A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

May - June 2019

Edition No. 20

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Manager's Corner
 

John

Whether you’re a new resident or have lived in Lakes of Melbourne for a while, we’d like to thank you for choosing our community. We’re happy to have you! We’ve had a lot of exciting events over the past few months celebrating all of our residents. Read on to hear about all the fun we’ve had.

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Manager's Corner

John

Whether you’re a new resident or have lived in Lakes of Melbourne for a while, we’d like to thank you for choosing our community. We’re happy to have you! We’ve had a lot of exciting events over the past few months celebrating all of our residents.

In February, we spent all month celebrating the best part of Lakes of Melbourne – you! We started the month with a guess the candy bars contest won by Debbie Kazes who walked away with a delicious Ghirardelli candy tower. We also held an HTA E-Z Pay sign-up raffle which gave away another Ghirardelli candy tower to David and Teresa Weber. Congratulations to you all!

We also hosted other events like the Hearing Health seminar, HTA Coffee and Doughnut social, Afternoon at the Movies, and the Valentine’s Day Flower Bar at the Clubhouse. Kim Doyle and I distributed 200 flowers at the clubhouse and then drove around the community to hand deliver flowers to those unable to make the trip. It was a great day!

At our monthly HOA meeting, we distributed fortune cookies that read, “Lakes of Melbourne is so fortunate to have you as a resident.” We also handed out 25% off coupons to Beall’s. A huge shout out to Beall’s for working with us to give our residents an extra show of appreciation – thank you!

Our residents also enjoyed delicious cupcakes and mini cinnamon rolls from February 28 to March 5 along with special discounts to Space Coast Massage and Facial, coordinated by Kim.

Saving the best for last, our first “off-campus” party was a huge success and attended by the largest number of residents to date. Check out some pictures from our fantastic month of celebration and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you,

-John

We’re Closed
 

We're closed

The Community Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open.

Food

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Stronger Food, Stronger You

We’ve all heard the phrase “food is medicine” but in the case of these recipes, it might actually be true. These healthy tips include antioxidants, fiber, and beneficial fats to help lower your risk of developing cancer or help keep up strength if you’re fighting it. Take some time to learn how your food can be both tasty and healing.

Low-Cost Home Upgrades

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Are you looking to update your home without breaking the bank on renovations? There are plenty of quick tips and tricks to refresh your home on a budget. Keep reading for a list of our favorite low-cost home upgrades and find your inspiration today.

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Low-Cost Home Upgrades

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Are you looking to update your home without breaking the bank on renovations? There are plenty of quick tips and tricks to refresh your home on a budget. Check out this list of some of our favorite low-cost home upgrades and find your inspiration today.

  • Paint your front door
  • Add path lighting
  • Pressure wash your home and driveway
  • Add mulch
  • Update a light fixture in your kitchen, dining room or hallway.
  • Replace your porch light
  • Paint anything—no quicker fix than a can of paint
  • Update a bathroom faucet
  • Dress up an old sofa—a new slipcover will jazz it up
  • Update cabinet hardware
  • Bring order with pegboard storage
  • Tackle carpet stains or clean the carpets
  • Make a faux tile backsplash—use paint and a lot of preparatory taping
  • Change your shower curtain, bath mat, and towels
  • Paint exterior shutters and trim
  • Install new door handles
  • Rearrange bookshelves
  • Rearrange furniture
  • Install kitchen utility hooks
  • Give light switch covers a new life or look

*Excerpted from Money Talks News—January 18, 2019

Sales Update
 

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Now is the perfect time to purchase your dream new home! If you’re not in the market yourself, you can still join the fun by referring a friend or family member. If they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive $2,000. Wouldn’t you like to live near your friends and family? Read on to check out some of our new homes.

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Sales Update

Money bag

Now is the perfect time to purchase your dream new home! If you’re not in the market yourself, you can still join the fun by referring a friend or family member. If they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive $2,000. Wouldn’t you like to live near your friends and family?

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

We are proud to acknowledge those who do a superior job maintaining their yards, enhancing the overall curb appeal of the entire community. The winner this quarter is Gloria Beckwith of 3833 Seagrove Lane. Make sure to say congrats if you see her around!

Your Health

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Vaccines After 50

Vaccines aren’t just for little ones. We need them throughout all stages of life to prevent or reduce the risk of various illnesses. Check out this list of vaccines everyone needs after the age of 50 that will help you stay happy and healthy. Whether you want to know how often to get a vaccine or which ones were recently added, you can keep up with all of them.

Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral required by our bodies for maintaining overall health. Medical experts often highlight the importance of adequate vitamin and mineral intake, yet many still don’t know everything it can do. Keep reading to learn more.

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Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral required by our bodies for maintaining overall health. Medical experts often highlight the importance of including adequate vitamin and mineral intake into our daily diet. Magnesium stands out because more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body require it and it is the fourth most prevalent mineral in the body.

Sources of Magnesium
Natural sources of magnesium include sea vegetables, leafy vegetables, like spinach, and whole grains that are typically major components of a person’s diet. Other foods that serve as a rich source of this mineral include tomatoes, beet greens, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and chocolate.

You can also find magnesium in dairy products such as milk and yogurt, as well as different types of fish and water.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Some of the magnesium deficiency symptoms include pain in the neck and back, anxiety, fatigue, migraine attacks, muscle weakness and spasms, and loss of appetite.

When you are under stress, your body tends to quickly deplete its stores of magnesium. One very common symptom of its deficiency is chocolate cravings since chocolate is rich in this essential mineral. Its deficiency can be a major cause of diabetes, depression, and menopausal symptoms.

Health Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium helps keep muscle and nerve functions normal and the heart beating rhythmically while also supporting a healthy immune system and bones. Magnesium also:

  • Relieves Constipation
  • Prevents Eclamptic Seizures
  • Treats Psychiatric Disorders
  • Prevents Asthma
  • Boosts Energy
  • Keeps Bones Healthy
  • Relieves Cramps
  • Protects Heart Health
  • Controls Diabetes
  • Relieves Migraines
  • Produces Collagen
  • Promotes Mineral Absorption
  • Controls Bladder Functions

Dosage & Side Effects
Most dietitians recommend 250-350 mg per day of the supplement for adults. The side effects of magnesium are very rare, but it is important to know them. Excess intake often leads to diarrhea, because it has a laxative quality. However, if you take it in the form of nutritional supplements, there are fewer chances of such side effects. People with kidney disease or bleeding disorders should avoid taking their supplements without consulting a doctor.

References

Science Behind the Eyes

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Our retina helps the images we see get to our brain so we can interpret them as the familiar sights we know and love. A healthy, intact retina is key to clear vision, but what happens when there’s a disconnect? Click below to find out!

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Science Behind the Eyes

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What is a torn or detached retina?
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of our eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina through our cornea, pupil and lens. The retina converts the light rays into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. A healthy, intact retina is key to clear vision.

The middle of our eye is filled with a clear gel called vitreous (vi-tree-us) that is attached to the retina. Sometimes tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous will cast shadows on the retina, and you may sometimes see small dots, specks, strings or clouds moving in your field of vision. These are called floaters. You can often see them when looking at a plain, light background, like a blank wall or blue sky.

As we get older, the vitreous may shrink and pull on the retina. When this happens, you may notice what look like flashing lights, lightning streaks or the sensation of seeing stars. These are called flashes.

Usually, the vitreous moves away from the retina without causing problems. But sometimes the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina in one or more places. Fluid may pass through a retinal tear, lifting the retina off the back of the eye — much as wallpaper can peel off a wall. When the retina is pulled away from the back of the eye like this, it is called a retinal detachment. The retina does not work when it is detached and vision becomes blurry. A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated with detached retina surgery.

What causes a torn or detached retina?
Vitreous gel, the clear material that fills the eyeball, is attached to the retina in the back of the eye. As we get older, the vitreous may change shape, pulling away from the retina. If the vitreous pulls a piece of the retina with it, it causes a retinal tear. Once a retinal tear occurs, vitreous fluid may seep through and lift the retina off the back wall of the eye, causing the retina to detach or pull away.

Vitreous fluid normally shrinks as we age, and this usually doesn’t cause damage to the retina. However, inflammation (swelling) or nearsightedness (myopia) may cause the vitreous to pull away and result in retinal detachment.

To learn more about detached retinas and how to identify the symptoms, read the whole article from The Eye Institute.

Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant Review

In this edition, Wes Robbins takes us to Paris with his review of La Crepe de France, located in Downtown Melbourne. Open seven days a week, La Crepe de France and includes a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and sweet crepes. For Wes’s full review, read on.

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Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant Review

La Crepe de France is located at 707 East New Haven Avenue in Downtown Melbourne. There has been a crepes restaurant at this location for a number of years. It has been under the current ownership for the last 2 - 3 years. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.

The menu includes a selection of breakfast crepes, lunch crepes, and sweet crepes. In addition, there are brunch plates, waffles, salads, soups, several sandwiches, and coffee. There is also a beer and wine menu.

When my friend and I had lunch there recently, we got a total of three crepes, one breakfast, one lunch, and one sweet. The Maguerite breakfast crepe includes bacon, eggs, Havarti cheese, avocado, and either Hollandaise sauce or sausage gravy. The Parisian lunch crepe includes smoked turkey, sliced apple, glazed walnuts, Brie cheese, and is drizzled with honey. The Tatin apple sweet crepe includes warm caramelized apples and is covered with creme fraiche and caramel.

All three crepes were delicious. The amount of filling was generous. I also had a cup of onion soup which was very good and the coffee was excellent. The breakfast and lunch crepes are in the $10-11 price range and the sweet crepes are around $8.

In addition to seating inside, there is a patio with seating which would be very nice on a warmer day than the one that we had when we were there.

This restaurant is a very nice addition to the mix of restaurants available in Downtown Melbourne. I highly recommend it for breakfast, lunch, or for a quick coffee and dessert break.

- Wes Robbins

Home & Garden

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Hosting Guests Without Stress

The summer high travel season for folks, and hosting houseguests is the perfect way to see your loved ones. Make it a stress-free experience by thinking ahead. Whether its planning meals in advance or establishing basic house rules, you can take care of the more challenging items before your guests arrive and spend more time enjoying the fun.

Tips to Sell Your Home

Selling your house

Are you looking to sell your home? While we’re sad to see you go, it’s our mission to make sure you get the best offer on your home. Read on for a few tips and tricks from our very own Rick Spriggs.

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Tips to Sell Your Home

Selling your house

Are you looking to sell your home? While we’re sad to see you go, it’s our mission to make sure you get the best offer on your home. Check out these tips and tricks from our resident sales pro, Rick Spriggs, to get top dollar for your home.

1. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint or a good pressure washing can do! Either of these options have the power make your home look brand-new.

2. While spring might be on its way out, giving an extra deep cleaning to your home when putting it on the market is a great idea.

3. People have been known to be attracted to the scent of vanilla. (Who knew!) To increase the ambiance inside your home when doing tours, light a candle or have an air freshener with this signature scent – potential buyers will be ready to sign on the dotted line.

4. After sprucing up the inside of your home, turn your attention to the outside. There’s nothing more appealing to a homebuyer than a nicely manicured lawn with freshly cut grass and trimmed bushes.

5. The final step for success – have your home inspected by a licensed home inspector. A pro can determine if there are any underlying issues that could later deter a sale.

Remember, we’re here for you! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rick Spriggs for sales advice.

Resident Spotlight
 

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We’re thrilled to announce this month’s resident spotlight falls on Greg and Carole Carlson. Both retired teachers, they moved here from Pennsylvania in 2004. If you want to learn more about these stellar community members, keep reading.

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Resident Spotlight

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We’re thrilled to announce this month’s resident spotlight falls on Greg and Carole Carlson.

Both retired teachers, the Carlsons moved here in 2005. After visiting Florida annually for several years to find the perfect community for them, they chose Lakes of Melbourne and purchased their home in 2005. They say the beauty of Lakes of Melbourne drew them in, but the community here is what sealed the deal.

After living here for 15 years, Greg and Carole are active members of our community. Greg has graciously run the golf league for years, allowing anyone and everyone the space to perfect their swing. Carole heads up the craft group that meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and has taught several of her friends and neighbors how to rug hook. Now, their rug-hooking group attends the annual convention to meet new people and gain inspiration. Both run plenty of card games in our community such as Cribbage and Pinochle.

With all their involvement and love for Lakes of Melbourne, you’re sure to see them around the community. Make sure to give them a wave when you see them!

Did You Know?
 

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There’s always more to do, see, and learn. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fun facts to help broaden the scope of your knowledge. Enjoy these tidbits and show off your newfound trivia knowledge to all your friends and neighbors.

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Did You Know?

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1. A “butt load” is a real measurement of weight. It is an English measure of capacity of a heavy cart (a butt) containing 48 bushels, equal to 384 gallons.

2. There are trees that can grow more than one kind of fruit and they’re called fruit salad trees.

3. T-shirts were originally marketed to unmarried men who didn’t know how to sew buttons back on collared shirts by themselves.

4. Cows have “best friends” and get stressed when separated.

*Fun facts compiled by John McGrath

Entertainment & Leisure

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Coming Soon

With so many films hitting theaters this summer, it can be difficult to keep up. Check out this list of the best upcoming films to help you decide what to see next. Whether you’re into action, romance, or comedy, there’s certain to be something you’ll love coming to a theater near you.

Tips for Mature Dating

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Your interests, hobbies, preferences, and tastes are much different now than when you were younger. The same is true in dating. How recently have you brushed up on your first date etiquette? Keep reading for a refresher and tips to make your next date go off without a hitch!

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Tips for Mature Dating

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Your interests, hobbies, preferences, and tastes are much different now than when you were younger. The same is true in dating. How recently have you brushed up on your first date etiquette? Getting back in the game can be scary, but we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these tips from AARP to help set you up for smooth sailing on your next date.

  • • Respond proportionally. Texting is a real communications tool in today’s dating world. Don’t be too long-winded in your responses, but don’t rely on your partner to carry the conversation either. It should be a give and take of information about yourselves.
  • • Be original. No one wants to hear the same generic compliment or question over and over. Stand out from their other dates by using your imagination to keep them engaged the entire time.
  • • Come prepared. If you’re worried about how to keep the conversation going, show up to the date with about four questions and five stories in mind that you can throw in the mix whenever there is a lull in the conversation.
  • • Avoid talking too much about past relationships. This date is a fresh start for you both. Dwelling on the past right away could make it harder for them to see a future with you. Keep the conversations about past relationships for a topic to discuss down the line.
  • • Have fun! This is, perhaps, the most important tip. Dating at any age can be scary, but if you go in with an open mind and heart, there is nothing to fear. Take on the new opportunity with joy!

If you found these AARP tips helpful, check out more here. Go into your next date calm, cool, and collected because you know all the hints and hacks for a successful one.

Outsmarting Scammers

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Medicare has rolled out new cards that no longer include social security numbers to help protect customers’ identities, but scammers are still finding ways to take advantage of unsuspecting people. No need to worry, with a few simple tricks you can avoid scams like a pro!

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Outsmarting Scammers

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In April 2018, Medicare and Medicaid began rolling out new cards to help members avoid scammers. As of January 2019, all members should have their new card. Rather than including a social security number, these cards feature a unique to protect members’ identities.

But scammers aren’t giving up so easily, and summer months seem like primetime for their schemes.

Some scammers are calling members, impersonating Medicare employees. They may ask for your personal information, claiming to verify it for your new card. On the other hand, some scammers call to pretend someone has already tried to use your new card and they need your personal information to confirm it is you. Another scam involves criminals calling asking for a fee for the new card or you bank account information so you get your refund.

We’ve compiled tips to help you spot the fakes with ease:

  • • Know the warning signs. Real Medicare employees will never call you without invitation, so if the call is unexpected it is probably a fake. If they threaten to cancel your coverage for not providing personal information over the phone, this is a signal the call is fake.
  • • Hang up immediately. If your experience matches the warning signs or otherwise seems fake, hang up immediately before the scammer can continue.
  • • Destroy your old card. This still has your Social Security number on it, and you don’t want to take the chance of it falling into the wrong hands.
  • • Don’t share your new number. The only people who need your Medicare number are you and your trusted provider. If someone calls you unexpectedly asking for your new number, do not give it to them.
  • • Contact Medicare. If you believe you were contacted by a scammer or you don’t have your new card yet, visit Medicare online or call them at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Find more information on the new Medicare cards and avoiding scams and rest easy knowing you don’t need to worry about being fooled by scammers.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Travel

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Eco-Friendly Travel

Did you know you can help save the Earth even when you’re traveling across it? It’s true! From unplugging electronics and appliances before you leave home to packing eco-friendly items, simple actions can have a huge impact. Plus, with these tips you’ll be the master of green getaways in no time!

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven Insurance

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.