th largest state-level exporter in the country.
  18. The horse, which had been extinct in North America for about 10,000 years when the Europeans first arrived, was first reintroduced to the continent in Florida in 1538.
  19. Crystal River, FL is the only place in North America where it is legal to have a supervised swim with manatees.
  20. The world’s deepest freshwater spring is Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee, FL.
  21. “Florida” means “Feast of Flowers” in Spanish.
  22. Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population, with 836,507 people as of 2012, but Miami, the state’s second largest city by population, had 413,892 people in 2012 packed into less than 1/21 of Jacksonville’s land area!
  23. There were 1.6 million veterans living in Florida as of 2010, the second highest total in the country.
  24. The largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world is in Lakeland, FL.
  25. About half of all Major League Baseball teams have spring training in Florida, with teams organized into the informal “Grapefruit League.”


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High Hurricane Season

Well, with Tropical Storm Dorian on its way across the Atlantic, it seems evident that we’re about to plunge headlong into high hurricane season.  August, September and October are always the most active months, but in reality, how often do the storms hit our area directly?  Let’s take a quick look at the past ten hurricane seasons, some of the most active on record, to see.  Remember, tropical depressions become tropical storms, which become hurricanes, which become “major” hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5).

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