A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

November - December 2017

Edition No. 11

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John's Corner
 

John

Hope everyone is enjoying a safe and fun fall at Lakes of Melbourne. This past summer wasn’t easy, but the HTA team and residents preparing before the storm demonstrated how working together is more powerful than the storm. For that, I thank all of you.

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John's Corner

John

Irma—a name we won’t forget for a while. Fortunately, everyone is safe. There was no structural damage to any homes or buildings, and all the homes are habitable.

There is no question this required a little bit of luck, but there was also a tremendous amount of teamwork.

I am very grateful and thankful for the HTA team at the Lakes of Melbourne. Their teamwork is a vital part of facing the many unique challenges, including a hurricane, in their day-to-day duties of managing the community. Jeff Catron did an outstanding job in preparing the community for the storm. Kim Doyle did an excellent job in communicating pre- and post-storm information to the residents and emergency preparation for the office. Rick Spriggs, when having the opportunity away from sales, helped wherever needed. I would also like to thank the LOM HOA board members who, together with the residents, worked together as a cohesive unit.

The HTA team and residents preparing before the storm demonstrated how working together is more powerful than the storm. For that, I thank all of you.

As the end of the year approaches, on behalf of the Lakes of Melbourne team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the efforts and cooperation this year, and extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a great year ahead.

-John

Sales Update
 

Sales update

Snowbirds are on the move already. If you’re thinking of listing your home, make sure to do it now. New homes are rolling in and selling before they are even completed. If you know anyone who’s thinking of moving to Lakes of Melbourne, they need to hurry!

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Sales Update

Sales update

Snowbirds are on the move already. If you’re thinking of listing your home, make sure to do it now. New homes are rolling in and selling before they are even completed. If you know anyone who’s thinking of moving to Lakes of Melbourne, they need to hurry!

Remember, we also offer a fantastic Resident Referral program. You can earn $500 if you refer a friend to a new home and $100 for a brokered home. We can’t wait to see all of our new residents coming to the community!

Food

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Thanksgiving Made Simple

Thanksgiving means good food and even better company. Cut your cooking time in half with these savory meals that take less than an hour to prepare. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

This Yard of the Quarter spotlight goes to Ruth Morgan at 2069 Royal Drive. Thanks for helping to keep our community looking great!

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Yard of the Quarter

This Yard of the Quarter spotlight goes to Ruth Morgan at 2069 Royal Drive. Ruth moved into Lakes of Melbourne on March 8, 2004, and has been a happy resident ever since. She is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. Thanks for helping to keep our community looking great!

Yard of the Quarter

Healthy Dieting Tips for Seniors

Healthy dieting tips

Everyone's been told time and again the importance of eating well. For seniors, this is especially true. As adults age, they become prone to an increasing number of chronic health problems, not to mention the physical and cognitive aspects of the natural aging process. So let’s get some tips!

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Healthy Dieting Tips for Seniors

Healthy dieting tips

Everyone's been told time and again the importance of eating well. For seniors, this is especially true. As adults age, they become prone to an increasing number of chronic health problems, not to mention the physical and cognitive aspects of the natural aging process. Both of these factors can, in many cases, be kept at bay with a healthy lifestyle, of which a well-rounded diet is an essential part. For some, however, eating healthy isn't quite so simple a proposition.

Seniors especially may find it difficult to adhere to a proper diet for a variety of reasons both real and perceived. As a caregiver, health care professional, or family member, helping the elder adult in your life to maintain good eating habits is a crucial part of senior care. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help make the idea of keeping a balanced diet more palatable.

What are some obstacles to healthy eating?

Sticking to a healthy diet may seem fairly straightforward, but in reality, a number of factors may prevent it. One significant element that may affect a senior's ability to eat well is money. Many retirees live on fixed incomes, pensions, or retirement funds, and don't necessarily have as much money to spend as they did when they were working. As a result, many older adults may be drawn toward lower-cost processed foods. Unfortunately, these options are often nutritionally vacant.

For some, the problem isn't necessarily buying healthy food so much as it is preparing it. Certain adults are unable to prepare healthy meals due to illness or disability. As a result, these individuals may turn to processed or fast foods out of convenience.

It's also important to remember that one of the major obstacles seniors face when it comes to eating well may simply be lack of nutritional education. Many people may not keep a balanced diet not because they can't or choose not to, but simply because they don't know what a healthy diet consists of.

It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change.

Some may attempt to grab the reins on their eating habits by adopting a crash diet. You've likely heard of some of these - the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, and other variants that claim to promote weight loss by restricting certain foods. However, crash diets are seldom effective and may even have negative consequences. As the NIH Senior Health noted, deciding to eat well isn't like flipping a switch. Food choices shouldn't be viewed through the lens of a fad diet, but rather as a change one makes to his or her overall lifestyle. For those not used to eating well, this can be a difficult adjustment, but the source noted that making small dietary changes over a period of time can be a good way to form better habits.

Healthy eating fundamentals

The best way to help seniors eat better is to encourage them to focus on healthy, nutrient-rich foods. HelpGuide.org pointed out a few foundational essentials that every senior should focus on. For example, fruits, vegetables, and fish are all solid dietary building blocks since they provide essential nutrients and are easy to incorporate into many different recipes. If money is an issue, there are ways to encourage people to eat healthy that are also budget-friendly. According to NIH Senior Health, one of the best ways to cut down on grocery bills is to plan meals and snacks before doing the shopping. That way, it's possible to only buy what's needed and reduce money spent on junk or snack foods. Fresh produce and healthy meats and fish can be cost-effective if the shopping is planned in advance.

Ice Cream Social
 

Ice cream social

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Ice Cream Social in September. Sharing a cool scoop with our residents was the perfect way to close out the summer. Click to see photos.

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Ice Cream Social

Ice cream social

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Ice Cream Social in September. Sharing a cool scoop with our residents was the perfect way to close out the summer. Check out our photos taken by our very own resident, V. LaRoe.

Your Health

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Stretch the Pain Away

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits. If you suffer from this, you know it can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Check out these gentle stretches to ease the discomfort so you can continue living pain free.

Restaurant Review: Archies

Restaurant Review

This month’s restaurant review is on Archie’s, a British pub on Lake Washington Road. The owners are experienced pub operators who elected to settle in this area after extensively scouting the state of Florida. Read more about this new hotspot.

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Restaurant Review: Archies

Restaurant review

One of the attractive things about the Melbourne area is the large number and variety of restaurants. We have numerous Asian, Italian, and Mediterranean eateries in the area. However, there is only one authentic British pub in the area – Archie’s. And luckily for us, it is a good one.

Archie’s is located at 2995 Lake Washington Road, just west of Wickham Road. The owners, Paul and Amanda Whitehouse, started Archie’s 18 months ago. The restaurant is named after their 5-year-old cockapoo. They are experienced pub operators who elected to settle in this area after extensively scouting the state of Florida.

The pub is open six days a week—every day except Monday. It features a wide variety of beers, on tap and bottled. These are highlighted on chalkboards above the bar. They also serve British tea, the Genuine Article. Their menu runs the gamut from British specialties like Scotch eggs, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie, to American standards like hamburgers and Buffalo chicken wings.

Speaking of chicken wings, these are featured on Tuesdays at a special price. And on Sunday mornings, a complete “British brekkie” is available for $8.95.

I have eaten at Archie’s now on four different occasions and can say from personal experience that the Scotch eggs are outstanding, including the divine dipping sauce whose ingredients Paul refuses to divulge. The fish and chips, and scampi and chips, are excellent. And the shepherd’s pie is the best ever. I ate half at lunch and brought the rest home to have for lunch at a later date. Yummy!

If you are interested in something different from the run of the mill chain restaurant, and enjoy good food and service, I highly recommend Archie’s.

- Wes Robbins

Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read more for tips on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read the tips below on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

1. Make a sleep schedule - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. The consistency in your sleep cycle will ensure that your body is properly rested and that you receive the best sleep each night.

2. Limit naps - Long naps during the day can severely interfere with a good night’s rest. In order to maximize your sleep, limit naps to 30 minutes and take them earlier in the day instead of later.

3. Include physical activity - Exercise during the day can have a huge impact on the sleep you get at night. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine, and you’ll see great improvements in your sleep.

4. Create a comfortable sleep environment - For better sleep, make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Also, remove any noise or distractions that could hinder a good night’s rest.

For other useful tips on sleeping better, check out these links:

Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep

Healthy Sleep Tips

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident Spotlight

Our latest Resident Spotlight is on Ann Keily of 2552 Lakes of Melbourne Drive, a resident for almost 30 years. Click to learn more about Ann.

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Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight

Our latest Resident Spotlight is on Ann Keily of 2552 Lakes of Melbourne Drive. Ann is originally from Farmingdale, New York. Her and her husband, James, moved into Lakes of Melbourne on January of 1990.

Ann’s cousin, Mrs. Rettig, is also a resident and lived here before she moved in. Both Keily and Rettig are almost 30-year residents.

Ann loves her neighbors and community, and is an example of the lovely of residents we have here at Lakes of Melbourne.

Home & Garden

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Front Porch Flair

Make your front porch pop with fall containers filled with beautiful blooms and foliage. Southern Living provides the best ideas and tips for how to bring a beautiful fall planter to life. Whichever you choose, your home will be decorated perfectly for the season.

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, read more for some tips.

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, and should be enjoyed instead of dreaded. With presents, food, decorations, and more piling up it can be overwhelming. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, start with these tips:

1. Have a gift-wrapping strategy - Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap gifts. Take care of gift wrapping as soon as you purchase, and use a sticky note as a reminder of the contents.

2. Make a budget and a gift list - Before you step into a store make sure you have a set holiday budget and gift list for each person you’re shopping for. This will eliminate financial stress and ensure everyone you love receives a gift.

3. Use simple décor - Small and simple decorations are just as festive as large and flashy ones. A few decorations around the house is plenty to suffice for holiday cheer, and are extremely easy to put up and take down.

4. Enjoy store bought treats - Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, opt for store bought baked goods. They are still delicious and will be much easier to prepare.

5. Pick paper plates - Fine china may be pretty, but it can be a huge headache to wash and put away. Using disposable plates and plastic utensils are a great substitution, and can be tossed when the meal is over.

Want more tips and tricks for a stress-free season?

Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Special Feature: Online Safety

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As technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips from retired police officer, Donna Brown, on how to keep yourself safe online.

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Special Feature: Online Safety

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Technology plays a huge part in our everyday life. We use it to make a phone call, share a picture with our friends on Facebook, or send a quick email. Regardless, the use of technology is constantly changing and improving for the better. However, as technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe online.

Credit Theft:

Check your credit at least once a year. While this may not prevent theft, it can catch it earlier on. By regularly checking your credit, which is free, you can catch someone trying to use your name for unauthorized mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.

Scams:

Lottery scams and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scams are two of the most prominent and cyclical scams. Scam victims will receive a call or email, stating they have won the lottery and must pay a small fee to collect it. Legitimate lotteries do not request payments.

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scam victims will receive a call or email stating there is a warrant for their arrest due to owing back taxes and are requesting a payment through gift cards. The IRS never requests payment gift cards.

Social Media:

Don’t post photos when going out of town. Crooks prowl social media looking for vacant homes. If you do post, have a friend check on your home daily and collect your mail and newspaper. Having light timers, inside and outside, can help as well.

Computers:

Secure your computer from viruses. There are many reputable anti-malware and anti-virus software companies available that offer great products and protection at very reasonable prices.

Check Writing:

Always think twice when writing a check to a person or business you’re not familiar with. Checks provide your name and address, which is very useful information for those with nefarious intentions. Use your debit or credit card instead of writing a check if you can. If using a debit or credit card, try to use them at establishments with updated security chip readers.

These are just a few ways for you to stay one step ahead and protect yourself. Learn the balance between enjoying technology and being precautious.


About Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Donna Brown is a former Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) homicide sergeant with more than 26 years of experience and author of Behind and Beyond the Badge. Brown began her career at TPD during a time when there were only five women in a department of 150 plus officers. Throughout her career, she worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a member of several different investigative units and as a homicide detective-sergeant, allowing her to work with a large variety of the first-responder community. After retiring, Brown wanted to write a book capturing and exploring career-defining moments of a first- responder. She felt her book was vital considering the many officer-involved shootings bringing negative spotlight on what she felt was not representative of public servants.

Want to hear from Donna Brown? Check out Behind and Beyond the Badge on Facebook for a list of upcoming tour stops!

Behind and Beyond the Badge book

Come Socialize
 

Facebook / Twitter

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 hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Adventures in Words

There’s no greater pleasure than delving into a good book and not putting it down until you’ve read every page. The adventure you take while reading can truly make the world fade away. Click here to see the most popular books of 2017 so far, and add some to your reading list.

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 SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8989 for a quote.

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.

 

Travel

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Adventure Wisely

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season stress you out. Make your travel plans effortless using these holiday travel tips. Being mindful and strategic while you travel will ease the stress and make the season more fun!