A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

July - August 2019

Edition No. 21

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like everyone just came back home for the winter season and now we’re in the summer months. As some of our friends head back north for the summer, we have all the information you need for a smooth transition. Read on for more info!

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like everyone just came back home for the winter season and now we’re in the summer months. While our northern friends head back to their summer homes, the Tara Woods team is working to spruce up the community by, painting, cleaning, and planting.

If you are going away for the summer, please remember to have someone take care of your home, do the trimming, water your plants, deal with the shutters, and keep an eye on everything while you’re gone. You can give the office the name and phone number for that person so we know to call in the event of an emergency.

Did you know July is National Hot Dog month? We’ll be celebrating with a Hot Dog picnic on Sunday, July 21. Keep reading the newsletter for more information on this event.

Have a great summer!

Darlene D. Bradley
Community Manager

“If it doesn’t open, it is not your door.” - Unknown

We're Closed
 

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The Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open, call for more information.

Food

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Summer Drinks

We all love the occasional cocktail or glass of wine, but do you know how much alcohol can affect your mind and body? Take this quiz to test your knowledge! Then, once you’ve proved your skills, check out these fun summer cocktail recipes. Remember to drink responsibly.

National Hot Dog Day

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Join us on Sunday, July 21 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for our National Hotdog Day celebration! Come on out to the tiki bar by the pool for free hotdogs and fun times. Thank you so much to Bill Black and Friends for sponsoring this event. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sales Update
 

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As spring ends, the sales team remains focused on touching base with all our summer residents to remind them of the Resident Referral Program and the Trade In/Trade Up program. Keep reading for more info about our featured home!

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Sales Update

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As spring ends, the sales team remains focused on touching base with all our summer residents to remind them of the Resident Referral Program and the Trade In/Trade Up program. Now is the perfect time to reserve your brand-new home and have it move-in ready by the fall.

Our featured Home of the Month is 19004 Potomac Circle, a Royal Palm model, situated on a quiet preserve home site. This home offers three spacious bedrooms, nearly 1,800 sq. ft., a split floor plan, a two-car garage, solid surface counters, tray ceilings, crown molding, and much more. This dream home is offered at $212,300. Check out the images below!

Call the sales office today to learn how you can tour this home and ask about our other offers.

Tools for School
 

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Ahead of the school year, Hometown America and Tara Woods are teaming up to help children in need. If you’d like to help, we’ll be collecting boxes of crayons in the community office until August 1. Let’s start their school year on the right note!

Your Health

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Exercise for Your Mind

Did you know exercise can improve your brain health? A recent study linked aerobic fitness to improved cognitive skills, especially for those at risk for dementia. Jogging or cycling can even improve problem-solving and decision-making skills. Learn more about how aerobic exercise can benefit you.

Safety Tips
 

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Safety is important to all of us at Tara Woods and we encourage our residents to follow some easy procedures to keep us all safe. Read on for a short list of common tips.

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Safety Tips

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We encourage our residents to follow some easy procedures to keep us all safe and sound at Tara Woods.

  • When driving through our community, we ask that drivers are mindful of the 20 MPH speed limit.
  • Many of our residents enjoy walking and biking through the neighborhood. When doing either of these activities, we encourage you to always wear bright clothing and make sure your bike has lights on when riding at night.
  • We’d also like to remind residents that the legal age to drive is 16 with a license, which applies to golf carts as well.

Following these few safety tips will help our community to continue to be as safe as possible. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Emergency Kit Items

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Emergencies are much easier to handle when you’re prepared, especially in the case of a hurricane. A simple kit can make all the difference when things suddenly go wrong. Click below for items all emergency kits need and see if there are any missing from your kit.

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Emergency Kit Items

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Emergencies are much easier to handle when you’re prepared, especially in the case of a hurricane. A simple kit can make all the difference when things suddenly go wrong.

  • 1. Flashlights and glow sticks – power sources are the first things to go
  • 2. A whistle—it is easy to make yourself heard if necessary
  • 3. AM-FM radios—battery operated to stay connected during an emergency
  • 4. Power packs—cellphones and pads are great tools because you can download useful information, but they are useless if you run out of power. Power packs can prolong the usefulness of your devices.
  • 5. Foil blankets—also known as space blankets, they are inexpensive, lightweight, and fold up to almost nothing while keeping you warm if need be.
  • 6. Batteries—you are going to need lots of batteries to operate your fans, radios, flashlights, etc.
  • 7. Bleach—bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens can contaminate your water supply. In emergencies, domestic chlorine bleach can purify water. Just make sure you have learned how to use it properly.
  • 8. Can opener—a manual (hand crank) can opener will save you some time—remember there may not be power for a while.
  • 9. Clothing—make sure you have the right clothing for various weather conditions.
  • 10. Copies of important documents—make copies of your license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc. Put those documents in zip-top bags so they don’t get destroyed by the elements.
  • 11. Deck of cards—you may not have your computer to play Solitaire. You can play the old-fashioned way or get a group of friends for a few rounds of poker.
  • 12. Duct tape— it seems to be the answer to all life’s problems. It can be very handy for a lot of sticky situations.
  • 13. First Aid kit—the American Red Cross website has great information on how to have a well-stocked kit.
  • 14. Fire starters—unless you can start a fire from scratch, stock up on lighters and matches.
  • 15. Hygiene kit—items you use regularly: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. You will want to clean up before you eat or after cleaning up.

From the Tribune News Service

Medicare Tips & Tricks

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Figuring out how to get the most out of your Medicare plan can seem tricky but with a few of these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be a health care pro in no time. Make sure you’re getting the best coverage and never miss another enrollment period, check out these helpful hints.

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Medicare Tips & Tricks

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Figuring out how to get the most out of your Medicare plan can seem tricky but with a few of these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be a health care pro in no time. Make sure you’re getting the best coverage and never miss another enrollment period, check out these helpful hints.

1. Enroll early on. You can sign up for Medicare three months before your birth month; take advantage of that if you can. This way you know you’ll have coverage as soon as you’re eligible and avoid those pesky late enrollment fees.

2. Review your coverage every year. Each year, open enrollment lasts from October 15 – December 7. During that time, you can choose to switch your coverage. Use this annual check to make sure you’re getting the best coverage possible.

3. Buy a Medicare supplement plan early on. If you have frequent medical services, Medicare Supplement insurance may be right for you. Click here to see if it fits your needs.

4. Don’t choose a plan based only on the premium. Some Medicare plans have premiums as low as $0 but that doesn’t make them the best fit for you. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the other Medicare costs that come with each plan.

Health insurance doesn’t have to be scary. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge, you can make the best decisions for your life. Want more tips and tricks? Click here.

Home & Garden

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Japanese Flower Arranging

Who said nature had to stay outdoors? With the art of Japanese flower arranging, you can showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of nature inside your own home. Learn more about the art from Ruby Maruyama, a Japanese flower arranging (or ikebana) professional!

Ageless Influencers

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If you believe social media is only for the young, Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle has news for you. At 90 years old, Helen has 3.8 million Instagram followers. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered the top tips on taking the social media world by storm. Read on!

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Ageless Influencers

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If you believe social media is only for the young, Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle has news for you. At 90 years old, Helen has 3.8 million Instagram followers. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered the top tips on taking the social media world by storm.

1. Find your interest. This is the first and most important step to becoming an influencer. You can’t be everyone else so be yourself.

2. Show your knowledge. Everyone’s strengths lie in different areas, showing off what you know establishes you as an authority figure.

3. Have an opinion. Your voice is your influence. People will come to see what you know but they’ll stay because of what you think.

4. Network. It’s important to connect with other influencers so you can help each other throughout your journeys, not to mention it’s a great way to make new friends.

5. Engage your audience. As important as your knowledge and opinions are, followers want to feel like their part of the conversation. Ask them questions, give them ways to get involved.

Helen, known as @baddiewinkle to her 3.8 million Instagram followers, knows the important role she’s playing in breaking down myths about aging. She recently received the title of one of the four most popular and inspiring 50+ figures on social media. Along with her was Dan Griesel (@silverdisobedience), Cindy Livesey (Living Rich with Coupons), and Irvin Randle (@IrvinRandle). For more from all of these influencers, click here.

Save More, Work Less

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If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. Keep reading to learn how you can save big.

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Save More, Work Less

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If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. All you have to do to save big bucks is be over the age of fifty.

No matter your interest there is sure to be something you’ll love:

  • Shopping for your new favorite outfit? Get 20% off your purchase at Bealls every Tuesday!
  • If your sweet tooth is in the driver’s seat, head on over to Krispy Kreme where you can enjoy 10% off your order*.
  • Hungry for something different? Take 10% off your bill when you visit Bonefish Grill**.
  • Want to get active but don’t want to pay for a gym membership? If you’re a Medicare recipient, you can join the SilverSneakers program – free of charge!

What are you waiting for? Check out the full list of discounts here and start saving today!

*Discounts vary by location, please check with your local branch for their discount.
**Must have current AARP Membership

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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Skip-gen Vacations

More grandparents than ever find themselves living miles away from their grandchildren. Some, however, have found a fun and creative solution: vacationing together. Skip-gen travel, as these trips are known, are becoming increasingly popular. Learn more and see if Skip-gen travel is right for you!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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.

E-Z Pay
 

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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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2019 Top Summer Books

Whether you’re enjoying the warmer weather or trying to beat the heat, summer is the perfect time for a good read. No matter how hot it may be outside, these page-turners are definitely hotter. From mystery to romance to action, you’re certain to find something you’ll love in this list.