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The Senior Voice is a monthly community newspaper in Hernando County, targeted towards adults 55 and older. In each edition they offer information on important issues that seniors face every day, including health and wellness, recreation, dining out, and advice from local business professionals. The Senior Voice is distributed to all the homes in select neighborhoods throughout Hernando County, as well as doctor offices, hospitals, and medical facilities. You can also pick one up at the following locations:
- UPS Store
- Any Hernando County public library
- Doc’s Diner
The Hernando County Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing a quality park system and leisure activities for the community. They offer opportunities for recreation and improvement of physical and mental well-being through various programs and services that strive to enhance quality of life for everyone.
The Hernando County YMCA offers seniors a place to build strength and relationships. Their 27,000 sq. ft. facility sits on 20 acres of property and includes a junior Olympic-size heated pool, wellness center, cycling room, group exercise rooms, and locker rooms. Outside there are also softball fields and basketball courts.
Their adult programs and classes include:
- Tai Chi
- Adult Coloring
- Ballroom Dancing
- and more …
The Weeki Wachee Anglers, Inc. provides Hernando County and the surrounding areas with a club that is dedicated to recreational fishing and family activities. Their goal is to ensure Florida’s natural resources are protected for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
Members can enjoy a wide range of water activities from in-shore, off-shore, and fresh water fishing, charter trips, kayaking, snorkeling, boating and pontooning, and shelling. Members also enjoy the satisfaction of building lasting friendships through social functions such as member outings, picnics, and holiday parties.
Regular meetings offer a variety of guest speakers and various clinics to enhance and refine our knowledge of water activities and resources in Hernando and surrounding counties in Florida. Topics range from local Captains and their charter operations to various members providing instruction on the art of cast net throwing and knot tying to how to cook that prize fish!
Weeki Wachee Anglers, Inc. holds monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. They meet at 6:30 pm at Glen Lakes Country Club 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd. U.S. 19 ~ 3.5 miles North of Cortez.
Withlacoochee Rockhounds is a non-profit organization with the purpose of fostering interest and promoting knowledge of minerals, gems, fossils, and earth sciences.
Their club provides:
- regular meetings
- informational programs with guest speakers
- annual gem and mineral show
- field trips
- rock swaps
- annual dinner meetings
The Withlacoochee Rockhounds meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club located at:
3357 Susan Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34606
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. is a Community Action Agency dedicated to supporting individuals and families in their effort to gain employment, earn a livable wage and live independent, economically stable lives throughout their lifetime. They offer a wide array of programs and services designed to support aging seniors in the efforts to live independently in their own homes and improve their ability to function. Programs and services are offered to people age 60 years and older.
Services Available Include:
- Meals on Wheels
- Respite Care
- Homemaker Services
- Nutrition Education
- Telephone Reassurance
- Emergency Alert Response
- Personal Care Services
- Energy Assistance
Tune in each week to learn about health related topics for seniors. Every Thursday physicians discuss the latest medical news, healthy living, and much more. This resource is brought to you by Oak Hill Hospital and WWJB 1450AM News-Talk-Sports.
The Institute for Workforce Innovation is a non-profit organization located in north central Florida. Their mission is to improve the community by creating opportunity through innovation, education, employment, and advocacy. For more than 30 years they have been helping seniors secure employment by collaborating with local, state, and federal partners to provide unique services to meet the growing needs of the community and neighborhood.
They carry out their mission by building affordable housing, providing hunger relief, and developing career ladders and training programs. Programs include:
- Computer Lab with Technology Classes & Training
- Career Center with Skills Workshops & Resume Assistance
- Entrepreneurship Training
- Service Referral & Benefits Counseling
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the largest volunteer networks for people age 55 and older, offering a full range of local volunteer opportunities. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community.
Service opportunities are diverse and include:
- Organizing neighborhood watch programs
- Tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged or disabled youth
- Renovating homes
- Providing independent living services
- Environmental projects
- Assisting victims of natural disasters
- Among many other activities
RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Volunteers receive training and supplemental insurance while on duty.
The Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors program was launched by The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), working to promote and improve communication on the appropriate use of medication among America’s older adults.
Americans are living longer and better than ever, due in large part to advances in medicine which have led to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of conditions. Most people age 65 and older have at least one chronic condition and likely take multiple medications.
MUST for Seniors is an online educational campaign and workshop designed to promote safe and appropriate medication use. The interactive program provides tips for:
- Taking medications safely
- Avoiding medication misuse
- Recognizing, reporting, and managing common side effects
- Preventing medication errors and potentially dangerous interactions with other medications, food, or alcohol
- Feeling more confident in safely using medications
MUST for Seniors can be used by older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals for self-education and to present this information in their communities.
Eyecare America is one of the country’s leading public service programs, providing eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists. The program raises awareness about age-related eye disease, provides free eye care educational material, and facilitates access to eye care at no cost. Eligible seniors age 65 and older can connect with local volunteer ophthalmologists who provide medical eye exams at no out-of-pocket costs, and up to one year of followup care for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam.
- U.S. citizen or legal resident
- Age 65 or older
- Do not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA
- Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years