Are the roadways starting to look a little blurry at night? The Florida Department of Transportation has a new book for senior drivers, giving them tips on how to stay safe on the roadways. (Photo by Steve Schwartz).
BARTOW – Florida leads the nation with the highest percentage of residents who are seniors. What Florida doesn’t want is to lead the nation with is seniors involved in deadly auto accidents.
That’s a top reason why the state just issued its new Florida Guide for Aging Drivers
handbook, designed specifically for aging drivers – and filled with helpful tips on how those past retirement age can operate a motor vehicle in their golden years even more safely.
It’s designed for anyone old enough to have been around when the Beatles released their hit song “Drive My Car” — and who still presume they’re fit enough to continue operating one.
“We just got that released from Tallahassee, and they’re asking all the district offices to distribute the information,” said Lauren Hatchell, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District One in Bartow, which covers Polk County. Continue reading
Heart of Florida United Way is looking for volunteers to mentor students at schools in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.
ORLANDO – Last year, Heart of Florida United Way started an ambitious pilot program, to recruit volunteers from the community who could help local students, and local schools, succeed.
Joan Nelson, one of the program’s coordinators, remembers how excited one volunteer got toward the end of the school year.
“One of our volunteers had been working at Palmetto Elementary School,” said Nelson, the United Way’s vice president of community investment. “He was working with a young student in second grade, mentoring him and meeting with him once a week, and really encouraging this young fellow to concentrate on his studies by being a positive role model.”
Just how strong an influence the mentor had wouldn’t be clear until much later in the semester, Nelson said, when he found out how dramatically the student’s academic performance was improving.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City will have a grand opening ceremony on Saturday for its new fifth floor, which houses the Center for Women's Health.
HAINES CITY — Lisa Bishop was speaking into the phone when there was a loud crash in the background.
Startled, she quickly apologized and noted that everywhere around her, workers were hauling boxes – including the one that fell.
“We’re moving as I’m talking to you,” she said. “We’ve got boxes to move, so sorry.”
It was a busy day where Bishop works, at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, the hospital on U.S. 27 in Haines City. But it was particularly busy on the hospital’s new fifth floor, which houses its new Center for Women’s Health, which will have its grand opening on Saturday, June 23.
Bishop, the hospital’s director of Women’s Services, said Tuesday was a day spent busily doing all the last minute things that need to be done before a new office opens its doors.
“We are unpacking boxes and installing our equipment and making sure it meets our high standards, and we are putting up artwork today,” Bishop said. “We are doing training all week.” Continue reading