If you can’t get rich being a doctor down here in Florida, then you wasted all those years going to college to become one. Getting a degree to become a doctor in Florida is like winning the lottery. New construction sites go up on an almost daily basis here and they are usually for 1) new housing developments, 2) shopping centers and 3) doctor’s offices. Around the middle of September, when the weather up north starts to get a bit chilly and elderly people start to wear Long Johns and Snuggies, the Metamucil migration begins. Doctors start to advertise for more nurses to cover their practice, like vultures during a feeding frenzy. Yet, it is very rare that you can get an appointment with any doctor before a week or two, unless you are willing to see his Physician’s Assistant. Continue reading
Here in Florida, where there are more senior care facilities than there are hairs on your head, they all compete for your business once you reach retirement age. The way they do that is by telling you of the various amenities that their facility provides. Those facilities may include a swimming pool, (a MUST in this climate), either two or three meals a day, weekly housekeeping privileges, nightly entertainment, on site medical assistance, daily shuttle service into town and various daily activities. Those daily activities usually include games that do not require much physical activity, (remember we are talking elderly people here), such as Bean Bag baseball, Indoor Bocci Ball, Outdoor Horseshoe Pitching, (except during the hot summer months, when just holding a metal horseshoe might give you third degree burns), Board games like Checkers or Chess and any number of card games. The number one activity, of course, is Bingo which is scheduled on the nights when they don’t have an entertainer performing – usually 3 nights a week. The higher priced senior facilities can afford to bring in well known entertainers, while the less expensive facilities provide some local performers who are willing to play some music or sing a few songs for a smaller fee. Continue reading
About a year ago, a story appeared in the local newspapers and was a featured story on the Channel 2 News, concerning a squirrel that was attacking residents in a senior facility in Deltona, Florida, named Sterling Court. I was there at the time and I still reside there.
Whenever seniors get together, you can almost bet that the discussions will include old movies, and old songs. Trying to remember the words to an old song is considered an accomplishment and anyone who still does, is considered a genius among his or her fellow seniors. A ‘biggie’ would be a song whose lyrics stump everyone and one that provides 3 or 4 different guesses as to what the right lyrics actually are. One such ‘biggie’ lately was “What is the next line to HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD? (If you want to know the answer, Google it) Continue reading
Here in the Independent Living Facility in Florida, known as Sterling Court, there is no ‘reserved seating’ during mealtimes in our dining room. New residents are encouraged to sit at different tables from time to time, in order to become acquainted with other people and establish friendships. It’s a nice idea but, once you become attached to the people you seem to have most in common with, you tend to sit with those people all the time. Personally, as I have been circulating and becoming acquainted with people from different parts of the country and the world, I have learned many things from those people that I never knew before.
Being in an Independent Living Facility in Florida has enabled me to meet people of all ages and from all parts of the country and the world. It has also enabled me to hear conversations that would rival those of many stand-up comedians these days. For example:
SARAH: “How old are you, Marie?”
MARIE: “I don’t know. It changes every year.” Continue reading
The senior facility in Florida, where I am living, offers 3 meals a day. The breakfast meal is served at 8:00am and, because of the early hour, many of the residents would rather sleep late and less than half of them are in attendance. The lunch meal is scheduled for 12:30pm and is considered to be the primary meal of the day. Dinner is held at 5:30 and those of us who don’t mind having heartburn or indigestion from the lunch meal, come down to the dining room so that the Pepto-Bismol they bought at Walmart will not go to waste. There is no reserved seating and the newcomers are always invited to sit with different people during meals so that they can meet new friends. Once new friends have been established, those people will usually try to arrange to sit at the same table with each other during future mealtimes.