A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

January - February 2018

Edition No. 12

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John's Corner

 

John

On behalf of the entire Lakes of Melbourne team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were filled with fun times, warm memories, and lots of rest and relaxation. Thank you for a wonderful 2017. Rick, Kim, Jeff, and I look forward to serving you this new year at Hometown America’s premier, lakeside community.

New Year's Resolution for Seniors

New Year's Resolution

Making New Year’s resolutions can help you become healthier and feel better for many years to come. Click below to read a few of the resolutions recommended by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation.

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New Year's Resolution for Seniors

New Year's Resolution

Making New Year’s resolutions can help you become healthier and feel better for many years to come. Below are a few of the resolutions recommended by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation.

  • • Eat healthier foods- Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Healthy food choices include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats.
  • • Be active- Physical activity can be healthy and essential for older adults. Exercises such as tai chi, water aerobics, walking, and stretching can help you control your weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance and posture.
  • • See your provider regularly- Make sure to schedule an annual wellness visit with your healthcare provider. At each visit, talk to your provider about medications and any further health concerns.
  • • Give your brain a workout- The more you use your mind, the better it will work. Try to read a book or do a crossword puzzle. Keep your mind stimulated in the new year.

For full list of tips from the Health in Aging Foundation, click here.

Food

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Shine at the Next Potluck

With an active social life and resident events year-round, you may have already cooked all of your signature dishes. Go ahead and try something new at the next community potluck using one of these easy recipe ideas from Martha Stewart Living. They have recipes of plenty- from slow cooker jams, and unique salads to quick desserts and savory pies. Maybe you’ll find a new fan favorite to add to your repertoire.

Donna Brown Book Tour

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Donna Brown came to the Lakes of Melbourne this past November to introduce her book, Behind and Beyond the Badge, and to speak about her incredible career in law enforcement. Read on for a recap of her story.

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Donna Brown Book Tour

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Donna Brown came to the Lakes of Melbourne this past November to introduce her book, Behind and Beyond the Badge, and to speak about her incredible career in law enforcement.

Donna began her 26 years in law enforcement when women were still relatively new to the profession. Like most rookie police officers, she began patrolling the streets of Tallahassee answering calls for service. Soon after, Donna taught community groups and trained new recruits department-wide at the academy. She continued training even after she was promoted to sergeant. Career progression moved Donna to the Criminal Investigation Division for 15 years, 10 of which were spent supervising the Homicide Unit.

Because she knows there is more behind the badge than people realize or understand, she spent much of her career speaking to citizen groups in hope of educating and broadening minds about law enforcement.

At the height of an impressive career, she received the Tallahassee Police Department’s award for bravery and the inaugural Commander’s and Chief’s Award for Excellence, which at that time was the department’s award for Officer of the Year. Additionally, after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, she was recognized for her part in the Tallahassee Police Department’s rapid response and assistance to the area.

It was an honor to host Donna Brown at the Lakes of Melbourne, and to learn about safety and security from an expert in the field.

Capital Improvements

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Before we jump into the new year, let’s take a look back on 2017 to see how much has been accomplished!

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Capital Improvements

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Before we jump into the new year, let’s take a look back on 2017 to see how much has been accomplished!

  • • In addition to the superb service performed by Bob’s Complete Landscaping & Maintenance, there was a significant landscape rejuvenation project carried out this past summer. Triple Christmas palms, blueberry flax, silver buttonwoods, copper plants, triple pigmy palms, Italian cypress, and hundreds of various kinds of greenery were planted at the Hollywood Boulevard (north/south) entrance, the Eber Road entry, the Sales Office, the Clubhouse front, and the parking, pool, and shuffleboard court areas. This came after the removal of the existing shrubs that needed an upgrade.
  • • This past fall, we replaced more than 150 street, directional, and informational signs throughout the community. This was a much-needed project. Hopefully, everyone has noticed these new street signs.
  • • We also replaced the northern perimeter fence, and Hometown America chose a shadow box design for a number of reasons. This design adds elegance and privacy. The shadow box style, also known as the board-on-board style, also looks attractive on both sides of the fence. In addition to being more decorative, this design allows for air or wind flow, which helps for stabilization.
  • • In October, two of the three pool heaters were replaced. (The third pool heater was replaced less than two years ago.) These new, Florida-manufactured pool heaters provide the latest technology and efficiency available, and are built for quiet operation in any weather. Additional electrical work was also performed to minimize any problems during the pool-heater season.
  • • In early 2017, we replaced the mirrors, hardware, partitions, and doors in the pool restrooms.

We look forward to 2018 and continuing our work to make Lakes of Melbourne the premiere community you know and love.

Resident Spotlight
 

Smiley couple

Our latest Resident Spotlight is on Carol and Bryan Smiley of 2117 Harbor Point Court. The Smileys moved from Merritt Island to Lakes of Melbourne in December of 2001. Read more about your friendly neighbors below.

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Resident Spotlight

Smiley couple

Our latest Resident Spotlight is on Carol and Bryan Smiley of 2117 Harbor Point Court. The Smileys moved from Merritt Island, Florida to Lakes of Melbourne in December of 2001 to enjoy an active retirement. As 16-year residents, the couple enjoys all of the activities the Lakes of Melbourne has to offer. They have a full social life, and make an effort to attend as many community events as possible.

Carol was previously a social director and Bryan was an athletic director. Now the couple keeps busy as the coordinators of the Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments. They truly enjoy playing card games, meeting with groups to play several times a week. Bryan has been a member of the Architectural Review Board for almost 15 years, and they are both heavily involved in the Homeowners Association.

It’s easy to tell that Carol and Bryan are very involved in everything happening at the Lakes of Melbourne. Along with the social events, the couple enjoys the true beauty of the community and the wonderful management team. Carol says they found the community on accident, and it was the best accident that has ever happened!

Smiley couple

Your Health

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Health Myths: Fact Versus Fiction

Which of these are unhealthy: wine, chocolate, coffee, or eggs? With so many health myths circling each one, it’s hard to tell. This article on SeniorPlanet.org aims to debunk common health misconceptions like if wine is good for your heart or if chocolate is actually bad for you. It’s worth the read if you want to enjoy your glass of wine or box of chocolates guilt-free!

Restaurant Review: The Roots

Restaurant review

The Roots Restaurant Tavern is one of the newer restaurants in downtown Melbourne. Read on for info about the location, menu details, and a personal review.

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Restaurant Review: The Roots

Restaurant review

The Roots Restaurant Tavern is one of the newer restaurants in downtown Melbourne.

When my friend and I went for lunch, he had the cheeseburger, which he cut it into quarters in order to manage it. The accompanying onion rings were excellent. I had a Reuben sandwich that was top notch, with especially tender corned beef. The waffle fries that came with it were crispy and delicious. The waitress told us that if the burger is too much for one person, you can share it with someone else for a $4 sharing fee, which includes a second bun.

The service was good, and our waitress was friendly and informative. We would definitely like to come back and try other items, particularly something on the breakfast menu. I was also intrigued by the “Reuben Cuban.” The breakfast menu features several scrambler dishes and breakfast sandwiches. The lunch and dinner menus feature a massive half-pound burger, along with several Cuban sandwiches and hot dogs.

The restaurant also has an adjoining room with craft items for sale. Be sure to check it out!

The Roots Restaurant Tavern is located at 2011 Melbourne Court, right at the point where Melbourne Court and New Haven Avenue meet before crossing the railroad tracks.

- Wes Robbins

The Sox Boot
 

Socks

Marlene Benoit has done an outstanding job coordinating the efforts of the Lakes of Melbourne’s Homeowners Association in the collection and donation of socks for the homeless. The HOA is well on their way to collecting 600 new pairs of men’s, women’s, and children’s socks for local charities.

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The Sox Boot

Socks

Marlene Benoit has done an outstanding job coordinating the efforts of the Lakes of Melbourne’s Homeowners Association in the collection and donation of socks for the homeless. The HOA is well on their way to collecting 600 new pairs of men’s, women’s, and children’s socks for local charities.



Socks

Go Volunteer!
 

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month? Click below to get ideas of volunteer opportunities you can partake in.

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Go Volunteer!

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month?

  • • The Arts- Volunteers are always needed to help at art galleries, theatres, and concert halls. You can work as an usher or stagehand, help with costuming, or welcome patrons in the ticket office. Some organizations also need photographers or artists as creative help. Don’t miss an opportunity to let your artistic side run wild.
  • • Hospitals- Most hospitals rely on the kindness of volunteer staff to keep things running smoothly. You can help do paperwork, run gift shops, and cheer up sick patients. Some hospitals even need volunteers to help in the NICU and rock babies to sleep! Not only is this a great way to help people in need, but it also provides a satisfaction like no other.
  • • Animals- Animal shelters are always in need of someone to lend a hand. Other animal-based volunteer opportunities include pet sitting or dog walking. If you have a way with pets, there are plenty who need the love and attention of a caring person.
  • • Trade Skills- Quality services such as carpentry, electrical work, and other contracting skills are hard to find. If you have these trade skills, seek out nonprofits that build homes or help folks in financial trouble. You can also contribute wherever our own community may need some sprucing up. Handy-man skills are hard to come by and in high-demand, so let people know you are willing and ready to help.
  • • Outdoors- Opportunities in the great outdoors are plentiful. Many parks and recreational facilities use volunteer help for routine maintenance, for class instruction, as nature walks guides, and at information desks. If you love the outdoors, volunteering at your local park may be the activity for you.
  • This is only the beginning of service options available. If you see someone that can use your help, all you have to do is offer! For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out these helpful links:

Home & Garden

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Bring some of that outdoor greenery into your living space and breathe a little deeper when you’re indoors this winter. Plus, they are good for your health and brighten your day when you can’t work in your garden outside. This article gives you some recommendations to keep them alive and well, while this article warns how you might kill them with kindness. Good luck!

Drive Safe and Smart

Man driving

When was the last time you updated your car? AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. No worries, read on to see their list of simple changes you can make.

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Drive Safe and Smart

Man driving

AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. The national auto club group looked at 12 vehicle modifications they believe keep seniors safer on roads, and found that fewer than nine percent of drivers reported using any of the devices in their vehicles.

According to the study, working with a trained technician is imperative to safety behind the wheel. Almost 90 percent of those studied reported that they did not work with a trained professional to install the modification, a key recommendation by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Take advantage of these low-cost changes and vehicle features to help reach your next destination safely. (And remember to work with a professional to make the modifications!)

  • • Add steering wheel covers- This simple item can improve your grip of the wheel, especially if you have arthritis
  • • Install convex or multifaceted mirrors- It’s a crucial addition than can minimize blind spots and increase visibility
  • • Insert pedal extensions- These extensions to both gas and break pedals allow drivers to remain a safe distance from detonating airbags.
  • • Purchase seat pads and cushions- Who doesn’t want to alleviates hip and back pain?
  • • Install hand controls- This type of adaptive equipment allows drivers to regain independence and to be in control of their own transportation without using lower extremities.

In-vehicle technologies that improve safety are expected to become more standard in the future. To read the full AAA study and discover further information, click here.

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

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.

Entertainment & Leisure

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The Magazine Appeal

There’s something special about curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a great read. If you’re tired of reading the same thing, then rediscover the appeal of magazines. Whether in-hand or on your tablet, these periodicals expose you to a wide range of topics, authors, and writing styles. Here’s a list of the top nine magazines for seniors catering to a broad range of interests.

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 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 
 

Travel

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Improve Your Cruising Technique

Ahoy! Cruising season is upon us, so there’s no better time to plan your experience than now. (And we’re not talking about your buffet line technique.) Travel channel lists seven ways you can improve your cruise, from trying new amenities on-board to extending your fun off-shore. Based on your port calls, these tips can set you sailing toward a fabulous vacation!s