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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and state officials want Florida’s seniors to be aware of common scams to avoid.

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There are more than 120 specialty license plates in Florida, and some Florida lawmakers are hoping to add several more to that list. It includes a “President Ronald Reagan” license plate that will also go toward helping fight the disease he had in the latter years of his life.

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Providing training tools for first responders and continuing efforts to create a dementia-friendly community are among the topics discussed at the first meeting of a local council.

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Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the nation. A new initiative aims to make more communities across the state dementia-friendly. And, the first area chosen to pilot that effort is the state’s Capital City region.

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This year’s budget includes $5 million for Alzheimer’s disease research and $3.5 million for similar initiatives. And, the head of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Sam Verghese says he’s very happy about that.

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Pickleball might sound like an odd word, but it is a new sport that many seniors citizens are playing to stay active and social.

What is pickleball?

It’s a game for all ages involving paddles, a net and a wiffle ball.

“It is a combination to me of tennis, ping pong and badminton sort of," says Barbra Cairns. She is a kindergarten teacher who started playing pickle ball about two years ago out of curiosity.

Blankets, Space Heaters Needed For Elderly In Leon Co.

Jan 2, 2013

In Leon County, many senior citizens are going without heat this winter. County Elder Care Services is asking for donations to help them stay comfortable and safe in their homes.

Elder Care Services has been getting about seven phone calls every day from seniors who don’t have heat. Elder Care spokeswoman Amber Tynan says, they ask for space heaters and blankets.

“And we try to keep those items in stock,” she said. “However, with that amount of calls per day, you can imagine, we do go through those pretty quickly.”